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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 28 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 Wednesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county. 

I'll leave you today with this collection of pictures from some of today's stories, with the addition of a couple of BBC Weather Watcher pics.

End montage

The nighttime glow of Whitby was taken by Terry Filmaker and Filey Pete sent in the tranquil shot of Scarborough (bottom right) before the inevitable onset of the clouds this morning.

Watch: Mini tour guides show people around famous Castle Howard

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

If you visit Castle Howard over the next few weeks, you might be surprised to be greeted by some smaller than usual tour guides. 

That's not a "heightist" comment, because 10 and 11-year-olds are taking on the job of showing people round this famous North Yorkshire landmark.

I met some of them today and tested them on their knowledge - and, boy, do they know their stuff:

One injured in early morning blaze in Richmond

One person was left needing hospital treatment after a fire at a house in Richmond in the early hours of Monday, police have revealed.

The blaze was discovered at a house on Friars Wynd at about 06:30 yesterday. One person was taken to hospital and has since been released.

A 34-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the fire has been released on bail while police make further enquiries, police say.

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area in the early hours of Monday morning is being asked to get in touch with police.

What went wrong? York residents asked for their views on Christmas floods

People in York are being given the chance to air their views about what went wrong during last year's Christmas floods in the city.

Hundreds of homes and business were flooded on Boxing Day when water got into the Foss Barrier meaning it had to be raised.   

Foss flood barrier, York

The second of a series of public meetings is taking place today as part of City of York Council's inquiry into what happened - and what lessons can be learned.

Kings Staith, York, in flood

Six months on from the devastation, some local residents and businesses have told BBC Radio York the experience has actually brought their communities closer together:

My neighbours and I take the time to speak to each other more, look out for each other more and the sense of community has improved in the area."

Lindsey WhitwellNavigation Road resident, York

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy and showery afternoon ahead

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Things are really clouding over from the West with one or two coastal areas clinging onto some brighter skies.

Showery rain will affect much of the region throughout the afternoon with highs of about 17C (63F).

Weather graphic

Yorkshire v Pakistan A - Day Three

Yorkshire are in action at Headingley against Pakistan A.

Or at least they're supposed to be...

This being Yorkshire, though, the weather's clearly got other ideas:

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Headlines: HS2 high-speed rail link 'could be delayed' and York residents have their say on Christmas floods

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

  • There are concerns the HS2 high-speed rail link from London to Yorkshire, which will reach as far as Church Fenton in North Yorkshire, could be delayed
  • Public meetings are being held in York so people can tell an inquiry about their experiences of the Christmas floods
  • Children are taking over the roles of tour guides at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire

Two cyclists hurt in collision with van near Skipton

Two cyclists are being treated in hospital after colliding with a van near Skipton at the weekend.

One rider sustained back injuries while the other received injuries to her legs after they collided with a Ford Transit on the A629 at about 11:00 on Saturday 25 June.

Both were taken to Leeds General Infirmary where their condition is now described as "not life-threatening".

Police are asking for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch.

Plans for multimillion-pound overhaul of Scarborough's South Cliff Gardens go on show

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Multimillion-pound plans to refurbish Scarborough's South Cliff Gardens can be seen by local residents from today.  

The landmark gardens are an area of the town laid out in the Victorian era on the slopes behind the Spa and are on Historic England's Register of Historic Parks.

Martin Dawes/Geograph

Work on the project to repair and restore the gardens could begin in 2018. 

Community appeal
South Cliff Gardens

A series of drop-in events are being held over the next week at South Cliff Methodist Church and, on Saturday, at Scarborough Spa where people can see and comment on the plans so far.

The proposals can also be viewed on the project's Facebook page.

BBC Weather Watchers spot a cloud from under the sea

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The architecture of the skies strikes again. Take a look at this wonderful pic spotted by our BBC Weather Watchers.

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The trailing lines are called "virga" and often contain rain or snow.

Some things are just perfectly named aren't they?

You can really see why this is nicknamed the jellyfish cloud.

Traffic and travel: Broken down lorry sparks delays in Whitby

BBC Travel

Larpool Lane in Whitby is currently closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the A171 Helredale Road junction and the Glen Esk Road junction due to a broken down lorry.

Headlines: Yorkshire MEP says Corbyn success depends on party support, cost of dying in Yorkshire revealed and disabled man's online job appeal pays off

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  • A Yorkshire Labour MEP has told BBC Radio York it's hard for Jeremy Corbyn to lead the Labour party effectively without the support of his own MPs
  • New figures show big differences in the cost of dying across Yorkshire
  • A man from Thirsk with Down's Syndrome who made an online appeal for work after searching for a year has finally got a job

'Now I believe in myself': Online job plea pays off for Thirsk man with Down's Syndrome

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

You might remember me telling you a couple of weeks ago about a young man from Thirsk who was struggling to get a job. 

Thomas Cullen has Down's Syndrome and, after a year looking for a chance to work, he decided to put an appeal on the internet, asking for someone to give him the chance at a job.

Well the good news is someone has.

Thomas Cullen
Cullen Family

Kevin Hollinrake, the MP for Thirsk and Malton, heard about the appeal Thomas made and wrote to him offering to meet and chat about any help he could give.

But before that meeting could take place, Thomas received three job offers and has since started his new work.

Thomas' ingenuity and persistence means he's now working at a restaurant called The Watermill in Thirsk.

The people I work with are very lovely and very nice. I'm excited and now I believe in myself."

Thomas Cullen

A weather whopper: Waves upon the Whitby shore

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

I've had another cracking pic sent to me I thought I'd share with you.

Thanks to Charlotte Clarke for this beautiful but moody shot of Whitby.

The shafts of sunlight through the clouds are my favourite bit, but then I am a weather man!


You can get in touch and send your photos to BBC Local Live via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Watch: Cost of dying varies hugely across Yorkshire

BBC Radio York

The BBC's discovered a big difference in the cost of dying across Yorkshire, with the amount councils charge for a basic burial plot varying massively. 

Fees in Leeds are the highest at more than £2,300, but in Pickering, Thirsk and Norton, the cost is about £500. 

Tony Flannery lives in Brayton, but his nearest cemetery lies across the parish boundary in Selby where charges are twice as high at almost £2,300.

Anti-Semitism compensation and apology for York student

BBC News England

A Jewish student who battled anti-Semitism from students at the University of York has received an apology and payment of £1,000.

Zachary Confino, 21, won compensation from the university's student union.

Central Hall and lake, University of York
University of York

It is understood that Mr Confino, who narrowly missed out on a first class degree, had suffered with stress, and was racially abused and bullied.

The university, which acted as a mediator, confirmed Mr Confino had accepted the payment and the apology.

'They seem to have a mental block': A Nice night to forget for England football fans

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

England suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Iceland last night in the European Football Championship. 

They were knocked out by Iceland, a country with a population half the size of North Yorkshire and with no professional football teams.

Iceland"s Ragnar Sigurdsson in action with England"s Jamie Vardy

The team had the best possible start, scoring after just four minutes - but went on to lose by two goals to one.

John Hattam, from York, was at the game in Nice and, recovering from the shock there this morning, he told me it was the "worst game" he's ever seen in all the time he's been following England.

As soon as they enter major tournaments they seem to have a mental block, forget how to do it, to lose that capability of breaking teams down."

John HattamYork football fan

North Yorkshire's weather: A good start to the day but rain later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright start for most with some good spells of sunshine first thing.

However, cloud will develop from the West followed by a band of showery rain affecting much of the afternoon. 

Watch my full forecast here:

Celebration of Capability Brown and the Yorkshire landscape

Harrogate Informer

Three hundred years since his birth, landscape designer Lancelot Capability Brown is being celebrated across the Harrogate district with a series of events, activities and exhibitions to mark his lasting impact on the Yorkshire landscape.  

Palladin Bridge Scampston Hall
Harrogate Informer

HS2 high-speed rail link has 'unrealistic timetable', report claims

BBC News England

The planned HS2 high-speed rail project has an "unrealistic timetable"and faces major cost pressures, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.

The proposed rail link is expected to stretch between London and the north of England, and is due to reach into North Yorkshire as far as Church Fenton, 16 miles south of York.

High Speed train

But the NAO says the £56bn programme has too ambitious a schedule and rising costs could mean not all its intended benefits are delivered.

The NAO says the 2026 target opening date for the first phase is "at risk, despite good progress".

Headlines: York residents tell politicians to 'stop fighting', cost of dying in Yorkshire revealed and warning of delays to planned high-speed rail link

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  • People in York say they want the fighting over the result of the EU referendum to stop and for politicians to work on a plan for the future
  • New figures show big differences in the cost of dying across Yorkshire
  • There's a warning the planned HS2 high-speed rail link between London and Yorkshire could be delayed

Weather: A good start to the day, but heavy rain to come

BBC Weather

A dry start with sunny spells across North Yorkshire, but cloud will increase this morning and then from late morning there'll be outbreaks of rain, sometimes heavy and prolonged.

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: A smooth run on the roads and rail in North Yorkshire at the moment

BBC Travel

It's all problem free at the moment across the county's roads and the trains are looking good too.

If you're in the south of the county, it's worth remembering there are expected delays on one of our busiest roads as work to resurface the A63 Selby bypass continues.


The stretch affected is between the Wishing Well roundabout and the Thorpe Willoughby roundabout.

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. 

This BBC Weather Watcher pic caught my eye this morning. It's the sun going down over Clifford's Tower in York late last night.

Clifford's Tower

Gary Gimmick captured the moment at about the same time as the sun went down over the England football team's efforts in France.

You can get in touch and send your photos via Twitter, Facebook or email.