Coronavirus York updates; 24th October 2020

Deaths and test results

ONE further death at the York Hospital Trust announced. Occurred on Thursday. Brings the second wave total to 12 fatalities.

69 (SIXTY NINE) new positive test results announced today. The cumulative total number of cases in the City is now 3260

The rolling 7 day average number of new cases peaked at 92.43 last Sunday.

There is more evidence emerging that the number of new cases arising in the City has stabilised.

While Heslington remains the most affected neighbourhood, the new case incidence trend there is now downwards.

Three neighbourhoods now have fewer average case numbers than the national rate. They are Poppleton/Rufforth/Askhams, Haxby and Huntington.

Case numbers in Rawcliffe/Clifton South are increasing.

Quiet in York

Very quiet Friday in York City centre yesterday.

Despite marketing efforts like the “Made in Yorkshire” market, it seems that most residents are sticking closer to home at present.

The York Council has made cheaper car parking offers available but has so far not said what the take up rate has been..

“Made in Yorkshire” market on Parliament Street
Quiet on Parliament Street on Friday
Coney Street
Clock refuses to move on from 12:00 o’clock

More leisure time for some, comes when a walk or cycle ride in the country can be rewarding.

Autumn colours and cycle track near Naburn

Catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in York

Berkeley police alert drivers of recent spike in catalytic converter thefts

The Police are urging people to be vigilant, take steps to secure their vehicles, and report any suspicious activity immediately – to help make the city a ‘no go area’ for the thieves.

Just before 1am today, Friday 23 October 2020, police were called to the Acomb area, where a resident reported he had disturbed a group of men interfering with his Toyota Auris car. The men drove off at speed in another car. On inspection, the catalytic converter from his car had been removed and stolen.

At about 1.15am, a group of men were seen next to a Volvo V70 in the Fulford area. Officers attended immediately, but the men had left. The car’s exhaust had been cut, but the catalytic converter was still in place.

At 2am this morning, a resident in the Tang Hall area of York was woken by a noise that sounded like drilling. She noticed men crouching around her Honda Jazz car and shouted at them. They made off in another vehicle. The catalytic converter from the car had been stolen.

Owners are urged to take extra precautions to protect their vehicles:

  • With darker nights drawing in, park your car in a locked garage where possible, or a well-lit and populated area
  • Park close to fences, walls or a kerb, or alongside other vehicles, to make theft more difficult. Avoid parking half on the pavement and half on the road, as this may make it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter
  • If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to the police. If a crime is in progress, dial 999. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations