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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 19 July 2016

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Goodbye: Five things we learnt today in York and North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Thanks for being with us today, we'll be back at 07:00 on Wednesday.

In the meantime, let's look back at five of the main news stories of the day:

  1. People taking "street Valium" in Scarborough - which can leave users with blue mouths and tongues - are risking their lives, say police
  2. With the Selby bypass closed for repairs during July, traders in the town say business is being hit hard
  3. "Devastating" - that's how a man from York who must notify police 24 hours before he has sex has summed up the effect it's had on his personal life
  4. Just not cricket? Yorkshire one-day captain Alex Lees apologises after calling a decision by umpire Martin Saggers "terrible"
  5. Rails have buckled in Selby, Leyburn's been hotter than Lagos and it was ice cream for brekky for one BBC reporter in Ripon

And on that sunny note, here are a few shots taken by BBC Weather Watchers across North Yorkshire to end our coverage for the day. See you tomorrow!

Sunny weather collage

Police fear 'street Valium' in Scarborough could kill

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A drug which has caused the mouths of users in Scarborough to turn turn blue could prove deadly, police are warning.

Emergency services in the town say they're receiving a "growing number of calls for assistance" from people who have suffered the side-effect after overdosing on what police describe as "street Valium".  

Science Photo Library

The drug is Diazepam brought into the country from Asia or Eastern Europe which is not the pharmaceutical grade used to treat anxiety. It's believed the batch in question is laced with date rape drug Rohypnol.

North Yorkshire Police Inspector Graeme Kynman says the people affected are "largely addicts who have no recollection once roused as to how they came to be unconscious".

Insp Kynman says his biggest fear is that "there could be a loss of life".

Feeling the heat? Here's some useful advice...

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Here are a few tips if you're concerned about the impact on health of the rising temperatures across North Yorkshire:

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Dorchester midfielder Clarke joins Minstermen

BBC Sport

York City have signed former Dorchester Town midfielder Franklyn Clarke.

The 23-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the option of further 12 months. 

He's been on trial at the club for the last two weeks.

Meanwhile, the club has confirmed Academy manager Andy McMillan has left the club

Fugitive sex offender deported from Cambodia

BBC News England

A convicted sex offender who fled the UK and spent two years on the run has been deported from Cambodia.

Damien Midgley
North Yorkshire Police

Damien Midgley, 39, was tried for child sex offences in 2014 but did not attend the hearing.

He was convicted in his absence and jailed for six years. A warrant for his arrest was also issued.

Midgley, formerly of Becca Lane, Aberford, near Leeds, is due to appear before York Crown Court on Wednesday, North Yorkshire Police said. He will be sentenced for absconding.

Low Cost holidaymakers likely to get just £7.78 refund

Brian Milligan

Personal finance reporter

Thousands of holidaymakers who booked travel with Low Cost Holidays - including one from Skipton - may get a refund of just £7.78 each, the BBC understands.

Holidaymakers in Spain

The firm went into administration last week, leaving 27,000 customers abroad, and 110,000 with future bookings.

It was not registered with the UK government-backed Atol scheme, which would have compensated them in full.

Instead it had lodged £1.09m with authorities in Mallorca - enough to pay out a few pounds to each customer.

North Yorkshire's weather: Hot and sunny this afternoon, very warm overnight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be dry, very hot and sunny with a maximum temperature of about 32C (90F), but with some urban areas reaching 34C (93F). 

Tonight will be exceptionally warm and humid, with a risk of one or two thunderstorms in the west by dawn. Minimum temperature 19C (66F). 

Weather graphic

Your headlines this afternoon

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

'Nothing is impossible': Message of hope from some of York’s most remarkable young people


These young people did not have the easiest start in life: one was evicted from home when he was 13. Another witnessed her mum suffer in an abusive marriage.

Now these remarkable young people are reaching out to encourage others to aim high when they leave the system.   

Young people

What next for the Northern Powerhouse?

David Rhodes

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

The former chancellor George Osborne peppered media interviews with references to the "Northern Powerhouse", but what's next for the idea since his departure?

Cities montage

In a 2014 speech, Mr Osborne said: "I'm here to talk to you today about what we can do to make the cities of the north a powerhouse for our economy."

The project, which he branded as his own initiative, was aimed at ending the UK's economic reliance on London.

Following Theresa May's Cabinet Reshuffle, Conservative MP Andrew Percy has been appointed as the new Northern Powerhouse minister. So what's the future of this key Conservative manifesto pledge? I've been finding out more.

Soaring temperatures buckle rails at Selby and cause delays on East Coast mainline

BBC Travel

The high summer temperatures are being blamed for the suspension of train journeys on First Transpennine's Express service between Hull and York.

The company says a rail has buckled in the heat at Selby and trains are currently unable to run through Selby station. 


There are also delays on Virgin Trains East Coast service.

Journeys between York and Doncaster and York and Edinburgh are delayed due to speed restrictions imposed because of "high rail temperatures". 

BBC Weather Watchers: North Yorkshire's seaside shimmers serenely in sunshine

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Our BBC Weather Watchers have not been slow to capture the glory of a summer's day in North Yorkshire.

Weather pictures

The magnificent panorama of Whitby was sent in by June Gothika, Jeannette sent in the sun-bathing seagull, Sparky sent in the speedboat cruising into to the beach at Snainton and Bay Boy is responsible for the sweeping green curve of Ravenscar's coastline.  

You are my sunshine: Leyburn leaves Lagos in the shade

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Which of these two do you think is hottest at the moment?

Is it North Yorkshire's Leyburn?


Or Lagos in Nigeria?


Well, at the moment it's 26C (79F) in Leyburn, while Lagos lags behind at a positively chilly 24C (75F).

To compare and contrast where you are in North Yorkshire with the rest of the world just click here.   

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom include:

Traffic and travel: Problems ease on A64

Following the earlier closure of the A64 in both directions, it seems things are returning to normal again:

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Sex ban man 'lost touch with children'

A York man who must notify police 24 hours before he has sex has said his children have stopped contacting him.

John O'Neill has told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme it "must be horrific" for them to see his sexual predilections shared online.

John O'Neill

Mr O'Neill, who said he had an interest in sado-masochism, was cleared of rape last year but subjected to the order and could be jailed if he ignores it.

He said the interim sexual risk order had resulted in a "devastating" effect on his personal life, saying his children - who are aged 12 and 16 and live abroad - had deleted him on Facebook.

North Yorkshire Police said it was satisfied the order was proportionate.

Alex Lees

Yorkshire one-day captain Alex Lees apologises for describing a decision by umpire Martin Saggers as "terrible".

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Traffic and Travel: Major delays on A64 as second accident closes road at Askham Bryan

BBC Travel

The A64 is now closed in both directions due to an accident between the A659 and the A1237 York Outer Ring Road at Askham Bryan.

The road is also closed between the A162 and Slice lane after an accident between a motorbike and a lorry.

We'll bring you any more updates as we get them.

A64 map

Traffic and Travel update: A64 Tadcaster blocked

BBC Travel

We're getting reports of the A64 being blocked eastbound and queuing traffic, after an accident involving a lorry and a motorbike, between the A162 and Slice Lane.

There is severe congestion, currently stretching to the A659. More updates as we get them.

A64 map

Harrogate Police concerns over high temperatures

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

It's no wonder Police in Harrogate are issuing warnings over the temperatures. 

When's the last time you saw the weather map this colour?

Weather map
Met Office
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Watch: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

On the hottest day of the year so far I've been to an ice cream parlour near Ripon.

I know, tough job, but someone has to do it...

And the burning question I've had to ask myself is this: is ice cream acceptable for breakfast?

'People can't get into Selby now': Market traders' anger over bypass closure

Market traders in Selby say the closure of the town's bypass is hitting business hard.

The road shut four weeks ago for resurfacing and is the second summer in a row work has had to be carried out.


Ian, who has a stall on the market, has told BBC Radio York local shoppers aren't making the short trips they normally would:

It's stopping locals even coming from as near as Breighton, which should take 10 minutes. A lady this morning said it took an hour."

IanSelby Market trader

Another market stall holder, John, says the knock-on effect the work's having on traffic through the town is "dreadful":

Before, people would come in for the day, but they can't get into Selby now, so we've lost the trade from people from far away."

JohnSelby Market trader

Officials say the work is running on time and that the road's likely to reopen by mid-September.

How hot is it where you are? Here's how to find out

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

You can expect to see lots of headlines today along the lines of "hotter than Malaga" as the summer temperatures in Yorkshire are expected to soar.

Deck Chairs

If you want to satisfy your temperature curiosity and find out exactly how the heat where you are compares with more than 50 cities around the world just click here

Currently, for instance, York city centre is as hot as it is in Brisbane, Cairo and Lagos in Nigeria - and it's hotter than Paris. 

North Yorkshire's weather: A warm and sunny day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a warm and sunny start to the day with prolonged spells of sunshine and clear skies in the forecast

Temperatures today are expected to reach 34C (93F) in some places, but cloud will slowly start to build ahead of more unsettled weather.  

Watch my full forecast here:

Headteacher 'inspired and enriched lives'

Yesterday we reported the sad news about the sudden death of the headteacher of Huntington Primary Academy, Ann McKeown, at the age of 56.

Today, City of York Council has released this photograph of her:

The Press, York,

As a highly respected educator, Ann was someone who inspired and enriched the lives of countless young people throughout this city and beyond."

Paul GethingChair, board of trustees, Huntington Primary Academy

The school will be remain closed for the rest of today before re-opening on Wednesday.

Try putting a chocolate flake in that...

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Thanks to BBC Look North presenter Clare Frisby for this tweet. 

Because of the heat, I've been expecting to see melting cones - but not this type:

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Warning in Scarborough over drug which 'leaves users with blue mouths and tongues'

BBC Radio York

Emergency services in Scarborough say they're receiving a "growing number of calls for assistance" from people whose mouths and tongues have turned blue after overdosing on what police describe as "street Valium".

Science Photo Library

Police say they believe the side effect is caused by the Valium being laced with date rape drug Rohypnol.

We've been in touch with North Yorkshire Police to get more information about exactly what "street Valium" is and will bring you more information later.

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

  • A growing number of people are overdosing on "street valium" in the Scarborough area, according to North Yorkshire Police 
  • Traders at Selby's weekly market say the closure of the town's bypass is costing them money and customers
  • A charity in North Yorkshire says it's seen the number of home visits to armed forces veterans rise by 93% in just a year

North Yorkshire's weather: In a word...Scorchio!

BBC Weather

Wall-to-wall sunshine is the order of the day today. Just take a look below at those temperatures...

Inland there's a low chance of a thundery shower through the afternoon and evening. 

If you're on the coast it'll feel a little cooler, with a freshening breeze.  

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: North Yorkshire's roads running smoothly, but delays in Selby

BBC Travel

So far so good on the roads across the county, but it's a fair bet the A64 to Scarborough might get a little crowded later, as the sunshine draws people towards the seaside.

There are still delays being experienced in the Selby area, meanwhile, due to the closure of the A63 for resurfacing.

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

Selby map

There are no problems being reported on the trains so far. Here's the departure board so you can check if you need to.

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'll start with this picture from BBC Weather Watcher Granny Rose, which I think says it all - it's a day for hats, lots of water and maybe something very cold with a flake of chocolate in it!

Ice cream

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