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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Monday
  2. Updates on Friday 22 July 2016

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By David Ward

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we learnt today in North Yorkshire

    David Ward

    BBC Local Live, York

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

    In the meantime, let's look back at five things we maybe didn't know when we woke up this morning...

    1. Rugby league fans in North Yorkshire are in mourning after the county's biggest club, York City Knights, prepares to fold mid-season
    2. North Yorkshire Police is trying to improve diversity in its ranks by recruiting officers from West Yorkshire
    3. It seems the people of Tadcaster won't be beaten by the flooding as the sense of community continues to grow
    4. One of York City's "Wembley Twice" winners is expected to make a return to the club at some point over the next couple of days
    5. It may called the Deer Shed Festival, but we've yet to see any of our four-legged friends at North Yorkshire's biggest music, arts and science spectacular

    Have a good weekend everyone. To finish with here's a lovely pic of two smiling faces ready for it all to begin at Baldersley Park!

    Deer Shed
  2. Forty eight shades of colour: Your chance to decide how Mansion House should look

    David Ward

    BBC Local Live, York

    Now here's a quirky one for you...

    Since being built in 1732, the front of York's Mansion House has seen many changes.

    Now, once again, it's in need a lick of paint as part of City of York Council's huge restoration project for the building.

    York Mansion House

    I say "again" because historians have discovered 47, yes 47, layers of paint on it.  

    So get your thinking caps on: consultation on what shade it should be begins on Monday.

  3. Traffic and Travel: Delays travelling north on the rails

    BBC Travel

    A couple of problems to make you aware of if you're going up towards Newcastle and Scotland on the trains.

    The departure board at York station currently shows delays on services to Edinburgh and Inverness.

    Train delays
  4. Listen: 'The players will be distraught' - Former Knights player and coach

    David Ward

    BBC Local Live, York

    More reaction now to the news that York City Knights rugby league club is to close.

    Former Knights player and assistant coach Mick Ramsden has been speaking to BBC Radio York about the probable sudden closure of the club.

    He told Alex Hall that it's a huge blow to everyone associated with the club:

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    Video caption: Former player and coach Mick Ramsden says players will be 'distraught'
    Quote Message: It came as a massive surprise. It's a huge blow for the city." from Mick Ramsden Former York City Knights player and assistant coach
    Mick RamsdenFormer York City Knights player and assistant coach

    We have asked City of York council for a response to the situation facing the York City Knights but they so far haven't got back to us.

  5. North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells, some showers this afternoon

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Another warm and humid afternoon with variable cloud, some bright, even sunny spells.

    There will also be some showers breaking out which could be very heavy, thundery and slow moving. 

    A light breeze and a maximum temperature of 23C (73F). 

    Weather graphic
  6. Watch: 'Temporary' York flood cafe closes after seven months

    Sarah Urwin

    BBC Radio York News

    A "temporary" cafe set up to help people clearing up after the Christmas floods in York is finally due to close this weekend. 

    Fossys Flossys was set up in Huntington Road to help people with no cooking facilities, or who were involved in the clear-up, to get hot food in return for a donation.

    I've been to see owner Michaela Robinson to find out more:

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    Video caption: A cafe set up to help flood victims in York will stop serving this weekend.
  7. North Yorkshire Police 'must get better at diversity' - Police and Crime Commissioner

    The North Yorkshire Police force is recruiting more officers from neighbouring West Yorkshire in a bid to improve diversity, it's emerged.

    Police trainees

    North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, says the force wants to boost the number of black and minority ethnic (BME) trainees in its ranks.

    Previously, it's been criticised by former Home Secretary and now Prime Minister Theresa May for not having a single black officer.

    Ms Mulligan agrees the North Yorkshire force needs to do better, but she's told BBC Radio York it's unfair to describe it as completely white.

    "We do have officers from different BME backgrounds. There are people of Asian heritage and people of mixed race. But, that said, we do need to get better at increasing the diversity," she says.

  8. Your headlines this afternoon

    BBC Radio York

    The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

  9. Thousands raised for Tadcaster flood victims

    Adam Tomlinson

    Presenter, BBC Radio York

    For people like me who live in Tadcaster, we'll never forget Boxing Day 2015.

    That was when the River Wharfe broke its banks with devastating effect. Homes were flooded, businesses were flooded, the medical centre was flooded, and the bridge fell down.

    Even now, there are people still waiting to get back into their homes, the doctors are still not back to normal, and the bridge won't be completed for another five months, hopefully.

    In the middle of all this doom and gloom, however, the sense of community has been astonishing - so much so that the sale of special edition pin badges to help victims has exceeded all expectation and has now raised nearly £9,000.


    In fact, they've been so popular, that they've now sold out. 

    It was the idea of Gillian Hainsworth, a teacher at the town's Grammar School, who enlisted the help of jeweller Adrian Buckley.

    Quote Message: It seemed like such a small gesture to help the local people." from Gillian Hainsworth, Tadcaster Grammar School teacher
    Gillian Hainsworth, Tadcaster Grammar School teacher

    Gillian's fundraising efforts haven't just stopped there. She also organised a concert which raised a further £3,000.

  10. 'We've got our work cut out for us' - Yorkshire Vikings' Lyth on Steelbacks clash

    BBC Sport

    Yorkshire Vikings can edge closer to a place in the quarter finals of the T20 Blast with a win over Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Headingley tonight.

    Yorkshire achieved their highest ever T20 total with 213 for 7 in the win over Durham on Wednesday.   

    Adam Lyth

    But Adam Lyth (pictured), from Whitby, says tonight's opponents will be a tough test: "We'll have our work cut out for us, but you never know, if we keep playing like this we won't be too far away."

    Remember if you can't make it down to the home of Yorkshire cricket, we'll have ball-by-ball commentary here.

  11. Listen: Knights news 'brought tears to my eyes' - BBC commentator Andy Atkinson

    David Ward

    BBC Local Live, York

    We've been getting reaction to the news York City Knights are to fold with almost immediate effect.

    On our Facebook page, Stephen Leonard simply writes "very sad", while Paul Thompson calls for "everyone to get together and support the club".

    We've also heard from BBC Radio York's Knights commentator and fan Andy Atkinson. 

    This is what he told Adam Tomlinson on BBC Radio York's Breakfast programme earlier:

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    Video caption: BBC Radio York's rugby league commentator Andy Atkinson gives his reaction
    Quote Message: I'm shocked. I just hope and pray that the Rugby Football League can keep the Knights going." from Andy Atkinson, BBC Radio York commentator
    Andy Atkinson, BBC Radio York commentator
  12. Watch: Around the Deer Shed in 30 seconds

    Andrew Barton

    Deer Shed Reporter, BBC York

    If you're heading across to Baldersley Park for this weekend's Deer Shed music, arts and science festival, you might want to know what you can expect when you get there.

    Being the kind fellow that I am, I've been for a look round and then condensed it all into one short film.

    Apologies if you feel a bit dizzy afterwards - it's much more thorough than the one my colleague Joanita posted earlier!

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    Video caption: Quick look around Baldersby Park
  13. Ex-detective wins crime novel award at top festival in Harrogate

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    A former police officer's debut novel has won the £3,000 main prize at one of the UK's top crime-writing festivals which is being held in Harrogate.

    Val McDermid and Clare Mackintosh

    Clare Mackintosh (pictured right) said it was "a dream come true" to see I Let You Go named best crime novel at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

    She beat five authors, including Robert Galbraith - the crime-writing pseudonym of Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

    Author Val McDermid (pictured left) was also honoured with an outstanding contribution award at the festival she helped to set up.

  14. York Station jobs: Changes 'put customers at heart of operation' - Virgin Trains

    David Ward

    BBC Local Live, York

    Yesterday we told you about a warning of possible strike action at York station over changes to travel centre staffing there.

    Virgin Train at York Station

    Virgin Trains have now responded to the comments by the TSSA union, who said there could be job losses at stations up and down the East Coast Mainline

    Quote Message: Proposed changes at our travel centres are part of plans which put the customer at the heart of all our operations. from Virgin Trains
    Virgin Trains

    A spokesman from the operating company adds: "We have big plans for the East Coast franchise with £140m of investment aimed squarely at making the customer experience the best it can be.  

    "Where any changes affect our travel centre colleagues, we will be consulting fully with them and the TSSA in due course."

  15. Right-back Oyebanjo set for Minstermen

    BBC Sport

    York City hope to tie up a contract with former full-back Lanre Oyebanjo (pictured) over the weekend.

    Lanre Oyebanjo

    The right-back, who moved to Crawley two years ago, has been back with the club over the last week, but he's been struggling with an injury. 

    City manager Jackie McNamara has told BBC Radio York he hopes to get something sorted with him - and a goalkeeper - very soon.

  16. Teesside to North Yorkshire stretch of England Coastal Path opens

    A further stretch of a 2,700-mile chain of footpaths around the English coast has opened - this time in North Yorkshire.

    Coastline between Filey Brigg and Whitby North Beach

    The 68 miles of signposted trail will give walkers access to the coast from Filey Brigg to Middlesbrough, through Scarborough and Whitby.

    Natural England says it showcases stunning views. The government agency is aiming to have England's Coastal Path fully open by 2020.

    Work is under way on approximately 60% of the scheme.

  17. Your headlines this morning

    Cara Thorpe

    BBC Radio York News

    The latest headlines from our York newsroom this morning include:

  18. 'No surprise' that Vale of York CCG put into special measures

    Elly Fiorentini

    York reporter

    Reaction continues to come in following the news that Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - the body that buys health services in York, Selby and Easingwold - has been placed into "special measures"

    NHS England said leadership, finances, planning and performance at the CCG, which last year had a deficity of £6m, were "inadequate".


    Since yesterday's anouncement, its boss, Doctor Mark Hayes, has stepped down.  

    Conservative councillor Paul Doughty, who acts as City of York Council's health watchdog, tells me he's "reassured NHS England are now intervening directly to resolve some of the issues we have faced.

    "We [now] have an opportunity to look again at how we bring in the right people to lead the CCG through its current difficulties."

    Quote Message: While it is disappointing that Vale of York CCG has been placed into special measures this sadly comes as no surprise." from Councillor Paul Doughty
    Councillor Paul Doughty
  19. On your marks, get set, Go!: Police's PokeTips for Pokemon fans

    David Ward

    BBC Local Live, York

    It's the craze that's taking over the country, so much so that even North Yorkshire Police want a bit of the action and are issuing advice about Pokemon Go!

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  20. Watch: Deer Shed Festival set to start

    Joanita Musisi

    Reporter, BBC Radio York

    The final preparations are being put in place this morning for North Yorkshire's biggest music festival.

    The Deer Shed Festival, at Baldersby Park near Topcliffe, boasts of being "the family-friendly music, arts and science festival". 

    I've been for a quick look round the site before the crowds descend:

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    Video caption: North Yorkshire's largest festival begins later today