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Live Reporting

Katy Lewis and Pete Cooper

All times stated are UK

  1. Monday's updates as they happened

    Thanks for joining us to find out how the East of England is reacting to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.

    Live updates have now finished for the day.

    Join us again on Tuesday when a live page will resume at 08:00.

    Find it via your BBC News county index.

  2. Three-hour queue at Essex recycling centre

    Pete Cooper

    BBC News

    Many recycling centres across the East have reopened today and there have been long queues.

    In Northampton, the queue outside one tip meant there were delays in the post leaving from the nearby Royal Mail sorting office.

    While in Essex, the queues outside the centre at Pitsea were up to three hours earlier this afternoon.

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  3. Primary school says it will not reopen on 1 June

    Pete Cooper

    BBC News

    A head teacher has told parents that he will not be opening his school to Foundation, Year One and Year Six pupils on 1 June.

    Currently Woodbridge Primary in Suffolk is open to key workers' children, and head Mark Krisson said that would continue in his letter to parents.

    Under government plans, children in Reception (Foundation), Year One and Year Six in England are being asked to return to school after the end-of-May half-term break.

    Children home learning

    Yesterday, Michael Gove insisted England's schools were safe to reopen, but acknowledged that "you can never eliminate risk".

    Mr Gove told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show the key was to make schools safe with smaller classes and staggered arrivals.

    But Mr Krisson said he would only start a return to school once he had more information about four questions he set out in his letter including whether the school has "enough available staff" and if "children play a role in transmission to adults".

    He went on to say he was "not completely ruling out a return to school before the end of this term".

  4. Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus: Dunstable Downs drivers rapped for illegal parking

    The drivers were parked on double yellow lines due to the car park being shut.

  5. Norwich and Watford could return to training tomorrow

    Pete Cooper

    BBC News

    Premier League clubs have agreed to stage one of the return to training protocols which allows teams to start training in small groups from Tuesday.

    Clubs voted unanimously on the decision at Monday's "Project Restart" meeting.

    Players must observe social distancing rules, and contact training is not permitted.

    Norwich City published the Premier League's statement on their website which said: "The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League's priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process."

    Watford simply tweeted a picture of their training ground with the words "back soon".

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  6. Village 'swamped' with visitors to closed water park

    Residents living close to an Anglian Water reservoir took to social media to complain after visitors' cars clogged up their streets at the weekend.

    Although the Grafham Water in Perry, in Cambridgeshire, is closed - alongside the company's others water parks across the region - people turned up "with enough gear for camping" and several were reportedly having barbecues.

    Cars parked near Grafham Water

    Park rangers moved some on, on Saturday, but one resident, who emailed Anglian Water's chief executive complaining the village was "overwhelmed" and "swamped", said the situation "got worse on Sunday".

    An Anglian Water spokeswoman said: "Our sites are currently closed to the public at this time. We know our leisure attractions are loved by many but protecting the health and safety of our colleagues and visitors is our top priority.

    "If you were hoping to visit Grafham, Pitsford [Northants], Rutland, Alton Water [Suffolk] or any of our smaller sites soon, please postpone as we will not be open and all tracks and car parks are closed."

  7. Revamped Santa sleigh ready for collections

    Katy Lewis

    BBC News Online

    Last week we told you how St Albans Round Table's famous Santa's Sleigh was being repurposed and redecorated appropriately to collect donations for St Albans Food Banks.

    It's now had its makeover and is ready for action.

    St Albans Round Table

    The Round Table will be collecting non-perishable food, giftcards and other donations left on doorsteps on 23 May in Marshalswick and in the Townsend area on 24 May.

    Acceptable items include pasta, rice, noodles, longlife milk/juice, instant mash, tins, jars, teabags, laundry tablets and toiletries.

    Santa Sleigh
  8. Air ambulance cancels fundraising events

    Pete Cooper

    BBC News

    The East Anglian Air Ambulance says it has made the "difficult decision" to cancel two of its fundraising events.

    Only The Brave, which is a six- 10-mile mud obstacle run, and Trek 24 were due to take place in October and September but "considering the need to observe social distancing" the charity said the events were unable to go ahead, with the obstacle run having already been postponed once before, in March.

    Prince William with a East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopter
    Image caption: The Duke of Cambridge was a pilot with the EAAA, 2015-17

    The charity said in a statement on it website that tickets and sponsorship can be refunded, or can be given to the charity as a donation.

    The helicopter service also said those who signed up to this year's events would get priority access to the 2021 events when they were arranged.

  9. What the papers are saying in Northamptonshire

    • The Northampton Chronicle & Echo reports there have been long queues outside at least one of the county's recycling centre which have reopened today
    • Two NHS workers returned to their cars after a shift at Kettering General Hospital - only to find their catalytic converters had been stolen, says the Northants Telegraph
    • The Daventry Express has advice from a life coach from Braunston who specialises in children's emotions, as pupils prepare for the possibility of going back to school
  10. Country parks reopen in Buckinghamshire

    Katy Lewis

    BBC News Online

    Four country parks have reopened in Buckinghamshire, with reminders to people to "bring you own hand sanitisers".

    Langley Park, Black Park, Denham Country Park and Thorney Park are all open subject to social distancing, but toilets, cafes, playgrounds and play areas have to remain closed along with Go Ape at Black Park.

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  11. What the papers are saying in Cambridgeshire...

    • Cambridgeshire Live reports how an 80s Cambridge nightclub boss is helping key workers cope
    • The Peterborough Telegraph reports that a GP surgery has closed due to a member of staff testing positive for Covid-19
    • It also looks at how Peterborough began a return to normal life in the first weekend after restrictions eased
  12. Seaside towns have contrasting number of sun-seekers

    Pete Cooper

    BBC News

    Southend-on-Sea saw the crowds return this weekend, but it wasn't always the same story further north around the East Anglian coast.

    Lockdown exercise and travel restrictions were eased by the government, and the sun has continued to shine.

    Video content

    Video caption: Tourists flock to Southend beach as lockdown eases

    Along with Clacton, it appeared Great Yarmouth was not as busy either.

    Last week the borough council told would-be tourists to "stay away" insisting the toilets and car parks would remain closed, and it looks like people listened...

    Great Yarmouth
    Great Yarmouth
    Image caption: Great Yarmouth's Pleaure Beach fun fair
  13. NHS tribute cut into Northamptonshire field

    A police helicopter assisting colleagues in the Kettering area spotted a tribute to the NHS from the air.

    The acronym was cut into a field near the A14 turn-off for the A43.

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  14. What the papers are saying in Beds, Herts and Bucks ...

    • Luton Today reports that Central Bedfordshire Council has been revamping roadswhile traffic levels are low
    • The Comet reports that colleagues at a digital marketing company are raising money for Stevenage-based Home-Start Hertfordshire by growing their locks during lockdown
    • The Bucks Free Press says a doctor from High Wycombe who volunteered to work on the coronavirus front line has called for the lockdown to be eased as it may be doing "more health harm than good"
  15. King's Cross near deserted despite capacity ramp up

    Katy Lewis

    BBC News Online

    King's Cross Station, which sees passengers arrive from Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, was almost deserted on Monday morning despite a drive to get more trains running.

    King's Cross

    The concourse was dotted with stickers reading "Protect your NHS, stay 2M apart", while regular announcements urged people to stick to social distancing.

    The few commuters waiting for trains spoke about how people will be able to keep two metres apart once passenger numbers start to rise.

    PC Jason Kelly, on his way to his home in north Hertfordshire after a night shift, said that up until a week ago, in the early morning there were only two people on the train which went up to about 30 or 40 last week.

    "For some people it's just like a normal day, people have got fed up with it [coronavirus] - they've had enough," he said.

    Victor Stringer, 69, on his way home to Peterborough, was optimistic about passengers sticking to the guidance.

    "It's been so quiet, I could almost have realised my boyhood dream of riding upfront with the driver," he said.

    "The social distancing message does seem to be working - the buses are very busy but most people are trying very hard to give people space."

  16. MP calls for government to recognise the three-tier school system

    An MP has called on the government to show flexibility and give head teachers discretion about which year groups should be going back to school from 1 June.

    South West Bedfordshire Conservative MP Andrew Selous said this would "make much more sense" in relation to Bedfordshire's three-tier system.

    Andrew Selous

    The government has asked schools to welcome back Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 as these year groups are key transition years at primary schools within two-tier [primary and secondary] systems.

    But in Bedfordshire, key transition years are Year 4, when children leave lower school and Year 8 when children leave middle school and head teachers, teachers and parents have suggested that children in these years be prioritised over children in Year 6.

    "Head teachers in the three-tier system [lower, middle and upper schools] tell me they are fed up with government guidance which does not recognise the three-tier system," Mr Selous said.

    "[These] children may be in a minority nationally, but their interests must be recognised and I’m calling on the government to do so."

  17. What the papers are saying in Norfolk...

    • The Eastern Daily Press reports that holiday parks and attractions across Norfolk and Suffolk are making preparations ahead of potentially reopening in the summer
    • It also reports that the owner of Norwich’s Chapelfield shopping centre, Intu, said it expects to breach covenants on its loans because of coronavirus
    • The North Norfolk News reports that a third seaside carnival has cancelled