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  1. Live updates on Wednesday 18 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, York

    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 three photographs from BBC Weather Watchers which all show the threat of rain and give new meaning to the phrase a spring break.

    Thanks to garry hornby for his pic of New Earswick (left), to june gothika (centre) for her photograph of Strensall and to Roger Litton for his shot of Harrogate.

    Weather watcher pics

    You can send in your stories and pictures via TwitterFacebook or email.

    That's all for today, enjoy the rain, and remember...above the clouds the sky is always blue.

  2. First signing of closed season for Harrogate Town

    BBC Sport

    Harrogate Town have signed defender Simon Ainge from Bradford Park Avenue. 

    The 28-year-old centre back has also had time at Luton, Halifax and Guiseley, where he played alongside Town captain Danny Ellis. 

    Harrogate manager Simon Weaver says: "I'm trying to build a side that can go one better than the play-off semi-finalists of this year."

    Simon Ainge
  3. Scarborough artist realises lifelong dream of holding own exhibition

    Scarborough UK

    Artist Mary Hellawell has realised a lifelong dream of holding an exhibition of her work in her home town of Scarborough.

    Part of the current A Changing Landscape exhibition at the Gallery at Woodend, Mary's work features alongside work from Shirley Doyle.

    Exhibition promo
  4. North Yorkshire weather update: Cloudy and showery but some sunshine

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    We're going to see a rather cloudy afternoon across Yorkshire, however we should see a little more in the way of brightness with a few sunny spells.

    However, further showers are forecast, some of these heavy with the odd rumble of thunder possible.

    Light to moderate south westerly winds, and highs today of about 14C (57F).   

    Weather update
  5. Three-year-old passenger in 140mph car chase 'not wearing seatbelt'

    It's "absolutely unbelievable" that a three-year-old girl who was passenger in a car involved in a 140mph chase across North Yorkshire didn't have a seat belt on and wasn't in a child's booster seat, North Yorkshire Police have said.

    Police stop car

    The girl was discovered when the police pursuit ended in Boston Spa yesterday afternoon, following a chase which went northbound on the A1 from Catterick to Scotch Corner before heading into West Yorkshire.

    A large quantity of cannabis was found and a man and woman, both from Rotherham, were arrested. The girl's currently in police care and officers are liaising with Social Services.

    Sgt Paul Cording, from North Yorkshire Police, says: "There was no car seat, no restraint. It's absolutely unbelievable somebody would put their own family at risk."

  6. Headlines: Child, 3, found in car involved in 140mph police chase, Scarborough family 'abandoned' by NHS and second animal shot in North Yorkshire in a week

    Nathan Turvey

    BBC Radio York News

    The latest headlines from our Newsroom in York include:

  7. 'Angel of the North' flies back to York City FC

    BBC Sport

    Talismanic striker and fans' favourite Richard Brodie has returned to Bootham Crescent for his second spell at York City FC.

    The 28-year-old has signed a one-year deal.

    Brodie was previously with York between 2007 and 2010, during which time he scored 69 goals.

    Richard Brodie

    Brodie was always considered to be a good luck charm by the fans.

    The stadium announcer nicknamed him the Angel of the North, a title which brought huge cheers from the crowd every time he scored.

  8. Sheep dies after second North Yorkshire animal shooting in less than a week

    A sheep has had to be put down after being shot and seriously injured in Ryedale - the second animal shooting in North Yorkshire in a week.

    Police are appealing for witnesses after offenders shot the sheep with a high-power rifle on land off Malton Road at Marton, near Sinnington.

    The shooting happened between 10:00 on Monday and 17:00 on Tuesday when offenders entered land off Malton Road at Marton, near Sinnington.  

    They also caused "extensive" damage to hedges, crops and a gate, police say.

    It comes just days after a cow was shot in the eye and killed near York.

    Quote Message: The offenders left the sheep suffering in great distress, before the owners found it in the field several hours later. Sadly, its injuries were so severe it had to be euthanised." from Spokesperson North Yorkshire Police
    SpokespersonNorth Yorkshire Police
  9. Final day of Somerset v Yorkshire finally under way at Taunton

    BBC Sport

    After a delay to the start of play this morning, Yorkshire are following on on the final day of their County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton.

    Yorkshire are 7-0, trailing Somerset by 244 runs.

    Listen to live commentary from the match here and keep completely up-to-date with our live scorecard.    

  10. Witness appeal after three-year-old passenger is found following 140mph drug car pursuit

    Anyone who saw a car with a three-year-old child on board which was involved in a 140mph police pursuit on the A1 across North Yorkshire on Tuesday is being asked to come forward.

    End of car chase

    The chase, involving a grey Audi A4, started at about 16:25 on the A1 northbound near Catterick and continued to Scotch Corner before heading south, again on the A1, before the car was finally stopped near Boston Spa.

    A "large quantity" of cannabis was found and two people, a 31-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, both from Rotherham, were arrested at the scene and remain in custody.

    "A number of motorists will have witnessed the suspect vehicle's manner of driving and officers are appealing to them to come forward including any that were hit by the vehicle," police say.

  11. A chorus of approval: Birds wake up in full voice at York's Askham Bog

    Joanita Musisi

    Reporter, BBC Radio York

    At this time of year there's nothing more glorious than a dawn chorus - and the birds really are in full voice at the moment.

    So I got up - before the birds - and visited York's Askham Bog nature reserve, to experience the growing crescendo of bird song, which signals the start of the day.

    The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust looks after Askham Bog and they sent Jono Leadley to assist me.

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    Video caption: The dawn chorus at York's Askham Bog
  12. County Championship: Play delayed on final day of Somerset v Yorkshire

    BBC Sport

    It's the fourth and final day of Yorkshire's County Championship clash against Somerset at Taunton - but the start of today's action has so far been delayed.

    Providing things get going eventually, Yorkshire will resume on 306 for 9 in their first innings, still trailing Somerset's by 256 runs.

    Listen to live commentary from the match here and keep completely up-to-date with our live scorecard.

  13. Listen: Knaresborough pair spend 'price of cruise' following FA Cup trail to Wembley

    Georgey Spanswick

    Presenter, BBC Radio York

    A remarkable 10-month challenge comes to a head this weekend when Knaresborough couple Malcolm and Lorna Foyle head to Wembley for the FA Cup Final. 

    They've spent the best part of a year - and more than £1,200 - zig-zagging their way round the country on the trail of the cup, from its earliest rounds and starting with a match involving Harrogate Railway.

    They've been telling me the story of their long slog, starting with the team they've encountered the most on the long road to Wembley:

    Video content

    Video caption: They've spent the best part of a year zig-zagging their way round the country.
  14. Car containing three-year-old 'weaved in and out of traffic' during 140mph North Yorkshire pursuit

    A car involved in a 140mph police pursuit with a three-year-old child on board "weaved in and out of traffic and onto the hard shoulder" as it sped across North Yorkshire, police say.

    The chase, which started at about 16:25 yesterday on the A1 northbound near Catterick, involved a grey Audi A4 which failed to stop.

    The car was driven to Scotch Corner before leaving the motorway and then heading south on the A1 again. It was eventually stopped by police on the exit slip road near Boston Spa.

    A three-year-old child and a large quantity of cannabis were found in the vehicle. No-one was injured during the pursuit, police say.

    Two of the car's occupants, a man, 31, and a woman, 22, both from Rotherham, were arrested at the scene and remain in custody.

  15. NHS response to Scarborough Alzheimer's 'crisis' family

    Elly Fiorentini

    BBC Radio York News

    Earlier we told you about David, from Scarborough, who has been pleading with the NHS to help him and his family cope with his mum Greta's severe Alzheimer's.

    David from Scarborough

    Last September, social workers and doctors agreed they were a family "in crisis" and needed additional NHS-funded help. 

    Despite having a full assessment and approval for support, David says there's been no further progress.

    After BBC Radio York highlighted David's case, Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), responsible for funding the care, has admitted it's "taken longer than it should".

    Quote Message: Part of the delay has been down to a change of NHS providers, which we recognise is no consolation to the family. However, that transition is now complete. I’ve spoken to colleagues directly involved with this lady’s care and they’ll be giving the family a call today to talk through their case and explain the next steps fully." from Simon Cox Chief Officer, Scarborough and Ryedale CCG
    Simon CoxChief Officer, Scarborough and Ryedale CCG
  16. Three-year-old found in back of car after 140mph police chase across North Yorkshire

    Michael Henderson

    BBC Radio York, News

    A three-year-old child has been found in the back of a car following a 140mph chase on the A1, North Yorkshire Police have said. 

    The driver had failed to stop near Catterick and was then followed by police to Scotch Corner, and then all the way to Boston Spa. 

    A "large" quantity of drugs was found in the car and two people have been arrested, North Yorkshire Police have confirmed.

    Police stopping car
  17. Witness appeal after Catterick biker seriously hurt in collision

    The driver of a car who may have "vital" information about a collision in North Yorkshire earlier this month which left a motorbike rider with serious injuries is being urged to come forward.

    The incident happened at about 13:20 on Saturday 7 May as the rider, a woman in her 30s, from Catterick Garrison, was travelling along Reeth Road from Richmond when she collided with a white Volvo C60 near River Meadow Cottage. 

    Police believe the Audi driver, who wasn't  involved in the collision, may have information which could help them piece together events in the moments leading up to the incident.

    The biker, who was taken to hospital in Darlington, has now been released and she's recovering at home.

  18. A walk back in time: Fascinating photos of 1950s York

    The Press

    The Press is bringing many of the photos from its history section and archives together into easy-to-view galleries.

    This one showcases 79 photos of York in the 1950s, including some published for the first time in many years.

    Skeledergate bridge
  19. Sport headlines: Yorkshire trail Somerset by 256, Brodie returns to Bootham Crescent and Harrogate RU in Yorkshire Cup

    BBC Sport

    • Yorkshire are due to resume at Taunton later on 306 for 9 in their first innings - trailing Somerset by 256 runs
    • Former York City striker Richard Brodie returns to Bootham Crescent for a second spell after previously playing with the club between 2007 and 2010
    • Harrogate Rugby Union club defend the Yorkshire Cup tonight in the final against Pontefract