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  1. Live updates on Wednesday 1 June 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

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

    Throughout today we've followed the story of the artefacts from Rievaulx Abbey going on display for the first time in nearly 500 years.

    So far we've shown you an array of pictures, now why not take a look at the film below by BBC Radio York's Joanita Musisi?

    She's been learning all about the exhibition at Rievaulx from Doctor Michael Carter from English Heritage. Five hundred years on, it's clearly a case of Rievaulx 1, Henry VIII nil!

    Hope you enjoy it and see you tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Rievaulx Abbey artefacts destroyed by Henry VIII.
  2. North Yorkshire weather update: Grey and cloudy, brightening later

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll stay rather grey and cloudy across Yorkshire this afternoon, though it will brighten up a little later on, especially across nothern parts.

    A few showers as well as some drizzle adding to the murky feel with moderate northerly winds and highs of about 13C (55F) 

    Weather map
  3. Rievaulx Abbey: Fascinating facts from a North Yorkshire landmark

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    Rievaulx Abbey

    With artefacts from Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley going on display for the first time in nearly 500 years, I thought it might be interesting to find a few fascinating facts about this North Yorkshire landmark. This is what I discovered:

    • Rievaulx was founded in 1132, and at its peak in the 1160s was home to more than 600 men
    • Many of the ruined buildings seen today were constructed by Aelred, abbot from 1147 to 1167, who became the most prominent religious figure of his day in England 
    • It was one of more than 800 monasteries closed by Henry VIII and his chief minister Thomas Cromwell after the reformation which severed the English church from Rome
    • Henry VIII ordered that the abbey be stripped of valuables such as lead before being left uninhabitable
    • Rievaulx was destroyed by royal command in 1538
  4. Listen: North Yorkshire teacher's new life in Kenya after impromptu job offer

    Jonathan Cowap

    Presenter, BBC Radio York

    Sometimes we all feel like a new challenge and then the feeling fades as we get caught up with everyday life, but sometimes we need to follow our hearts which is exactly what Andrew Dean has done. 

    Andrew's a teacher at the village school in Gillamoor, near Kirbymoorside, but he's swapping the stresses of teaching to work on an orchard farm in Western Kenya - and, as you'll hear, he's taking his wife and kids with him:

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    Video caption: Teacher Andrew Dean is heading to Kenya to work on a rose farm.

    Want to hear the rest of Andrew's story? Just click here.

  5. 1966 and all that: Suits, Boots and Northern Roots

    A special documentary by Leeds writer Kay Mellor focusing on Yorkshire back in the 1960s will be aired tonight on BBC One at 19:30.

    Living in '66: Suits, Boots and Northern Roots will take us back to a memorable World Cup win, radical fashion, and musical marvels as experienced right here in Yorkshire.

    Here's just a sneak peak:

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    Video caption: Here's a quick peak at our special look back to 1966 which goes out tonight at 19:30
  6. Headlines: Return of British Steel, dangers of drug driving highlighted and Rievaulx Abbey reveals secrets

    Sarah Wakefield

    BBC Radio York News

    The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

  7. EU referendum: How region has benefited from EU cash

    David Rhodes

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    From the Egyptian pyramids to the cathedrals in York and Lincoln, buildings have always been used by the powerful to project their dominance.

    EU and UK flags

    The EU hasn't directly built any buildings in our part of the world, but it has helped fund a lot of new developments - and for some this is the EU projecting "power" in a different way.

    But what exactly has the European Union spent in Yorkshire? And how much has Yorkshire and the Humber effectively paid in?

    I've been discovering that, as with all the numbers in this referendum debate, they're hotly disputed by both sides. Read more here.

  8. Watch: North Yorkshire drug driving arrests on increase

    BBC Radio York

    We've been telling you this morning about the big increase in drug driving arrests in North Yorkshire.

    Figures obtained by BBC Radio York show a 200% rise in the number of people held since a change in the law last year, with almost 280 people arrested in North Yorkshire since then.  

    Under the old laws, police had to show driving was impaired by drugs to prosecute, but now as this film shows, police officers can check drivers' saliva for traces of drugs:  

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    Video caption: Arrests in Yorkshire over drug-driving have increased
  9. Artefacts go on display at 'one of most important abbeys in England'

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    More on the news that a collection of objects are being shown at North Yorkshire's landmark Rievaulx Abbey for the first time in nearly 500 years.

    They include Medieval stone carvings, chess pieces and gold coins, which all help to tell the story of the first Cistercian abbey in the north of England.


    Doctor Michael Carter, from English Heritage, says Rievaulx Abbey is "one of the most important abbeys in England and the setting one of the most beautiful".

    Quote Message: It was a place of huge spiritual significance for the country and one utterly transformed by dramatic upheavals under Henry VIII." from Doctor Michael Carter English Heritage
    Doctor Michael CarterEnglish Heritage
  10. A date to remember: It's 1/6/16 and summer's on show in all its...glory?

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    It's the 153rd day of the year and it's the meteorological start of summer - not to be confused, of course, with the astronomical start of summer which is 21 June.

    Anyway, enough of seasonal pedantry...

    My point is that to reflect on the seasonal beauty, the endless stretches of the Earth's azure blue canopy, the warm, dry, idyllic days ahead, I've dipped into the latest offerings from our BBC Weather Watchers.

    I was in no doubt that on 1 June (the day Marilyn Monroe was born, fact fans) there would be a plethora of photographs perfectly exemplifying our summer's radiant beginning.

    Weather watchers

    Sadly, I was wrong...Come on summer!

    Thanks go to Captain's Logg for the dramatic grey clouds above Silsden and to Tez for the shot of a dull, misty Filey.

  11. British Steel revived as Tata plant sale completed

    Tata Steel's base in York officially has a new owner after investment firm Greybull Capital bought the company's Long Products division, which also includes a plant in Scunthope.

    British Steel worker

    The new business, called British Steel, includes the design office in York, where about 300 people work.

    The return of the British Steel brand marks a "new chapter" in the industry, unions say.

  12. Watch: 'Help the community and have fun': Volunteer Police Cadet unit in Scarborough seeks new members

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    Twenty young people from Scarborough are being sought by North Yorkshire Police to become Police Cadets.

    The new group is due to start in September and is open to girls and boys aged between 14 and 16 who live and study in Scarborough.

    During training nights, cadets learn about policing duties and basic law, as well as taking part in physical activity and drill.

    Cadets also assist with crime prevention and community safety events and as role play volunteers in the training of student officers. This North Yorkshire Police video explains more:

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    Video caption: Twenty young people from Scarborough needed for Volunteer Police Cadet unit.
    Quote Message: The aim is to encourage a spirit of adventure, good citizenship and increase self-esteem and confidence. It will also help to promote a practical understanding of policing among young people and aims to inspire them to participate positively in their communities." from Martin McLachlan Temporary Inspector, North Yorkshire Police
    Martin McLachlanTemporary Inspector, North Yorkshire Police
  13. Four sought over Whitby shop thefts worth £1,500

    Four men are being sought by police in connection with the theft of alcohol worth about £1,500 in total from two shops in Whitby last week.

    CCTV images

    Both thefts took place on Monday 23 May, one at the Co-Op in Langbourne Road, just before 18:00, and the other at the Sainsbury's on Stainsacre Lane between 18:30 and 18:45.

    In both cases, the men involved hid a large amount of alcohol on a trolley under groceries before leaving without paying.

    Police have released four CCTV images of four men they want to speak to about the thefts.

  14. Yorkshire v Lancashire: Exciting finish in prospect at Headingley

    BBC Sport

    There could be an exciting finish to the Roses game at Headingley today against Lancashire, with Yorkshire looking to get nine wickets and secure their second win of the season.

    Adil Rashid in action for Yorkshire

    It would be only Yorkshire's second Roses match win in 25 years after setting Lancashire an improbable target of 349 at Headingley.

    Catch up with all the latest from the match with our live commentary from about 11:00 and keep up-to-date with our live scorecard.

  15. How does a drug driving kit work?

    More on the news that there's been a big increase in the number of people being arrested for drug driving across North Yorkshire.

    Figures obtained by BBC Radio York show a 200% rise in the number of people held since a change in the law last year, with almost 280 people arrested in North Yorkshire since then.

    How exactly do the police find out if someone is drug driving? BBC Reporter Rowan Bridge has been finding out more:

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    Video caption: BBC reporter Rowan Bridge explains how drug-driving kits work.
  16. Headlines: Call to teach primary school children about drug driving, new owner for Tata Steel's York base and charges for garden waste removal

    Nathan Turvey

    BBC Radio York News

    The latest headlines from our York newsroom include:

    • A Yorkshire-based road safety charity says children should be taught about the dangers of drug driving when they're at primary school
    • Tata Steel's base in York officially has a new owner this morning. The new business, called British Steel, includes the design office in York
    • Charges to collect grass clippings are being considered in more parts of North Yorkshire
  17. Guilty: Conmen who targeted York pensioners face jail after expose

    The Press

    Two fraudsters who targeted elderly people in and around York are told to prepare for jail.

    Robert Holly
  18. Yorkshire cricket: 'We bowled pretty well' - Coach Gillespie

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    Ahead of the start of play at Headingley in the Roses match at 11:00, Yorkshire County Cricket Club have tweeted some words of wisdom and optimism by their coach Jason Gillespie:

    View more on twitter
  19. Road safety charity says primary school children should learn about the dangers of drug driving

    BBC Radio York

    A road safety charity based in Yorkshire says children should be taught about the dangers of drug driving when they're at primary school. 

    It comes after figures obtained by the BBC show there were 270 arrests on suspicion of drug driving in North Yorkshire last year - a 200% increase since new tougher laws came in. 

    The new legislation covers legal driving limits for 17 illegal and prescription drugs. 

    Mike Bristow, from road safety charity Brake, says children should learn about the dangers of drug driving as young as possible.

    Quote Message: We want to see talks in primary schools about the dangers of drugs taken a step further and include the drug driving element of that. The younger we get kids aware of this issue the better." from Mike Bristow Brake
    Mike BristowBrake
  20. Rievaulx Abbey's 500-year-old artefacts go on show

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    Artefacts from a North Yorkshire abbey destroyed by Henry VIII have gone on display for the first time in nearly 500 years.

    The items at Rievaulx Abbey, near Helmsley, are being shown following a £1.8m redevelopment by English Heritage.

    Rievaulx Abbey

    Objects on display include a half-tonne lead bar stamped with Henry's emblem (pictured) which is all that remains of the abbey's roofs and windows.

    lead bar

    Rievaulx Abbey was destroyed by royal command in 1538.