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  1. Live updates on Thursday 5 May 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates - plus North Yorkshire election results - will resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

That's the end of our live service for today.

I'll be back from the slightly later time of 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county - plus the latest election results from across North Yorkshire as we get them.

I'll leave you today with images of a stage being built inside York Minster for the York Mystery Plays, BBC Weather Watcher Namboozle's stunning pic of Knaresborough, two intrepid Harrogate nurses preparing to cycle across America raising money for charity and Yorkshire schoolchildren speaking to International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake.

What an amazing world!


Watch: Scaffolding's up at York Minster, but this time inside... Why? It's a Mystery!

Adam Tomlinson

Presenter, BBC Radio York Afternoon Show

Work is well under way to transform the inside of York Minster into a stage for the York Mystery Plays which start on 26 May.

The 800-year-old gothic cathedral will host a month-long staging of the plays which have been performed in York since the Middle Ages and which present a biblical history of the world.

Max Jones, designer for the Mystery Plays, has given me a sneak preview of the noisy preparations:

Flood advice on offer in York city centre

If you were affected by the Christmas 2015 floods in York, or are worried in general about flooding in the city, today's the day to get the very latest advice:

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Weather: Here comes the sun!

BBC Weather

A dry, warm and sunny afternoon to come.

Weather graphic

Headlines: Flood payment delays 'not acceptable,' warnings over red kite shootings and Yorkshire pupils' space chat

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York so far today include:

  • York's Labour MP Rachael Maskell says it's not acceptable for insurance companies to "drag their heels" over paying out to businesses affected by the Christmas floods
  • Police in North Yorkshire are warning people to be vigilant after three red kites were illegally shot down in the last month
  • A live transmission's taken place between the International Space Station and children at a school in Yorkshire

York City FC: Director quits after 'challenging' season

BBC Sport

One of the directors of York City Football Club has announced she's leaving Bootham Crescent

Sophie McGill, who's the sister of chairman Jason McGill, has been communications director for 13 years.

Sophie McGill

It comes after a difficult year, which she says has been "challenging" for her family.

Warning over North Yorkshire red kite shootings

Police in North and West Yorkshire are warning people to be vigilant after three red kites were illegally shot down in the last month.

Red kite

The birds - which are a protected species - were found with gunshot wounds in Nidd near Harrogate, Low Marishes near Malton and in the Leeds area. 

Red Kites were once on the brink of extinction and anyone found guilty of killing one can face up to six months in jail.

Traffic and Travel: Accident near Malton closes A64

BBC Travel

The A64 in Malton is closed and there's queuing traffic eastbound after the B1248 York Road junction, because of an accident.  

The air ambulance is in attendance.

The Peake of perfection: Yorkshire schoolchildren heard in space

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Remember earlier I mentioned a bunch of very excited Yorkshire schoolchildren who were moments away from chatting to Major Tim Peake on the International Space Station?

Well it looks like everyone involved at Ashfield Primary School in Otley this morning had a smooth landing.

Otley school children

Tour de Yorkshire: Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe in for a penny (farthing)

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

A competition to name the rider on top of a Tour de Yorkshire Penny Farthing, created in the village of Sutton-under-Whitestoneclife, has raised £1,008 for the RNLI.

And it's been decided the wonderful creation will stay in place for another two weeks to give those who haven't seen it a bit longer to make the journey - cycling to see it is not compulsory.

Sutton Under Whitestonecliffe

And the winning name chosen for the colourful Penny Farthing jockey? Alfred!

Traffic and travel: Accidents spark road delays in Fewston and Leavening

BBC Travel

There are a couple of issues on North Yorkshire's roads to watch out for at the moment:

There are delays on the A59 Skipton Road in Fewston at the B6451 junction due to an accident.

And Leppington Lane in Leavening is currently partially blocked in both directions at the Dam Lane junction, also because of an accident. 

'We might fall out, we won't fall off' - Harrogate pair's 4,000 mile US trek

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York Breakfast Show

Earlier, we told you about a couple from Harrogate who both work as staff nurses and who are taking the North Yorkshire's recent interest in cycling to a whole new level.

Dennis and Tracey Hill are going to ride 4,000 miles coast-to-coast across America raising money for the charity Medicin Sans Frontieres (UK).

I've been speaking to the intrepid couple this morning and they've told me they're doing the 10-week challenge because they've "looked in to the eyes of people who have absolutely nothing and they deserve a chance of life".

Headlines: Long wait for flood insurance payouts, local and PCC elections begin and York City director to leave club

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom so far this morning include:

  • There's a warning it could take some time for businesses owners in North Yorkshire who were hit by the Christmas floods to get their insurance payouts
  • Polling stations are open across North Yorkshire for the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections, while parts of Harrogate and Craven are also voting in local council elections
  • York City Football Club director Sophie McGill announces she's leaving Bootham Crescent

TV company looks for York children to star in new adventure show


Are your kids up for adventure? Then they could be the stars of a new TV series.

Shine TV, the production company behind series include Masterchef and The Island with Bear Grylls, is working on a new show.

York mix

Pole to Pole: Good news for Ryedale's Maypole dancers

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Remember earlier this week I went in search of a Maypole to dance around?

One like this would've been nice.


I arrived at the Ryedale Folk Museum expecting to join them skipping gaily around their Maypole, but disaster had struck. 

Their usual Maypole had been condemned by Health and Safety and had been replaced, temporarily, by this stunted specimen.

Maypole at Ryedale Folk Museum

An appeal was instantly launched asking if anyone could help the Ryedale Folk Museum find a more impressive pole to dance around and a hero Maypole provider has come to the rescue.

Andrew Newton in Thirsk has offered not one Maypole, but six to choose from.

telegraph poles

The museum say they now plan to pick a pole from the pile and take it from Thirsk to Hutton-Le-Hole, get the pole painted up and hold a raising of the maypole event.

When they do, I'll let you know...

Weather: Warmest weekend of the year so far on the way

BBC Weather

It's warming up over the next few days so watch out for UV levels.

Here's BBC Look North's Clare Nasir with the full forecast.

Ground Control to Major Tim: Yorkshire schoolchildren contact International Space Station

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

There are some very excited schoolchildren in one part of Yorkshire right now.

In just a few moments, they'll be chatting live to Major Tim Peake on the International Space Station.

The children, from Ashfield Primary School in Otley, will become the only children in Yorkshire to speak live to Tim on the ISS.

Children from Ashfield Primary School in Otley

Ten children have been selected to ask him questions about his amazing mission in space. 

Contact will be made at 09:07, the exact moment Tim and the ISS will be above Yorkshire!

York MP Rachell Maskell challenges David Cameron over Bootham Closure


Bootham Hospital "not fit for purpose", says David Cameron, but ignores MP's call for changes to the law.

David Cameron and Rachel Maskel
York mix

Listen: Harrogate Town one leg down but 'still very much in it.'

BBC Sport

Harrogate Town are one goal down after the first leg of their National League North play-off semi final against AFC Fylde.

But Town manager Simon Weaver says the score line is "not a bad outcome".

Harrogate couple prepare for their very own USA!

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

As you may have noticed, there's been a bit of a cycling theme over the last couple of weeks in North Yorkshire - and perhaps that's inspired you to take to two wheels more often.

Now, one North Yorkshire couple, Harrogate's Andy Dennis and Tracey Hill, have challenged themselves to one heck of a bike ride.

They're going to ride coast-to-coast across America (about 4,001 miles from San Francisco to New York) on a self-funded bike ride, raising cash along the way for Medicins Sans Frontieres (UK), which Tracey says is a charity helping facing "conflict, epidemic and natural disasters".

Have a look below at the gruelling route they plan to take, and later you'll be able to hear an interview with Andy and Tracey about their challenge.

USA map
Andy Dennis

BBC Weather Watchers: North Yorkshire's sunset and sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

Our BBC Weather Watchers have been following the setting and rising of the sun across North Yorkshire.

Look at these two beautiful pics. On the left, the sun sets over Wigginton near York, and on the right it rises over Glusburn near Skipton.

Thanks very much to JL for the wonder of Wigginton and to Sunrise Seeker for the glory of Glusburn.

Wigginton and Glusburn

Watch: Flooded businesses in North Yorkshire told insurance could take time

Elly Fiorentini

Reporter, BBC Radio York

There's a warning it could take some time for business owners in North Yorkshire who were affected by the Christmas 2015 flooding to get their insurance payouts. 

It comes from the Association of British Insurers, which says it realises it's frustrating for flood victims.

I've been to meet Sue, who runs a cafe and delicatessen on York's Fossgate, which is an area of York which was badly hit.  

She told me she's frustrated  by the time it's taking to get things put right.

Headlines: Long wait for flood insurance payouts, local and PCC elections begin and cash concerns over childcare trials

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York Newsroom include:

  • There's a warning it could take some time for businesses owners in North Yorkshire who were hit by the Christmas floods to get their insurance payouts
  • Polling stations open across North Yorkshire for today's Police and Crime Commissioner Elections, while parts of Harrogate and Craven are also voting in local council elections
  • Some nurseries in York say unless the government increases the amount it pays them,  they won't take part in a trial of free childcare

Traffic and Travel: Roads mostly clear, but a couple of things to be aware of

BBC Travel

The roads are mostly fine at the moment in North Yorkshire, with just a couple of disruptions

If you're heading East of Selby you'll need to avoid the A614 in Howden, which is closed in both directions between the A614 Thorpe Road junction and the Portington Road junction.

And in Tadcaster, the A659 River Wharfe Bridge is closed between the Kirkgate junction and the Mill Lane junction because of emergency repairs.

Elections 2016: Polling stations open in North Yorkshire

BBC Radio York

Voting has begun in elections being held in North Yorkshire. 

Polling stations opened their doors at 07:00 and will close at 22:00. 

A third of seats are up for grabs on both Harrogate Borough Council and Craven District Council. 

Votes are also being cast in the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections. 

Polling station sign

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

I'll be with you until 14.30 with all the latest news, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire.

It's going to be a lovely sunny day and it certainly looked promising as the sun rose over York's Nestle chocolate factory this morning.

Sunrise over York

I'd love to see your pics and hear your stories. You can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or by email.