NEWS DIGEST 16.05.2021: Britons look forward to travelling again, but Indian variant looms large

Hi readers!. Happy Sunday, and welcome to the latest news digest incorporating stories and news from InYourArea.

Google search data has identified the ten UK landmarks that Brits want to visit the most as lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease. The research revealed that Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Radcliffe Camera in Oxford and Buckingham Palace in London are the top three places people are most interested in visiting. Using Google search volumes to compare searches between March 2021 and April 2021, holiday company Parkdean Resorts identified the top fifty UK landmarks Brits are most looking forward to visiting, reports Wales Online. More than half of people are planning to book a UK getaway, according to American Express. On average, people have spent £353 per person on staycation bookings. People booking staycations are advised that lockdown restrictions are easing at different rates across the UK, and to check cancellation policies in case a trip cannot go ahead – UK landmarks Brits want to visit the most post lockdown (InYourArea Newsroom National)

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Outside India, the UK has recorded the highest number of cases of the Indian variant, at 1,587 cases to date with around a quarter of them in London. It is believed that the Indian strain spreads faster than the Kent strain found widely here in the UK. On this past Friday Public Health England data revealed that there are 400 active cases of the Indian variant in London. Although overall cases are low in the capital it’s important to remember last autumn, when the cases went from almost none to surging beyond everyone’s control – Map shows the areas of London where coronavirus is spreading as Indian variant takes hold (MyLondon Zone 1 News Coronavirus)

Knife crime continues to be a prevalent issue in London. Despite the shocking deaths of teenagers in the city, Commander Alex Murray, the Met’s violence lead, has insisted that knife crime is “not out of control” and Londoners should be “reassured” by the action being taken to prevent violent crime across every borough. My London has created an interactive map to show the data for each borough, which in turn displays the areas of the city where the most knives are either being carried or taken off the street by police. Commander Murray also added: “Although data does not take away from the tragedy of knife crime – we are pleased to see almost a 20% reduction which is a large decrease in knife crime offences across the board so far this year. “Tackling violent crime is our top priority. There is still work to be done and we will continue to work in communities, alongside our partners, to engage with and divert individuals involved in knife crime.”London knife crime: Map shows boroughs where most knives are being carried in city (MyLondon Zone 1 News knife crime)

The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme is ready to get people out and about over the Bank Holiday and half term with its Tales of the Fanns Walking & Arts Festival. Over two weeks between 22 May and 6 June, experienced walk leaders and the Land of the Fanns team will run twelve free walks taking in each area of the Scheme: Havering, Brentwood, Thurrock, Barking & Dagenham and Essex. The Tales of the Fanns festival is a celebration of the project begun in 2019 with arts organisation Kinetika. The flags together with costumes made by artist Jackie Creasey, and students from University Centre South Essex and a series of short films about special areas in the Land of the Fanns, produced by Rosa Productions and the local communities, will play a part in the walks and at the special finale event on Sunday 6 June at Langdon Hills Country Park. Benjamin Sanderson, scheme manager, Land of the Fanns said: “This should be a great opportunity to get out and about in the wonderful countryside of the Land of the Fanns, see stories brought to life and join in with some fun activities”Walking and Arts Festival explores area’s hidden gems (Your Thurrock)

There’s one dessert parlour I used to go to a lot when I was younger called Cakes and Shakes. That’s why I was shocked to realise that the food hygiene ratings of the same establishment had plummeted to 0. Until recently, the place which got the unwanted rating was called Whipped Dessert House. I asked the employee working at the time about the food hygiene rating and he reiterated the same thing the council told me. Some places may have had poor hygiene ratings for particular reasons but it is always good to do a bit of research before either dismissing or going for an eatery. Cakes and Shakes now has a food hygiene rating of five – the best possible – following a reinspection on May 5 – ‘I ordered dessert from a East London parlour previously given 0 food hygiene rating and licked the plate clean’ (MyLondon What’s On Food & Drink)

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