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  1. Live updates on Wednesday 4 May 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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  1. 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 07:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county. 

    I'll leave you today with another wonderful collection from our BBC Weather Watchers.

    Thanks to, from left to right top, margaretkiora and Filey, The Stick Man's Helmsley, and Andy's opposite view of Filey.

    Thanks for the bottom row, from left to right, are due to Nick Rainbow's Malton, JohnsonsofWhixleys' Whixley and Gary Hornby's Studley Roger.


    Thanks to all for reminding us that above the clouds the sky is always blue!

  2. Flamingo Land's fracking fears

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live

    Flamingo Land Zoo says it's worried that plans to frack in North Yorkshire could harm its animals. 

    The theme park's written to the County Council about plans to extract shale gas in Ryedale near Kirby Misperton. 

    Developer Third Energy says the park's concerns seem to be a "misconception" of how water would be re-used at the site.

    Kirby Misperton
  3. North Yorkshire's weather: Cloudier but staying dry this afternoon

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll become a little cloudier across the region this afternoon, but remaining dry with light or moderate south westerly winds. Feeling warm, with highs today of 16C (61F).

    Weather graphic
  4. Consultatation on plans for world's biggest wind farm off Yorkshire coast

    Nathan Turvey

    BBC Radio York, News

    People are being asked what they think to plans for what could be the world's biggest offshore wind farm off the Yorkshire coast.

    If built to its full capacity, it's claimed it could power over two million UK homes.

    The latest consultation is for the Hornsea Project Three offshore wind farm. 

    It would be located about 75 miles off the coast in an area allocated for wind farm development.

    Wind farm graphic

    Hornsea Project One, which has already been approved, is expected to be operational in 2020 and will become the world's largest offshore wind farm.

    A decision on Hornsea Project Two is due to be made by the government next month.  

  5. Listen: Tim, Timmy, Timbo - What's in a name?

    Jonathan Cowap

    Presenter, BBC Radio York

    Do you make assumptions about someone you don't know simply because they're called Ted or Tarquin, Helen or Hermione?

    Recently I was walking through York and saw a man with a big cardboard sign saying "Help Me Write A Play".

    I assumed Tim Kelly (who hates being called Tim) was collecting money to help him finance his project, but I was wrong - he was trying to contact other Tims to explore the way names can define our personalities.

    Tim Kelly and Jonathan Cowap

    I was so intrigued I invited him onto BBC Radio York where he told me he ended up being contacted by 1,200 other Tims.

    Did any of them like being called Tim? Click Timmy D below to find out:

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    Video caption: How does what we're called affect the way we are?
  6. Council elections: Five ways to get more people to vote

    Daniel Wainwright

    BBC Data Unit

    Fewer than 20% of people have chosen to vote in council elections in some areas of England over the past four years, BBC News analysis of voting patterns has shown.

    Ballot box

    Why are people turning their back on local elections and how can they be drawn back to the ballot box?

    There were 41 out of about 2,500 wards in England where not even a fifth of the electorate turned out to choose a local councillor in 2012. This was the last time the seats being contested on 5 May this year were elected.

    The Electoral Reform Society said this amounted to "serious democratic deficit" and it is vital people vote and hold authorities to account.

    So how does the country solve a problem like low turnout? BBC News has been looking at some of the options.

  7. Traffic and Travel: Disruption on Knaresborough Road in Harrogate

    BBC Travel

    If you're in the Harrogate area it's worth knowing the A59 Knaresborough Road is closed in both directions, between the Roseville Road junction and the Birstwith Road junction, because of an accident.  

    traffic graphhic
  8. Headlines: North Yorkshire dairy farms 'crisis', council house sell-off concerns and offshore wind farm proposals

    Nathan Turvey

    BBC Radio York, News

    The latest headlines from our York Newsroom include:

    • New research claims only one in ten North Yorkshire dairy farmers are now breaking even
    • A homeless charity claims government plans to force authorities to sell off council houses will cost councils across Yorkshire millions of pounds each year 
    • The company behind plans for what's claimed to be the world's biggest offshore wind farm off the Yorkshire coast is asking people what they think about the proposals
  9. Harrogate Town FC: Excitement building ahead of tonight's big match

    Social media is starting to hot up as there are only hours to go before the first leg of Harrogate Town's National League North play-off semi-final against AFC Fylde.

    Should Town go all the way and get promoted, there'll be a North Yorkshire derby against York City to look forward to.

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  10. Dream team! City brewers fulfill long-held dream


    York's new brewery teams up with city pub of the year.

    rook and gaskill
  11. BBC Weather Watchers: A totally tropical trio?

    BBC Weather Watchers

    What a wonderful set of pics our BBC Weather Watchers are giving us today.

    And while they show off North Yorkshire in all its splendid glory, is it me or does each pic have a taste of the tropical?

    Weather watcher pics

    Thanks go to Grandadscott for the lovely pics of Hemingbrough, which nicely bookend Barley's Greens Tulips in Thirsk.

  12. May the (North Yorkshire) Force be with you

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live

    The debate over whether British police officers should be armed continues...

    These two North Yorkshire officers seem to be enjoying the latest crowd control prototypes.

    Or it could be they're just getting into the Star Wars Day spirit. 

    Star wars pic
  13. North Yorkshire's weather: Plenty of sunshine

    BBC Weather

    Staying dry and feeling mild. Hooray! But will it last?

    Here's BBC Look North's Owain Wyn Evans with the latest forecast:

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    Video caption: Owain Wyn Evans has the forecast
  14. Listen: North Yorkshire MP urges 'buy British' to help struggling dairy farmers

    Georgey Spanswick

    Presenter, BBC Radio York Breakfast Show

    We've been talking about the crisis in dairy farming this morning, with new figures showing North Yorkshire's dairy farmers are finding it even harder to make ends meet

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board says 90% are failing to cover their costs. Last year, only 10% were in that situation. 

    The Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton is Kevin Hollinrake and he told me the answer is for people to buy British:

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    Video caption: North yorkshire MP urges people to buy British
  15. Headlines: Buy British to help farmers says MP and York council house sell-off concerns

    Nathan Turvey

    BBC Radio York, News

    The latest headlines from our York Newsroom include:

    • A North Yorkshire MP says people should buy British to help struggling dairy farmers in the county
    • A new pilot project aimed at helping people from an ethnic minority background understand how the British Army works has begun at a North Yorkshire army base
    • It's claimed officials in York will have to find an extra £19m a year under plans to sell off council houses