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Coronavirus update:

Temporary changes to East Yorkshire bus services


From Monday 23 March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, bus company East Yorkshire will be temporarily changing their timetables.

Most services will run to a Sunday timetable, but with extra early morning journeys to allow workers to travel.  Routes which don’t normally have Sunday buses will also have a special timetable.

East Yorkshire’s schedulers are currently working around the clock to get these services planned so that they can cover as many parts of the region as possible.  As soon as the company have the new timetables confirmed, they will publish them at www.eastyorkshirebuses.co.uk , through social media, and on the East Yorkshire Buses app.  Until then, please be patient – the information is being prepared as fast as possible.  It is hoped that they will be available to view on the website from Friday afternoon.
Please don’t panic – every route will still have a service, but at a reduced frequency reflecting reduced demand and resources.

Bus stop real-time predictions on the company's website and app may not work straight away, as the information takes a while to update.  However, the bus tracker should be accurate in showing the bus locations on a map.

Most other bus companies around the country are also reducing their service, so if you also use other operator’s buses, please check their information too, to see how they are amending their services.

Ben Gilligan, East Yorkshire’s Area Director, said: “Thank you to all our passengers for your understanding during this unique situation – we are doing our best to continue to run as good a service as we can, for as long as we can.”

Those who don't have internet access can ring BusLine on 01482 592929, to find the new times.  Please only ring BusLine if you have no online access, as they are expected to be very busy, and need to keep lines clear for people who cannot look at the timetables online.  BusLine will not have the timetables until Friday afternoon, as they are still being prepared, so please do not ring them until then - they cannot give out any information about next week's times until the scheduling work is finished.


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New visiting arrangements for

Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital


Visiting stopped at Hull Royal infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital

All visiting at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill is being stopped from Wednesday in line with the Government’s social isolation policy to protect staff and patients during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is stopping all visiting to patients unless in a few exceptions approved in advance by senior ward staff. Those exceptions include end-of-life care, birthing partners when a woman is in labour and one parent only for children in our paediatric wards and neonatal intensive care unit.

Chief Executive Chris Long said: “In light of the Government’s instruction over social isolation and the need to stop all  but essential travel, we have no alternative but to cease all visiting at our hospitals from Wednesday.

“This is not a step we take lightly. But it is a step we must take if we are to have any chance to protecting our staff and patients from the virus.”

The trust has delayed the introduction of visiting restrictions until Wednesday to give members of the public time to make alternative arrangements.

Staff will be redeployed from other areas to work on wards answering increased telephone calls from relatives to ensure ward staff are not diverted from frontline care to answer phones.

Additional security will be brought in to ensure people do not attempt to flout the restrictions and place hospital teams and patients in danger by attempting to get onto wards.

Until the restrictions come into force on Wednesday, the trust is renewing its plea for visitors to stay away from hospital if they have a high temperature or dry, continuous cough or are vulnerable as a result of their medication, a chronic illness or they are over 70 years of age.

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Residents urged to cut back hedges and trees to avoid causing obstructions


East Riding residents are being reminded to trim their own private hedges and trees which overhang paths and roads to prevent them from causing an obstruction.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s streetscene enforcement team said overgrown vegetation can become a nuisance or even a danger to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers if it overhangs, obstructs or blocks visibility on the public highway.

This is a particular problem for individuals with prams and pushchairs and people in wheelchairs, who need a clear pathway of adequate width to pass.

Visibility for traffic around junctions is also especially important, so any vegetation which obscures traffic signs or blocks street lights needs to be maintained by regular trimming back.

Last year the council dealt with 280 reports of overgrown vegetation.

It is hoped that a reminder to residents will reduce this number, prevent accidents and help keep the East Riding looking tidy.

The streetscene enforcement team will first approach residents with a polite request to trim overhanging vegetation but, if no action is taken, it can serve a 14-day notice requiring the work to be carried out.

If all warnings are ignored, the council will do the work itself and recover all expenses from the resident.

The council is not able to offer this as a service to residents. The cheapest solution is for residents to cut back the greenery themselves, ask someone they know to do it or employ a gardener.

The council’s grounds and forestry teams trim vegetation on council and public land.

Councillor John Barrett, portfolio holder for operational services, said: “It’s important that paths and roads are kept clear for everyone to use without any obstructions.

“Overgrown hedges and branches can force pedestrians out into the road and can even cause injuries to people.

“So home-owners, tenants and land-owners need to be aware that the responsibility lies with them and we are encouraging them to take appropriate action if they own overgrown foliage.”

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Dog owners warned over bogus microchipping websites



Dog owners updating their pet’s microchip details online are being warned to check the website they are using is genuine after a number of bogus sites have been discovered.

The bogus sites came to the attention of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s dog warden team after they issued a notice to a dog owner informing them they were breaking the law as the details on the microchip were not up to date.

The owner informed the dog wardens they had paid around £15 to update the details via a website found online via a search engine.

Enquiries were made which showed the owner had made a £15 payment to a website claiming to update microchip details but the changes had not been made.

The information was passed to the council’s trading standards team who, after further investigation, discovered there are a number of websites in operation claiming to update microchip details, taking a fee and then failing to make the necessary changes.

The law states that all dogs must be microchipped and the information kept up to date otherwise the owner could face prosecution and all dogs must be registered on one of the Government-approved databases:

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “All dog owners have a responsibility to keep the details on their dog’s microchip up to date.

“In this case, the owner thought they had done the right thing by updating the details online but had fallen victim to a bogus website.

“So not only did they lose the £15 fee and were almost prosecuted but they are also leaving themselves vulnerable to identity fraud as they would have put all their personal details onto this website which could compromise their own security.

 “There are a number of bogus websites in operation so I would urge all dog owners to be vigilant and to make sure any sites they are using are approved by the Government.”

For more information go www.eastriding.gov.uk or www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped


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Don't give thieves an easy ride!

POLICE are urging motorists to remove all valuables from their vehicles and to think about the security of their vehicles when preparing to leave them unattended.

The warning has been sparked following a number of incidents reported in the West Hull villages over the last month.

Valuable items such as satellite navigation systems (sat navs) and handbags are popular among thieves as a vehicle can be broken into in a matter of seconds and such items snatched before the broken glass has settled.

It is vital that valuables are removed, or kept well out of sight of prying eyes and cars are left secure.

Inspector Andy Woodhead said: "We are urging motorists to make sure they remove all valuable items and any clues, such as sat nav brackets and holders from their vehicles when leaving them unattended - the slightest temptation can be enough for a thief to break into your car or van.

"We are asking motorists to work with us to ensure that we don’t give thieves an easy ride.”

Police are offering the following crime prevention advice to motorists:

* Always keep your car doors, windows and sunroof locked when you leave the vehicle, even if you only leave it for a few minutes

* Never leave property of any kind on view. Items particularly attractive to car thieves are: SatNav’s, mobile phones, laptop computers, bank cards and cash

* If you have a SatNav, remember to remove suction pads, and wipe away any tell-tale marks as thieves will look out for these

* Don't leave anything in your car, particularly when it is parked overnight. Even an old coat on the back seat is a temptation for someone to ‘smash and grab’

* During the day hide items you cannot take with you in the boot

* Don’t park vehicles were they are hidden from view; where possible park in a car park with an attendant or CCTV, garage or in a well-lit open place

Anyone who may have information about the vehicle crimes are asked to contact Humberside Police on 0845 60 60 222, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111

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