Thursday 12 May 2022

BEVERLEY will be the starting point for a leg of The Queen’s Baton Relay as it completes its final journey, culminating in the Opening Ceremony for this year’s Commonwealth Games, being staged in Birmingham. The Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace last October and since then has visited Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

The Baton arrives in Beverley on Wednesday July 13. One of the confirmed community bearers is Luke Lambert, from Beverley, who lost his mum, Jenny (62), to a brain tumour in November 2019. His tragic loss was the inspiration behind the 29-year-old’s five-day, 250-kilometre, ultramarathon in the Jordanian desert, where temperatures reached 42 degrees Celsius, raising more than £23,000 in his mum’s memory for Brain Tumour Research and Young Minds UK.

The Beverley leg of the relay starts at the Minster at 10.26am on July 13 and proceeds via Highgate, Wednesday Market, Toll Gavel, Saturday Market, Lairgate, New Walk and Molescroft Road, ending near Longcroft School around 11:02am before it heads off to Market Weighton. 

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Dump bins will be in place at Beverley police station from today as Humberside Police supports this year’s national firearms and knife surrender campaign, which runs until May 29. Supt Lee Edwards, who’s leading the campaign locally, told Beverley FM: “Knife surrender bins will be located at a number of police stations, so anyone can hand over knives safely and anonymously and in turn remove these weapons from our streets.”

In addition, he told us: “Firearms can be handed into enquiry offices across the Force where they will be stored and made safe by our firearms officers before being forensically examined and destroyed.”

Supt Edwards said: “In addition to supporting the weapons surrender, our officers will be conducting a range of proactive community activity to support this initiative, including weapons sweeps and school visits as part of the #NoMoreKnives campaign and additional patrols.

“Our message to those who carry a weapon or are thinking of carrying a weapon is that it doesn’t protect you and in fact it makes you more vulnerable and places you in danger of serious harm.”

But he said: “We want to reassure the public that we do not have an escalating firearms or knife problem in our area; however it is important that we raise awareness of the dangers of carrying weapons and to prevent anyone else suffering from weapon related crime.