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  1. Live updates on Thursday 19 May 2016
  2. Updates from York and North Yorkshire will resume on Friday

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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.

We'll be back on Friday morning with updates throughout the day from the meeting of North Yorkshire county councillors who are meeting to decide if fracking will get the go-ahead at a site near Pickering.  

Until then, I leave you with some pictures which tell the story of the day: Blue Flags for Scarborough and Whitby beaches, red skies to make shepherds anxious, news that the Great Yorkshire AirFest at Church Fenton has been cancelled, an equine evening in Ripon and BBC Weather Watcher Barnsley Lad's misty pic of Scarborough.


Top honour to be presented to WW2 veterans at Yorkshire Air Museum

France's highest military honour will be awarded to 21 veterans of the Normandy D-Day invasion at a special ceremony in North Yorkshire at the weekend, it's been announced.

British troops during D-Day

The Legion d'Honneur will be presented to the World War Two veterans during Sunday's ceremony at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington.

It will be the largest ceremony of its type at the museum, with veterans attending from as far afield as Lincolnshire and Northumberland.

The recipients served with the Royal Navy, Royal Artillery, Royal Marines, Royal Army Medical Corps and the Royal Air Force.

'We don't have the capacity to support them': Fears over rising number sleeping rough in York

BBC Radio York

BBC Radio York has been told the number of people living on the streets in York is going up.

The chief executive of the city's Arclight homeless project (pictured) says changes to welfare benefits and cuts to housing associations are having a real impact.

York Arclight

Jeremy Jones, who retires tomorrow, says he's worried York's homeless situation will go back to how it was before Arclight was formed in 1999.

Before us, there were 42 people sleeping rough on the streets of York and using a co-ordinated approach we got it down to one or two in 2011... The last figures we reported, it's gone up to 18. We just don't have the capacity to support them."

Man charged after girl, 3, found in 140mph car chase

A man has been charged with driving dangerously after a car with a three-year-old passenger hit speeds of up to 140mph during a police chase.

Police at scene
North Yorkshire Police

The vehicle failed to stop on the A1 near Catterick on Tuesday and drove north to Scotch Corner. The driver then headed south before eventually being stopped by police near Boston Spa.

Thomas Birkbeck, 31, from Dinnington, near Rotherham, is due before magistrates in Harrogate later. He is charged with four offences, including dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

A woman, who was arrested, has been released from bail but has been reported for prosecution in relation to drug offences, North Yorkshire Police said.

Watch: 'Great news for the environment and tourists,' Scarborough and Whitby beaches awarded Blue Flag status

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Beaches at Scarborough North Bay and Whitby have once again been awarded Blue flag status which recognises they are some of the best in the country.

The awards, given by Keep Britain Tidy, recognise water quality, environmental standards and safety.

I've been to Scarborough's North Bay to learn about how the quality of the water impacts on humans and wildlife alike.

The North Bay and Whitby have also been given the Seaside Award, which recognises clean beaches. Across the country 143 beaches now have either a Blue Flag or Seaside Award.     

An equine evening in the Garden: Late races at the 'Garden Racecourse'

BBC Sport

There's racing tonight at Ripon. 

The six race card gets under way at 18:15, with the going good to firm, good in places. 

It's the second of six evening meetings at the course.

Ripon Racecourse
Getty Images

North Yorkshire Sport and Dementia Forward unite for Dementia Awareness Week

Harrogate Informer

North Yorkshire Sport and Dementia Forward kick-started Dementia Awareness Week and Mental Health Awareness Week with their Swim the Channel event at Harrogate's Hydro swimming pool on 14 May 2016. 

At the event, 63 participants swam a total of 80,628m, passing the 33,600m goal after just 90 minutes of swimming.   

swimming pool
Harrogate Informer

Watch: Campaigners against plans to frack for shale gas in North Yorkshire prepare for crunch meeting

BBC Radio York

There's less than a day to go now until North Yorkshire county councillors start a meeting where they'll decide if fracking get will get the go-ahead at a site near Pickering.

Those against the plans say they'll stage a "peaceful protest" at tomorrow's meeting.

A  decision is expected to be announced on Monday.

BBC Look North's Alasdair Gill has more details:

Knights sign veteran winger Tommy Saxton

BBC Sport

York City Knights have signed winger Tommy Saxton on a month's loan from Halifax.

The 32-year-old played for Hull in the 2005 Challenge Cup win over Leeds.


Saxton also had time at Castleford and Featherstone, but he's struggled for chances this year in the team at Halifax.

North Yorkshire weather: Bright spells but some rain this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll continue to see a few bright spells, with just a few patches of mist lingering along the east coast

Thicker cloud builds from the west, and rain will spreads eastwards this afternoon. 

Light to moderate south westerly winds, and highs of about 18C (64F).  

Weather forecast

Headlines: Fracking protests will be 'peaceful', refunds for cancelled air show and Blue Flag status for North Yorkshire beaches

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom include:

BBC Weather Watchers in Steeton and Hetton provide a real shepherd's delight

I promised earlier to add a few more pictures of the glorious red sky many of you saw across North Yorkshire last night.

Here are two more sent in by BBC Weather Watchers.

Weaver Pete took the ruby drama on the left, unfolding above Steeton, and on the right, High Buckler caught this stunning sunset over Hetton Common above Gordale.

Red sky

To send your own pictures, get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Scarborough and Whitby beaches secure Blue Flag status and Seaside Award

Beaches at Scarborough North Bay and Whitby have once again been recognised as some of the best in the country. 

They've kept their prestigious Blue Flag status for another year.

The awards, given by Keep Britain Tidy, recognise water quality, environmental standards and safety.

Blue flag

The North Bay and Whitby have also been given the Seaside Award, which recognises clean beaches.

Across the country 143 beaches now have either a Blue Flag or Seaside Award.   

Refunds offered after Great Yorkshire Airfest cancellation

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

More now on the cancellation of the Great Yorkshire AirFest.

The event was due to happen at Church Fenton in July, but has been cancelled after what organisers described as a "challenging year".

All those who have bought tickets will be refunded, the people behind the event have said.


Organisers say the decision to cancel was a difficult one and increased fees to the Civil Aviation Authority and low ticket sales are partly to blame.

Watch: Original City Adventure film aims to boost York tourism

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Tourism organisation Make it York has begun a new campaign to boost tourism to the city.

It's produced a video full of sweeping panoramic vistas of York and North Yorkshire. 

Take a look at it here:

The project is supported by the City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

Headlines: Great Yorkshire AirFest cancelled, York newspaper's apology over letter, and Blue Flag status for North Yorkshire beaches

BBC Radio York

The headlines from our newsroom in York so far this morning include:

  • This year's Great Yorkshire AirFest, due to take place at Church Fenton on 2 July, is cancelled after what organisers say was a "challenging year" for the airshow community
  • The local newspaper in York prints an apology in this morning's edition, saying it should not have published a letter accusing gay people of promoting "immoral behaviour"
  • Scarborough's North Bay and Whitby beaches both keep their Blue Flag status for another year

Great Yorkshire AirFest cancelled after 'challenging year'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

This year's Great Yorkshire AirFest, due to take place at Church Fenton on 2 July, has been cancelled after a "challenging year" for the airshow community, organisers have said.

It follows the aircraft crash at the Shoreham Airshow last year which left 11 people dead.

In April, the Civil Aviation Authority unveiled new safety measures, including higher air show charges.

In a statement, the people behind the Great Yorkshire AirFest say various factors led to the "difficult decision", including increased fees and a slow uptake in ticket sales.  


At all times, our priority has been to host a safe and entertaining show for all visitors. Despite the great efforts and hard work from all the AirFest team, running a viable event for 2016 will be incredibly difficult."

Great Yorkshire AirFest statement

The Machine Stops: Did EM Forster predict the internet age?

Chris Long

Arts and Entertainment Reporter

A futuristic world portrayed in a new production now on at York Theatre Royal is an eerily familiar one - people mostly communicate via screens, the rarity of face-to-face interaction has rendered it awkward, and knowledge and ideas are shared by a system linking every home.

The Machine Stops cast
Ben Bentley

Yet the world as seen in The Machine Stops was imagined not by a contemporary writer but by the Edwardian author E.M. Forster, best known for novels such as Howards End, A Room With A View and A Passage To India.

It's a world where travel is rare, inhabitants communicate via video screens, and people have become so reliant on the Machine, they've begun to worship it as a living entity. I've been to York Theatre Royal to find out more.

Weather: Cloudy with some sunny spells and rain to come later

BBC Weather

Today's weather for North Yorkshire seems to be a bit of a mix.

It starts cloudy but dry, gets sunny later...and then there's rain to come.

Here's my full forecast:

The UK's EU vote: Join me for BBC Look North's EU referendum debate

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Do you think Britain should remain in the European Union - or leave? The referendum to decide is just weeks away

And on Sunday 12 June we'll be presenting a special BBC Look North programme to debate the issues.

European Parliament in Strasbourg
Getty Images

I'll be joined by a panel who'll take your questions at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford.   

If you'd like to be part of the audience, get in touch by email. Please put the words "EU Debate" in the title and include your name and a daytime phone number.

Supermarket delivery driver attacked and robbed in Scarborough

A supermarket delivery driver's recovering after being attacked and robbed by two men in Scarborough earlier this week.

The attack happened at about 17:05 on Monday when an Asda delivery driver parked his van on Westbourne Grove.

He was at the back of the van when two men knocked him to the ground, jumped into his van and stole his wallet before leaving the scene.

The men are described as white, both over 6ft tall, of medium build and in their late 20s.

One was wearing a grey hooded top, dark jeans and dark trainers. The other wore a dark hoodie, grey jogging bottoms and dark shoes.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

Sport headlines: Yorkshire Cup glory for Harrogate, Rooting for England cricket and Knights' ladies launch

BBC Sport

The latest headlines from the BBC Radio York sport team so far today include:

  • Harrogate Rugby Union Club won the Yorkshire Cup last night with a 38-3 win over Sheffield Tigers
  • Yorkshire Batsman Joe Root says he can't wait to play on his home ground later, as England take on Sri Lanka in the first test at Headingley. Meanwhile Yorkshire have been knocked off the top of the County Championship following their draw at Somerset. 
  • York City Knights say they hope the launch of their ladies team will help the sport develop in the county

Jobs Growth of 40% at Harrogate Spring Water

Harrogate Informer

Harrogate Water Brands, the independent owner of Harrogate Spring, has announced a jobs rise of 40% after a year of growth.

The company is increasing its workforce from 50 to 70 with new jobs across production, sales and marketing, quality and accounts. 

water bottles
Harrogate Informer

Protest plans ahead of North Yorkshire fracking decision meeting

BBC Radio York

With just a day to go until a meeting begins to decide whether fracking can go ahead in North Yorkshire, local residents who are against the proposals are finalising protest plans. 

Third Energy wants to carry out the controversial process of extracting shale gas at a site near Pickering in Ryedale.


Sarah Houlston, who farms about a mile away from the proposed site, says she's worried contamination from fracking could kill her cattle.

On our farm we have a borehole and I'm concerned that if there is contamination, we'll only see it for the first time when we have ill or dying cattle."

Sarah HoulstonFarmer

But Rob Ward, a scientist from the British Geological Survey, says they've been monitoring the proposed site for six months and if fracking does go ahead, they will soon see any changes.

We're monitoring water quality, we're also looking at the rise and fall of ground naturally, we'll also monitor air quality, greenhouse gases and we're looking at radon in houses and outside as well."

Rob WardBritish Geological Survey

Headlines: Fracking protest promise, York newspaper's apology and Blue Flag status for North Yorkshire beaches

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

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

  • People living in Ryedale say they'll protest peacefully at tomorrow's meeting where councillors will start to decide if fracking can go ahead at a site near Pickering
  • York's local newspaper has apologised for printing a letter that accused gay people of promoting "immoral behaviour"
  • Beaches at Scarborough's North Bay and Whitby have once again been recognised as some of the best in the country

Weather: Dull to begin with but some pleasant sunshine to come

BBC Weather

After a dull start with some mist around it will brighten with some sunshine. 

There could be the odd light shower, but most places will stay dry until rain arrives from the West by the end of the afternoon.  

Weather graphic

Traffic and travel: A good start to the day, but reminders over travel in Scarborough and Northallerton

BBC Travel

Two things to remind you of in North Yorkshire:

One lane's closed on the A167 Friarage Street in Northallerton, and the A165 Burniston road in Scarborough has temporary traffic lights between Cleveland Avenue and Briardene Avenue.

Apart from that, at the moment the roads across the county are in good shape, as are the trains in and out of York railway station.

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, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire. 

I spent a few minutes in awe and admiration, entranced by a beautiful red sky over York as the sun went down last night - and it seems it was a sight shared by the whole of North Yorkshire.

The BBC Weather Watchers inbox is aglow with sinking golden orbs.

I'll post a few up here later, but can't resist starting the day with one. Look at this awe inspiring sight of Skipton sent in by Malc. 

Skipton sky

To send your own pictures of golden fire, or anything else, get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or email.