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  1. Updates will resume at 06:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 23 June 2016

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 06:00 on Friday with more updates from around the county.

    I'll leave you today with a selection of pictures from some of today's stories and BBC Weather Watcher Roger Litton's shot of a cloudy Ribblehead Viaduct.

    Final montage
  2. Plans revealed for flood-hit Tadcaster Bridge

    More now on talks which are under way over plans to widen Tadcaster Bridge, which was badly damaged in the Christmas floods.

    The bridge, which is 300 years old, partially collapsed on 29 December last year.

    Tadcaster Bridge

    Now, North Yorkshire County Council has created artist’s impressions of what the bridge would look like if proposals to widen it are approved.

    The council says says it's in discussions with Historic England, prior to making an application for planning and listed building consent.

    Tadcaster Bridger designs

    If the plan goes ahead, millions of pounds are set to be spent on strengthening the bridge and widening the footpaths and improving the lighting.

  3. Listen: Clare Balding walks in Wensleydale with group 'helping each other through life' for 25 years

    For 25 years a group of Yorkshire friends have been meeting every few months for a hike through the countryside of North Yorkshire.

    Clare Balding met up with them as they tackled one of their favourite routes across the horse racing gallops of Middleham in Wensleydale.

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    Video caption: Clare Balding discovers the joys of group walking. First stop, Wensleydale.
  4. Firing the imagination: Harrogate festival promises to be hot ticket

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    Part of Harrogate will be ablaze tonight - all in the name of art. 

    Organisers of the Harrogate International Festival say parts of the town centre will be "transformed" into a fire garden for the next three days.

    Harrogate International Festival fire pics

    We're promised that the Valley Gardens will be full of flaming flower pots and firy sculptures, all accompanied by music.

  5. 'One hundred arrests in first three weeks of summer drink and drug driving crackdown

    BBC Radio York

    The first three weeks of a summer drink and drug driving crackdown has so far seen 100 arrests, North Yorkshire Police says.

    So far, 83 men and 17 women have been held for driving under the influence of drink or drugs in the county.

    Police officer breathalyzes a woman

    This an almost a 30% increase on the number of arrests made in the first three weeks of last year's campaign, according to the North Yorkshire force.

    Nearly a third of those held were for drug driving offences. 

  6. Hands linked in Birstall in remembrance of Jo Cox MP

    Phil Bodmer

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    A vigil has been held in Birstall, exactly a week after West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox was killed.

    The Batley and Spen Labour MP and mother-of-two was shot and stabbed outside her constituency surgery in Birstall last Thursday.

    Local residents came together to link hands from the time she was attacked last Thursday to the time she died.

    Jo Cox vigil in Birstall
    Jo Cox vigil in Birstall
    Jo Cox vigil in Birstall
  7. North Yorkshire's weather: A bright afternoon but risk of showers later

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Plenty of bright and sunny spells this afternoon, however there are a few heavy, thundery showers likely later on. 

    Feeling warm in the sunshine, with highs of about 23C (73F). 

    Weather graphic
  8. Headlines: Vigil marks week since Jo Cox death and 100 are arrested in North Yorkshire drink and drug driving crackdown

    Sarah Urwin

    BBC Radio York News

    The top stories from the York newsroom this lunchtime include:

    • A vigil to mark the exact time Yorkshire MP Jo Cox was attacked and killed a week ago has got under way in Birstall
    • One hundred people have been arrested in the first three weeks of North Yorkshire Police's summer drink and drug drive campaign
    • People in North Yorkshire are getting supermarket vouchers to help pay for expensive gluten-free foods
  9. Man accused of murdering Labour MP Jo Cox appears at Old Bailey

    BBC News England

    A man accused of murdering Yorkshire Labour MP Jo Cox has appeared before a judge at the Old Bailey for a second time.

    The Batley and Spen MP, 41, was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on 16 June.

    Thomas Mair appeared via videolink from Belmarsh Prison.

    Thomas Mair

    The 52-year-old is also charged with grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

  10. Maggot-infested pony 'most horrific' case of neglect

    BBC Radio York

    A young pony has been found with maggot-infested wounds near Selby. 

    The animal charity World Horse Welfare and the RSPCA are appealing for information after the horse was reported by a member of the public in Hillam in May. 

    Neglected pony

    The pony is recovering in the care of the World Horse Welfare charity.

    Field officer Sarah Tucker said it was the "most horrific case of neglect" she'd seen in years.  

    Quote Message: As I walked over to the pony, the smell was absolutely putrid even from six feet away." from Sarah Tucker World Horse Welfare Field Officer
    Sarah TuckerWorld Horse Welfare Field Officer
  11. Rare Dark Bordered Beauty moth now only found in York

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    Researchers have found that a rare species of moth can now only be found on a heath in York. 

    The Dark Bordered Beauty is described as "very special and charismatic" and numbers have be falling in recent years. 

    Dark Bordered Beauty

    Researchers say it's important to protect the moth which has been observed and admired at Strensall Common for well over a century.  

    Jono Leadley from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust says maintaining the best conditions for the Dark Bordered Beauty to survive is a "tricky balance". 

    He says the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust "uses rare breed livestock to do this”.

  12. Headlines: Jo Cox murder accused appears in court, RSPCA appeal over maggot-infested pony, vouchers prescribed in York for coeliac disease

    Nathan Turvey

    BBC Radio York News

    The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

    • A man has appeared at the Old Bailey by video link charged with the murder of the Yorkshire MP Jo Cox
    • The RSPCA is appealing for information after a young pony was found with maggot-infested wounds in North Yorkshire
    • Supermarket vouchers have replaced prescriptions for some people in North Yorkshire who have Coeliac disease
  13. Watch: Search starts in Towton for Roman remains on Wars of the Roses site

    Joanita Musisi

    Reporter, BBC Radio York

    There's so much history around us in North Yorkshire and often it's right under our feet.

    One of the county's particularly rich sources is Towton near Tadcaster.

    The Battle of Towton, fought more than 500 years ago, has been described as  the "bloodiest battle in history".

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    Video caption: The search for Romans in the War of the Roses.

    Today, though, I've been at the site of an attempt to dig - quite literally - even deeper into Towton's past, with a 5m trench being dug in an effort to find a Roman road.

  14. Eight hundred dogs reported stolen in Yorkshire since 2013

    BBC Radio York

    More now on the news that 5,000 dogs have been reported stolen to police forces in England and Wales since 2013. 

    Figures obtained by the BBC show 800 of those cases were in Yorkshire, with 82 in North Yorkshire. 

    Stolen dog

    Nicki Oakley, from the organisation Dog Lost, which reunites dogs with their owners, says the problem could actually be much worse than these figures suggest:

    Quote Message: There is a crime of 'theft by finding', where a dog can go missing and then be picked up by someone and sold on or kept. Those sort of statistics are not going to be recorded." from Nicki Oakley Dog Lost
    Nicki OakleyDog Lost
  15. Plans to widen flood-damaged Tadcaster Bridge

    BBC Radio York

    Discussions are under way over plans to widen Tadcaster Bridge, which was badly damaged in the Christmas floods.

    The bridge, which is 300 years old, partially collapsed on 29 December last year.

    Tadcaster Bridge

    Now, North Yorkshire County Council says it's talking to Historic England about the best way to carry out the work.   

    Millions of pounds are set to be spent on strengthening the bridge and widening the footpaths and improving the lighting.  

  16. Vouchers for gluten-free food prescribed by York doctors for coeliac disease sufferers

    Supermarket vouchers have replaced prescriptions for some people in North Yorkshire who suffer from coeliac disease.

    People with the auto-immune condition can't eat foods containing things like wheat and barley.

    To help coeliac sufferers, gluten free alternatives are prescribed by the NHS, but now doctors in the Vale of York have started handing out vouchers.

    They say it will save money and give patients more flexibility.  

  17. 'Join together and link hands': Vigils for MP Jo Cox, one week after her death

    It's exactly a week today since Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death in Birstall near Leeds.

    The effects of her killing are still being felt around the world as well as closer to home, where yesterday Mrs Cox was remembered in vigils at York's Millennium Bridge and Scarborough's North Bay.

    Vigil pics

    Another vigil is due to be held later at the spot where the MP was killed, to mark one week since her death.

    The church in Birstall, West Yorkshire, has asked people to "join together and link hands" in the town's market place from 12:50, the time Mrs Cox was attacked, until 13:50, the time she died.

  18. Watch: Rise in dog thefts - 800 reported to police in Yorkshire since 2013

    BBC Radio York

    There has been a rise in the number of dog thefts reported to the police in Yorkshire. 

    A BBC investigation found almost 800 have been stolen since 2013, and 82 of those cases were in North Yorkshire.

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    Video caption: Rise in dog thefts reported to the police in Yorkshire.

    In total more than 5,000 dogs have been reported stolen to police forces in England and Wales since 2013.