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Campaign to save Hull venue raises £6,000 in 24 hours

More than £6,000 has been raised by campaigners hoping to resurrect a Hull pub and music venue.

The Polar Bear

The Polar Bear pub on the city's Spring Bank went into administration in July.

It was closed at the same time as the Welly Club, in Beverley Road, as both venues were owned by the VMS group.

The decision to close them came after financial strain caused by the COVID pandemic, said the company.

On Wednesday a crowdfunding campaign was launched with the aim to raise £15,000 to purchase the pub's sound systems, music equipment, and a Polar Bear statue when it goes up for auction next week.

If successful the venue would be run as a community interest company, or non-charitable limited firm, benefiting the community rather than simply making a profit.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A misty and muggy start today, becoming largely dry and warm, with areas of cloud around.

The cloud will disperse in the afternoon to allow for some sunny spells.

Tonight will be mostly dry and mild with large areas of cloud and light southerly winds:

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Work starts on new pop-up Hull cycle lanes

New pop-up cycle lanes are to be installed in Hull from tonight, the council says.

Spring Bank

The lanes will be created in Spring Bank and Ferensway, with some roads seeing restricted parking.

On Spring Bank (pictured above), the left-hand lanes in both directions are to be converted into combined bus and cycle lanes between Ferensway and Princes Avenue.

On Ferensway, the council says there will be a green designated cycle and bus lane, from Spring Bank to Anlaby Road.

Kerbside parking bays are to be removed, but parking lay-bys will remain on Spring Bank.

Overnight works are to take places on Ferensway from 19:00 until 06:00 to keep disruption to a minimum, with the work taking place from tonight.

It's hoped the work will be finished by Friday, 28 August, with money coming from the Department for Transport.

Hope for Hull venue as crowdfunder launched to save it

A £15,000 crowdfunding campaign has been launched to buy a "much-loved" music venue in Hull.

The Polar Bear

The Polar Bear closed last month after the company that owns it went into administration.

It followed four months of forced closure because of the coronavirus lockdown

But now a crowdfunding campaign has been started to raise £15,000 to buy the venue's assets at auction next week.

A further £40,000 would then need to be raised to keep the venue running through the pandemic.

The group behind it includes management of the venue and that of sister-venue The Welly Club.

It's hoped that if the money is raised the venue will become a Community Interest Company.

The group behind the bid says it has "the full support of key strategic partners; Hull City Council, City Arts Unit and Music Venue Trust".

Max Clark: Family thank city for support after crash

The family of a 10-year-old Hull boy who lost his leg when he was hit by a motorbike have thanked the city for all their support.

Max on a trampoline

Max Clark had his lower leg amputated after he was hit by the motorbike being ridden on a footpath in Rosmead Park, Hull, in May.

Rider Jerome Cawkwell, 24, was jailed for three years after admitting five offences including causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Max, who is a promising dancer and gymnast, is still determined to excel in the sport.

His dad Patrick said: "We have knocks at the door I think once a week from a regular teacher, she comes round once a week, and she's always dropping off home-baked goods.

"Max loves it. Everybody helping. I still get messages now asking how he's doing."

Origami angels raise more than £130,000

Thousands of paper angels have taken flight above the nave of Ripon Cathedral where they will flutter above worshippers throughout August and September.

Origami angels
Ripon Cathedral

About 10,000 of the origami creations were handmade by more than 100 volunteers during the coronavirus lockdown and feature prayers offered to loved ones and key workers.

The project has so far raised over £130,000, which will be split between the cathedral and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Angels above the nave
Ripon Cathedral

The cathedral's Canon Michael Gisbourne told BBC Radio York's Georgey Spanswick the angels cover the whole length and width of the nave - you can hear the interview by clicking this link.

Hull's Freedom Festival line-up announced

The line-up for Hull's Freedom Festival has been announced, in what will be a online affair because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Downtown Kayoto
Tom Arran

Internationally-renowned artists Kaleider, Luke Jerram and Luke Wright will join local talent Downtown Kayoto (pictured above), Emma Fee and Joe Hakim.

Broadcast in partnership with BBC Radio Humberside, the arts festival would usually attract about 130,000 visitors over five days.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will now take place virtually between 4 and 6 September, with an app being used to view performances.

The festival celebrates Hull's links with anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce.

Hull Freedom Festival
Hull Freedom Festival

Mikey Martins, from Freedom Festival Arts Trust, said: "While we’re deeply disappointed Freedom Festival 2020 won’t take place in the streets and squares of Hull as it’s done for the past 12 years, we recognise our role in the local and global fight against coronavirus and our responsibility to protect our audiences, artists, team and city.

“There are certainly a few perks to an online festival: no time-slot clashes, you don't have to queue and you can create your own interval at any time you like. Plus, you can watch from the comfort of your own home."

Government to invest £115m in Covid-19 recovery projects

The Government has announced more than 50 projects across Yorkshire will share £115m to build homes, infrastructure and create jobs as part of the region's economic recovery from coronavirus.

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The successful projects will receive a portion of the £900 million Getting Building Fund which was announced by the Prime Minister in June.

Among the projects to benefit are upgrades to cycling infrastructure in East Yorkshire, improvements to Barnsley town centre, the redevelopment of the George Hotel in Huddersfield and improving older terraced homes in the Holbeck area of Leeds.

Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, which secured more than £33m, said: "This investment will strengthen our digital infrastructure, improve learning spaces within our schools and colleges, support businesses and create new walking and cycling infrastructure.

"It will help our effort to make South Yorkshire stronger, greener and fairer as we build back from COVID."

Leader of Leeds City Council Judith Blake, which was awarded £18m, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding as it will allow us to press ahead with three shovel-ready schemes in Leeds.

"These are all projects that will help reduce our city’s carbon impact and help the economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic."

'Boost' for businesses as new eating out scheme launched

The hospitality sector in East Yorkshire hopes the government's 'eat out to help out' scheme will help save a dismal year for trade because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A sign in the window of a shop
PA Media

From today, diners across the UK will be able to enjoy a discount of up to 50%, up to a maximum of £10 per diner, off their bills at businesses which have signed up to the initiative.

Discounts can only be claimed between Mondays and Wednesdays during August and only covers food and soft drinks, not alcohol.

Kathryn Shilito from Hull Business Improvement District said: "This is a real welcome boost, particularly to food and beverage [businesses]. They're struggling desperately and we want to get people into the city centre.

"We know the staycation is becoming more and more popular because holidays abroad are being cancelled left, right and centre, and we just hope that those people really take advantage of this scheme because it will save them money inevitably."

University to look at plastic impact during pandemic

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A university has launched a national online survey to find out if coronavirus has changed how the public views plastic after a surge in consumption during the pandemic.

A disposable glove
PA Media

Environmental experts at the University of Hull say the public had turned to plastic - such as face masks, gloves, gowns and screens - as a way of keeping themselves and their loved ones safe.

And academics warned that the increased use could be a set-back in the battle against single-use plastic, as a new group began working together to explore plastic use.

The university's study aims to find out how the pandemic has changed how people view the use and consumption of plastics across the country and whether people's feelings and opinions towards plastics have been altered because of its visible use in saving lives.

Police close house used for drug taking and prostitution

A house known for drug use and prostitution has been closed and the tenant evicted after months of anti-social behaviour, say police.

The notice outside the house
Humberside Police

Humberside Police were granted a court order to permanently shut the property after the occupant breached a previous court-imposed ban on having visitors.

PC Tim McGowan said: “We do a lot of patrolling with partners in the area and had identified this address to be problematic, with many local residents also raising their concerns. Working with the housing association, warning letters had been issued to the address but it had failed to rectify the issues we were seeing.

“Now that we have a full closure in place, the occupant has been evicted from the property, unable to return, and the housing association have secured the property to prevent any further criminality."

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry day with sunny spells, with cloud developing in the afternoon and a few thundery showers later.

Tonight there will be some patchy cloud with the occasional shower, but it will become dry with clear spells as the night progresses:

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Libby Squire: Memorial bench unveiled for Hull student

A memorial bench has been unveiled in memory of Hull student Libby Squire - 18 months after she disappeared.

The bench

The 21-year-old, originally from High Wycombe, went missing after a night out in Hull on 1 February 2019.

Her body was found in the Humber Estuary almost seven weeks later.

Today, friends and family gathered at the site on Beverley Road where she was last seen, with a memorial bench being unveiled there in her memory.

Libby Squire
Family handout

The trial of Polish national Pawel Relowicz, 26, who is charged with Ms Squire's rape and murder, was due to start in June but has been moved to a later date due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Person falls down cliffs watching coastguard rescue

A person fell down a cliff on the East Yorkshire coast as they watched a coastguard rescue taking place last night, it's been revealed.

The helicopter landing
Chris Berry

Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team said they were called out at about midnight to reports of a person falling 30ft down a cliff near Skipsea Sands Holiday Park.

Due to the person's injuries and position on the beach, a helicopter was brought in to winch them to safety.

As that was happening, an onlooker further south of the scene fell off the cliff edge, sustaining "equally severe injuries".

The two people were then taken to Hull Royal Infirmary once the helicopter had landed on the beach.

The coastguard said while the rescue operation might have looked "exciting", it is paramount people don't place themselves in danger.

Breaking'Higher risk settings' reopenings postponed

As coronavirus infection rates begin to rise again in England, the government has postponed the reopening of "high risk settings" such as casinos and bowling alleys for a fortnight.

Boris Johnson
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At a press conference, Boris Johnson said the government needed to take "swift, decisive action", and would "squeeze the break pedal" on reopening society.

Changes to wedding celebrations will also be postponed, he added.

The PM says people in England would also be encouraged to wear face coverings in new settings - such as museums - from 8 August.

The prime minister said planned reopenings for 1 August will be postponed for a fortnight.

At a national press conference Boris Johnson said: "With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal... in order to keep the virus under control.

"That means until August 15 at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close-contact services must remain closed.

"Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted."

Boris Johnson said: "I know that the steps we are taking will be a real blow to many people, to everyone whose wedding plans have been disrupted or who cannot now celebrate Eid in the way that they would wish. And I'm really, really sorry about that but we cannot simply take the risk."

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry and hot day for most with plenty of sunshine.

Later in the afternoon, some patchy cloud will build up, with the small chance of some showers.

This evening cloud will thicken, with the possibility of further showers moving in:

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Libby Squire death: Mum's gratitude to Hull community

The mother of Libby Squire has thanked strangers for their support and comfort over her daughter's death.

Libby Squire
Squire family

The 21-year-old, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, disappeared after a night out in Hull on 1 February 2019.

Her body was found in the Humber Estuary seven weeks later.

Speaking to the Hull Community Church, Libby's mother, Lisa, said: "When she was missing, to know everybody was behind us and the police trying to find her was amazing and that really has helped.

"Some days are good and some days are bad, the pain never goes away, but it's softened and I'm really grateful to everybody for their continued love and support."

A memorial bench is due to be installed tomorrow at the site where she was last seen 18 months ago, replacing an existing bench, which is being removed today.

The trial of Polish national Pawel Relowicz, 26, was due to start in June but has been moved to a later date because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Appeal to find teenage boy missing from Hull for two weeks

Police are appealing for help finding a 17-year-old boy who has been missing from Hull for more than two weeks.

Kevin Hawker
Humberside Police

Kevin Hawker (pictured), was last seen at 10:00 on Tuesday 14 July in the Beverley Road area.

Humberside Police are asking "anyone who thinks they can help us get him safely home" to get in touch.

Drone pictures show scale of Howden industrial fire

New drone pictures from Humberside Fire and Rescue show the scale of a fire at a business park in East Yorkshire.

The fire from the air
Humberside Fire and Rescue

Firefighters are expected to remain at the Howden blaze "for some time", the fire service said.

People living nearby have been asked to keep their doors and windows closed.

The fire from the air
Humberside Fire and Rescue

The fire is under control and nobody is believed to have been injured.

Crews were called to the Ozone Business Park at about 03:45 this morning with two fire engines remaining at the scene.

The fire from the air
Humberside Fire and Rescue

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, some of which could be heavy at times, but which should clear in the afternoon.

A dry, mild, night is expected with clear skies and a light wind:

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Witness appeal over assault on disabled woman

Police are appealing for witnesses after a disabled woman was left "shaken and in pain" after being assaulted in Bridlington.

Police jacket
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Humberside Police say as the woman passed three men outside a hairdressers on Lansdowne Road one of the men grabbed her wheelchair and jerked it backwards and forwards several times.

The men, who were white and believed to be in their 40s, then walked away laughing in the direction of Marshall Avenue, the force said.

The incident took place at about 15:00 on Sunday.

The man who grabbed the chair was about 6ft 4ins tall, of large build, with black hair. He wore a dark blue polo shirt, with jeans and shoes which were described as being dark coloured.

One of the other men wore a white or cream top with dark coloured jeans.

Sgt Nick Bunker, from the community cohesion team, said: “This was a cowardly attack on a vulnerable woman who has been left very shaken and distressed.

“These men may have believed it was all a joke, but she certainly didn’t see it that way and neither do we."

Anyone who recognises the men from the description or who witnessed the incident is asked to come forward.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today, under the influence of high pressure, it will be a fine and dry day with sunny periods throughout. Some patches of cloud look set to develop during the day.

Tonight will be largely dry with clear spells. As the night progresses, it will turn cloudier with a chance of patchy rain in places. A milder night.

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Dettol firm expects cleaning product sales to stay high

The Hull-based company which makes Dettol and other cleaning products says it expects sales to permanently increase because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The cleaner
Neil Squires/PA Media

Reckitt Benckiser, which has an innovation lab in the city, says its health business saw a 9.3% rise in the first half of the financial year.

Chief executive Laxman Narasimhan said he expects Covid-19 will permanently increase sales of Dettol and other cleaning products as the company looks forward to a better-than-expected 2020.

He added that lessons from the past show consumers will incorporate new routines if they keep them up for around two months.

He told the PA news agency: "We have gone back in time and looked at what we have seen when there have been other outbreaks, like Sars and Mers.

"What you see is that there is a step up in consumption - a step up in both penetration, which is sustained, and then frequency of use.

"It won't be at the peak levels you might see today. But if you compare it to pre-Covid times, we expect that the levels will be higher."

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

Today, there will be a mixture of sunny spells and a few showers throughout the day. A cool and breezy day for many with a brisk north-westerly wind.

Any showers will tend to ease and then die out as the night progresses. There will be clear spells developing and some areas of cloud too.

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Hull aquarium reopens as lockdown restrictions ease

One of Hull's major tourist attractions has reopened today, with new rules put in place to help people stay safe from coronavirus.

The Deep
Anna Gowthorpe/PA Media

Pre-booking trips, social distancing and a one-way system are some of the measures now in place at The Deep as it reopens after months of closure due to the pandemic.

Venue bosses previously said its future was in doubt with the pandemic keeping customers away and bills still needing to be paid to feed and look after the animals there.

Katy Duke, chief executive at the charity, says the last 18 weeks have been tough financially.

She said: "Obviously without any visitors, the charity doesn't really have any income, so we still have our mouths and our fishy friends to look after and our penguins, and of course there's a huge cost associated with that."

Hornsea rescue: Girl, 12, swept to sea on inflatable

A girl has been rescued by a lifeboat after she was swept half-a-mile out to sea (800m) on an inflatable toy off the East Yorkshire coast.

Rescue teams with the inflatable
Hornsea Rescue

The 12-year-old was spotted by the National Coastwatch Institution on Sunday who notified the coastguard.

The Hornsea Inshore Rescue was launched just after 16:20 BST along with a coastguard team and she was brought back and reunited with her family.

The coastguard advised holidaymakers "to not use inflatables on the sea".

Beach-goers should not try to rescue anyone swept out to sea but call for immediate help, HM Coastguard Hornsea added.

Hornsea Inshore Rescue was established as an independent charity in 1994 and operates from a purpose-built boathouse in the seaside resort.

Two boys detained over special school vandalism

Two 11-year-old boys have been detained after "devastating" damage was caused to a special school in Hull.

Northcott School, Hull

Police said the pair climbed "on the roof" of Northcott School, on Dulverton Close, when officers were called to the site at about 16:30 BST on Saturday.

Headteacher Katherine Johnson said the school could ill afford the £15,000 worth of repair costs and its 128 pupils "will suffer as a result".

Hull North MP Diana Johnson said it was "totally unacceptable".

Northcott School supports students, aged between five and 16, with autism, speech, language and communication needs.

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of showery rain today, accompanied by gusty winds. Rain may be heavy at times, with a slight chance of some thunder and lightning.

Windy this evening, with a few showers passing through, clearing eastwards. It will then turn largely dry and clear overnight, although the odd shower will blow in from the northwest.

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Severe accident: A63 East Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A63 East Yorkshire westbound severe accident, from A1165 Great Union Street to A1079 Ferensway.

A63 East Yorkshire - A63 Castle Street in Hull closed and queues westbound from Roger Millward Way roundabout to Mytongate roundabout, because of an accident involving a car and a bike. Congestion to Mount Pleasant. The eastbound side is also building up with traffic as people slow to look.

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

Falcon pictured in Yorkshire carrying disposable mask

A falcon was pictured with a disposable mask in its talons, prompting a call for people to get rid of their masks responsibly.

The falcon and the mask
Steve Shipley

Steve Shipley, from Driffield, took the photos of the falcon on the coast in Yorkshire.

The juvenile bird was spotted picking at mask, which it was holding in its talons.

Steve said: "It's quite a sad sight really, to see the falcon with the mask. They're there to protect us and it's not protecting the bird. It can cause a lot of damage to them.

"It's a matter of people being a bit more responsible and disposing of the masks properly. The masks are there to protect us, and the least we can do is not put anything else in danger."

The bird with the mask
Steve Shipley

New date announced for football season start

Leeds United will start their Premier League campaign in September, after a new date was announced for the 2020-2021 season.

Leeds United
PA Media

Sheffield United will welcome the newly-promoted Whites with the season kicking off on 12 September with it finishing on 23 May 2021, the Premier League says.

The English Football League, which will feature Huddersfield Town, Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and newly-promoted Rotherham United, will also return on 12 September.

Hull City will join Doncaster Rovers in League One, with Bradford City in League Two.

The leagues are expected to finish on 8 and 9 May.

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A fine day with spells of sunshine, gentle winds and occasional showers in the afternoon.

This evening will see late spells of sunshine with cloud and showers increasing overnight:

Weather graphic

Yorkshire shoppers urged to 'be sensible' over face masks

People across Yorkshire are being urged to use common sense and conform to new rules on the wearing of face masks in shops and supermarkets to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

A shopper wears a facemask as she walks in the city centre of Leeds.

From today, coverings are compulsory in enclosed public spaces such as supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks and takeaways.

Police can hand out fines of up to £100 to those who do not comply.

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said: “Controlling the spread of the virus is a vital part of trying to return to a more normal way of life.

“Clearly, it's never going to be possible for officers to respond to every report of someone not wearing a mask, so we need everyone to be sensible and to do their part to ensure we stop the spread of coronavirus."

Meanwhile, South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, said: "The primary responsibility for ensuring people wear masks has to lie with the shops themselves, because there simply aren't enough officers to police this."

Fire service's barbecue plea after cliff-top blaze

People planning on a trip to the coast or countryside in East Yorkshire or northern Lincolnshire this weekend are being asked by Humberside Fire Serivce to leave their barbecues at home.

The fire on the cliff
Bridlington Coastguard/Crown Copyright

It comes after fire crews were called to a blaze on the top of the cliffs at North Landing, Flamborough, on Saturday.

With help from the coastguard, firefighters worked to put out the blaze which was smouldering and which caused "extensive damage" to the cliff, the coastguard said.

The fire service has said people should "leave the BBQ at home" if they plan on going out to enjoy the countryside this weekend.

Police 'will issue fines' if people breach face mask rules

Humberside Police say officers "will issue fines where we need to" if people breach new rules around the use of face coverings in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Woman in mask
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The use of face coverings will be compulsory in shops across England from Friday and those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £100, the government has announced.

Assistant Ch Con Chris Noble said: "Guidance we have offered to our local businesses is in a similar vein to our policing approach, which has always been to engage with people and explain, providing encouragement to adhere to the rules and as a last resort, apply enforcement.

“If an individual refuses to comply, shop employees should ask them to leave the store in the first instance. Should there be any further refusal or non-compliance, we are able to attend and whilst we will also attempt to engage with the individual, we can and will issue fines where we need to."

However, he urged people not to immediately contact police if someone is not wearing a face covering, but instead to report it to the shop or premises in question.