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Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 6:20 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 6:24 am
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Leeds news LIVE: Number of over 50s across city double vaccinated revealed

Last updated: Friday, 04 June, 2021, 17:33

  • Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in 12 to 15-year-olds
  • Around 84 per cent of over 50s in Leeds have had both vaccine doses

Here are some of the latest stories on our website this evening:

Angry patient caused terror at Leeds General Infirmary by setting hospital on fire and threatening to kill medical staff

A patient caused terror at Leeds General Infirmary when he set fire to the hospital and threatened to kill people as he was unhappy at the treatment he had received.

'We really need some support': Leeds restaurant's plea as cash reserves dry up

The owner of an acclaimed Leeds restaurant has said they "really need some support" as the effects of Covid are still battering the hospitality industry.

TikTok stranger's kindness to young Leeds woman goes viral after "heartwarming" donation for wheelchair

A young Leeds woman who suffers from a rare genetic condition said the kindness of a TikTok man to donate towards her new wheelchair was "the kindest thing a stranger has ever done" for her.

Leeds based transgender charity Mermaids launches crowdfunder to strike pressure-group off the charity register

A Leeds-based transgender youth charity is appealing for another campaign group, which it says discriminates against trans people, to be struck off the charity register.

Liverpool have made no contact with Leeds United over Raphinha, despite speculation

If Liverpool are as interested in Raphinha as speculation suggests, they've yet to inform Leeds United.

Portugal added to the amber travel list amid Covid mutation concerns

Portugal will be added to the amber travel list as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps raised concerns of a new coronavirus mutation and rising cases.

The holiday hotspot, including the islands of Madeira and the Azores, will be removed from the green list exempting the need to quarantine on return from 4am on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka, Egypt and five other countries will also be added to the red list requiring isolation in a Government-approved hotel, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.

Labour criticised the "chaos" as reports about the restrictions dripped out of the Government ahead of official confirmation and travel bosses said the move will cause "untold damage to customer confidence".

Ministers confirmed Portugal would be placed on the amber list following a meeting between the Westminster and devolved governments, as well as the Joint Biosecurity Centre.

People returning to the UK from Portugal will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days as part of coronavirus restrictions.

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Sudan, and Trinidad and Tobago will also be placed on the red list, meaning people arriving in the UK from those nations will be required to stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights.

Leeds woman facing jail over £5m money laundering offences

A woman has pleaded guilty money laundering offences totalling more than £5m after she was stopped at Heathrow Airport with suitcases full of cash.

Tara Hanlon, 30, was held as she tried to board a flight to Dubai on October 3 2020 with more than £1.9m in sterling notes.

Hanlon, of Pelham Court, Leeds, appeared at Isleworth Crown Court by video-link this afternoon.

Portugal to be removed from green travel list, reports claim

Portugal will be removed from the green travel list on Thursday, it has been reported.

The summer hotspot will be put on the amber list following a meeting between the Westminster and devolved governments, and the Joint Biosecurity Centre, according to the BBC.

People returning to the UK from amber list countries must self-isolate at home for 10 days as part of coronavirus restrictions.

Many holidaymakers in Portugal face a scramble for flights home before the move is introduced, which is expected to be in the coming days.

The Government’s decision is a huge blow for the travel industry, as Portugal was the only viable major tourist destination on the green list when it was announced last month.

The PA news agency understands no additions will be made to the list on Thursday, despite speculation that Spanish and Greek islands and Malta could be added

Speculation mounts around changes to travel green list

There is growing speculation that popular holiday islands could be added to the Government's travel green list today.

Spanish and Greek islands plus Malta are among the destinations which experts believe may be given green status.

That would mean people visiting those locations from the UK will no longer be required to quarantine on their return.

Robert Boyle, former director of strategy at British Airways' parent company IAG, predicted that a number of summer hotspots will be added to the green tier.

He wrote in a blog post: "It still seems very likely that whilst Spain and Greece will not make it onto the green list, many of their islands will, due to lower case rates and higher vaccinations than on the mainland."

Mr Boyle added: "Malta, Finland and Slovakia are fairly safe bets, based on high testing rates and low reported cases."

Portugal is the only viable major tourist destination currently on the green list, but there have been reports it could be downgraded to amber.

The Government has urged people to avoid non-essential travel to amber and red countries.

Travellers returning from amber list locations - which include popular hotspots such as Spain, France, Italy and Greece - must quarantine at home for 10 days and take two post-arrival tests.

Several additions to the red list are expected today.

Man seriously injured during car transporter motorway collision

A man was seriously injured after three cars and a car transporter vehicle crashed on the M1 in Leeds.

It happened at about 10.45am on Saturday, May 29 on the M1 northbound, between junctions 42 and 43.

The crash involved three cars – a white Ford Fiesta, a green/blue Ford Fiesta, a grey Mercedes E300 - and a car transporter.

A 54-year-old man, who was driving the white Fiesta, suffered serious injuries.

Now police have issued an appeal for dash cam footage and witnesses.

Lunchtime headlines

Here are some of the latest stories on our website this lunchtime:

Leeds Currys PC World store burglar jailed after being caught red-handed by staff

A burglar who was detained by staff at a Currys PC World store in Leeds after he broke in and tried to steal lap top computers has been sent to prison.

University of Leeds professor of transport calls for top 10% of most polluting new cars to be banned

The top 10% most polluting new cars should be banned from sale each year to cut carbon emissions, an academic has claimed.

Eight Leeds neighbourhoods that have seen prices soar in the past year

The property market is booming here in Leeds as people continue to snap up new homes, with some areas seeing house prices soar.

UK’s mini-heatwave records hottest day of 2021 according to Met Office - but warning of rain heading to Leeds

The UK’s mini-heatwave has smashed records for the year with parts of the country experiencing temperatures nearing 30C - however the Met Office is warning of showers heading for Leeds.

Joe Gelhardt on what Marcelo Bielsa has told him to add to his game at Leeds

Joe Gelhardt already knew that hard work at Leeds United was a prerequisite upon his arrival at Elland Road.

Bottomless mussels every Monday at Leeds fish and chip shops

These Leeds fish and chip shops are launching an all-new bottomless mussels deal

Catch fish and chip shop has launched a bottomless mussels deal at its Headingley and Street Lane branches following takeaway success over lockdown.

Three people have been arrested in Leeds in connection with catalytic converter thefts

Three arrested following spate of catalytic converter thefts in Leeds

Three men have been arrested following a spate of catalytic converter thefts in Leeds.

Spanish and Greek islands could be given green status

.Spanish and Greek islands plus Malta are among the destinations which experts believe may be given green status.

That would mean people visiting those locations from the UK will no longer be required to quarantine on their return.

Robert Boyle, former director of strategy at British Airways’ parent company IAG, predicted that a number of summer hotspots will be added to the green tier.

He wrote in a blog post: “It still seems very likely that whilst Spain and Greece will not make it onto the green list, many of their islands will, due to lower case rates and higher vaccinations than on the mainland.”

Mr Boyle added: “Malta, Finland and Slovakia are fairly safe bets, based on high testing rates and low reported cases.”

Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said a number of popular holiday destinations “really deserve” to be moved to the low-risk tier.

He expects additions to the green list to include the Greek islands of Zante, Rhodes and Kos, the Caribbean islands of Grenada and Antigua, plus Malta and Finland.

But he said he would be “surprised” if Spain’s Balearic Islands – including Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca – were added on Thursday.

“They’re hugely popular and I’m not sure the Government is ready to encourage so much travel at the moment,” he told the PA news agency.

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