Leeds News Live: Major delays on M1 in Leeds after car overturns in serious crash


     There are major delays on the M1 in Leeds this morning after a crash left debris strewn across the carriageway.

     The M1 southbound from J46 for Austhorpe to J45 East Leeds is fully closed due to a crash involving an overturned car.

     Traffic is being diverted off at J46 and is allowed to rejoin the motorway on the southbound entry slip at the same junction, police said.

     Due to ongoing investigations this closure between the slip roads is likely to remain in place for the next few hours – during rush hour on Tuesday.

    On September 2, a total of 74 new cases were recorded according to Public Health England.

    The latest data for the last week – in the format DATE CASES CUMULATIVE CASES is as follows:

     Seven £10,000 fines have been issued to illegal rave organisers in Leeds, the city’s council leader has said.

    Judith Blake said she had “fully expected” the city to be placed on the Government’s coronavirus watchlist following a recent rise in cases. 

    And she urged young people to “recognise their own responsibility” in controlling the spread of the virus following reports of an increase in house parties in the city. 

    Ms Blake told BBC Breakfast on Saturday: “We have been monitoring our number every single day and we recognise that the numbers have been creeping up, so we fully expected to be on the list to become an area of concern. 

    “We feel there is a bit of a complacency coming in. What we are seeing is the numbers are changing, and actually more young people are testing positive and they are spread around the city. 

    “So whereas we were focusing more on specific communities at the beginning, it is now clear the pattern is changing.” 

    Leeds, along with South Tyneside, Corby, Middlesbrough and Kettering, have been placed on the Government’s “areas of concern” watchlist following a spike in Covid-19 cases. 

    Ms Blake said the council was working closely with the city’s universities ahead of students returning, adding that additional testing was being considered. 

    She said the council was also urging young people to “recognise their own responsibility” in helping to reduce the spread of the virus. 

    “Unfortunately we have seen a rise in house parties, but we are working with police,” Ms Blake said. 

    “Last weekend we issued, with the police, seven of the £10,000 fines for organisers of illegal raves.” 

    While organisers can be hit with £10,000 fines, people not wearing masks and participants in unlawful gatherings can be fined starting at £100, doubling for each repeat offence up to a maximum of £3,200.

     A disabled activist  from Leeds who suffers from a  chronic pain condition is campaigning against major changes to the way patients like them are treated.

     A woman who took her car for an MOT says a mechanic’s son with no licence took it for a spin and crashed it into another motorist – who then pursued HER for a claim.

    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/leeds-news-live-major-delays-on-m1-in-leeds-after-car-overturns-in-serious-crash/?remotepost=258374

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