Leeds news LIVE: Updates as West Yorkshire Tier 3 talks with Government continue

Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post's live blog on Thursday October 22.

By Abbey Maclure
Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 3:44 pm
The Yorkshire Evening Post's live blog on Thursday October 22
The Yorkshire Evening Post's live blog on Thursday October 22

Scroll down for the latest news from across the city.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

Leeds news LIVE: Why self isolation could be cut

Last updated: Wednesday, 21 October, 2020, 09:58

  • Self isolation period for those in contact with Covid cases could be cut to just seven days
  • Police called to overturned trailer blocking three lanes on M62 motorway

Police have provided a statement

At 9.44pm last night (22/10) police officers in a marked roads policing unit vehicle were involved in a road traffic collision with a member of the public’s car at the junction of Selby Road and Dunhill Rise in Leeds.

Two women members of the public, aged 39 and 61, from the other car were taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that were not considered life threatening.

The two police officers involved were not injured.

A road closure and diversion has been put in place for collision investigation work and the Independent Office for Police Conduct has been notified.

Buses are being diverted

Crash involved police car

Footage from the scene posted on social media shows at least two cars involved in the crash, including a police car.

It happened near the Boots Pharmacy, not far from Halton Dial.

We have contacted police for an update.

Selby Road remains closed after a crash last night

The latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak as Tier 3 talks continue in West Yorkshire

Government meeting with West Yorkshire today in discussions over Tier 3 restrictions

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed talks are continuing with West Yorkshire leaders over the possibility of going under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions.

New business grants for those under coronavirus restrictions to be backdated to August

Businesses in West Yorkshire hit by coronavirus measures since the beginning of August will be able to claim for backdated grants under new economic support announced by the Chancellor.

Boris Johnson tells Great Northern Conference that locked-down North faces hardships 'over and above everyone else'

People in the North of England will confront this winter with "fortitude and selflessness", Prime Minister Boris Johnson said as he admitted those in the region living under the highest coronavirus restrictions faced "hardships and sacrifices over and above everyone else".

How key workers, NHS staff and volunteers in Leeds have pulled together to fight back against coronavirus

They have always been there, working tirelessly behind the scenes to make our streets safer, keep patients healthy or care for our loved ones.

More than 1,000 people test positive for Covid at Leeds University but big drop in new cases

More than 1,000 students and staff have now tested positive for coronavirus at the University of Leeds, but there has been a big drop in new cases.

Government confirms South Yorkshire restrictions

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick tweeted: “South Yorkshire will move from Local Covid Alert Level High to Very High from 00.01 on Saturday 24 Oct. I would like to thank Dan Jarvis & the leaders of the local councils of South Yorkshire for the constructive discussions we have had.

“Given rates are amongst the highest in the country I am pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that ensures swift action is taken in accordance with the public health advice.

“I fully recognise the huge impact this will have on communities in the area and the sacrifices people will be making. That’s why we have agreed an extensive package of support for local people, businesses and councils.

“The restrictions agreed together will only be in place for as long as they are absolutely necessary. They will be reviewed jointly in 28 days time. The Govt will be working with local leaders as we tackle this challenge, for the benefit of all the people of S Yorkshire.”

7.3million people in North of England now living under toughest Covid restrictions

The 1.4 million people in South Yorkshire joining the Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester and Lancashire in Tier 3 means 7.3 million people, or 13% of England’s population, will now be living under the toughest restrictions.

The agreement with the Government is worth £41 million, including £30 million to support the region’s businesses, and £11 million for councils to support measures such as test and trace.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire moved to Tier 3 Covid restrictions from midnight

South Yorkshire will move into Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions from 00.01 on Saturday, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis said.

Mayor of Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, said: "Following extensive discussions with Ministers, local council leaders and I have agreed with Government that South Yorkshire will move into Tier 3, the ‘very high’ alert level for coronavirus restrictions.

The restrictions will come into force from 00:01 on Saturday, October 24 and cover all four local authority areas – Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

“We all recognise the gravity of the situation and have taken the responsible route to ensure we save lives and livelihoods, and protect our NHS.

"More older people are contracting the virus.

"The number of people with COVID in our hospitals has doubled over the last ten days, with no signs this will relent over the coming weeks.

South Yorkshire possibly going into Tier 3

It was put to Robert Jenrick that it sounded like Sheffield and South Yorkshire would be going into Tier 3.

He told Sky News: “It’s not right for me to pre-empt a full statement that the Prime Minister and Dan Jarvis will make later today.

“But we have had very successful conversations with him and with the leaders of South Yorkshire.

“Again there’s a serious situation there, and rightly they wanted to take action.

“We’ve discussed that over the course of yesterday and early this morning and an announcement will be made shortly.”

Leeds to remain under Tier 2 Covid alert level as Greater Manchester moved to Tier 2

Leeds and West Yorkshire will remain under the Tier 2 category under the new Covid alert system.

It comes as Greater Manchester is moved into Tier 3 - the strictest category, forcing pubs and gyms to close down.

Speaking at a press conference this evening, the Prime Minister confirmed that Greater Manchester would move to the Tier 3 “very high” coronavirus alert level.

Boris Johnson said that conversations are ongoing with local leaders in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and the North East about the possibility of moving to the very high alert level shortly.

West Yorkshire's local leaders said they did not meet with Government ministers.

In a statement, the leaders of Leeds City Council, Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council, Bradford Council and Wakefield Council said: "Local and national public health experts agree that there is not a case to move West Yorkshire to Tier Three this week.

“The decision to maintain Tier Two (High Risk) restrictions reflects the progress that has been made by councils, Public Health England, the NHS and other partners working together to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and protect lives.”

Page 2 of 3