Sheffield weekend news: Four fined after 360-mile round trip from Bristol to go shopping
Welcome to The Star’s live blog for Sunday, 21 February.
Four people made a 360-mile round trip from Bristol to Sheffield on Saturday ‘for a spot of shopping’, police said.
Meanwhile, further details have emerged about a police chase through Halfway, Renshaw and Killamarsh in the early hours of yesterday morning following an attempted burglary at a scrap metal yard.
You can read more about both stories below.
We will be updating the blog throughout the day so check back for further details.
Sheffield news LIVE: Covidiots make 360-mile round trip from Bristol ‘for a spot of shopping’
Last updated: Sunday, 21 February, 2021, 16:53
Covidiots make 360-mile round trip from Bristol to Sheffield ‘for a spot of shopping'
Sheffield South East neighbourhood policing team said four people were issued with Covid fines for breaching the current guidelines.
A spokesperson said on Saturday: "The Manor & Arbourthorne team are patrolling the Park Hill area this evening.
"Coming from Bristol to Sheffield for a spot of shopping is not essential."
Anyone found to be in breach of Covid guidelines in the UK can be fined £200 for the first offence, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days.
The fines increase to £400 for the second offence, then double for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400.
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National news: one in three UK adults have received their first jab
A third (33.4%) of the UK adult population has now been given the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, latest figures show.
Government data up to February 20 shows that of the 18,197,269 jabs given in the UK so far, 17,582,121 were first doses – a rise of 334,679 on the previous day.
Some 615,148 were second doses, an increase of 10,263 on figures released the previous day.
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National news: Hancock refuses to apologise over coronavirus contracts
Matt Hancock was unapologetic after the High Court ruled the Government unlawfully failed to publish details of billions of pounds’ worth of coronavirus-related contracts.
Asked if he had anything to apologise for despite losing the case, he told the BBC: “People can make up their own view about whether I should have told my team to stop buying PPE and spend the time bringing forward those transparency returns by just over a fortnight.
“Or whether I was right to buy the PPE and get it to the front line. You tell me that that is wrong. You can’t. And the reason you can’t is because it was the right thing to do.
“Legal cases about timings of transparency returns are completely second order compared to saving lives.
“There is no health secretary in history who would have taken the view that they needed to take people off the project of buying PPE in order to ensure that nine months later the Health Secretary didn’t have a slightly bumpy interview on the Marr programme.
“It is not what it is about, Andrew (Marr), it is about doing the right thing.”
National news: restrictions to be eased with “weeks between the steps”,
Coronavirus restrictions will be eased with “weeks between the steps”, Matt Hancock has said.
The Health Secretary told Times Radio it takes a few weeks for the impact of lifting measures to be seen.
He said: “Hence there will be weeks between the steps so that we can watch carefully.”
Mr Hancock also said social distancing measures and the wearing of face coverings is likely to remain for a while.
National news: update on summer holidays
Matt Hancock insisted he booked his holiday to Cornwall “ages ago” as he declined to say whether people would be allowed to go on trips this summer.
The Health Secretary told the BBC: “The Prime Minister will be setting out more details on all these things in the road map published tomorrow, and so then hopefully that will give our best assessment of the future as we can see it.
“But, of course, we will also remain vigilant and look at the data as we go through this.”
Beautiful sunrise over the Steel City
Star reader Cat Wasnidge captured this brilliant photo of the sunrise over Sheffield this morning.
Light rain and a gentle breeze is forecast this afternoon but it should remain dry for the rest of the day.
Enjoy your Sunday and stay safe.