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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 1 September 2016
  3. Abbot of Ampleforth 'steps aside' over abuse complaints
  4. Appeal after woman punched in face by attacker in own home
  5. Summer 'seagull mugging' total hits 22 in North Yorkshire
  6. Rugby league 'to stay at Bootham Crescent for next two seasons'

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By Jim Addyman

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire today

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

That's all for today - thanks for spending some time with us. We'll be back again from 07:00 on Friday.

In the meantime, here are five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire today:

1. When you're eating outside on the Yorkshire coast, you'd better watch out for seagulls.

2. York City Knights will be able to play their home games at Bootham Crescent for the next two seasons, according to a new agreement between City of York Council and York City FC.

3. If you watch BBC programmes on the iPlayer, from today you'd better have a TV licence.

4. York's bowlers say the council's planned 150% rise in maintenance fees could price many of them out of the game.

5. How do you get thousands of people all reading and discussing the same book? Simple - give away 5,000 copies of it for free...

I'll leave you with this image taken outside Harrogate by one of our BBC Weather Watchers, Roger Litton... 

Sheep in heather
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Yorkshire Olympians Laugher and Clancy recognise Unsung Heroes

Yorkshire Olympians Jack Laugher and Ed Clancy have paid tribute to volunteers who have helped their careers and want you to vote for this year's Unsung Hero.

Harrogate-born Laugher, who won the men's synchronised 3m springboard in Rio with Chris Mears, pays tribute to former coach Damian Ball.

Clancy, from Barnsley, has won three successive Olympic gold medals in cycling's team pursuit and remembers his first cycling club, Holme Valley Wheelers.

Find out how you can nominate your BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero for your areahere.

Golden Rio memories for Tom Ransley

Nathan Turvey

Presenter, BBC Radio York

It's only a couple of weeks since the Rio Olympics and some athletes may still be getting used to having that lump of gold around their neck.

Tom Ransley achieved gold in the Men's Eight Rowing, having learned his craft as a member of York City Rowing Club.

On the BBC Radio York Breakfast Show, I asked him if he'd got used to being an Olympic gold medallist:  

Police warning after spate of burglaries in Harrogate

People living in Starbeck and Granby in Harrogate are being warned to be vigilant after a spate of burglaries earlier this week.

Three houses were targeted overnight between Sunday 28 August and Monday 29 August, with thieves gaining entry to homes in Avenue Street, Greenfields Avenue and Wedderburn Road through unlocked doors and windows.

Items stolen included purses, wallets, mobiles and tablets along with a quantity of cash.

Insp Penny Taylor says: "With the warmer weather residents may inadvertently leave doors and windows open, which then leaves their property at risk of an opportunistic thief. 

"We advise all residents to check their windows and doors each night before going to bed to ensure their home is secure."

Rugby league to stay at Bootham Crescent

Rugby League will be played at Bootham Crescent for the next two seasons, it's been announced.

York City Knights
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A statement from City of York Council says it's come to an agreement with York City that will allow the sport to be played there until the new Community Stadium opens.

However, the transfer of this agreement to a rugby league club is subject to "an adequate resolution of the ongoing ownership matters" at York City Knights.

Under the current ownership, the Knights have nowhere to play next season.

Masters hero tees off in golf tourism drive

Yorkshire Post

Reigning US Masters champion Danny Willett is backing a plan to put Yorkshire's world famous fairways at the heart of a new nationwide golf tourism campaign which will see special golf trails created featuring clusters of courses in Leeds, Harrogate, York and Sheffield.

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North Yorkshire's weather: Hazy sunshine and thicker cloud

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Any early sunshine will turn hazy through the afternoon as cloud thickens from the west.

One or two spots of rain are possible in the far north by early evening.

The top Temperature will be about 19C (66F).

Weather forecast
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Seaside 'gull mugging': Your views

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

I've been telling you today about new figures which reveal the extent of "gull muggings" in North Yorkshire's seaside towns.

According to stats compiled by Scarborough Borough Council, 22 people say they've been the victim of over-enthusiastic seagulls since March, with Scarborough itself worst affected.

This is what you've been telling us about your experiences:

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Your headlines this lunchtime

BBC Radio York

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Abbot of Ampleforth 'steps aside' over abuse complaints

A senior figure at one of England's top Roman Catholic public schools has "stepped aside" as police investigate allegations of historic abuse.

Ampleforth Abbey
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Ampleforth Abbey said its Abbot, Cuthbert Madden, 61, had denied any wrongdoing. 

North Yorkshire Police confirmed a man in his 60s had been voluntarily interviewed under caution. 

The allegations date from the 1990s and involve four pupils at the Abbey's school, Ampleforth College. 

Listen: Get ready to explore the world of books

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

How do you get thousands of people all reading and discussing the same book? Simple - give away 5,000 copies of it for free...

In October, York will launch this year's Big City Read, and the book chosen is Regeneration by Pat Barker.

There'll be a whole series of talks, lectures, events, performances, all relating to the theme of how the traumas of war brutalised a generation. 

Wendy Kent is part of the team behind the project from York Explore and she's told me why reading is so important - especially later in life:

Fees hike threatens future of York bowls clubs

The Press

Bowls organisers believe the sport on a local level is "heading for a train crash" after City of York Council more than doubled maintenance fees for council greens.

Clubs who play on greens at Clarence Gardens, Scarcroft Road, Glen Gardens, The Retreat and West Park have been told fees to maintain the venues would go up from £2,000 a year to £5,000.  

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Vale of York CCG starts life under special measures

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The body which runs health services in York meets today for the first time since it was placed in special measures

Earlier this year NHS England said leadership, finances, planning and performance at the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were inadequate.

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Its finances were also in the red by over £6m at the end of the last financial year.

Members of the public can attend the meeting which takes place at the City of York Council offices on Station Rise.

TV licence iPlayer rules come into force

TV viewers are being reminded that all users of the iPlayer must now own a TV licence, regardless of whether or not they watch programmes live.

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The new rules, which will close the so-called "iPlayer loophole", have come into effect this morning.

Previously, only viewers who were watching shows as they were being broadcast required a licence.

That meant it was legal to watch content after broadcast via the catch-up service without paying the annual £145.50 fee.

The change comes after the government said it wanted to modernise the current system, so those watching catch-up TV do not get "a free ride". 

Woman punched in face by attacker

A 27-year-old woman was left with facial injuries after being attacked by a man in her own home in Colburn, near Richmond.

The victim was assaulted in the lounge of her home in Beechwood Grove at about 19:30 on Tuesday 23 August after the man entered the house through rear patio doors which were open.

He grabbed the woman by her hair and punched her twice in the face before leaving the house via the back garden.

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North Yorkshire Police

The man's described as between 27 and 31, white, 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build with short dark hair and a pale complexion with gaunt cheeks and stubble on his face. 

He's also described as having a yellow or stained tooth on the upper left side of his mouth.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact police.

Listen: Childcare pilot scheme starts in York

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

Nurseries in York say parents could be forced to pay extra charges for childcare because of a new government scheme which starts in the city today

The government's promised 30 hours of free childcare every week to working parents by 2017. 

York is one of the pilot cities for the plan, but nurseries in the area say parents may need to pay to cover a funding shortfall. 

Vanessa Warne runs a nursery in York and says she could lose about £25,000 a year.

However, she believes the scheme is ultimately a good idea:

Your North Yorkshire sport headlines

BBC Sport

Liam Plunkett
PA

The top sport stories from our York newsroom so far today include:

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunshine to start, cloudy later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright start with light winds, however early sunshine will turn hazy through the afternoon as cloud thickens from the west.

One or two spots of rain are possible later.

Watch my full forecast here:

Scarborough hit hardest by 'gull muggings' - report

A total of 22 people say they've been the victim of so-called "gull muggings" in North Yorkshire's seaside towns this summer - with Scarborough hardest hit.

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New figures show 19 of the 22 reported "muggings" by seagulls between March and August this year took place in Scarborough.

The figures are contained in a report due to go before Scarborough councillors next week.

The report also shows:

  • A further two reports of "gull muggings" came from Whitby and one from Filey
  • The most common locations where reported muggings took place in Scarborough were on Westborough (four), around seafront sites (four) such as Foreshore Road, the Quay, and South Beach and Vernon Road (three)
  • A total of 13 victims described food being stolen from them by seagulls and the other nine only mentioned being directly attacked by gulls
  • Most reported incidents took place in June and July

The report concludes while it's "too early" to reach firm conclusions from the data collected on gull muggings, more data will be collected over the next year.

The authority will also look at data from similar coastal areas elsewhere in the country.

Posters warning against feeding seagulls have previously been distributed in Scarborough, along with gull-proof rubbish sacks.   

Both herring gulls and kittiwakes are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.  

Yorkshire struggle against Hampshire

BBC Sport

Hampshire seamer Gareth Berg took five wickets as Yorkshire struggled with the bat on day one at the Ageas Bowl.

Yorkshire's first three wickets went cheaply, including England's Gary Ballance (10) caught behind off Berg.

Starting five points behind Division One leaders Middlesex, Yorkshire simply couldn't find any momentum in their innings with wickets falling at regular intervals.

Yorkshire will resume in bat later on 275 for 9, with Jack Brooks on 29 and Ryan Sidebottom on 8 due to return to the crease at about 11:00.

Hitchcock had it right: Watch out for the birds

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

A total of 22 people say they've been the victim of "gull muggings" on the North Yorkshire coast this summer.

The figures have been published by Scarborough Borough Council, the first time it's recorded the number of attacks on people by seagulls.

Seagull at Whitby
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It's a problem up and down the Yorkshire Coast and officials have been taking steps to try and tackle the growing nuisance from seagulls in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.  

Posters warning against feeding the birds have been distributed, along with gull-proof rubbish sacks. 

Firefighters tackle blaze at city's new hospital

About 20 firefighters have spent several hours tackling a fire at York's new mental health hospital.

It's thought the blaze started in the roof of Peppermill Court yesterday afternoon - believed to be because of an overheated ceiling fan.

At its height, four fire crews were involved in tackling the fire which broke out at about 14:30 on Wednesday. No-one is believed to have been injured.

Peppermill Court, which is a 24-bed assessment and treatment unit, is due to open to patients in just under two weeks' time and it's not yet known if this opening will now be delayed.

Your headlines this morning

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from the York newsroom include:

  • More than 20 people say they've been the victim of "gull muggings" on the North Yorkshire coast during the summer
  • About 20 firefighters spent several hours tackling a fire at York's new mental health hospital Peppermill Court
  • The body which runs health services in York is due to meet later for the first time since it was placed in special measures

North Yorkshire's weather: A sunny start with cloud later

BBC Weather

A dry and bright start with light winds, however early sunshine will turn hazy through the afternoon as cloud thickens from the west.

There may be one or two spots of rain possible in the far north by early evening.

Weather graphic
BBC

Traffic and travel: North Yorkshire's roads and rail

BBC Travel

Trains from York station are generally running on time so far, according to the live departure board. However, the 07:08 service to Newcastle is currently running about 22 minutes late.

On the roads, the A63 Selby Bypass between the Wishing Well and Thorpe Willoughby roundabouts and A659 at Tadcaster Bridge remain closed to traffic in both directions.

And resurfacing work on the A170 at Brompton is causing some congestion.

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

I'll be with you until 14:30 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire. 

In the news, just over 20 people say they've been the victim of "gull muggings" on the North Yorkshire coast during the summer. More on that shortly.

In the meantime, I'd love to see your pics of North Yorkshire like this beautiful shot of Bolton Abbey, near Skipton, sent in by Sally Johnston. 

You can get in touch and send your photos via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Bolton Abbey
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