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  1. Live updates have finished on Thursday 7 July 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 07:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Jim Addyman

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

    That's the end of our live service for today. I'll be back from 07:00 on Friday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county. I'll leave you today with this great pic we featured earlier of a dog in a deerstalker ...

    dog in a deerstalker
  2. Battle of Kohima commemoration

    Veterans of the Second World War Battle of Kohima laid wreaths in York today to remember the fallen in what has been described as one of the greatest battles in history. 

    The ten Kohima veterans, now in their nineties, along with others from the Burma Campaign, each laid a wreath of poppies assisted by soldiers from 2 Signal Regiment. 

    The was held in the Dean's Gardens adjacent to York Minster with the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Dave Taylor in attendance.

    HQ Headquarter Company December1944 Johat India.

    The battle of Kohima in North East India (now part of Bangladesh) was fought from 4 April to 22 June 1944. 

    Nearly 4,000 British and Indian soldiers lost their lives when Allied Forces halted the advance of the Japanese army in Asia. This battle was ultimately to prove to be the turning point of the Burma Campaign.

  3. Timmy Mallett - master painter?

    Yes, I mean that Timmy Mallett!!

    The broadcaster, famed for his colourful glasses, loud shirts and foam mallet, has been building a reputation in quite a different medium.

    Timmy Mallett

    You may not be aware but for years he's been creating impressionist paintings of day-to-day Britain.

    He’s bringing his work to Whitewall Galleries in York tonight when you can meet the man himself in a private viewing between 6pm and 8pm.

  4. Watch: Ambulance trains

    Jonathan Cowap

    Presenter, BBC Radio York

    Earlier today on the BBC Radio York Mid Morning Show I told you about the new Ambulance Trains exhibition at the National Rail Museum.

    It follows the story of how the railways developed ambulances on rails to ferry the injured away from the front line.

    BBC Radio York reporter Joanita Musisi went along to find out more... 

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    Video caption: Joanita Musisi takes a look around the NRM's latest exhibition
  5. Choc a block

    Today is World Chocolate Day, a celebration that marks 466 years since chocolate was introduced into Europe.  

    It's obviously on the mind of Australian author, Fiona McIntosh, whose new novel 'The Chocolate Tin' is inspired by York’s chocolate heritage. 


    In 1915, the gift of a tin of Rowntree’s chocolate was sent from the City of York to all of its men serving in the forces.

    In researching her novel, Fiona was able to call on the expertise of local historian Alex Hutchinson, York Cocoa House and York’s Chocolate Story to make sure she got the details right.

    Quote Message: York’s rich chocolate history has inspired my novel and it was a pleasure to meet everyone in York connected with its chocolate heritage. Everyone I spoke to has offered me amazing stories and insights into York’s chocolate making past." from Fiona McIntosh
    Fiona McIntosh
  6. Headlines

    BBC Radio York

    The latest headlines from our newsroom

    • Campaigners claim the decision to allow fracking at a site in North Yorkshire is unlawful and say they're going to court to challenge the decision
    • Nearly 1,000 parents across North Yorkshire have been fined for taking their children out of school during term time.
    • York Art Gallery's missed out on being crowned Art Fund Museum of the Year - and £100,000 pounds of prize money
  7. York poet branches out into "street theatre" in play of beggars' tales

    The Press

    Peter Walls died four years ago. A schizophrenic and an addict, he spent 30 years busking poems on the streets of York and was regularly arrested for begging.

    "He always maintained that he was simply reciting poetry, for which people spontaneously offered small change," says his father, Don Walls, the York poet. "The police saw it differently."

    Unlike his many homeless friends however, Peter had a home to sleep in every night: "He lived with me here, but he spent every day out on the streets of York," says Don.

    Don Walls

    "He couldn’t get a job. People didn’t realise how his mental illnesses affected him, so to ordinary people he just looked like a down-and-out."

    Don's 75-minute verse play, The Beggars Of York, will tell Peter's story in the York Theatre Royal Studio on Tuesday 12 July and Wednesday 13 July.  

  8. Weather

    BBC Weather

    A rather cloudy day with some spells of rain, these mainly across the Pennines whilst remaining drier across eastern areas.

    Chance of some brighter spells here too. Rather warm with light southwesterly winds.  

    weather chart
  9. North Yorkshire golfers in Scottish Open

    BBC Sport

    North Yorkshire golf fans have extra reason to keep an eye on the leaderboard at the Scottish Open which starts today at Castle Stuart near Inverness.

    Simon Dyson

    York's Simon Dyson tees off his first round at 1.20pm.

    Harrogate golfer, John Parry started his round just before 9am and after 11 holes he is three shots over par. 

  10. Missing Harrogate man found in Flamborough

    BBC News England

    Yesterday we featured an appeal for a missing man from Harrogate, Paul Whing, whose car had been spotted at Flamborough Head

    Paul was found safe this morning at Flamborough by officers from Humberside Police who were assisting the search. 

    Paul Whing
  11. Listen: "Unaccustomed as I am...."

    Jonathan Cowap

    Presenter, BBC Radio York

    Standing up in front of a group of people and speaking to them - giving a speech or presentation - is something which some people thrive on, while others really struggle.

    Ask most adults the thing they'd least like to do and it's not visit the dentist - do a bungy jump or fight a lion - it's having to make a speech in public.

    In York last night some of the City's young people put the rest of us to shame in a public speaking competition organised by York Civic Trust

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    Video caption: York Civic Trust school public speaking competition winners Beau and Ellen

    It was for children in the last couple of years of primary school and the winners came from St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School.

    10 year old Beau and 9 year old Ellen, spoke - without notes - on the subject of Roman soldier or Viking warrior: who would be victorious?

  12. York MP joins Shadow Cabinet

    BBC Politics

    The Labour MP for York Central, Rachael Maskell, has been welcomed in the Commons as the new Shadow Environment Secretary.

    She replaces Bristol East MP, Kerry McCarthy, who resigned from the post last week. 

    Rachel Maskell MP
  13. Rural primary school closure

    Governors of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Bishop Thornton, on the fringes of the Yorkshire Dales, have asked North Yorkshire County Council to begin formal consultation to close the school at the end of the current school year.

    Only 13 children are currently enrolled with no new children due to start in September.

    St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Bishop Thornton

    The school is designed to accommodate up to 60 pupils. The school’s budget requires between 20 and 23 pupils to break even.

    It faces a budget deficit before the end of the next academic year with little or no prospect of an improvement in the school’s financial position since funding is based on pupil numbers.

  14. Travel: Night-time roadworks in Scarborough

    BBC Travel

    Advance warning: The A171 Scalby Road, between A170 Stepney Road and Whin Bank/Manor Road, will be closed in both directions from 7pm tonight until 2am tomorrow morning (8th July).

    Road closed sign
  15. Scarborough gets its first 'Digital Neighbours'

    Scarborough UK

    Twenty five volunteers and support staff representing 17 community groups across Scarborough and Whitby have become the borough’s first Digital Neighbours.

    The volunteers successfully completed their training through the area’s Adult Learning and Skills Service.

    Woman using computer

    The newly-created two-day course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, techniques and confidence to be able to coach others how to use the internet.Volunteers can now pass on the digital skills that are relevant in their community settings and paves the way for their groups to put in a funding bid through North Yorkshire County Council’s Stronger Communities programme for up to £4,000 to ‘supercharge’ digital learning in their local peer groups.    

  16. Elementary my dear Rover!

    York Theatre Royal have come up with a novel way of promoting their upcoming production of 'Hound of the Baskervilles'. 

    The classic adventure written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (... or should that be Sir Arthur Canine Doyle?!) sees legendary detective Sherlock Holmes drawn to mysterious Baskerville Hall on the trail of a supposedly murderous hound.

    dog in a deerstalker

    The theatre are asking people to take a photo of their dog in a deerstalker and then post the photo to their Instagram and Twitter accounts using the hashtags #DogsInDeerstalkers and #Sherlock.

    They will be sharing the best photos and there is a chance the dogs will even be shown on the screens in the theatre foyer!

  17. Beer festival to raise funds for charity commemorating tragic musician

    The Press

    A beer festival will be held this weekend to raise funds for a charity set up in memory of Liam Miller.

    The Ham & Cheese at Scagglethorpe is hosting the event to support LIAM (Laughter, Inspiration, Art, Music) which aims to make grants to support underprivileged young people going to college to study art and music.

    Liam Miller

    Liam from Terrington, near Malton, studied music and art at York College before going to university to study graphic design. 

    A talented guitarist, he played in a local band, Nocebo.

    The charity was established with the support of Liam’s family after the 20-year-old died following a stabbing in York last July.

  18. Rail exhibition on WWI ambulance trains opens

    So much coverage on the news and in the papers over the last week of the one hundredth anniversary of the battle of the Somme.

    This day - one hundred years ago - July the 7th 1916 - was the day the biggest ever number of injured and wounded soldiers were evacuated from the front line.

    Injured soldiers in WWI

    It's been marked today by the opening of a new exhibition at the National Railway Museum.

    Ambulance Trains shows how the railways were vital in getting injured soldiers away from the front line and off to hospital for treatment.

  19. York Design Awards


    Eleven of York’s newest buildings and open space developments have been rewarded for their commitment to good design in the 2016 York Design Awards.

    Shadow House on Belle Vue Terrace

    Held in the University of York’s Ron Cooke Hub, a previous winner, the ceremony celebrated a diverse range of projects from across the city.

    Plaudits and prizes went to various projects from small home extensions to high profile new buildings.

  20. Travel: Sutton Bank

    BBC Travel

    The A170 at Sutton Bank is experiencing disruption in both directions.

    This is due to a broken down lorry.

    a lorry

    Keep up to date with all the latest information on the roads on the BBC Travel pages.