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By David Ward

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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

    "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.

  4. 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:

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    Video caption: Villagers near Northallerton get their long-awaited flood defence scheme
  5. 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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  6. 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
  7. Your headlines this lunchtime

    Sarah Urwin

    BBC Radio York News

    The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

  8. 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.

    Quote Message: This looks like another cost-cutting exercise at the expense of passengers and staff, all dressed-up as improving customer service." from Manuel Cortes TSSA general secretary
    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.

  9. 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".

  10. 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

    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.

  11. 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:

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    Video caption: The threat to public toilets in Scarborough
  12. 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.  

  13. 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? 

  14. 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...

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    Video caption: Robert Goodwill, immigration minister and Scarborough and Whitby MP
    Quote Message: The economy does benefit from migration but it does put pressure on some of our public services." from Robert Goodwill, immigration minister and Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby
    Robert Goodwill, immigration minister and Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby
  15. 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
  16. 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.

  17. 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:

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    Video caption: New flood defences at Brompton near Northallerton
  18. 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:

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    Video caption: BBC Look North's Owain Wyn Evans has Yorkshire's forecast on Thursday 21 July 2016
  19. 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