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  1. Live updates on Friday 3 June 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Monday

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By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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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 Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county.

Let's finish with a trio of beautiful images from BBC Weather Watchers which remind us of the beauty of North Yorkshire and take us smiling into the weekend.

Weather Watchers

Thanks go to Emma's Dales for the stone walls of Hawes, to Gary Gimmick for the city walls of York and to Elizabeth for the barn walls of Askrigg.

Have a nice weekend, see you Monday.

Watch: A bust from the past - Medieval stone heads on show at Rievaulx

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

On Wednesday I told you about a collection of objects being shown at North Yorkshire's landmark Rievaulx Abbey for the first time in nearly 500 years.

The objects all help to tell the story of the first Cistercian abbey in the north of England.

The display includes Medieval chess pieces, gold coins and stone carvings, like these filmed by BBC Radio York's Jonathan Cowap:

Traffic and Travel update: A64 accident cleared

BBC Travel

A quick update on the roads: The earlier accident on the A64 between the A1237 York Outer Ring Road and Colton Lane, Bilbrough has now been cleared.


BBC Weather Watchers: Sweeping summer vistas spied

The northern Dales seem to be defying the gloomy, cloudy sky, covering most of North Yorkshire today.

BBC Weather Watcher Burtersett Brian sent in this beautiful shot from Hawes, filled with summer promise.


If you've managed to snap signs of summer send them in via TwitterFacebook or email.

North Yorkshire weather update: Bright spells but cloudy this afternoon

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

This afternoon will see some brighter spells, but overall it'll be fairly cloudy with the risk of the odd shower

Not as windy for the coast but still chilly. Inland temperatures reaching about 15C (59F).

Weather graphic

Seven arrests since start of North Yorkshire Police's summer 2016 drink and drug drive crackdown

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Earlier this week we reported there'd been a big increase in the number of people being arrested on suspicion of drug driving in North Yorkshire.

There were 279 arrests last year - that's a 200% increase since new tougher laws came in.

Wednesday was also the launch of North Yorkshire Police's summer 2016 drink or drug drive campaign and the force has just tweeted this update:

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Scarborough 'second most visited destination for British holidaymakers'

Scarborough has finished in the top five of England's most visited destinations.

Figures released by Visit England based on a three year average for trips made by British visitors between 2013 and 2015 show Scarborough coming second overall for holiday trips - only missing out on the top spot to London. 

Scarborough North Bay

The figures looked at trips over a three year period to the Borough of Scarborough, which includes Filey, Scarborough, Whitby and parts of the North York Moors National Park.

We're absolutely delighted with these recent figures, which show that we’re really punching above our weight when it comes to attracting visitors to our wonderful borough."

Janet DeaconTourism manager, Scarborough Borough Council

Headlines: Tadcaster flood claims rejected and Scarborough's tourist success celebrated

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

The top stories in York and North Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

Yorkshire Water responds to businessman's Tadcaster floods report

Yorkshire Water has dismissed claims from a local businessmen that floods which devastated Tadcaster at Christmas could have been avoided. 

Brian Percival has produced a report in which he says a combination of factors were behind the devastation - including the release of water from a reservoir upstream.

Tadcaster Bridge

It certainly wasn't an act of God. Acts of God are something which cannot be reasonably predicted or planned for and this could've been predicted or planned for."

Brian PercivalTadcaster businessman

But Daffyd Williams, from Yorkshire Water, has told BBC Radio York that Mr Percival's claims are "simply untrue".

Mr Percival's used raw data which needs some interpretation. We recognise his enthusiasm, but if he'd worked with us the facts could've been established clearly. We did not draw down over reservoirs. There was a flow over the overflow, but nothing like the volume suggested in this report."

Daffyd WilliamsYorkshire Water

Traffic and travel: Delays in Scarborough on Filey Road

BBC Travel

Heavy traffic's currently being reported on the A165 Filey Road northbound in Scarborough between the B1427 Queen Margaret's Road junction and the A64 Westborough junction. 

Referendum 2016: Have your say in BBC Radio York's EU debate

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

In the closing days of the EU referendum campaign, on the evening of Monday 20 June, BBC Radio York will hold a special EU debate in York - and we'd like you to be part of the audience. 

The live debate will be hosted by Len Tingle, BBC Yorkshire's Political Editor, and starts at 19:00. 

Union flag and European flag

The debate will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio York and filmed for social media.   

You can click here to fill in a form to submit your interest in attending, and if you're successful you'll be notified via email at least 24 hours before the debate. 

The closing date for applying for tickets is Sunday 19 June.

'People don't think of York as a place to come and shop now' – Retailer fears for city


City officials have been accused of “burying their heads in the sand” over the state of retailing in York by a business owner who has shut his independent shop after five years.

Mike Oakenfull and his wife Elen ran Florence Wren next to Bootham Bar since 2011.

Florence Wren shop

But on Saturday the couple closed the vintage sweetshop for the final time after a buyer failed to come forward to take it on.

Traffic and travel: Accident on A64 and congestion eastbound

BBC Travel

We're getting reports of an accident on the A64 between the A1237 York Outer Ring Road and Colton Lane, Bilborough.


There's also heavy congestion on the A64 Bypass eastbound in Bishopthorpe between the A1036 junction and Fulford Interchange.  


Headlines: Tadcaster floods 'could have been avoided', 'significant' amount of Class A drugs found and soprano joins county's BBC Music Day celebrations

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  • There's a claim the floods which devastated Tadcaster at Christmas could have been avoided
  • North Yorkshire Police officers discover a "significant" amount of Class A drugs in York
  • Events take place in North Yorkshire to mark BBC Music Day, with Tadcaster soprano Rebecca Newman due to sing in the town

The 'People's Soprano' Rebecca Newman hits the high notes in North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Today's the second BBC Music Day and this year's theme is "Take It To The Bridge" which involves special performances on 40 iconic bridges around the country.

In Tadcaster, soprano Rebecca Newman, who hit the No 1 spot on the UK Classical Albums Chart with her debut album in 2014, will perform Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

Bridge pics and Rebecca Newman

Why the bridge in Tadcaster? Well, she'll be performing on the temporary footbridge over the River Wharfe constructed after Tadcaster Bridge crumbled during the floods last Christmas.

You can hear Rebecca's performance on BBC Radio York with Adam Tomlinson at 14:30.

Watch: Tadcaster businesses re-open five months after Christmas floods

Mike Kemp

Reporter, BBC Radio York

More businesses and shops are returning to their old premises after the Christmas floods in Tadcaster

The latest is this garage, complete with a new feature: the bottom half of the wall is painted blue to show how high the flood water reached. 

Sharon Haw, whose husband owns the business, has told BBC Radio York what the last five months have been like:

BBC Weather Watchers: Blue sky spotted over North Yorkshire!

BBC Weather Watchers

A break in the North Yorkshire gloom has been spotted by two eagle-eyed BBC Weather Watchers.

Jeannette spotted an almost cloud-free Harrogate Stray (pictured left), and Barrieh sent in a vision of summer stretching into the distance above Threshfield. 

Blue sky pics

Any more sightings which remind us we are in the warmest month would be most gratefully received. You can send them in via TwitterFacebook or email.

York loses a venue - and the gigs to see in the city right now


York is about to lose one venue. It’s been somewhat inevitable for a while, given all the talk of developing (and suggestions of bulldozing) Stonebow House. But, with firm plans now seemingly in place, The Duchess would appear to have just a few weeks of life left.

Beverley Knight

'Significant' drugs find at Osbaldwick sparks police appeal

A "significant" amount of suspected Class A drugs has been found near a water treatment plant in York.

The drugs were discovered by officers at the site in Osbaldwick yesterday afternoon and are now undergoing tests to confirm what exactly they are.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "This is an area popular with dog walkers, cyclists and runners.

"It's hoped local people may have information regarding any suspicious activity that could assist the police."

Sport headlines: Harrogate Cricket Club's high hopes, Knights' Divorty ready for Coventry clash and Dyson seven shots off Stockholm leaders

BBC Sport

The latest sport headlines for North Yorkshire so far this morning include:

  • Harrogate Cricket Club hope their young squad - currently fourth in the new Yorkshire Premier League North - will serve them well this season, with batsman Matthew Good telling us they've got a strong team bond
  • York City Knights forward Ross Divorty will be in contention again for Sunday's game against League 1 leaders Rochdale. He made his debut in Wednesday's win against Coventry after returning to the Knights for a second spell last week
  • York's Simon Dyson is two over par going into his second round at the Nordea Masters in Stockholm. He's seven shots off the overnight leaders

Watch: A dry and sunny start, cloud and some rain later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a dry start to the day across Yorkshire with plenty of sunny spells first thing

A few patches of mist or fog are possible, but these will clear. However, it'll turn cloudier as we head towards the afternoon, with a few outbreaks of light rain and the odd heavier shower.

Watch my full forecast for Yorkshire here:

Adil Rashid

England all-rounder Adil Rashid targets "more silverware" after signing a three-year deal with county champions Yorkshire.

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Christmas floods which led to Tadcaster Bridge collapse 'could have been avoided' - report

BBC Radio York

The floods which devastated Tadcaster at Christmas could have been avoided, it's being claimed.

Town businessman Brian Percival has produced a report in which he says a combination of factors were behind the devastation.

Mr Percival says those factors included the release of water from a reservoir upstream - a claim Yorkshire Water says is "simply untrue".

Here's dramatic footage of the moment the town's 300-year old bridge collapsed due to the floods, described by BBC North of England Correspondent Danny Savage:

Traffic and Travel update: Delays on Kings Cross and Liverpool Lime Street services

BBC Travel

There are a couple of train delays to tell you about: the 08:02 London Kings Cross is posted as running 15 minutes late and the 08:15 Liverpool Lime Street service is currently delayed by 12 minutes.

Traffic and travel: Congestion on Outgang Road in Pickering

BBC Travel

Drivers are being warned there's heavier than usual traffic on the A170 Thornton Road in both directions in Pickering around the Outgang Road junction. Delays are expected.

Headlines: Floods which led to Tadcaster Bridge collapse 'could have been avoided', York soprano joins BBC Music Day celebrations and Divorty ready for Knights Rochdale game

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

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

  • The floods which devastated Tadcaster at Christmas could have been avoided, a new report claims
  • Soprano Rebecca Newman will sing on Tadcaster's footbridge - built to reunite the town after the Christmas flooding collapse - as part of BBC Music Day 
  • York City Knights forward Ross Divorty will be in contention again for Sunday's game against League 1 leaders Rochdale, it's been revealed

Traffic and Travel: Trains back to normal and problem-free on North Yorkshire's roads

BBC Travel

The roads are problem-free so far today across the county, although it's worth remembering if you're in the area that Linton Bridge remains closed in both directions between Linton Common and The Avenue.

There was a problem on the East Coast Mainline yesterday, but that's all resolved now and the departure board at York Railway Station - click here to see it for yourself - is currently indicating trains are running to time at the moment.

Weather: Cloudy and dull again with heavy rain on the coast

BBC Weather

It's a largely dull and cool start in North Yorkshire with some spots of rain, locally heavy affecting mainly coastal areas.

Weather graphic

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.

Over the last few days we've had to get used to cloudy skies over the county, so let's start with a cloudy sky pic - but one with a spectacular rock formation in the foreground to alleviate the gloomy canopy.

This great pic of Brimham Rocks, near Harrogate, was sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Roger Litton.

Brimham rocks

And here's probably the most unexpected fact of the day: did you know that the Bee Gees' video for their song You Win Again was filmed there? It was, honest!

You can get in touch with your unusual facts or send your photos via Twitter,Facebook or email.