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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 7 June 2016

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By Andrew Barton and David Ward

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

That's the end of our live service for today. 

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

I'll leave you today with these great pics from some of our BBC Weather Watchers here in North Yorkshire.

Weather Watchers

June Gothika posted the picture of the purple chives in the kitchen garden behind the art gallery in York, and the shot of Knaresborough viaduct was sent in by Bilton View.

It's thanks to Burtersett Brian for the orange sky over Hawes, Scarboroughman for the purple sky over Scarborough and Spofforth Mark for the red poppies in Spofforth.

New bike-borrowing venues unveiled across Yorkshire

A free scheme to allow children to borrow bikes set up in the aftermath of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, opens eight new venues - including two in North Yorkshire.

Tour de Yorkshire crowds on Sutton Bank 2016

The new bike libraries are to open around Yorkshire bringing the total in the county to 31.

The project collects unwanted bikes, repairs them and makes them available for free but they must be returned.

Police car 'rammed' in Tang Hall during pursuit

Looks like police officers had a lucky escape in the Tang Hall area of York last night when they were involved in a collision with a silver Astra.

It was later found abandoned in a car park at Foss Islands Road and three people were arrested shortly after. 

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Watch: How can some of North Yorkshire's market towns compete?

Mike Kemp

Reporter, BBC Radio York

More now on a new plan to help some of North Yorkshire's market towns as they compete against online shopping and out-of-town centres. 

Hambleton District Council may take on two extra staff to work on ideas to improve the economic success of places like Thirsk, Northallerton and Easingwold.

Here are a few ideas from people I spoke to in Thirsk, on how market towns can draw shoppers to them:

North Yorkshire's weather: A warm and sunny afternoon, but be ready for rain

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be very warm with plenty of sunshine, although one or two thundery downpours are possible later.

The maximum temperature inland will be about 26C (79F) with aight and variable wind.  

Weather graphic

Headlines: North Yorkshire's 'bed-blocking' problem, missing Claudia Lawrence's father sings on TV and project aims to draw shoppers to North Yorkshire market towns

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom include:

  • The chairman of North Yorkshire County Council's Scrutiny of Health Committee says bed-blocking is a problem in North Yorkshire
  • The father of missing Claudia Lawrence has sung with a choir on live TV today, to help raise awareness of other missing people
  • Ideas on how to draw shoppers to market towns are being discussed by Hambleton District Council

Traffic and travel: Damaged bridge sparks Scarborough road closure

BBC Travel

Vernon Road in Scarborough is currently closed in both directions between The Crescent junction and the Ramshill Road junction due to bridge damage.

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BBC Look North's roving reporter Phil Bodmer on the road in York

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Reporter Phil Bodmer's out and about in York today. 

Find out more about what he's been up to at King's Manor on BBC Look North this evening from 18:30 on BBC One:

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Jason Gillespie

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie risks upsetting one of the club's main sponsors by saying he "hopes one day the dairy industry can be shut down".

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Listen: Father of missing Claudia Lawrence sings on live TV

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Claudia Lawrence's father has sung in a choir on the BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow this morning to help raise awareness of missing people. 

Claudia vanished in York in 2009 and hasn't been seen since. Police believe she was murdered. 

Peter Lawrence (pictured bottom left) is part of the Missing People's Choir.

Historic England seeks help over North Yorkshire's 'missing history'

People are being asked to "chronicle the nation's missing history" by sharing details of key sites, including Ingleborough hill fort in the Yorkshire Dales. 

Historic England want us to help them "unlock its secrets" by getting your theories on its origins.

Here is an image of how it may have appeared in the Iron Age.

Ingleborough Hillfort
Historic England

We want people and community groups across England to share their knowledge and pictures, so we can record important facts about places."

Historic England

If you're interested in learning more about this project, you can get more details by clicking here.

Watch: Preparations for Bramham International Horse Trials

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

There are a big few days coming up for Northallerton's Nicola Wilson as she has one final chance to impress the Team GB selectors before they decide who should make the trip to Rio for the Olympics.

Nicola's taking part in the Bramham International Horse Trials which start on Thursday. 

I've been out this morning to the yard of top trainers Heidi and Ian Woodhead near Sheriff Hutton to find out what it takes to get ready for an event like Bramham:    

I never realised they were those sort of trials - but just because this horse is behind bars, doesn't necessarily mean this horse is guilty, does it?

Watch: Festival of Ideas begins in York

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Today marks the start of York's Festival of Ideas, with more than 190 events going on for the next 10 days. 

You can go to a talk on anything from why we worry, to what the mountains would sound like ...if you could hear them.

Joan Concannon is the festival director, and I gave her 40 seconds to tell me everything there is to know about it. What a good idea!

Drugs experts gather in York with aim of combating cannabis-related mental health issues

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

Drugs experts from all over the country are meeting in York today (pictured) to discuss a big rise in cannabis users needing treatment for mental health issues.

Drugs conference

They say the number of users being treated for things like anger and depression has gone up by 67% over the last decade.  

Things like agitation, poor impulse control, problems with relationships -those aren't the things you would normally associate with a drug people think of as relaxing you."

Ian HamiltonMental Health lecturer, University of York

EU referendum: Last chance to register to vote - and BBC Radio York debate

BBC Radio York

Today's your last chance to register to vote in the referendum on Britain's membership of the EU which takes place on 23 June - with midnight tonight as the deadline for registering.

European Union

If you're interested in finding out more about the issues involved in the referendum, BBC Radio York's holding a special EU debate on the evening of Monday 20 June at the Yorkshire Farming Museum at Murton 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. We will record and film the event for broadcast on BBC Radio York and 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.

Headlines: North Yorkshire market town boost plan and UK drugs experts meet in York

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom so far this morning include:

A gift from the Peake: North Yorkshire as seen from space

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Look at this great picture tweeted last night by British International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake.

Is it me, or have the clouds parted to show the North Yorkshire coastline?

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Listen: State-of-the-art helicopter unveiled by Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance are due to unveil the first of two new state-of-the-art helicopters later today.

It's claimed the latest generation Airbus H145s will give paramedics a more modern medical environment to treat and transport often critically-injured patients. 

Here's Paul Gowland, Yorkshire Air Ambulance's head of fundraising:

Hen harrier breeding season 'very poor' says RSPB

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

It is set to be a "very poor" year for hen harriers, with only a handful of nest attempts so far, the RSPB has said.

The "persecuted" birds are the focus of a government plan to increase their numbers across moorlands in England.

Hen Harrier

The charity said "human interference" could be a factor for the lack of nests and cited a recent incident involving an armed man in the Peak District.

Meanwhile, in May, a man was caught on camera setting illegal pole traps on the Mossdale estate, near Hawes, North Yorkshire.  

Raptor Persecution UK, a conservation group, said the plan was not working and the RSPB should withdraw support.  

York Festival of Ideas 2016: Your guide to a mind-boggling event


It’s back! One of the largest free festivals in the UK returns today for three weeks of mind-expanding events. 

Last year, York Festival Of Ideas attracted more than 31,500 people. 

Albert Einstein
York Mix

This year the theme of the festival is Tick Tock.

Yorkshire Vikings begin One Day Cup campaign

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

It's the perfect accompaniment to summer, the sound of leather on willow, and this afternoon Headingley hosts its first day-night game of the season as Yorkshire start their One Day Cup campaign.

The Vikings made the semi-finals of the competition last year and once again they'll have to do without Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow who've returned to England duties. 


If you can't make it down to Headingley, you can hear ball-by-ball commentary with the BBC's Dave Callaghan from 14:00 right here.

Watch: Plenty of sun...but with risk of heavy showers later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright start to the day across Yorkshire, with some low cloud as well as a few mist or fog patches along eastern shores. 

We'll see plenty of sunny spells throughout the day but we'll see a few heavy and thundery showers this afternoon. 

Watch my full forecast here:

What would make you shop in North Yorkshire's market towns?

BBC Radio York

Fresh efforts are being made to help some of North Yorkshire's market towns compete against online shopping and out-of-town centres. 

Two extra council staff are expected to be taken on in the Hambleton district to oversee a project to help market towns like Thirsk, Northallerton and Easingwold.

Thirsk market

Guy Baragwanath, who chairs the Thirsk and District Business Association, has told BBC Radio York they want to see empty shops filled as quickly as possible.

We need to give incentives for lower rents or rates. Some of these buildings cost an awful lot to run, and smaller businesses can't afford to go into them. We need to try and fill them."

Guy BaragwanathThirsk and District Business Association

Ghosts in the machine?: Atmospheric conditions prove problematic for listeners and viewers

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

All this warm weather may be quite nice after the cold temperatures of last week, but if you're trying to listen to your radio or watching your TV, you may have noticed there are a few gremlins around.

Due to the current high pressure atmospheric conditions, some viewers and listeners in particular areas - including here in North Yorkshire - are experiencing some short-term interference to BBC TV services and radio services.  

Atmospheric map

The weather is proving to be problematic with the links between transmitters, resulting in poor reception. 

If you're one of the people affected, click here for some advice about what you can do.

Headlines: Campaign to help market towns, drug experts meet in York and Yorkshire Vikings' One Day Cup campaign

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The latest headline from our York newsroom this morning include:

  • Fresh efforts are being made to help some of North Yorkshire's market towns compete against online shopping and out-of-town centres
  • Drugs experts from all over the country are in York to discuss a big rise in cannabis users needing treatment for mental health issues
  • In sport, Yorkshire Vikings start their One Day Cup campaign against Worcestershire Rapids at Headingley this afternoon. 

Weather: Sunny and hot, but the possibility of showers later

BBC Weather

A sunny start for most, with any early cloud or mist soon burning back to coasts. Turning quite hot but there may be storms later this afternoon, with a few places seeing torrential downpours.

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: No problems on the roads or rails across the county

BBC Travel

It's all looking good on North Yorkshire's roads this morning, but if you're heading into or out of York on the A19, be aware that there is a convoy system in operation at the Carr Lane junction at Escrick while resurfacing work takes place.

Good news, too, if you're leaving the house to get a train from York station: the departure board shows no delays at present.

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

David Ward

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.

As it's going to be another scorcher, let's start with this beautiful picture of the sun that was taken over the North Sea in Scarborough by BBC Weather Watcher Scarboroughman.

Weather Watcher Picture

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