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  1. Live updates on Tuesday 17 May 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel update will resume at 07:00 on Wednesday

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, York

    That's the end of our live service for today. I'll be back from 07:00 on Wednesday, with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county.

    We'll end with a selection of BBC Weather Watcher pictures, in case, over the next few days, we need reminding of what spring weather is like, punctuated, like some bin bags in Scarborough, by squabbling seagulls.

    Thanks for the pics go to rocki1 (top left) for the dramatic sky above Great Ouseburn and to Gary Hornby for his pic of Fountains Abbey.

    Thanks also to june gothika (bottom left) for her pic of Whitby and to gerrywatch, for the beautiful reflections at Temple Newsam.


    That's all for today folks, see you tomorrow.

  2. North Yorkshire Police response to worries rural areas 'vulnerable to terrorist attack

    North Yorkshire Police have responded to claims that officers could be at risk if terrorists targeted rural or coastal locations. 

    The Police Federation of England and Wales says it's worried armed units wouldn't be able to reach incidents quickly enough. 

    Armed Police

    But the man in charge of special operations at the North Yorkshire force says: "Authorised firearms officers undergo a rigorous selection procedure and 14-week initial course, as well as ongoing training programmes to regularly test physical ability and tactical skills."

    Quote Message: North Yorkshire is a very safe place, firearms incidents are rare. However, following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, it was determined nationally more armed officers were needed to meet the escalation of the terrorist threat." from Supt Dave Hannan Head of Specialist Operations, North Yorkshire Police
    Supt Dave HannanHead of Specialist Operations, North Yorkshire Police
  3. North Yorkshire's weather: A fine and sunny afternoon

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will be fine, bright and warm with sunny spells

    The top temperature will be about 19C (66F) with light or moderate southwest wind.  

    Weather forecast
  4. North Yorkshire community awards: Holding on for a hero 'til the end of...May!

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    Do you know someone who is an unsung hero for a community in North Yorkshire?

    If you do, and you want them to receive the credit you think they deserve, then you might want to nominate them for North Yorkshire County Council’s annual community awards.

    Awards presentation 2015

    There are four categories in the awards:

    • Best Community Project
    • Best Community Group
    • Volunteer of the Year
    • Young People Volunteering Award

    The closing date for nominations is 31 May 2016. Nomination forms can be completed online at the council website.  

  5. Gull-tastic plastic: Council introduces seagull-proof sacks to protect rubbish

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    New "seagull-proof" bin bags are being brought in to Scarborough to try and stop birds ripping them open, leaving rubbish all over the streets.

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    Video caption: Seagull proof bin bags to try and stop the birds ripping them open.

    Scarborough Borough Council says: "Where sacks have to be used for practical reasons, such as the narrow streets in Whitby and Scarborough, bags left out for collection are being attacked by gulls."

    The council says the new sacks, which will be issued free to each home and business within seagull "hot spot" areas, will have a "high resistance to pecking and tearing".

    Other measures to combat the problems caused by birds, including a poster campaign to educate people not to feed the gulls, are also being promised by the council.

    Quote Message: I am delighted these sacks will be in use. While for some people no visit to the seaside would be complete without seeing and hearing seagulls, for others they are a genuine nuisance and I think anything we can do to reduce the problems can only be a good thing." from Councillor Andrew Jenkinson Scarborough Borough Council
    Councillor Andrew JenkinsonScarborough Borough Council
  6. Headlines: Recruitment crisis 'to blame' for supply teacher numbers, rural areas 'vulnerable' to terrorism and teenager sets up swimming club for young disabled

    Sarah Urwin

    BBC Radio York News

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

  7. North Yorkshire fracking decision-makers visit proposed site

    BBC Radio York

    The people who'll decide whether fracking should go ahead in North Yorkshire are due to visit the proposed site today. 

    An application to frack for gas near Kirby Misperton, Pickering, was lodged in May 2015.

    Fracking site

    Last week, North Yorkshire County Council planners recommended permission should be granted, but it's councillors who'll make the final decision. 

    County councillors are due to meet on Friday to decide on Third Energy's application to frack.

  8. 'Amazing achievement' of Tadcaster teen who set up swimming club for young people with disabilities

    Joanita Musisi

    Reporter, BBC Radio York

    A 15-year-old student at Tadcaster Grammar School has set up a new swimming club for young people with disabilities.

    Called Stingrays, the club has been recognised by the Amateur Swimming Association who have included it on their website.

    Teenager Jemima has told me she set up the club to enable young people with disabilities to fulfill their potential.

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    Video caption: Tadcaster Grammar student sets up swimming club for young people with disabilities.
  9. BBC Weather Watchers: Making hay while the sun shines on North Yorkshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Our BBC Weather Watchers have been making the most of what's forecast to be the last sunny day for a while.

    Thanks go to TC, who sent in (top left) the window view of fine weather in Harrogate. This nestles next to Janey's pic of blue skies over Church Fenton, which sits above the lovely beach view of Cayton, sent in by katieboots. 

    To the left of Cayton is Rambling Rose's Grassington and below that is the rippling waters of Hemingbrough, sent in by Grandadscott.

    The wonderful wall of weather pics is completed (bottom right) by the gentle rolling hills of Burnsall, sent in by julieb.

    Weather Watchers montage
  10. University of York reveals suicide attempt call-outs

    Sean Coughlan

    BBC News, Education Correspondent

    Half of all ambulance call-outs to the University of York this year have been for incidents of self-harm or suicide attempts.

    Those stark figures are included in a report from the university's student mental ill-health task group. 

    Between 1 January and 8 February 2016, there were 12 emergency call-outs for self-harm or suicide attempts, 50% of the total. 

    In the previous full calendar year, there were 134 such call-outs to the university, with suicide attempts or self-harm accounting for 32%.    

    In 2014, there were 158 ambulance call-outs, with 14% because of self-harm or suicide attempts. Read more here.

  11. Watch: Big bill for supply teachers in North Yorkshire

    David Rhodes

    BBC Yorkshire

    More now on one of the stories we've been looking at this morning.

    New figures reveal the huge bill for supply teachers in North Yorkshire schools.

    In Yorkshire in the last year, £75m was spent on supply teachers, £14m of that was paid out in North Yorkshire.

    And a school in Scarborough paid out more on supply teachers in our region than anywhere else in Yorkshire.

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    Video caption: Fourteen million spent in North Yorkshire.
  12. County Championship: All the latest from Somerset v Yorkshire

    BBC Sport

    It's day three of Yorkshire's latest County Championship match with Somerset at Taunton.

    Adam Lyth

    Adam Lyth (pictured) is 80 not out with Yorkshire closing on 127 for one in reply to Somerset's first innings 562 for 7 declared.

    Get all the latest with our live commentary and keep up-to-date with the live scorecard.

  13. Headlines: Cost of Yorkshire supply teachers, fracking decision-makers visit proposed site and rural areas 'sitting ducks' in terror attack

    Nathan Turvey

    BBC Radio York News

    The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  14. Two men injured in serious crash near York

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    Two men have been injured, one seriously, in a collision near York which left a car upside down in a field.  

    Police accident

    The collision occurred at about 17:00 on Monday on Wheldrake Lane, near Crockey Hill and involved a blue MG ZR, which was travelling from Wheldrake towards Crockey Hill, when it left the road and came to rest upside down in a field.

    Both occupants of the car were taken to Leeds General Infirmary - the passenger by air ambulance - suffering from serious injuries.

    Quote Message: I want to hear from any witnesses who saw the blue MG ZR as it travelled on Wheldrake Lane between the village and Crockey Hill, or the collision itself." from Traffic Constable Mark Patterson North Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group
    Traffic Constable Mark PattersonNorth Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group
  15. Blink and you'll miss it: Flying Scotsman returns to York

    If you happen to be anywhere near the East Coast Main Line today, you might have a treat in store as the world famous Flying Scotsman is due to be speeding along the route from Edinburgh to York. Catch it while you can...

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  16. World premiere of latest play from Torben Betts in rehearsal at Stephen Joseph Theatre

    Scarborough UK

    The world premiere of the latest play from leading British playwright Torben Betts is in rehearsal at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre. 

    The National Joke will open the theatre’s Summer Festival on 8 June.


    Torben's other plays include Invincible (currently touring) and the recent adaptation of Get Carter, which was a huge hit for Newcastle's Northern stage.     

  17. More spent on supply teachers in Yorkshire than anywhere outside London

    BBC Radio York

    BBC Radio York has discovered that schools in Yorkshire spend more per child on supply teachers than anywhere else outside London

    Across Yorkshire that was £75m for the last school year, with £14m of that spent in North Yorkshire.

    Chris Head from the NASUWT union in North Yorkshire says the reason behind the high numbers is a recruitment crisis in teaching.

    Quote Message: The government's been unable to find graduates to take up teaching for the last four years." from Chris Head NASUWT union in North Yorkshire
    Chris HeadNASUWT union in North Yorkshire

    A school in Scarborough spent more on supply teachers than anywhere else in Yorkshire.

    Graham School, which has recently come out of being in special measures, paid out more than £0.5m. 

    Quote Message: Finding permanent staff is a challenge, however if we're not able to recruit we try to get the best long term supply we can, until we can recruit a good quality teacher." from Helen McEvoy Headteacher, Graham School
    Helen McEvoyHeadteacher, Graham School
  18. Bempton puffins enjoy a room with a view - well, a nest at least...

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    The roar of the sea...and the smell of the seabirds!

    Thanks to Neil Machen for this puffin pic and rugged coastal view at RSPB Bempton Cliffs near Filey.


    If you've got any of your own nature snaps from across North Yorkshire, you can send them in by emailTwitter or Facebook.

  19. Awards haul for Yorkshire and England batsman Joe Root

    BBC Sport

    Yorkshire and England batsman Joe Root won three awards at the England and Wales Cricket Board's awards dinner last night.

    Joe Root with awards

    The 25-year-old player won both Test and one-day international awards and was also voted Player of the Year by England supporters - the second year in succession he's won the England men's award.

    Root told BBC Sport: "It is nice to get recognition for a pretty pleasing 12 months. More importantly, it is great to be involved with this group of players.

    "As long as I can keep banging out some runs and we keep winning, I'll be happy."