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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Tuesday
  2. Live updates on Friday 27 May 2016

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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. 

Until then, have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

I'll leave you today with an assorted collection of pictures from the day, including a new BBC Weather Watcher contribution - a very trusting Chaffinch in Strensall.

Thanks to June Gothika for luring him close to the camera lense!


CCTV appeal over theft from Sainsbury's in Scarborough

Police have released a CCTV image of two men they'd like to speak to after a shop theft in Scarborough.

CCTV image
North Yorkshire Police

Two men were caught on camera at about 15:30 on 16 March when they entered Sainsbury's on Falsgrave Road and placed items of clothing into a bag before walking out without paying.

The men have not yet been identified and police say they want to hear from anyone who may be able to help.

Listen: Bloomin' marvellous - Yorkshire schoolchildren design iconic Yorkshire Rose

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

A competition has been launched among Yorkshire's schoolchildren to come up with their own artistic interpretation of the iconic white Yorkshire Rose. 

Janice Richardson, from the charity Bloomin' Yorkshire, set up the charity after surviving two failed kidney transplants.

The competition is being held to raise awareness of organ donation, especially among children.

Janice says the new winning Yorkshire Rose design will be displayed in York's Museum Gardens:

It doesn't have to look anything like the original Yorkshire Rose. It can be made out of whatever they like: ceramics, fibreglass. The base colour has to be white, but they can add colours, crystals, photographs, anything to make it original."

Janice RichardsonBloomin' Yorkshire,

Lendal Bridge York accident latest: All roads now open

Racehorse trainer David "Dandy" Nicholls denies sexual assault

Racehorse trainer David "Dandy" Nicholls has denied sexually assaulting two women.

The former jockey, who lives in North Yorkshire, is accused of grabbing a woman, putting his hand up her top and touching her breast underneath her bra.

David Nicholls

In a separate allegation, he is accused of touching another woman's breast over her clothes and touching her between her legs over her clothing.

He pleaded not guilty when he appeared before magistrates in Northallerton.

Mr Nicholls, of Tall Trees Farm, Sessay, near Thirsk, was granted bail and is due to appear at Teesside Crown Court on 24 June.

North Yorkshire weather update: Things set to improve this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll feel pleasantly warm throughout the afternoon with light winds and highs today of about 16C (61F), although always a little cooler along the coast.

Owain and weather map

York Lendal Bridge accident latest

David Tracz

BBC Radio York, News

The latest we have on the York Lendal Bridge accident is that a man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after it's believed he was hit by a bus near Lendal Bridge. 

Emergency services are still at the scene.

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area while investigations continue. 

Travel delays in York city centre after Lendal Bridge accident

Diversions in place after Lendal Bridge bus collision

Following the crash a little earlier near Lendal Bridge in York in which one person is reported to have been hurt, police are now directing traffic away from the area.

Police near scene

The A1036 Rougier Street is currently closed in both directions between the B1227 Rougier Street junction and the Duncombe Place junction because of the incident.

A diversion's in operation, with traffic coming in on Bootham being turned down Gillygate.  

Lendal Bridge crash: Latest from the scene

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

More on the news we mentioned a short time ago about a crash near Lendal Bridge in the centre of York. This is the scene there at the moment:

Accident scene

The latest information we have is that emergency services were called at about 12:30 after reports a bus had hit a pedestrian.

One person is reported to have suffered a head injury, police say.

The air ambulance attended the scene, landing at the nearby Memorial Gardens at about 13:00.

Police road blocks are currently in place at Bootham and Gillygate.

Traffic and travel: Delays in York city centre after crash

Drivers in the centre of York are being warned to avoid a main route through the city centre due to an accident:

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Pride in a procession: New Lord Mayor of York sworn in

York has a new Lord Mayor - and he looks quite pleased about it.

Dave Taylor has become the first Green Party councillor to hold the position.  

This picture is from the Mayor Making Ceremony. Doesn't he look happy? Nice to see the joy peeking through the formal ceremony.

Lord Mayor
City of York Council

The Lord Mayor is Chairman of City of York Council and the official "first citizen of the city".

City of York Council says York's Lord Mayor is "second only to the Lord Mayor of London in precedence" and its Sheriff holds the "oldest office of Sheriff in England and Wales".

It's on the calendar!: The story of Rylstone WI heads for a West End debut

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A musical based on North Yorkshire's Calendar Girls is heading to the West End. 

The Girls - written by Take That star Gary Barlow and Tim Firth - opens in February at the Pheonix Theatre. 

It tells the story of members of the Rylstone WI in the Yorkshire Dales, who hit the headlines around the world when their nude calendar became a global sensation.

Calender girls

Before its call to West End glory, the play was performed in Leeds in December last year, when Gary Barlow joined five of the original Calendar Girls on stage.

The Girls and Gary Barlow
Matt Crocket

Police renew appeal over Yorkshire red kite deaths

Police in North Yorkshire have renewed their appeal for help in finding who's responsible for the death of a red kite found shot in North Yorkshire at the weekend.

It was the seventh to have been killed in Yorkshire in the past two months:

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Traffic and Travel update: A64 in Staxton partially blocked

BBC Travel

The A64 in Staxton is partially blocked at the Spital Farm Roundabout, where the A64 meets the A1039, because of concrete blocks on the road. 

The Banana Warehouse as you’ve never seen it before…empty and deserted


For 22 years it was filled to the rafters with furniture, bric-a-brac and the occasional priceless antique.

But now, as York's world-famous Banana Warehouse prepares to close its doors for the final time today, it is empty, save for the memories.

Banana warehouse

Traffic and travel: Delays on A61 Ripon Road in Harrogate

BBC Travel

There's currently queuing traffic on the A61 Ripon Road northbound in Harrogate between New Park Roundabout and the B6161 Otley Road junction due to roadworks in the area.  

First photographs inside York's flooded Foss Barrier

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The Environment Agency's released these photos, showing why York's Foss Barrier failed at Christmas.

The flood barrier is York's main flood defence and on Boxing Day 2015 its control room flooded.

These are the first pictures of the mess caused by the floodwater.

Flooded foss Barrier
Environment Agency

The building flooded because of leaks in a tunnel, according to a government report, and the barrier had to be raised flooding hundreds of homes.

Yorkshire V Leicestershire T20: Info for fans - and enlightenment for the curious

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

For those of you in the know, Yorkshire face Leicestershire in the T20 Blastthis evening and you'll be able to follow live commentary here.

For the less enlightened where cricket is concerned - like me! - I asked the BBC Radio York sport team to educate me on what T20 actually stands for, and have been surprised and interested at the answer.

T20, it seems, stands for Twenty20, which is a short form of cricket.

Joe Root
Getty Images

Each side has only a single innings, restricted to a maximum of just 20 overs (120 balls) meaning the game is speeded-up considerably and, as a result, both sides are a lot more inclined to throw caution to the wind, given the lower chances of scoring.

Sounds exciting doesn't it?

I'm with Einstein on this: "A day without learning is a day wasted!"

Headlines: MP calls for tram-trains in North Yorkshire, York man conned out of £7,000 and Malton prepares for thousands of foodies

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom include: 

MP calls for tram-trains to be introduced between York, Harrogate and Leeds

BBC Radio York

A Yorkshire MP is calling for tram-trains to be introduced between York, Harrogate and Leeds.

Tram-trains run on rail tracks, but can also run on streets, as trams do in places like Sheffield. 

Here's a short film of how tram-trains might look:

Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland, who represents Leeds North West, is due to meet other MPs today to discuss the proposals.  

The York, Harrogate, Leeds line could be converted to a tram-train line... Tram-trains are engineered to run on conventional train lines, but then they can come off the train lines and run on the streets."

Greg MulhollandLib Dem MP, Leeds North West

Watch: Going for glory - York City Knights' first cup final since 1978

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

It's a big weekend in Rugby League for York City Knights who are in the final of the League Cup, after beating University of Gloucestershire All Golds in the semi-finals.

Tomorrow, they're in Blackpool for their crunch clash with Keighley Cougars.

Neil Gulliver, York City Knights Foundation Manager, tells me the club's hopes are high for bringing the trophy back to York - and he says the club's looking for mascots to walk out on to the pitch with the team:

The wonder of Whinny: Droplets of light reflecting the clouds

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

We get some beautiful pics sent in to the BBC, but this one may be about to not only take the biscuit, but seal it away in the biscuit tin, then hide the tin on the back shelf of the cupboard and pile lots of other things in front of it!

Jade Pearce took this amazing shot of Whinny Gill Reservoir, near Skipton, on her phone. 

Whinny Gill

If you've snapped a cracker on your phone send it in by TwitterFacebook or by email.

York man conned out of almost £7,000 'followed to the bank'

BBC Radio York

A man from York has been conned out of almost £7,000, after being told he was due a refund on some solar panels, police have revealed.

The man - in his sixties - was approached at his home and told he had to pay cash up front to get the refund back. 

Police say the suspect and some accomplices followed the victim to the bank in a white van while the money was handed over.

The suspect then returned the next day with another man and told him he was entitled to a bigger refund, but had to pay more money up front. 

Detectives say this was a "cruel and cowardly crime" and they've released this e-fit image of the suspect:

suspect e-fit
North Yorkshire Police

Watch: A cloudy start, but sunshine to follow

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another fairly cloudy morning across Yorkshire with a few patches of fog, but these will clear, and we'll see more in the way of brightness today with sunny spells developing.

Watch my full forecast for Yorkshire here: 

Sport headlines: Knights want to win cup for fans, Bresnan back in time for T20, Harrogate Town sign Brooksby

BBC Sport

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

  • York City Knights say they want to win the iPro Sport Cup tomorrow for the supporters when they take on Keighley in the final at Blackpool
  • Yorkshire welcome back Tim Bresnan into the first team squad to face Leicestershire in their T20 opener at Headingley tonight after missing six weeks with a calf injury
  • Harrogate Town have signed winger Wayne Brooksby from North Ferriby United
  • There's work to do for York's Simon Dyson and Harrogate's John Parry if they're to make the cut at the PGA Championship at Wentworth, with Dyson 5 over par and Parry 2 over

A fake Freddie and Kasabian copycats star in York's tribute band festival


Prepare to see the likes of Queen, Kasabian and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in York – or at least a very good approximation.

fake band

On Saturday, the York Fake Festival will return after its 2015 success with a trio of top-drawer tribute bands.

New high-flying ambassador for York: Scotsman pips people to the post

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

York's top businesses were out in force last night for the city's annual Tourism Awards where they were expecting to see someone pick up the title of York Tourism Ambassador.

But there was a surprise in store when the Flying Scotsman scooped the prize - the first time in 19 years that an actual person hasn't won the award. 

Flying Scotsman at York

Another big winner was the York Maze, which won the Family Friendly Experience of the Year gong.

Visitor Attraction of the Year went to the new-look York Art Gallery, and Pub of the Year was won by Walmgate Ale House.  

York woman's disappearance sparks police appeal

Police are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a 55-year-old woman from York who's gone missing.

Colleen Jarvis
North Yorkshire Police

Colleen Jarvis was last seen leaving her home in Burlington Avenue at about 12:15 yesterday lunchtime.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

Headlines: York man conned out of almost £7,000, Flying Scotsman scoops tourism gong and ceremony marks Scarborough college milestone

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our York newsroom this morning include:

  • Police issue a warning over bonus callers after a man from York is conned out of almost £7,000
  • The Flying Scotsman picks up the title of York Tourism Ambassador at the York Tourism Awards - the first time a person hasn't won the award
  •  A special "topping out" ceremony will take place later today as the building of Scarborough's new engineering college nears completion

Weather: Cloud, mist and drizzle to begin with, but sunny spells later

BBC Weather

The day starts fairly cloudy and misty with patchy drizzle over hills. 

Cloud breaks will form for the afternoon and it'll feel pleasantly warm away from the coast.

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: A good start to the bank holiday weekend so far on roads and rail

BBC Travel

Everything is looking good at the moment on the roads around the county, with traffic coping nicely all round.

Just a couple of things to be aware of:

There are narrow lanes due to resurfacing work on the A170 Racecourse Road, in both directions, near the B1261 Seamer Road.

And in York there are temporary traffic lights on the A59 Holgate Road near Oxford Street.

The trains are flowing through York Railway Station in timely fashion too - here's the departure board.

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.

And, as it was the star of the York Tourism Awards last night (more on that later), we'll start with this lovely pic of the Flying Scotsman on its way from London to York.

Flying Scaotsman

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