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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 21 July 2016

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By David Ward

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Five things we learnt today

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

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

In the meantime, let's look back at a few things that we didn't know at the beginning of the day:

  1. The number of migrants coming to North Yorkshire will fall following the Brexit vote - that's according to immigration minister and North Yorkshire MP Robert Goodwill
  2. Travel centre staff working at York Railway Station may go on strike over plans to replace them with "customer zones", according to one union
  3. Who knew a structure that just looks like two vertical logs holding up three horizontal logs could be the answer to flooding in one part of North Yorkshire?
  4. You can make sure you're never caught short by owning your own block of public toilets in the Scarborough district
  5. Yorkshire still have a chance of making it through to the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast thanks largely to a batsman from Whitby who plays for Scarborough

See you tomorrow! For now, I'll leave you with this pic, sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Picture It Pete looking down the River Derwent in Malton.

River Derwent
BBC/Picture It Pete

Parklife: York's parks among England's finest

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

On this lovely Thursday afternoon, I'd expect parks across North Yorkshire to be pretty popular, especially with the schools starting to break up for the summer hols.

Well, four in York are celebrating after being named among Britain's very best green spaces and given a prestigious Green Flag by Keep Britain Tidy.

Rowntree Park, West Bank, Rawcliffe Country Park and Glen Gardens (all pictured below) now join the city's Clarence Gardens flying the Green Flag.

The awards are judged by 700 "green space experts", who visit sites and assess them against eight criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

York parks
City of York council

Sport: Lyth hails 'unbelievable' win

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Scarborough's Adam Lyth has been talking about his memorable innings against Durham in the T20 Blast at Headingley last night.

The opening batsman (pictured) hit 87, the highest score of his career, to help the Vikings move up to fifth in the North Group.

Adam Lyth
Getty Images

"It was an unbelievable win. Me and Dave Willey set the tone getting 70-odd in the power play. Whoever came in kept going," says Lyth.

"[York's] Jack Leaning came in, cleared the ropes at the end and played a great knock.

"I wanted to take it as deep as possible but go hard and keep playing my shots. It's such a fine line this game."

T20 Blast table

Yorkshire still need to win their final two games, both against Northamptonshire, to stand a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals. The first of those is tomorrow night at Headingley.

Watch: Villagers 'go it alone' to protect their homes from flooding

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Some more details now on the flood defences put in place today in Brompton near Northallerton.

You'll remember that people there have long wanted something to protect the village.

Now they hope that flooding of properties is firmly in the past thanks to three so-called "leaky dams".

I've been in Brompton to find out more:

Villagers near Northallerton get their long-awaited flood defence scheme

Man suffers head injury after York 'altercation'

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Police are asking for help after an incident near Scarcroft allotments on Monday afternoon in which a man was injured:

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North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny intervals, risk of showers

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be cloudy at times with sunny intervals and the risk of a shower - but with most places staying dry. 

The top temperature will be about 23C (73F) with a light southwest wind. 

Weather graphic

Your headlines this lunchtime

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Station staff jobs 'under threat' at York

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

Rail staff working in travel centres at stations on the East Coast Mainline, including York, face having their jobs cut, a union is warning.

The TSSA union says Virgin Trains East Coast is looking at replacing the centres with open-plan "customer zones" where staff will advise and help passengers buy tickets via machines.

Virgin Trains East Coast

The union claims 15% of staff will be affected, which would lead to the loss of 31 travel centre jobs and 15 station staff. They're also warning about the possibility of industrial action.

This looks like another cost-cutting exercise at the expense of passengers and staff, all dressed-up as improving customer service."

Manuel CortesTSSA general secretary

We've put in a call to Virgin for a comment and will report back with what they have to say as soon as we get it.

RFL to 'work closely' York Knights over ground

BBC Sport

The Rugby Football League says it'll work closely with York City Knights to help them with their current ground problems. 

The Knights have cancelled Sunday's Super 8s game with Doncaster after being told Bootham Crescent won't be available.

City of York Council says the Knights were informed of this initially in May.

An RFL Spokesperson says they have spoken to the club and "will continue to work closely with them over the coming days, as they speak with all stakeholders involved in an attempt to work through the situation".

Weekend booze blitz at York Railway Station

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are due carry out "enhanced patrols" at York Railway Station over the next two weekends in a bid to to cut down on alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour.

York Station
Richard Croft/Geograph

BTP says "high visibility" patrols have been used before and they does seem to work.

Officers want to reassure people using York Station they won't be subject to anti-social behaviour by those who've drunk too much.

York isn't the only city to get these patrols. As part of what's known as Operation Stronghold, Leeds, Newcastle and Hull will also see more officers on patrol over coming weekends.

Watch: Is time running out for spending a penny in Scarborough?

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

We've all been caught short at one time or another haven't we? 

But now, Scarborough Borough Council has a warning...

It says many public toilets may have to close unless they are taken over and run by volunteers:

The threat to public toilets in Scarborough

Traffic and travel: Delays in Hutton Conyers

BBC Travel

Queuing traffic and heavier than usual traffic is currently being reported on the A61 in both directions in Hutton Conyers between the Shambles Lane junction and the A1(M) J50 Baldersby junction.  

Your pictures: Golden summer scenes near Knaresborough

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Old Man George for sending in this fantastic pic of the golden summer scene near Knaresborough a short time ago.


We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of North Yorkshire. 

Why not email or tweet your photographs to us? 

Watch: Your weather in 27 seconds

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon there is a risk of a few isolated showers with some being heavy. cooler than it's been the last few days, highs of 24C (75F).

Watch my 27 second forecast below!

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Listen: Scarborough MP committed to bringing down migration

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The new immigration minister and North Yorkshire MP has been telling BBC Radio York about his plans to bring down the number of people coming into the country.

Robert Goodwill, who is also the Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby, says overseas workers are still needed and, for some roles, British workers aren't skilled to do certain jobs.  

But, he says, migration must come down to "sustainable" levels...

Robert Goodwill, immigration minister and Scarborough and Whitby MP

The economy does benefit from migration but it does put pressure on some of our public services."

Robert Goodwill, immigration minister and Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

  • The government's committed to bringing migration to the UK down - that's the promise from new immigration minister and North Yorkshire MP Robert Goodwill
  • Villagers in Brompton, near Northallerton, get new flood defences today which they've paid for themselves
  • Four of York's parks have been recognised by Keep Britain Tidy as some of England's finest

York driver was just under five times legal drink-drive limit

A woman who was just under five times the legal drink-drive limit is just one of the 177 arrests made by North Yorkshire Police during the force's summer drink- and drug-driving crackdown, it's been revealed.

Drink-drive test being carried out

The woman, from York, was arrested at about midday on 6 July and provided a reading of 169 micrograms. The legal limit is 35 micrograms per 100ml of breath. She currently remains on police bail.

So far, a total of 21 of those arrested for drink-driving during the summer crackdown by North Yorkshire Police have given readings of over 100 micrograms - more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit.

Meanwhile, 59 arrests have been made for drug-driving offences, 51 of which resulted from positive roadside drug tests - a 168% increase in the level of drug-driving arrests made as part of last year's crackdown.

Listen: New flood defences arrive in Brompton

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Sadly, too many people in North Yorkshire know from personal experience the devastation that flooding can cause.

This morning, I've been out to celebrate a bit of "people power" in the battle against flooding in Brompton near Northallerton.

Frustrated by the lack of action after repeated flooding there, people have "gone it alone" and sorted it out themselves.

And this morning they finally get to see their new defences - three "leaky dams" as they call them - being put into place.

Sue Butler and Jan Hodgson, from Brompton Flood Prevention Group, have told me more:

New flood defences at Brompton near Northallerton

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny and fine but risk of showers later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see plenty of sunny spells across Yorkshire today, and a largely dry and fine day.

There is a risk of a few isolated showers this afternoon, some could be heavy with the odd rumble of thunder. 

Watch my full forecast here:

BBC Look North's Owain Wyn Evans has Yorkshire's forecast on Thursday 21 July 2016

This morning's sport headlines

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

The latest sports headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  • The Rugby Football League says it will work closely with York City Knights to help them with their current ground problems
  • Yorkshire have enhanced their chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast after an emphatic win over Durham at Headingley
  • Harrogate Town's pre-season preparations continued with a 3-2 win at Cleethorpes Town last night

Selby canal cow crisis happily averted

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

It looks like North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service thought they might have a big cow-related problem yesterday evening...

Thankfully when they arrived firefighters from Selby weren't required to mooooove the cows as they were all found safely out of the canal:

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Watch: Could Brexit impact on North Yorkshire's crops?

Mike Kemp

Reporter, BBC Radio York

The fallout from the Brexit vote continues.

This morning, BBC Radio York has been hearing about concerns that crops grown in North Yorkshire could go unharvested after Britain leaves the European Union. 

The National Farmers Union says any restrictions on the movement of foreign labour could damage the horticulture industry.

I've been to Low Moor Farm at Sand Hutton, near York, to speak to two of the foreign workers there:

The views of foreign workers at Low Farm

Traffic and travel: Delays in York city centre and Dunnington

BBC Travel

A few traffic hotspots are currently being reported in York and North Yorkshire. Here's a summary of the areas affected: 

  • The traffic is building up on A19 Main Street inbound in Fulford, York, at the Heslington Lane junction
  • The traffic is building up on A19 Fulford Road inbound in Fulford, York, around the Broadway junction
  • The traffic is building up on A19 Cemetery Road inbound in York around the A1036 Fishergate junction
  • The traffic is building up on A1036 Foss Islands Road in both directions in York at the Layerthorpe Bridge junction
  • Queuing traffic on A1079 Hull Road westbound in Dunnington between the Coneygarth Lane junction and Grimston Bar Interchange

Weather: Another warm day with cloud increasing through the afternoon

BBC Weather

We'll see plenty of sunny spells across North Yorkshire today.

It won't feel as hot as the last couple of days, but it will still be warm.

Not such good news, though, if you've been having trouble sleeping this week because another muggy night is on the cards.  


Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

  • Villagers in Brompton, near Northallerton, who paid for new flood defences out of their own pockets get to see the result of their investment today
  • British Transport Police will have extra officers patrolling at York Railway Station over the next two weekends to cut down on alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour
  • It's the last day for people to have their say on planned cuts in North Yorkshire to prescriptions for gluten-free products

Traffic and Travel: No reported problems on the roads or rails

BBC Travel

Some good news for you this morning if you're about to leave home and head to work in North Yorkshire.

Away from the long-term work affecting the Selby Bypass and Tadcaster Bridge, we're being told there are no disruptions on the roads so far this morning.


The same can be said for all trains leaving York station over the next hour or so. We'll keep you up-to-date if that changes.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

David Ward

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. 

It's going to be another fine day today with plenty of sunshine across the county once again, the perfect day for a walk by the coast.

That's where BBC Weather Watcher June Gothika spent the day yesteday and she's sent us this pic of the sun beating down on rocks close to Whitby.

June Gothika

If you're out and about today, you can do the same. Get in touch and send your photos via TwitterFacebook or email.