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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Tuesday
  2. Live updates on Monday 13 June 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.

I'll leave you today with this selection of pictures from some of today's stories.  


'A time for solidarity': Archbishops' support for victims of Orlando shooting

BBC Radio York

The Archbishops of York and Canterbury have issued a joint statement following the mass shooting in Orlando. They say it's time for "solidarity".

Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 more during the gun attack on a gay club - the worst mass shooting in modern American history.  

Orlando solidarity

The statement, by Doctor John Sentamu and Justin Welby, says Christians must speak out in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people, who have become "brutally targeted by the forces of evil". 

We must pray, weep with those affected, support the bereaved, and love without qualification. The obligation to object to these acts of persecution, whether in Orlando or elsewhere, is an absolute call on our Christian discipleship."

Doctor John Sentamu and Justin WelbyArchbishop of York and Archbishop of Canterbury

Starry, starry night: Yorkshire Dales National Park stars in 'sky at night' league

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of the darkest in England when it comes to night skies.

Detailed satellite maps of England’s light pollution and dark skies, released today by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, show the National Park is ranked as the third darkest behind Northumberland and Exmoor.

This fantastic pic of the sky above the Ribblehead Viaduct seems to back up today's findings too.

Ribblehead viaduct
Martin Eastwood

According to the "Night Blight" maps, 98% of the skies in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are in the darkest two categories.

This latest research confirms that this National Park is one of the best places in the country to appreciate the wonders of the night sky."

Judith Donovan CBEYorkshire Dales National Park Champion for Promoting Understanding

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy afternoon with some showers

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon in North Yorkshire will be cloudy with scattered showers, locally heavy and thundery especially in western areas - further east the showers more isolated.

The top temperature will be about 16C (61F) with a light and variable wind.   

Weather graphic

Watch: Meet Fidget the Weasel at his Thixendale home

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Have you been watching Springwatch on BBC TV?

I love it and so was thrilled today to visit North Yorkshire wildlife artist Robert E Fuller before his appearance on the programme this evening.

Robert's filmed some unique footage of weasels in their natural habitat at his home in Thixendale where I met a tiny weasel called Fidget.

You can see more pics of Robert's weasels by clicking here. So cute!

Headlines: Police officer's 'puerile' behaviour, warning over clifftop 'selfies' and Knights coach stands by team

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

  • A North Yorkshire Police officer who wore a woolly hat with the words "I love weed" while on duty admits his behaviour was "puerile"
  • There's a warning not to risk your life on North Yorkshire's cliffs just to take a "selfie"
  • York City Knights coach James Ford stands by his players despite having three men sin binned in yesterday's win over Hunslet

Where the streets have new names (to misquote U2's Bono)

BBC Radio York

Fancy living in Hedgehog Close or Swan Way? Well, thanks to some North Yorkshire pupils, now you can. 

Thirsk schoolchildren have come up with new street names by thinking about local history and the area around them for the latest phase of a new housing development in the town.

Other names suggested by the schoolchildren included Butterfly Close, Honeysuckle Way, Poppy Drive and Rosemary Close.  

The council has to ensure all streets and properties in the Hambleton area are named and numbered correctly. Coming up with innovative names is a constant challenge. By involving younger members of our community, we get fresh ideas and it gives them a sense of pride and involvement."

Councillor Brian Phillips,Hambleton District Council

Blitz on fly tippers will see them issued with £400 instant fines

The Press

Fly tippers could soon face £400 instant fines in the York area after the number of cases soared to almost 1,300 in only nine months.

dumped furniture
The Press

City of York Council is proposing a blitz on tippers who disfigure the city and surrounding countryside. 

'I wouldn't have missed it for the world' - Celebrating the Queen's 90th

"It's wonderful, absolutely wonderful!" 

That's how Barbara Weatherill, a World War Two veteran from Selby, described this weekend's picnic on The Mall to mark the Queen's official 90th birthday

Queen's birthday celebrations on The Mall

Barbara was among 10,000 guests who attended the somewhat rainy picnic - the last of the events for the Queen's official birthday.

The Queen is the patron of more than 600 charities and organisations, and many of the guests taking part were from her charities.  

Barbara has told BBC Radio York: "There won't be another event like this - possibly for many years. I wouldn't have missed it for the world."

Watch: North Yorkshire wildlife artist's weasels star on BBC Springwatch

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

On Friday I showed you some great and rare shots of weasels in North Yorkshire, taken by the wildlife artist Robert E Fuller.

Robert and his weasels star on BBC Springwatch tonight and tomorrow from 20:00.

The Springwatch team filmed Robert as he patrolled different wildlife areas in his garden which hosts wild stoats, weasels, barn owls, kestrels and tawny owls. 

But his rare footage of weasels, believed to be the only video of its kind, will headline the episode.

Many thanks to Robert for sending us this remarkable film.

University of York helps to create UK's first 'air quality' garden

Kat Cowan

BBC News, Sheffield

Scientists at the University of York are helping plant the UK's first air quality garden. 

The garden, at Sheffield's Botanical Gardens, aims to visually demonstrate the effects of air pollution on plants and the potential  impact on human health.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Wendy Scott

Doctor Maria Val-Martin is the University of Sheffield researcher in charge of the project.

She tells me visitors might spot "yellow pigments on the plants leaves and then might be able to recognise what air pollution does to the plants".

School children are involved in planting the plants, and so the idea is for them to examine the plants and understand that if that's what air pollution can do to plants then imagine what it can do to their lungs."

Doctor Maria Val-MartinResearcher, Universtity of Sheffield

BBC Look North EU debate: Both sides criticised for 'scaremongering'

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Ex-MP Matthew Parris says there has been "scaremongering" by both sides ahead of the EU referendum.

He said he was "uncomfortable" with Leave supporters conjuring up "millions of Turks coming here" and with the Remain side inventing "a nightmare of things being cut".

EU debate panel

Mr Parris was speaking during an BBC Look North EU debate, filmed in Bradford and aired on Sunday.

The panel included Labour MP Caroline Flint for Remain and Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns for Leave.

Headlines: York Pride to remember victims of Orlando shooting, Coastguard warns against clifftop selfies and Harrogate house fire under control

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

Fire crews damp down after major blaze in Harrogate

Fire crews are damping down at the scene of a major fire in Harrogate overnight.

At its height, a total of 12 crews tackled the blaze at a derelict building on Cornwall Road which broke out at about 23:45 on Sunday.

Crews from Harrogate, Knaresborough, Boroughbridge, Ripon, Summerbridge, Northallerton, Huntington, Tadcaster, Acomb and two from West Yorkshire were involved.

Investigations into the cause of the fire have not yet started but are due to begin later today, according to North Yorkshire Fire Service.

Balloon commemoration at York Pride for victims of Orlando attack

A balloon will be released at this weekend's York Pride for each victim of the Orlando shootings, which saw 50 people killed in a gay nightclub in the US city on Sunday.

LGBT flag with message for Orlando victims

Omar Mateen killed 50 people and wounded 53 more in the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history, before being shot dead by police.  

Greg Stephenson, from York Pride, says: "It was Pride Weekend over there and they'd gone out to enjoy themselves and ended up dead.

"Words can't describe how much an impact it's had on myself and the rest of the LGBT community."

A minute's silence will also be held at the York Pride Parade, which leaves from outside York Minster at about 11:45 on Saturday.

Watch: Coastguard warns against risking lives for a summer 'selfie'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The coastguard's warning people in North Yorkshire not to risk their lives this summer just to take a picture.

It comes after several cases of people falling from cliffs which have crumbled as they try to take a photo. 

Leah Price was 15 when she slipped and fell 250ft down cliffs in Filey while trying to take a selfie. Happily, she survived the plunge.

Making a trunk call: Firefighters re-'moo'-ve cow stuck in tree

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A cow with its head stuck in a tree has been freed by firefighters in North Yorkshire.

Crews were called to a field in Northallerton yesterday and attempted to rescue the animal using farm machinery.

Cow stuck in tree
North Yorkshire Fire Service

When that failed it was sedated and then eventually freed using a circular saw.

Cow freed
North Yorkshire Fire Service

After the bovine rescue, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: "A happy ending for all".

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy and rainy day ahead

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be a cloudy one for North Yorkshire, with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle this morning.

We'll see plenty of heavy, thundery showers throughout the day - most of these confined to western parts. 

Watch my full forecast here: 

Sport headlines: Knights' winning streak continues, Bramham success goes down under and Thirsk races under starter's orders

BBC Sport

North Yorkshire's sporting headlines this morning include:

  • York City Knights beat rivals Hunslet Hawks by 32-24 to take their League 1-winning run to three games
  • Australia's Andrew Nicholson has won the Bramham Horse Trials, while Scarborough's Phil Brown finished 31st on his first appearance at the top level
  • There's racing today at Thirsk with the card getting under way at 14:15

Persimmon management in line for £600m bonus

BBC News England

A leading City investor has called on York-based housebuilder Persimmon to cut back an executive pay plan that could see the management share £600m over the next five years.

Persimmon house sign
Getty Images

The scheme is one of the largest ever at a FTSE 100 company outside banking.

The biggest beneficiary will be chief executive Jeff Fairburn, who could earn more than £100m.

Mike Fox, from Royal London Asset Management, says the payments are too high "in all circumstances" and calls on the board to show restraint in the light of the housing crisis and government support for the housebuilding industry.

York Pride parade to remember victims of worst mass shooting in modern US history

BBC Radio York

Those killed in the Orlando shootings at a gay club in the city will be remembered at a parade in York this coming weekend, the organisers of York Pride say.

Omar Mateen killed 50 people and wounded 53 more in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

A minute's silence will be held before York's Pride 2016 parade starts from the Minster on Saturday - and a balloon will be released for each victim. 

Love wins flag

The parade walks from York Minster to York Racecourse and is North Yorkshire's biggest annual LGBT celebration.

Organisers say they will outline their plans to remember victims of the Orlando shooting later on BBC Radio York.

We are shocked and appalled by events against the LGBT community in Orlando and will remember those lost on Saturday at York Pride."

York Pride

Pictures from Macmillan Charity Raceday in York, when everybody was a winner


York racegoers helped to raise a record sum of at least £450,000 at the 46th Macmillan Charity Raceday on Saturday 11 June. That takes the total raised since 1971 to more than £7m.

Macmillan race for life

Headlines: York Pride to remember victims of Orlando shooting, Coastguard warns against clifftop selfies and misconduct hearing for police officer

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

  • The Coastguard is warning people not to risk their lives on North Yorkshire's cliffs just to take a picture
  • A North Yorkshire policeman accused of wearing a hat with the slogan "I love weed" is due before a misconduct hearing later

Weather: The sound of it must be summer

BBC Weather

It'll be rather cloudy this morning in North Yorkshire, with extensive low cloud, patchy rain and some mist, especially in coastal districts. 

Some brighter intervals are likely to develop inland later, however these may trigger further heavy, thundery and slow moving showers giving the prevailing light winds.  

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: A smooth start to the working week so far

BBC Travel

It's a good start to the working week on the roads across the county at the moment, with just a couple of things to be aware of.

Linton Bridge is closed in both directions due to emergency repairs, between Linton Common and The Avenue.

In Pannal, there's a speed restriction of 30mph on the A61 Princess Royal Way, between Follifoot Road and Burn Bridge Lane.

Journeys on the rails are looking good at the moment, too, according to the departure board at 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, sport, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire. 

I like to kick off with a beautiful or dramatic pic, and this one of Burton Leonard by BBC Weather Watcher Steelie 76 seems to fall into both categories. 

To my mind, it summarises the damp, grey, weather we had at the weekend, but the wheat reminds us it's summer...Or am I reading too much into it?

Burton Leonard

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