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Government explains why you can go to the shops but not see family

Many people have gone months without seeing their loved ones.

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The government have revealed why the public will be able to go shopping in non-essential shops but not see family. 

The announcement on Monday said that non-essential shops are able to reopen to the public from June 15th, but saw no update on when people will once again be allowed to visit their loved ones.

There was outrage following this, so the question was addressed on Tuesday’s daily press briefing. Due to the social distancing restrictions, most people have gone months without seeing their closest family members.

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During the briefing, led by health secretary Matt Hancock and Professor John Newton, director of health improvement for Public Health England, the officials were asked why schools and shops could return to normal but people still couldn’t visit another household.

Ellie from Kent asked: “If people can start to shop for un-essential items and kids can go back to school when we don’t know where those people have been, why can’t we visit another household who we know have been self-isolating such as grandparents and partners?”

Professor Newton, explained that the risk of catching the virus within households is greater. He said: “The issue here is all about risk. We know that if social distancing measures are being implemented well in places like supermarkets, the risk is really quite low.

“We know the highest risk of transmission is within households, so the people you are most likely to infect are the people in your own household. That’s why the advice has to be different for meeting people in households compared to other places.”

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He added that there is a still a degree of risk in opening shops, schools and other public places, which are all planned for June. 

He said: “The gradual increase in contact is what will get us all back to normal. But we do have to bear in mind that everything we do has risk attached to it and the objective is to reduce that risk as much as possible.”

He told Ellie he ‘entirely understood’ where she was coming from in asking for an explanation, adding: “There is a yearning to see people in another household. We are looking at how we can make this happen in a safe way.”

Ministers have previously said that government advisers are looking into the idea of a household bubble, which would allow two households to spend time together.  But during a press conference last week, Professor Van-Tam said he was not in a position to comment on how far Sage had got in terms of reviewing the advice.

According to a Downing Street spokesperson, further advice on social contact between families will be released in ‘due course’. 

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Mount Snowdon has officially changed its name following a petition

The petition got 5,000 signatures

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Mount Snowdon has officially had a name change, following a petition which garnered 5,000 signatures.

A county councillor from Gwynedd brought forward a motion which encouraged the local authority to drop the English name of both Snowdon and Snowdonia, leading to the petition.

Councillor John Pughe Roberts said the reason for implementing the motion was ‘all down to respect’ for both Wales and the Welsh language.

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The petition urged the National Park to formally use the Welsh names Eryri for Snowdonia and Yr Wyddfa for Snowdon.

And now, the Snowdonia National Park Authority will use both Welsh names, rather than the English versions.

Officials at the National Park voted in favour of the move earlier this month, saying it was ‘a mark of respect for our cultural heritage’.

Naomi Jones, head of cultural heritage at the Snowdonia National Park Authority, said: ”Many public bodies across Wales have moved to use both the Welsh and English names, or the Welsh name only, when referring to Yr Wyddfa and Eryri, as have many of the mainstream English-language press and filming companies.

“This is very encouraging, and gives us confidence that this change in the Authority’s approach will be accepted for the benefit of the Welsh language and as a mark of respect to our cultural heritage.

“We have historic names in both languages, but we are eager to consider the message we wish to convey about place names, and the role they have to play in our current cultural heritage by promoting the Welsh language as one of the National Park’s special qualities.

“By referring to our most renowned landmarks by their Welsh names we give people from all over the world the opportunity to engage with the Welsh language and its rich culture.”

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However, the National Park will still legally have to use both the Welsh and English names in any official documentation.

Snowdon is one of the most well-known landmarks in the UK, and stands at 3,560ft – making it the highest mountain in Wales.

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Man arrested following three attempted kidnappings of schoolgirls

A 33-year-old was arrested.

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Police have arrested a man following their release of CCTV footage featuring a car they believe was used in three attempted kidnappings around Salford.

A man driving the vehicle reportedly attempted to force a 15-year-old girl into the car at a bus stop in Monton on November 21st.

Detectives also think the same man ‘possibly’ tried to abduct another girl earlier that same day, as well as a third teenager five days previous.

Now police have confirmed that a 33-year-old man was arrested by officers today, Monday November 28th, on suspicion of three counts of attempted kidnap.

According to Greater Manchester Police, the victims have been left ‘extremely shaken up’.

Officers identified the vehicle in the footage as a black Vauxhall Astra with a silver cover on the driver’s side wing mirror.

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Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield, of GMP’s Salford CID, said: “Although we have made this arrest, we are still very much looking to speak to anyone who may have information or dashcam footage, which could help us to establish the circumstances.

“We understand that the local community will be concerned but we are doing all we can to solve this investigation.

“I’d urge anyone who knows anything at all to please get in touch as soon as possible. In particular we are interested in the movements of a Black Vauxhall Astra 08 plate with a silver driver’s wing mirror cover; the passenger side is black.”

Police are still keen to speak to anyone with dashcam footage from the following times:

  • Liverpool Street, Salford, between Fitzwarren Street and Albion Way on November 16th, between 7:45-8:20pm
  • Mossfield Road and Ackworth Road, Swinton, on November 21st, between 8-9am
  • Rocky Lane, Monton Green and Monton High Street on November 21st, between 6-7pm

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Police believe this car was used in three attempted kidnappings of schoolgirls

Do you recognise the vehicle?

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Police have released CCTV footage of a car they believe was used in three attempted kidnappings around Salford.

A man driving the vehicle attempted to force a 15-year-old girl into the car at a bus stop in Monton on November 21st.

Detectives also think the same man tried to abduct another girl earlier that same day, as well as a third teenager five days previous.

According to Greater Manchester Police, the victims have been left ‘extremely shaken up’.

Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield said: “It’s very important that we get this man identified and off the streets as soon as possible.”

Police have identified the vehicle in the footage as a black Vauxhall Astra with a silver cover on the driver’s side wing mirror.

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Anyone with dashcam footage from the following times, officers are keen to speak to you:

  • Liverpool Street, Salford, between Fitzwarren Street and Albion Way on November 16th, between 7:45-8:20pm

  • Mossfield Road and Ackworth Road, Swinton, on November 21st, between 8-9am

  • Rocky Lane, Monton Green and Monton High Street on November 21st, between 6-7pm

 

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