Sheffield news LIVE: Wizz Air to restart flights from Doncaster Sheffield Airport tomorrow

Welcome to the Sheffield Star’s live blog for Tuesday, June 30.

Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 4:37 pm

This blog will be updated throughout the day with a round up of the news and traffic and travel information for Sheffield and South Yorkshire, as well as the biggest national news stories.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 30 June, 2020, 21:22

  • Man arrested for 'driving while unfit' following crash on major Sheffield road
  • Prime Minister unveils government's post-coronavirus recovery plan
  • NATIONAL NEWS: First local lockdown imposed in Leicester
  • An area of South Yorkshire is also said to be at risk of a local lockdown due to a surge in cases
  • Health chief says Sheffield unlikely to go into local lockdown despite having higher infection rate than Leicester
  • Public urged to be ’calm’ and ’sensible’ when pubs reopen at the weekend
  • Cineworld pushes reopening date back to July 31

Sheffield council chief executive appointed to top National Lottery Fund role

The former Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council has landed the top job as England Chair at the National Lottery Community Fund, a role he will take on for four years.

His appointment was announced by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden.

John Mothersole served as Sheffield City Council’s Chief Executive for eleven years, until his retirement in December last year.

He had served the council for nine years before becoming chief executive, initially joining to to take up the role of Executive Director for Development, Environment and Leisure.

Woman, 35, named as victim in Sheffield murder investigatio

A woman who died in Sheffield on Friday (June 26) has been named as detectives continue to piece together her final movements.

Kimberley Smith (known as Kimmy) was found unconscious and unresponsive after ambulance crews were called to an address in Pavilion Way, Firth Park, at 8.25am that day.

The 35-year-old was taken to hospital but sadly died shortly before 5pm. Kimberley’s family is being supported and ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time.

They have shared: “Kimmy was a much adored mother, daughter, sister and loved one and we, her family, request time to grieve in peace.”

Wizz Air to restart flights from Doncaster Sheffield Airport tomorrow

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) has announced that following the relaxation of travel restrictions Wizz Air will be restarting operations from DSA tomorrow,  July 1, with the first flights expected to Riga, Krakow, Vilnius and Bucharest. 

Wizz Air is DSA’s largest airline, having operated from the airport for over a decade, with flights starting in 2006.

The airline anticipates that more destinations will soon be added to the list of available flights from DSA, as the­­ Government and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) relax current legislation and restrictions on international travel.

Wizz aeroplane taking off from DSA

Dee Thomas, Director of Operations at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said “We’re so happy to welcome back Wizz Air passengers to DSA, getting their holiday and travel plans back on track.

“Wizz is a valued partner of Doncaster Sheffield Airport and we are proud to be one of their UK bases. We celebrated 4 million passengers last year and look forward to welcoming many more now that operations have restarted.”

DSA remained fully operation during the Coronavirus pandemic, continuing its freight activities, including the delivery of perishable goods and personal protective equipment, however Wizz Air passengers will be the first to return to the airport, to be followed by TUI passengers next month.

Sheffield's coronavirus death toll remains static

The number of people who have died, after testing positive for Covid-19 in the city has not increased since yesterday

According to NHS England figures released this afternoon, another 37 people, who tested positive for Covid-19, have died, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in hospitals in England to 28,709.

Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital

In Sheffield, there have been 286 deaths, which is the same as yesterday’s total.Rotherham’s and Barnsley’s death tolls have also not changed since yesterday, with 193 in Rotherham and 145 in Barnsley.

But Doncaster’s total has gone up by two since yesterday and now stands at 223. 

Earlier today, fears rose that Doncaster could be put back on lockdown – after the town topped a list of places where coronavirus infections are rising. 

According to national reports, there is a real risk pubs, shops and schools in Doncaster could be shut down again – after league tables show the town has seen a large number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. 

It comes as Leicester was put into a localised lockdown after cases spiked there

Man arrested for 'driving while unfit' following crash on major Sheffield road

The collision took place on Handsworth Road, Handsworth just before 11.30am today, and involved three cars. 

A road closure was put in place on Handsworth Road, from the junction of Richmond Park Road to Hendon Street, while recovery work took place but it has now reopened. 

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: "We received a call today (30 June) at 11:32am following reports of a road traffic collision involving three cars on Handsworth Road in Sheffield.

"It is believed that a red Citroen DS3 DSport collided with a silver Ford Fiesta Ztec and a black Hyundai Estate.

“No one was injured in the collision. One man was arrested at the scene for driving while unfit through drink or drugs. He remains in police custody.”

Prime Minister unveils government's post-coronavirus recovery plans

Boris Johnson has said Britain needs to be able to move with "levels of energy and speed that we have not needed for generations" in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Delivering a keynote speech at a technical college in Dudley, West Midlands, the Prime Minister said: "It may seem a bit premature to make a speech now about Britain after Covid when that deceptively nasty disease is still rampant in other countries and when global case numbers are growing fast.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pictured during a visit to a echnical college in Dudley, West Midlands. Picture: PA

"And when many in this country are nervous, rightly, about more outbreaks - whether national or local - like the flareup in Leicester.

"Where, as I promised, we are putting on the breaks, and I thank the people of Leicester for their forbearance.

"And yet we cannot continue simply to be prisoners of this crisis. We are preparing now, slowly, cautiously, to come out of hibernation and I believe it is absolutely vital for us to set out the way ahead so that everyone can think and plan for the future: short, medium and long-term.

"Because if the Covid crisis has taught us one thing: it's that this country needs to be ready for what may be coming, and we need to be able to move with levels of energy and speed that we have not needed for generations."

He said the nation must act now in "this interval" to plan the response to the coronavirus crisis and fix the problems "most brutally illuminated in that Covid lightning flash".

“We all knew when we went into lockdown that there would be huge economic costs, we could see what would happen and yet we did it, the United Kingdom, in a display of solidarity not seen since the Second World War,” said Mr Johnson, adding: "And so today we must combine that energy and drive and that concentrated burst of collective willpower that protected the NHS and controlled the virus and saved literally hundreds of thousands of lives and we must work fast because we've already seen the vertiginous drop in GDP and we know that people are worried now about their jobs and their businesses.

"And we're waiting as if between the flash of lightning and the thunderclap with our hearts in our mouths for the full economic reverberations to appear.

"And so we must use this moment now, this interval to plan our response and to fix of course the problems that were most brutally illuminated in that Covid lightning flash."

He listed these as the social care system and the parts of Government "that seemed to respond so sluggishly".

Mr Johnson also pledged to "unleash" the potential of the "entire country". 

He said: "I believe in building people up: giving everyone growing up in this country the opportunity they need. 

"Whoever you are, whatever your ethnicity, whatever your background, and there are certain things that are indispensable for that opportunity: the hospital you're born in, the schools you go to, the safety of the streets where you grow up. 

"And this Government has not forgotten that we were elected to build 40 new hospitals - and we will. Matt Hancock is setting out the list in the next few days, and that is just the beginning." 

Mr Johnson also said the Government would not "wait" to fix the problems in social care, and said plans were being finalised. 

He added: "It's time that the system recognised that talent and genius are expressed as much by hand and by eye as they are by a spreadsheet or an essay." 

 Referencing figures which suggest a pupil from a London state school is 50 per cent more likely to go to a top university than one in the West Midlands, he said: "That is not only unjust - it is such a waste of human talent. "We will unleash the potential of the entire country."

Section of busy road closed due to crash

A section of Handsworth Road in Handsworth is currently closed due to an accident. 

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said the road was closed from the junction of Richmond Park Road to Hendon Street while the emergency services carry out their work. 

Live updates to follow. 

Deaths in England fall below five-year average for first time since lockdown

The number of deaths registered in England and Wales over one week has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since before lockdown was imposed, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The overall number of weekly registered deaths fell below the five-year average for the first time since the week ending March 13.

There were 65 fewer deaths registered in the week ending June 19 - 0.7 per cent below the average number of deaths for this period over five years. 

The number of deaths registered in England and Wales over one week has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since before lockdown was imposed

In both hospitals and care homes the number of deaths fell below the average, with 782 and 49 fewer deaths respectively.

However, there were 827 excess deaths in people's private homes.

Of the 9,339 deaths registered in the week ending June 19, 783 mentioned "novel coronavirus" - the lowest number of deaths involving Covid-19 for 12 weeks.

The ONS counts these as excess deaths, as coronavirus was not a cause of death before 2020.

Four regions in England - the South East, South West, North West and East - registered no excess deaths, while the number of registered deaths in the West Midlands was similar to the five-year average.

Public Health chief says Sheffield is not at risk of 'local lockdown' - despite having higher infection rate than Leicester

On Monday evening the government announced restrictions on daily life would once again be tightened in the East Midlands city of more than 300,000 people after a surge in cases.

Speaking in Parliament, health secretary Matt Hancock said cases have continued to rise in Leicester despite a drop nationally.

As of 4pm on Monday, 29 June the infection rate in Leicester was 297.3 with 1,056 confirmed cases, according to Public Health England. In Sheffield, it was 461.1 with 2,686 confirmed cases.

Dr Andrew Lee, a reader of Public Health at Sheffield University, said: “Just looking at the absolute numbers themselves isn’t a good yardstick because it doesn’t show whether the numbers are rising or falling.

Military personnel assist at a drive-in testing facility for coronavirus

“What makes Sheffield different from Leicester is Sheffield’s number started from a very high level, whereas Leicester is the reverse and all of a sudden they had this large rise - basically one quarter of all the cases there happened in the first two weeks of June.”

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Public urged to be 'calm' and 'sensible' when the pubs reopen

Britain's most senior police officer has urged the public to be calm and sensible when pubs reopen in much of England on Saturday.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said her force has been planning for July 4 "for some time".

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "You will see a lot of police officers out on the street. There will be a lot more ready should people be out of order, should people get violent. But I'm not predicting that at this stage."

London has seen tensions flare during recent protests and a number of unlicensed music events.

Dame Cressida added: "My message is, if you're coming out on Saturday, be calm, be sensible. Look after yourself, look after your family. We are still in a global pandemic which is affecting this country very obviously. People need to be sensible."

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