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  1. Live updates on Friday 6 May 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Monday

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By Andrew Barton

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

I'll leave you today with the sun over Wensleydale, a beautiful pic sent in by BBC Weather Watcher birtersett.


Watch: Official highlights film from 2016 Bob Smith Spring Cup Road Races

Scarborough UK

The official highlights film from the 2016 Bob Smith Spring Cup Road Races, which were held on 16-17 April is now live on the official Oliver's Mount Racing YouTube channel.As we reported last month, Billy Redmayne unfortunately lost his life in the Spring Cup feature race. Organisers say this film is dedicated to the memory of Billy.  

Oliver's Mount
Scarborough UK

Fractured gas pipe caused fatal Haxby house explosion

A fatal gas explosion at a house in York in February was not caused by any criminal action or breaches of health and safety law, an investigation has concluded.

Haxby explosion scene

Paul Wilmott, 63, died at his home on Springwood in Haxby when it was wrecked by the blast on 19 February.

The investigation, by North Yorkshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive, has found that the cause of the explosion was a fractured gas pipe buried in the property's concrete floor. It resulted in an uncontrolled gas escape which ignited.

No further action is to be taken and a report will be passed to HM Coroner for the inquest into Mr Wilmott's death, which will be held at a later date.

Whitby Goth Weekend 'disrespecting graves of Whitby residents' ancestors'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

A petition calling for Whitby's famous graveyard to close during the town's Goth Weekend has gained nearly 500 signatures.

A woman started the page last week, saying graves were being used as "props for a cheap photo opportunity".

She wants a temporary closure order brought in at St Mary's Church every year during the bi-annual event.  

St Mary's Church

A statement from Whitby Goth Weekend organisers said: "Whitby Goth Weekend is a music festival that takes place at the Spa Pavilion in Whitby.

"We're confused as to why people began to visit the town to promenade and be photographed in fancy dress outfits during our event, as this isn't something we've ever encouraged or advertised."

St Mary's Church

The petition, launched by Bristol resident AJ Stratton, acknowledges the positive effect the festival has had on Whitby, but says families who visit the graveyard regularly need to have their privacy respected.  

Headlines: PCC election voter numbers double, Conservatives retain control of Harrogate and Craven, hundreds of homes in York without power

Michael Henderson

BBC Radio York, News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom include:

  • The number of people who turned out to vote for North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner was almost double that at the last election in 2012
  • In North Yorkshire's local elections, the Conservatives have retained control of both Harrogate and Craven Councils
  • Almost 200 homes and businesses remain without electricity this afternoon in York city centre due to a power cut 

BBC Weather Watchers: A bevy of bluebells and a beach bordered by beauty

BBC Weather Watchers

Once again, the BBC Weather Watchers brighten the day with their serene snaps.

Thanks to June Gothika for her Welburn woodland of Bluebells and to Martindove for his shot of Scarborough and its tulips, wallflowers and forget-me-nots.

Scarborough and Bluebells

Tributes paid to RAF pilots killed in civilian flying accident

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Tributes have been paid following the deaths of two Royal Air Force pilots killed when their aircraft crash landed in North Yorkshire last Saturday.

Flying Officer Ajvir Singh Sandhu and Flying Officer Cameron James Forster were flying in a Slingsby Firefly aircraft when the plane came down.

Both officers were student pilots undertaking Basic Fast Jet Training with Number 72 (Reserve) Squadron at Royal Air Force Linton-on-Ouse near York.  

Ajvir Singh

He was a true born leader that belonged to so many, and we were privileged to have been able to call him our son for 25 years. He had a unique charisma which seemed to capture everyone's attention and a natural ability to light up any room, both qualities will be sorely missed."

Parents of Ajvir Singh Sandhu
Cameron Forster

Cameron is a loving son, friend and a caring brother to his two sisters. We will miss him in more ways than can be imagined. He was in the prime of his life, living his dream and he excelled in everything he put his mind to. He would not wish any of us to mourn his passing; rather celebrate his time with us and his achievements."

Parents of Cameron Forster

Remembering English football's greatest day: World Cup 1966 heroes visit Scarborough

Two legends of English football are due in Scarborough tonight, reliving memories of their famous 1966 World Cup campaign.

Sir Geoff Hurst and Gordon Banks were both members of England's triumphant 1966 World Cup campaign that culminated in the famous 4-2 victory over West Germany.

1966 World Cup squad

Sir Geoff secured a unique place in the history of football when he became the first, and still the only, player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final.  

In July, it'll be 50 long years since 93,000 spectators - including the Queen and Prince Phillip - filled London's Wembley Stadium to watch England secure their most famous victory.

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells but some cloud this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Another very pleasant afternoon, though it'll be a little cloudier than yesterday, especially along the coast where it will be a little cooler. 

It'll remain dry, with further sunny spells this afternoon and highs of about 19C (66F).

Weather forecast

York power cut: Estimate of restoration of full power revised

Northern Powergrid now say it hopes to restore power to premises in York by 17:00.

Northern Powergrid

York power cut update: Full power 'expected to be restored by 15:00'

Northern Powergrid have restored power to some of the premises in York affected by this afternoon's power cut.

It's hoped power will be fully restored by 15:00.

power graphic
Northern Powergrid

York power cut: Traffic lights out in city centre

As the York city centre power cut continues, City of York Council has some useful advice for drivers:

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Scarborough's popular Food Fair returns this Saturday

Scarborough UK

Scarborough's popular Food Fair returns to Westborough this Saturday, from 09:30 to 16:00.

Items for sale will include fresh popcorn, bakery goods, chocolate, olive oil and much more from the immaculate green and white striped stalls.

Scarborough market
Scarborough uk

Police and Crime Commissioner election latest

BBC Radio York

The turnout figures for the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire have just been released. 

A total of 22% of people voted, compared to just over 13% in 2012.

We're expecting the result some time later this afternoon.

Turnout graphic

BreakingElection latest: Conservatives hold Craven and Labour make two gains

BBC Radio York

In North Yorkshire's local elections, the Conservatives have held all six seats they were defending on Craven Council.

Labour have made two gains at the expense of an Independent and a Liberal Democrat.

For full results, go to the Craven Council website.

Power cut hits York city centre

There's been a power cut in the centre of York affecting about 480 premises.

The latest from Northern Powergrid is that they're hoping to have things back to normal by about 14:30.

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Headlines: Conservatives hold Harrogate, fines for feeding seagulls and more changes at York City FC

BBC Radio York

The latest headlines from our York newsroom include:

Analysis: Harrogate Council held by Conservatives

More on the news that the Conservatives remain in overall control of Harrogate Council following yesterday's election.

The Conservatives won 15 of the seats up for grabs, taking one from the United Alliance Group and one previously held by an independent. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems held their one seat which was up for grabs this year.

The Conservatives now have 37 seats on the council, the Lib Dems have 15 with two independents.

The turnout for the district was 36.8%.

Find the full results on the Harrogate Council website.

BreakingLocal elections: Conservatives hold Harrogate

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

In North Yorkshire, only two places held local elections on Thursday - and in Harrogate counting has just finished.

Following the count, the Conservatives remain in control and have increased the number of their councillors by two.

Conservative Tim Myatt won Marston Moor from the United Alliance Group, and Ash Teague (pictured) has won Ouseburn, which was previously held by an independent councillor.

Ash Teague

The Lib Dems have held on to their one seat up for re-election - in the Nidd Valley

We'll find out the results in Craven later this afternoon.

Water, water everywhere at Scarborough's water park - or there will be soon!

On the day that work gets under way on the Alpine-themed rides and slides at Scarborough's new water park, BBC Radio York's intrepid reporter Sarah Urwin's been given behind-the-scenes access to take a look at what's going on:

Water park work
Water park work
Water park work

Police and Crime Commissioner vote: The countdown to the count

As we wait to find out who North Yorkshire's new Police and Crime Commissioner will be following yesterday's election, preparations are well under way in Selby for the count there:

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Listen: Should people stop feeding Scarborough's gulls?

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York, Reporter

As a sunny weekend draws near, our coastal towns are getting ready for visitors looking for a bit of great British seaside. 

But you've probably heard about gulls swooping down by the dozen, stealing people's food. 

Last year a special task force was set up to tackle the problem in Scarborough and Whitby, but will it make a difference? 

I've been chatting to people on the seafront in Scarborough.

Rob McGill to step down as York City director

Rob McGill is to step down as a director of newly-relegated York City FC after 10 years on the club's board, it's been announced.

In a statement on the club's website, Mr McGill says: "It's clearly been a very tough season for everyone at York City. I sincerely hope the situation can be turned around and we are back in the Football League soon."

Jason McGill, club chairman and Mr McGill's son, has thanked him for his "commitment and dedication" to the club

He says: "We've had both successes and failures during this time, but we must now look to the future and ensure the club reaches the objectives set out in my recent statement."

The move comes after Rob McGill's daughter, Sophie, announced yesterday she was stepping down as communications director at Bootham Crescent after 13 years. 

Slip slidin' away: Work begins on 120m-long Scarborough slide

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Work starts today to build the Alpine-themed rides and slides at a new water park in Scarborough, one of which will be 120m long. 

The £14m site is part of the redevelopment of the North Bay. 

Artist's impression

The long-awaited new water park is due to open in two months, after its initial opening date of Easter was postponed.

It's hoped the water park will bring in an extra £6m to the local economy.

Listen: Holding back the tears - Four years in the life of York City FC

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Four years ago, York City were celebrating an incredible eight days of football and promotion to the football league.

Tomorrow it's the last match of a disappointing season and the club already knows it's been relegated. 

Have a listen to this look back at the last four turbulent years, but if you're a fan, be warned, you might need a hanky!

Headlines: Fines for feeding gulls 'not the answer', warning over North Yorks NHS plans and work starts on water park's new rides

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom include:

  • Godfrey Allanson, chair of the Gulls Task Force in Scarborough, says fining people who feed the town's gulls won't stop the problem
  • Rural communities are at risk under NHS plans to divide up North Yorkshire's healthcare into three groups, according to the County Council's health watchdog
  • Work's due to start today to build rides and slides at a new water park in Scarborough

Yorkshire batsman Root signs new contract until 2019

BBC Sport

England batsman Joe Root has signed a new contract with Yorkshire, a deal which will keep the 25-year-old at Headingley until at least 2019.

Joe Root

"I couldn't see myself playing cricket for any other county," says Root, who made his first-class debut for his home county in 2010 after coming through the club's academy set-up.

Root has scored 3,406 runs in 39 Test matches at an average of 54.93 and 2,572 in 68 one-day internationals at an average of 44.34.

Scarborough Market Hall £2.7m transformation under way

Scarborough UK

Contractors are starting preparatory work on the St Helen’s Square building ready for a complete revamp of the market.

York mix
Scarborough UK

The historic building will get a new mezzanine upper floor, creating space for new shops, offices and a cafe.

Watch: Will the introduction of fines stop 'gull-muggings' in Scarborough?

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York, Reporter

Some business owners in Scarborough say people who feed the gulls there should be fined.

A special task force was set up a year ago to tackle the problem of so-called "gull-muggings" in the town.

New measures like roof netting to prevent nesting, and stronger bin bags have been introduced and there are plans for new signs along the seafront to stop people feeding the gulls.

However, officials say it will take time to improve things.

Headlines: Fines for feeding seagulls, rural communities 'health risk' warning and local election results

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  • There are calls for fines to be given to people who feed gulls along the North Yorkshire coast
  • North Yorkshire County Council's health watchdog says NHS plans to divide North Yorkshire's healthcare up into three groups will put our rural communities at risk
  • Results from local council elections in Harrogate and Craven are expected later and we'll also find out who's been elected to be our next Police and Crime Commissioner

Weather: Dry and sunny, but a little bit cloudy

BBC Weather

Remaining dry, and although rather cloudy at times, most parts will see some warm sunny spells. Feeling cooler near coastal areas where an onshore breeze is likely.

Weather graphic

Elections: Results to come later for North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Results from local council elections nation suggest Labour isn't facing losses on the scale that had been predicted. 

Here in North Yorkshire, Harrogate and Craven are the only areas where elections have taken place and we'll find out the results of those later.

Polling station placard

We'll also discover later today who'll be North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner for the next four years. Counting's due to start at 14:00.

Traffic and Travel: Mostly fine, but a little slow in Harrogate

BBC Travel

The earlier disruption on the A64 at Copmanthorpe, due a diesel spill, has been cleared and the road is back to normal.

Things are a little slow in Harrogate on the A61 at York Place and at Station Parade.

Other than that, at the moment North Yorkshire's roads are running fairly smoothly.

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

I'll be with you until 16:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county - plus the latest election results from across North Yorkshire as we get them. 

I can think of no better way to start than with this wonderful pic sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Ves of the sun coming up over York Minster.

Sunrise York Minster

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