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Detective spared jail due to coronavirus

A detective who tried to groom four women who were victims of crimes has avoided jail during the coronavirus pandemic.

Stuart Lunt
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Stuart Lunt was an officer with Lancashire Constabulary

Stuart Lunt was based in Chorley and admitted misconduct in a public office in February at Liverpool Crown Court.

Lunt, 36, of Greaves Close, Wigan was sentenced to 18 months in jail suspended for two years and 250 hours.

Judge David Aubrey said Lunt would have been jailed but for the exceptional circumstances currently being experienced.

'First carer' to die from suspected coronavirus is named

Carole Jamabo pictured with her two sons, Tonye Selema and Abiye Selema
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Carole Jamabo and her children Tonye Selema (left) and Abiye Selema

A care worker who died from suspected coronavirus has been named by her family as Carol Jamabo.

The mother-of-two worked at Cherish Elderly Care in Bury, Greater Manchester, and fell ill a week before she died last Wednesday.

The 56-year-old is believed to be the first care worker to be publicly identified after being suspected of dying from Covid-19..

She is not thought to have had any major underlying health conditions but did suffer from asthma.

She was a carer for 25 years, and worked both in the NHS and the prison service.

She would have been well deserving of a round of applause for her hard work and commitment over the years.

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Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd hospitalised with coronavirus

Tony Lloyd, MP for Rochdale
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Tony Lloyd, MP for Rochdale and formerly the MP for Stretford, has been hospitalised with coronavirus.

The 70-year-old Labour MP is being treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

A statement from his office said he is in a "stable" condition and was "responding to the treatment and dedicated care that he is receiving from the brilliant doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff at the hospital".

How to care for someone with Covid-19 at home

We all know the government guidelines by now - anyone with mild coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate at home for at least seven days.

But how should you help care for someone with the virus? The BBC's Laura Foster explains more.

Council works with hospitals to free up bed spaces

A picture of Trafford's Town Hall
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Trafford Council says it has helped free up 106 bed spaces since 16 March to take pressure off hospitals dealing with the coronavirus.

The council is working with health commissioners, care organisations and other partners to expand the rapid discharge service at hospitals across the area, which allows patients with less critical conditions to be transported home.

The council's community staff have been providing home care and food packages for recovering patients.

It says it has also opened up extra capacity in care homes for patients who are unable to return home.

Councillor Jo Harding, executive member for adult services, said: "Staff are doing an incredible job. They are helping to free up vital bed space and this is helping to save lives and reduce the pressure on our hospitals at a critical time."

Police praise for public staying away from beauty spots

Police in North Yorkshire have thanked the public for staying at home and not travelling to beauty spots over the weekend.

Helmsley Market Place
North Yorkshire Police

PC Ffion Twomlow posted a picture while on patrol in Helmsley on Sunday (above) while talking to members of the public about the Covid-19 restrictions.

She says: "I want to thank the people of Ryedale, as well as those from outside the area who rightly stayed away.

"We need to keep this going throughout the Easter period to limit the spread of the virus."

Scarborough street
North Yorkshire Police

Insp Steve Paxton, who took the photo above while on patrol in Scarborough yesterday, said: "It appears people are generally abiding by the message to stay at home and not visit the coast from outside the area.

"Seamer Road and Filey Road would usually be like car parks at this time of year with visitors."

Malham
North Yorkshire Police

However in the Yorkshire Dales police say they had to turn away a number of people from heading to Malham Cove.

The force said: "Walkers from Leeds, Keighley, Bradford and Oldham have ignored government advice to refrain from travelling out of their area for exercise.

"The officers were on hand to speak to the people about their behaviour, which could aid the spread of Covid-19.

"All the walkers agreed to travel back home and there was no requirement to take any further action."

Severe accident: A666 Greater Manchester both ways

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A666 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, from A667 Stoneclough Road to Pilkington Road.

A666 Greater Manchester - A666 Bolton Road in Kearsley closed in both directions from the A667 Stoneclough Road junction to the Pilkington Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J10 for B5214 Trafford Boulevard.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 anticlockwise at J10, B5214 (Trafford Centre), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J22 for A672.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound at J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J22 for A672.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound at J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J11 for A57 Liverpool Road to J10 for B5214 Trafford Boulevard.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and it's heavy on M60 anticlockwise from J11, A57 (Barton) to J10, B5214 (Trafford Centre), because of Medical Incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Matt Kelly wrote the poem, inspired by his partner who is a district nurse.
Matt Kelly was inspired to write the poem after hearing about the challenges his partner, a district nurse, faces daily.

'Stay at home' plea as Easter holiday starts

People are being warned to stay away from England's beauty spots amid the coronavirus lockdown, despite expected warm weather as Easter looms.

Group near Snake Pass enjoying a picnic
Derbyshire Police
Last week, Derbyshire Police found a group near Snake Pass enjoying a picnic

Pleas have been issued from the Yorkshire Dales and Peak District down to the south coast.

Despite a "dramatic reduction" in tourist visits already, the restrictions remain in place.

In the Peak District, the message is that even if the sun comes out people should not travel.

Mobile shop set up outside hospital to help NHS staff buy essential items

A coach hire company has set up a mobile pop-up shop outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital to help NHS staff

Sam Archer, from Fleetwood-based Archer Travel, said he came up with the idea after a friend who works for the NHS spent hours queuing for essential items in a supermarket after a long shift.

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Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from J28 for B5256 Leyland Way to J27 for A5209 Crow Orchard Road.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J28, B5256 (Leyland) to J27, A5209 (Standish), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from J28 for B5256 Leyland Way to J27 for A5209 Crow Orchard Road.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J28, B5256 (Leyland) to J27, A5209 (Standish), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Elland

The Rex cinema started in 1912, still has an interval and organ, but faces a shock in 2020
The random postcode generator takes Producer Polly Weston to Elland, Yorkshire. There's been a cinema here since pre-WWI and it still has an interval and two organists. But in 2020, the Rex faces a shock.

Elland is a historic, former millinery town, sandwiched between Halifax and Huddersfield in the Calderdale valley. Locals say the town has had a bit of a rough time - it has lost shops, its Victorian swimming pool, and suffered from being the lesser known of its neighbours along the valley. But it does have something people across Yorkshire recognise it for: The Rex.

A 300 seater cinema, which opened in 1912, and where the layout remains largely as it was on the day it opened. Polly gets drawn in by its individuality, its organists (80-year-old Mildred and 33-year-old Ben) its mugs of tea in the interval and its gingerbread men. The cinema faces a string of new challenges - the multiplexes in Huddersfield and Halifax have recently slashed their prices to compete with the Rex's £5.50 entry, while floods have been tormenting the local infrastructure. But as the days roll on, it becomes clear that something much bigger is around the corner - something which might jeopardise the annual Laurel and Hardy evening which Ben has been preparing his score for months for. Something which might jeopardise everything.

Produced/presented by Polly Weston
Exec Producer Jolyon Jenkins
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Kal Sajad

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Lancashire scout group play Wallace and Gromit theme

The 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band have found a new way to rehearse during the coornavirus lockdown - and are entertaining people online at the same time!

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Police chief admits 'initial confusion' over coronavirus lockdown rules

Lancashire Police Chief Constable Andy Rhodes has admitted to "initial confusion" regarding how to enforce the government's new lockdown guidelines during the coronavirus shutdown.

Some forces around the country came under fire this week amid complaints they were being too heavy-handed in enforcing the rules on social distancing and staying at home.

Mr Rhodes said taking action against people would be a "very last option", and officers would prefer to only have to remind people of what is expected of them.

He thanked people for abiding by the new measures to reduce the spread of the virus.

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Virtual Grand National to benefit NHS

BBC Sport

The actual Grand National may be off but Saturday will still feature a televised Virtual Grand National.

Virtual Grand National animation
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Forty runners who would have been most likely to line up will take part, using CGI technology and special algorithms.

Tiger Roll had been due to seek an unprecedented third consecutive win in the big race on Saturday before it was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bookmakers have odds, and profits will go to NHS Charities Together.

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

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M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, between J20 for A627 and J19 for A6046 Middleton Road.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J20 A627(M) J3 Rochdale and J19, A6046 (Heywood), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Wainhouse Tower lit blue for keyworkers

Wainhouse Tower in Halifax is being lit up every night to thank NHS staff and other key workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

The council say the the lights at the top of the 77m (253ft) landmark chimney will remain blue until further notice, as a sign of the area's support for front line workers.

Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift said staff in the borough were helping the community despite the threat of Covid-19.

He added: “Their kind and selfless efforts are truly commendable – they are real heroes. I’d like to thank every single health and care worker, every key worker and all the other people who are tirelessly doing everything they can to keep people safe and well."

Wainhouse Tower
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Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

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M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, from J21 for A6193 Sir Isaac Newton Way to J22 for A672.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M62 eastbound from J21, A6193 (Milnrow) to J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Train fire causes disruption on railways

A fire on a train is causing disruption on the railway.

Train operator Northern said as a result of the incident trains are not calling at stations between Todmorden and Rochdale.

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Couple's virtual wedding ceremony in living room

A couple hosted a virtual wedding ceremony at home after their big day was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Chris Marshall and Sue Barsby, from Clitheroe, Lancashire, held a ceremony via an electronic tablet.

Chris Marshall and Sue Barsby say 'I do' amid coronavirus pandemic

The couple's celebrant Ellie Brooks is offering the virtual service in return for a donation to the NHS.

After the service, the couple celebrated with their friends and family on a group chat video.

Watch: Police in Halifax join 'Clap for Carers' tribute

Police officers in Halifax joined in the last night's second "Clap for Carers" tribute to NHS staff and other key workers.

Officers lined up outside Calderdale Royal Hospital to salute those dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Calderdale Community protection team, who filmed the spectacle, said: "We are extremely proud of our front line officers, partners and key workers - Well done all."