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  1. Live updates on Monday 16 May 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Barton

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

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

I'll be back from 07:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county.

To finish with today, here's the day in pictures, well, some of the day anyway:

final montage

We really enjoy getting pictures from you so please keep them coming via Twitter,Facebook or email.

Watch: Axe-tra curricular activities - North Yorkshire school's axe-throwing lessons

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

After-school clubs usually run along the lines of chess, swimming or football, but one North Yorkshire school has added a little edge to what's on offer - axe throwing!

I was invited along to Cundall Manor School a little earlier today to find out how the idea of axe-throwing came about.

Apparently it's to do with learning about control and discipline - and having lots of fun...

North Yorkshire's beautiful bluebell bonanza continues

The weather may be a bit mixed just now, but the bluebells appearing all over North Yorkshire at the moment are reminding us it really is spring.

Thanks to Mel Hough for sending us her picture of bluebells at Ripley (top), and to Tim Cannon for his picture of bluebells at Feizor near Settle this morning.

Mel Hough
Tim Cannon

'We're learning so many new things' - A1 artefacts reveal hidden history

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

More on the story I mentioned earlier about artefacts unearthed by archaeologists during work on the A1 in North Yorkshire going on display at Richmondshire Museum.

More than 50 items, including coins, a miniature sword, gaming counters, ceramic pots and a wooden comb, have gone on show

Doctor Hannah Russ, from Northern Archaeological Associates, who carried out the dig, says: "We're learning so many new things about the people who were living in the vicinity of the A1 in the past and I'm delighted we're now able to share our discoveries."

Ceramic pots
Highways England
Miniature sword
Highways England

Army investigating reports of 'unacceptable behaviour' at Catterick Garrison

BBC Radio York

The army says it's investigating reports of a video which appears to show soldiers at Catterick Garrison getting drunk and drinking human waste.

The footage, which allegedly shows naked men crawling around on the floor, is being looked at by Military Police. 

The army says it expects "very high standards of behaviour" and is looking at whether the allegations are true.

Catterick Garrison sign
Press Association

This behaviour is unacceptable and if these allegations are true then appropriate action will be taken."

Army Spokesman

North Yorkshire weather update: Generally dry and bright this afternoon

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be dry and bright with sunny spells, although some areas particularly in the west may cloud over at times

The top temperature will be about 17C (63F) with a light west wind.  

Weather graphic

Engineers responding after York power cut

Northern Powergrid say they're aware of a power cut in the Haxby area of York and are responding:

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Headlines: York binge drinking plan, North Yorkshire care home owners face prosecution and 11-year-old's fundraising success

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York this lunchtime include:

Traffic and travel: Accident sparks delays on A171 in Whitby

BBC Travel

Problems remain on the A171 Helredale Road westbound in Whitby between the Helredale Road junction and the A174 junction.

Traffic in the area is very slow because of an accident earlier on.

Mock 'graveyard' plan to deter ghoulish gothic photo-ops in Whitby

More on the story that a mock graveyard could be built in Whitby in a bid to stop visitors to the town's annual Goth Festival from using the town's real burial ground as a backdrop to photographs.

Goths in graveyard
Getty Images

Organisers of the Bram Stoker Film Festival, which also takes place in the town, have suggested the new "graveyard" could be built on a piece of land near the top of Whitby's 199 Steps, which lead from the town to St Mary's church and the abbey.  

Elaine Edmunds, of gothic art group Decadent Drawing Dark Arts, says it's a good idea: "Every goth weekend a lot of people want to come up here to have pictures taken. People show virtually no respect for the graveyard itself or the people who are buried there."

Goths in graveyard
Getty Images

Roaming along the road: 'Outstanding' Roman haul goes on display in North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

An "outstanding" haul of Roman artefacts found in North Yorkshire goes on display today after being unearthed during major upgrade work to the A1.

Fifty relics from the Roman town of Catterick, which was known as Cataractonium, are on show at Richmondshire Museum. 

They include coins, gaming counters and this perfectly preserved wooden comb:

Roman comb
Highways England

There's also this cicada copper alloy brooch:

Roman brooch
Highways England

Highways England is building extra lanes on the road in each direction between Leeming Bar and Barton which will be ready next year. 

They say it's fascinating to discover that nearly 2,000 ago Romans were using the same route.

A1 widening work
Highways England

Care home owners to be prosecuted over death of resident

BBC Radio York

The owners of a care home in North Yorkshire are to be prosecuted over the death of a 91-year-old resident from hypothermia.  

Harrogate Borough Council says after an investigation into the death of Annie Barritt, at the Oaklands Country Rest Home in Kirk Hammerton, the home's owners are due to appear in court next month.

They will face a Health and Safety offence. 

Oaklands Country Rest Home

Traffic and travel: Road delays reported in Whitby

BBC Travel

There are a couple of problems on the roads in Whitby at the moment: 

There's currently very slow traffic on the B1416 Love Lane in both directions in Whitby between the B1460 Castle Road junction and the A174 White Bridge Road junction.

And very slow traffic's also being reported on the A171 Helredale Road westbound in Whitby between the Helredale Gardens junction and the A174 junction.

Somerset v Yorkshire: Day two of County Championships clash

BBC Sport

It's day two of Yorkshire's County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton.

Will Rhodes
Getty Images

Yorkshire were second best on the opening day as Somerset's batsmen made good use of a fine day and another fine track as they dominated against the champions.

You can catch up with all the latest with our live commentary and keep up-to-date with our live scorecard.

Listen: York to set out five-year plan to tackle city centre alcohol problems

Sarah Urwin

Reporter, BBC Radio York

A five-year plan to tackle alcohol problems in York is being set out later this week.

Officials say there are big issues with the city being seen as a stag and hen do destination.

Binge drinking levels are also worse in York than the national average. 

But, as I've been finding out, the food and drink industry in York is big business and a real draw for many visitors:

Whitby Abbey mock graveyard idea to deter ghoulish photos


A mock graveyard could be created in an attempt to stop visitors taking ghoulish pictures in a burial ground in Whitby.


St Mary's graveyard, near Whitby Abbey, has become popular with visitors to the Yorkshire town's annual goth weekend. It has prompted concerns the burial ground is not being treated respectfully.

Organisers of the Bram Stoker Film Festival have come up with the idea to create a "movie set" graveyard.

Whitby was Bram Stoker's inspiration for Dracula, and the town's goth weekends attract thousands every year.

Headlines: Cow shot and killed in 'shocking act of cruelty', plans to tackle York alcohol problems and 'outstanding' Roman artefacts go on display

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

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

  • North Yorkshire Police say the killing of a cow that was shot in the eye near York at the weekend is a "shocking act of cruelty"
  • Officials in York due to set out a five-year plan to tackle alcohol problems, with binge drinking levels worse in York than the national average  
  • An "outstanding" haul of Roman artefacts found in North Yorkshire goes on display today at the Richmondshire Museum after being unearthed during upgrade work to the A1

Pickering Rotarians complete charity fundraising boat race in Venice: Vogalonga way to go!

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

You might remember me telling you a week ago about a trip to Venice by the Pickering Rotarians to take part in a boat race known as the Vogalonga, to raise money for the Marie Curie Charity.

I've just heard back from them about their adventure and been sent these great pics.

Vologonga race
Pickering Rotarians

The Sweet Charity team finished the Vogalonga in a time of five hours and 30 minutes. They thought they'd do it in six to seven hours.

That's pretty impressive when you consider their Yorkshire Cobble weighs in at 600kgs, making her one of the heaviest boats in the race.

Venice Vogalonga
Pickering Rotarians

The team told me the race was rowed in perfect but crowded conditions - the organisers allowed 1,800 boats to take part.

Venice Vogolonga
Pickering Rotarians

Well done the Sweet Charity team. Vogalonga completed and £16,000 raised for Marie Curie and Rotary charities. 

Well worth the 18 months the trip took to plan - they just have to get the boat home now!

Cow shot in eye and killed near York in 'shocking act of cruelty'

A cow has been shot in the eye and killed near York in what police are calling "a shocking act of cruelty".

The cow was shot at about 23:00 on Saturday in a field at Dunnington.

PC Dan Kirven says: "I'd like the public and members of the local farming community to come to me or the Rural Taskforce with any information they may have that could assist us with our enquiries."

Come buy! Sheep dog sells for £15,000 at auction in Skipton

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A sheep dog has sold at a North Yorkshire auction for almost £15,000, setting a new British record price according to auctioneers.

Sixteen-month-old Cap, bred in County Donegal, was sold at a sale in Skipton.

Cap the sheep dog

Previous owner Padraig Doherty said the price was "much higher" than anticipated. The town's auctioneer said dogs tended to sell for around £2,000.

Cap's sale price of £14,805 easily surpasses a previous record sheep dog sale of £9,240 in 2013, Skipton Auction Mart said.

Watch: Knaresborough girl, 11, raises £2,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

When you're 11, the most important things going on in your life is probably cramming for your SATS tests and who fancies who in your class. 

But that's not so for one girl from North Yorkshire who's decided to take it upon herself to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which is funded entirely by donations.

Aoife McKenna, from Coneythorpe near Knaresborough, has raised almost £2,000 towards maintaining the rescue helicopters. I've been to meet her to find out more:

BBC Weather Watchers: The serenity and stillness of the early morning

BBC Weather Watchers

These two pictures sent in by BBC Weather Watchers this morning offer a taste of early morning tranquility across North Yorkshire.

Old Man George sent us this serene and still image of Knaresborough (on the left) taken at 06:34 this morning, and an hour earlier, Josie's Area took this calming view of the River Derwent at Stamford Bridge.

Knaresborough and Stamford Bridge

'Dementia has made my mum less human'

Amelia Butterly

BBC Newsbeat reporter

Chris Williams, 22, a trainee teacher in York, has been telling me about the experience of having a mother with dementia.

Chris and Janet Williams
BBC/Williams Family

Chris' mum, Janet, was diagnosed with dementia when he was 19 and she was 59. Now, he tells me he struggles to remember the person she was.

There are 850,000 people in the UK with dementia. Almost two out of three of those have the kind of dementia Chris's mum has - Alzheimer's disease.

Chris tells me: "It eats away at who they are as a person until there's nothing left. My mum has been less human since the day she was diagnosed." Read more from Chris here.

Traffic and travel: Accident in Knaresborough sparks delays

BBC Travel

The A59 in Knaresborough is currently partially blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions between the A1(M) J47 junction and the A658 junction, because of an accident involving a van and a car on the roundabout.

Weather: A good start to the week with plenty of sunny spells across North Yorkshire today

BBC Weather

There's plenty of sunshine across North Yorkshire today.

Here's Owain with the full forecast.

Sport headlines: Tough going for Yorkshire bowlers, Knights fight back to secure draw and Ripon diver wins gold

BBC Sport

  • Yorkshire's bowlers are made to toil in Taunton on the opening day of their match against Somerset. The home side closed on 342 for 4
  • York City Knights recover from a a ropy start in their match against North Wales Crusaders in League 1, to pull off a last minute 16-all draw
  • Ripon's Jack Laugher won Britain's second gold of the European Aquatics Championships in the 3m synchronised diving

Missing York rapist arrested in Scotland

BBC Radio York

A sex offender who went missing from York has been arrested in Scotland. 

Barry Gibson was jailed for life in 2000 and released last year, but failed to comply with conditions of his licence and was recalled to prison. 

He was arrested last night in the Dumfries and Galloway area and is now in police custody. 

Barry Gibson

Hundreds take to streets of York to show opposition to mental health cuts

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Hundreds of protesters held a march and rally against cuts and closures in mental health services in York at the weekend.

Organised by Mental Health Action York, it followed the closure of Bootham Park psychiatric hospital in September.

protesters in York

The Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust has run mental health services in the city since October.

Rachael Maskell, Labour MP for York Central, attended the protest and called for services to be moved "quickly back to York".

So many people's lives have been disrupted over the closure of the hospital."

Rachael MaskellLabour MP for York Central

Headlines: Plan to tackle alcohol misuse in York, dangerous sex offender arrested and investigation after cow shot and killed

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York this morning include:

  • A five-year plan to tackle alcohol problems in York is being set out, with officials saying there are big issues with the city being seen as a stag and hen do destination
  • A sex offender who went missing from York has been arrested in Scotland
  • An investigation's under way following the death of a cow after it was shot in the eye at a farm in Dunnington near York

Weather: A fine, warm and dry day for North Yorkshire

BBC Weather

A fine day is expected with pleasantly warm sunny spells. It should remain dry for most. Winds will also remain light throughout.  

Here's what today and the rest of the week is looking like so far:

Weather graphic

Traffic and travel: All running smoothly so far on the roads and rail

BBC Travel

It's a good start to the day on the roads in North Yorkshire, with most running smoothly.

There are a couple of ongoing situations to remind you of, though.

If you're in the Tadcaster area, remember the A659 River Wharfe Bridge in the town is closed between the Kirkgate junction and the Mill Lane junction, with a diversion via the A64. 

If you're heading to Filey from the west, be aware the A1039 is closed in both directions between White Gate Hill and the A64 Spital Farm roundabout. This will affect traffic between Staxton and Filey.

The trains leaving York are all running to time at the moment. We'll keep an eye on the live York departure board and let you know if anything changes.

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Andrew Barton

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.

It's a beautiful start to the day - which is the only excuse I need to start with this glorious photo, sent in by BBC Weather Watcher fishing bob of Glusburn.


I'd love to see your pictures or hear your stories from across North Yorkshire.

You can send them in via Twitter, Facebook or by email.