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Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post's live blog on Monday, August 24.

Monday, 24th August 2020, 7:23 am
Updated Monday, 24th August 2020, 8:29 am

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Last updated: Saturday, 29 August, 2020, 10:22

  • Leeds pub closes after coronavirus case
  • Increase in number of Covid-19 cases across the country
  • Crash on Roundhay Road
  • Fire at student block

The road has reopened

Police statement on Roundhay Road crash

"Police were called to the junction of Copgrave Road and Roundhay Road in Leeds at about 10.11am today following a collision between a van and a cyclist.

"The male cyclist was taken to hospital for treatment to a serious but none life threatening injury.

“Officers directed traffic while the incident was managed.”

We have asked police for more details on this incident

A Leeds pub has closed after a customer tested positive for Covid-19

Leeds pub closes for deep clean after customer test positive for coronavirus

A Leeds pub has closed for a deep clean after a customer tested positive for Covid-19.

This is happening this afternoon:

Extinction Rebellion to protest against Leeds Bradford Airport expansion plans this weekend

Extinction Rebellion will be staging a further protest this weekend against Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) expansion plans.

Welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s live blog on Saturday, August 29.

From Wednesday 2 September restrictions on two households mixing introduced last month will be lifted in:






Parts of Bradford excluding Bradford city and Keighley town

Parts of Calderdale excluding Halifax

Parts of Kirklees excluding Dewsbury and Batley

It means next week over one million people will be able to mix with family and friends outside their household, in line with national social distancing rules, for the first time since restrictions were announced on 30 July.

Businesses and organisations which opened elsewhere in England on 15 August, including bowling alleys and indoor play areas, will also be permitted to re-open in the areas listed above, bringing these areas in line with the rest of the country.

The easements have been agreed thanks to the outstanding local efforts to halt spikes in the virus, through local interventions, increased targeted testing and avoiding mixing with other households indoors.

Data shows cases per 100,000 decreased during the week ending 20 August in Burnley, where cases have more than halved from 52 to 24.6, and cases in Bolton and Stockport fell from 25.6 to 18.9, and 23 to 15.1 respectively, and Trafford fell from 27.1 to 17.8.

To maintain this good progress, it is important local residents continue to wear face coverings where necessary, practise good hygiene and adhere to national social distancing rules.

This week local areas have been encouraged to take a new, collaborative approach to advise on the geographical boundaries of local restrictions, with councils, public health leaders and MPs making proposals to the Gold Local Action committee based on the latest data available.

 It means restrictions in some areas will only apply to certain wards, rather than the entire Local Authority area. This is a key part of the governments enhanced Contain Strategy, which was announced last week, and will deliver more targeted action to drive down rates of COVID-19 at a hyper-local level.

 Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“We brought in measures to protect people in these parts of Northern England, and I want to thank residents who have worked so hard to get on top of this virus.

“We’re seeing the positive results of our local approach, and are able to bring in increasingly targeted measures.

“It is vital we can maintain this good progress. I have every faith people across the county, especially in areas where we are seeing higher numbers of cases, will continue to play their part by following local rules, and self-isolating and requesting a free test as soon as they get any symptoms.”

The weekly Local Action Gold Committee, chaired by the Health Secretary, agreed local restrictions will continue in the following areas.

Greater Manchester

A ban on two households mixing indoors will continue in City of Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Bury, and Tameside

In Oldham, in addition to a household mixing ban indoors, residents will continue to be advised to avoid mixing with anyone from anther household anywhere. Cases per 100,000 in Oldham reached 67.1 during the week ending 20 August, the second highest in England.


In Pendle and Blackburn residents will continue to be advised to avoid mixing with anyone from anther household anywhere. Some businesses and organisations remain closed in Blackburn and Darwen. Pendle had the highest number of cases per 100,000 anywhere in England during the week ending 20 August, reaching 67.8

The ban on two households mixing indoors will continue in Preston.


On top of the indoor gatherings restrictions, some leisure sector businesses will continue to remain closed

The next review of these measures will take place by 11th September.

West Yorkshire

Urban areas of Bradford, where the ban on indoor household gatherings is in place and some businesses and organisations remain closed

In Kirklees, the ban on indoor household gatherings will continue in Dewsbury and Batley

The ban will also continue in parts of Calderdale.

Shielding advice for clinical extremely vulnerable individuals remains in place across all of Blackburn with Darwen, and Leicester.

The announcement on this week’s changes to local restrictions comes as the Health Secretary has signed new national regulations formalising penalties for people who repeatably do not wear face coverings on public transport, shops and other areas where it is mandatory.

Santander online banking crashes ahead of bank holiday weekend:

  Santander customers across Yorkshire were unable to access their bank accounts online for what seemed to be several hours on Friday.

 The bank said on Twitter that there were problems with online banking, though some users seemed still able to access the app. “We are currently experiencing issues with customers logging in to Online Banking,” Santander said in a tweet. “Our team are working hard to resolve this as soon as possible. If you do need to log in, please try again later.”

Full statement from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

"We were called at 08.53 hours today, 28 August, to reports of smoke in a commercial property on The Headrow, Leeds.

"Three fire engines attended – one from Hunslet and two from Leeds – and found that there was no ongoing fire but there was a water leak from several separate water supplies.

"The crews surveyed the building, isolated the water supply and diverted some of the water.

“Crews left the scene at 10.00 hours.”

Headrow incident was ‘water leak'

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to what was believed to have been a fire on The Headrow - which turned out to be a water leak.

Initial information suggested a building on the main street was on fire, but workmen at the scene confirmed that a water leak on the upper floor of a building has caused alarm.

The fire service have now left the scene, but a Yorkshire Water van is still there.

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