Saturday 24 September 2022

THE AVERAGE number of deaths across the area is still rising, even after the Coronavirus pandemic has receded, East Riding Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board was told. Members heard average yearly deaths were around 4,500 according to the latest data, compared to pre-pandemic averages of between 3,500 and 3,700. 

The council’s public health intelligence specialist, Shane Mullen, said life expectancy had gotten worse after Coronavirus and the trend looked set to continue. The Board was hearing updates on the drafting of the East Riding’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, which sets out the priorities for health and wellbeing in the area. 

Figures showed the part of the East Riding with the highest life expectancy for men was Willerby and Kirk Ella, at 83.5, compared to the England average of 79.5. Beverley Rural had the highest life expectancy for women, of 86.6, against an average of 83.6.

THE WASTE and recycling team at East Riding Council was named the best in the country at the Association for Public Service Excellence Awards. The council was also shortlisted for six other awards at the event, including Overall Council of the Year.

RETIRED Humberside Police dog Logan and his former handler, Pc Ian Sweeney have received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Thin Blue Paw Foundation, which aims to celebrate the heroic work of serving and retired police dogs and their handlers across the UK. 

Logan, a German Shepherd, and Pc Sweeney (pictured above) were named winners in recognition of their outstanding work across the Humberside area for more than seven-and-a-half-years, assisting in countless arrests, tracking crime, saving lives and keeping communities safe.