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Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 15 April

Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 15 April

Published by May Norman at 5:43am 15th April 2020. (Updated at 5:54pm 15th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Wednesday, 15 April

Stray FM has put together an advice page - which can be found here.

We are also updating this interactive article DAILY, with the latest local information.

Here's what you need to know (this page will be regularly updated):



153 fines issued in North Yorkshire so far this month 

 North Yorkshire Police has issued 153 fines to people who have failed to comply with coronavirus restrictions since 2nd April.  

Officers have spoken with thousands of people since the restrictions were introduced and have taken nearly 2,000 direct reports from members of the public in relation to suspected breaches. 

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker, said:

“Since day one we have maintained our neighbourhood policing approach during the Covid-19 response, focusing on what has become known as the three ‘Es’ strategy – engage, explain and encourage people to adhere to the restrictions, using enforcement as a last resort. 

“Most people understand the gravity of the situation we face, most people are moved by the tragic stories we have seen, and most people have stayed at home.

“I would like to reiterate my thanks to everyone who continues to stay at home. We will get through this, and we will continue to work together to protect the NHS and save lives.”



England's Chief Nurse praises Captain Tom Moore

The chief nursing officer for England, Ruth May, has praised Captain Tom Moore, originally from Keighley, who has raised millions of pounds for NHS charities, by walking laps of his garden.

Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England said:

“Great thanks and huge respect go to Captain Tom Moore, whose incredible gesture and support for our NHS people is very much appreciated by everyone working in our health service.

“Tom is an inspiration to us all - and shows that everyone has something they can do to support the Covid-19 response.”




Captain Tom Moore's 100th birthday fundraiser clears £7 million

A 99-year-old army veteran, who was born and grew up in Keighley, has now raised well over £7 MILLION pounds for the NHS!

Captain Tom Moore is walking ten lengths of his garden, aiming to reach a hundred lengths before he turns 100.

You can read more about his story  here.  


Children continuing to be cared for in hubs in Harrogate 

Children of key workers in Harrogate are being cared for at hubs across the district.   It's as the UK lockdown looks set to be extended for another three weeks.  

You can read more here.  


North Yorkshire Fire Service issues plea to parents 

The service says they are still attending a small number of deliberate fires.  They are asking parents and guardians to make sure they know where their children are and what they are up to. 

They're asking parents to remind children that: 

  • Deliberately starting fires is usually a criminal offence and even small fires can endanger lives. 
  • Fire spreads quickly and can be unpredictable. 
  • Playing with fire in the home or garden can have serious unintended consequences. 
  • Fires outside can easily get out of control and cause damage to woodland, moorland and wildlife. 

If you are worried that your child is playing with fire you can get confidential advice by calling  0800 074 0064 or emailing


Latest coronavirus deaths in England

NHS England has released the latest figures for deaths from the virus in England. 

You can read more here.  


Increase in fly-tipping across Craven

North Yorkshire County Council is urging residents and businesses to reduce waste and stop fly-tipping, after a surge in reports last month.

It has produced a list of waste reduction tips to help residents during the virus outbreak.  

You can read more here.  


Tour de France postponed

The UCI have announced that this year's Tour de France is postponed and will now take place from 29th August to 20th September.

They've stated that holding this event in the best conditions possible is 'essential' given the Tour de France's place in cycling’s economy and its exposure globally.


'Our People NHS Staff Support' launched in Harrogate

A support service in Harrogate is playing a part in a  new national support initiative - to help health service workers cope with the challenges of working during the Coronavirus crisis.

Just 'B', which is part of North Yorkshire Hospice Care, has joined with other charities to help provide the 'Our People NHS Staff Support' initiative.

The service includes a helpline, text service and online resources to give staff access to help with grief, trauma, relationship and financial issues. 

Read the full story here


Cycle with a Yorkshire Olympian!

Yorkshire-born Olympian Alistair Brownlee is giving fans the opportunity to cycle along with him at home via a virtual bike experience.

It's all to raise funds for the Brownlee Foundation, which aims to inspire children to get active and encourage regular participation in sport.

Brownlee has promised to show fans his setup, where you'll warm up together over group introductions, learn about each other’s favorite rides, tours, courses, and neighbourhoods!


Skipton charity to send key workers on free holiday

This is a lovely gesture and a great reward for their hard work!

A Skipton-based children's charity is fundraising to send key workers and their children on a free holiday when the Coronavirus pandemic is over. 

The Principle Trust Children's Charity usually sends disadvantaged and disabled young people on holiday in one of their holiday homes.  

So far, they have held an online virtual quiz - and one of their staff members has had her head shaved for charity!

Read the full story here


Update: Captain Tom Moore's NHS fundraiser clears £5 MILLION!

He's done it!

99-year-old Tom Moore's 100th birthday fundraiser has cleared £5 MILLION in donations to NHS charities!

Cpt Tom Moore is walking 100 lengths of his garden to raise money for the fantastic NHS workers across the country.


RSPCA spread 'Stay at Home' message... with some help from their friends!

RSPCA West Hatch and some of their residents have been busy spreading the 'Stay at Home' message in the hope that they can open their doors to adopters again soon.

They are desperate to welcome adopters so that some of their residents can go to their new homes... but it means staying at home for the foreseeable future first!


Pharmacist arrested for illegal COVID-19 testing kits

A pharmacist has been arrested during an investigation into the illegal sale of coronavirus testing kits.

He was held by officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) who searched two properties and seized £20,000 in cash.

The pharmacist, 46, from Croydon, south London, was arrested under the Fraud Act for allegedly making false claims about the testing kits' capability.

Read the full story here


COVID-19 testing to be ramped up

Ministers have promised to ramp up coronavirus testing for care home residents and staff, as fears grow that the virus is "running wild" in adult social care.

Opposition parties have warned of a "growing crisis" in care homes, with elderly residents particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

And there are growing demands for care home deaths to be included in the daily updates for deaths in hospitals to stop "potentially thousands" of fatalities going "under the radar".

Read the full story here


Harrogate Grammar School production line continues!

Harrogate Grammar School's appeal for more materials has succeeded, as donations from West Yorkshire Steel has allowed them to continue producing protective equipment for the NHS.

The school have been creating visors in their Design Department before sending them on to key workers and those in the NHS, and the latest donation has allowed them to exceed their daily record and produce a further 300.

Great work to all involved!


Captain Tom Moore's 100th birthday fundraiser clears £4.5 MILLION

This is unbelievable!

A 99-year-old army veteran, who was born and grew up in Keighley, has now raised well over £4.5 MILLION pounds for the NHS!

Captain Tom Moore is walking ten lengths of his garden, aiming to reach a hundred lengths before he turns 100.

And after the story hit news outlets across the country, Tom's fundraising page has continued to rake in donations and currently sits at £4,660,035 - almost TEN times his initial target of £500,000!

Find the fundraising page with more details here


Harrogate Delivers

A new app has been launched in Harrogate.

It's called Harrogate Delivers - and lists all local businesses which deliver.

It's a great scheme:


TikTok madness!

As many of us embracing lockdown life, it seems a fair few people are turning to TikTok to amuse themselves and friends.

However, those on the frontline also enjoy taking part.

Personally, I love seeing these - they do make me smile.

Take a look at these North Yorkshire Police officers:


Ditch the sky lanterns

The Fire and Rescue service in North Yorkshire is asking people to stop letting sky lanterns fly into the air to support the NHS.

It comes after concerns that they will start fires when they land again.

Firefighters are being trained to drive ambulances to take patients to the new Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate 

Senior Fire station manager Tony Walker warns that an increase in calls to fires started by these may hamper these more important duties. 


Tributes paid to nurse

A nurse who worked at Harrogate Hospital is among the latest victims of the coronavirus.

55-year-old Zauma Ekoli - known as Josie - worked as an agency nurse across a number of wards and departments at the hospital.

She passed away on Monday.

Health bosses have paid tribute to her, saying she will be 'sadly missed by all'.