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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 07:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 4 August 2016
  3. Five rare sheep shot and killed during July
  4. Scarborough Castle damaged by vandals
  5. CCTV cameras to be switched back on in Richmond

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By Andrew Barton

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Five things we learnt today in North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

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

In the meantime, let's look back at five things we learnt in North Yorkshire today:

  1. Five rare breed sheep have been shot near Scarborough
  2. Police say damage caused to Scarborough Castle by vandals "beggars belief"
  3. BBC Radio York's Georgey Spanswick proves anyone can learn the lifesaving CPR technique
  4. Archaeological finds from a battle in York 950 years ago are being uncovered
  5. Stumping for joy - North Yorkshire has a new team of cricket champs 

To end the day here's a scene of rural calm in Levisham sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Gary Gimmick.

See you tomorrow.

CCTV cameras to be switched back on in Richmond

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

People in Richmond say they welcome plans to bring back the town's CCTV system.

Richmond District Council turned off cameras in the town two years ago, saying it could no longer afford to run them. 


But now the Ministry of Defence says it is prepared to monitor the cameras for free, provided someone else pays for them to be switched back on.   

John Meynell, who runs a pet store in the town, says he's backing the plans. 

I think people thinking of committing crime will be deterred if they know the CCTV is working."

John MeynellRichmond shopkeeper

Rail company told to review operations after derailment near Knaresborough

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Network Rail has been told to review its operations manual, after a passenger train derailed near Knaresborough last November.

An investigation by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch has found a worker who wasn't used to operating signal boxes had cleared a train to pass without realising a set of points after was unsafe. 

There were five passengers on board, as well as train crew. Nobody was hurt in the incident.

The signaller that day was a mobile operations manager. As a mobile operations manager, his core work was to respond to faults and incidents on the railway network; he operated signal boxes infrequently."


Watch: The greatest forgotten battle in English history?

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

An archaeological dig is under way in York at the site of the Battle of Fulford which took place 950 years ago. 

I've been shown around the dig by Chas Jones, director of the Fulford Battlefield Society, and amateur archaeologist Ian Greig:  

In case you didn't know, the Battle of Fulford took place on 20 September 1066, when Harald Hardrada and Tostig Godwinson, his English ally, fought and defeated the Northumbrian Earls.

Less than a week later King Harold Godwinson met the Viking force at Stamford Bridge, east of York, defeating and killing Harald Hardrada and Tostig, only to find William of Normandy had landed on the south coast.

This meant a lightning march down to fight the Battle of Hastings, where William defeated Harold and became William the Conqueror and signalled the beginning of the Norman Conquest.

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Sunny spells and scattered showers this afternoon, more especially at first in the west

Maximum temperature about 21C (70F). Fresh westerly wind easing.

Weather graphic

Your headlines this afternoon

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Police appeal for witnesses to rare sheep shooting

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Police are asking for anyone with information about the shooting of five Soay sheep in the Scarborough area to come forward.

During July, five of the rare breed were shot with air pellets - three have since died from their injuries. All of them were less than 18 months old. 

Soay sheep

The Soays are on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust "at risk" list, because there are fewer than 1,500 breeding ewes in the country.  

I am urging local residents to keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity to the police straight away."

PC Tom RollinsonNorth Yorkshire Police's Rural Taskforce

Howzat!: York Under-13s crowned North of England Cricket Champions

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

The test match between England and Pakistan continues at Edgebaston today, not forgetting it's also the first day of Yorkshire's County Championship game against Warwickshire at Headingley.

But forget all that, because I've been to meet cricketing stars of tomorrow.

York under 13s

York Cricket Clubs Under-13s team have just been crowned North of England Champions and, as you can see, they're reasonably pleased about it.

Watch: Yorkshire house prices drop more than anywhere else since Brexit

Yorkshire has seen the biggest drop in house prices since the EU referendum of anywhere in the country.

According to figures from an online estate agent. properties are now more than 2% cheaper.

Glynis Frew, managing director of an estate agents in York, says she's also noticed a difference.

The numbers of instructions that have come on since the five weeks of Brexit are slightly lower than they were pre-Brexit."

Glynis FrewEstate agent

York stadium plan - Vue Cinemas lodge legal challenge

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

York's Community Stadium has been dealt another setback, because of a potential legal challenge over plans for an expanded cinema next to the ground. 

Rival cinema chain, Vue, has notified City of York Council to say it intends to apply for a judicial review of its planning decision in favour of a larger multiplex at Monks Cross than was originally approved. 

Community stadium
City of York Council

The stadium is currently expected to be built in time for York City Football Club, and York City Knights rugby league club, if they still exist, to start playing there in September 2018.  

Yorkshire v Warwickshire live commentary

BBC Sport

It's the first day of Yorkshire's County Championship game against Warwickshire at Headingley.

Adam Lyth of Yorkshire bats
Getty Images

 It's day one of four. and you can follow live text and radio commentary here.

Five rare sheep shot in Scarborough

BBC Radio York

Five rare sheep have been shot in the Scarborough area during the past month, North Yorkshire Police have revealed.

The shootings all took place in the Throxenby and Scalby areas. 

Soay Sheep
North Yorkshire Police

The rare Soay Sheep were shot with air pellets and three have since died from their injuries.

All of them were less than 18 months old, and one was a young mother with a six-week-old lamb which is now orphaned (pictured).

'We want to protect this iconic place': Shock at Scarborough Castle vandalism

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

We've had an update from English Heritage on the news that Scarborough Castle has been damaged by vandals.

Police have been called to the site twice in the past week following reports of criminal damage to the historic site.    

English Heritage, who manage the castle site, have sent us this photograph of some of the damaged caused.

Scarborough Castle damage
English Heritage

Vandals took wood from the castle compound and set it alight, blackening a section of the castle walls.

Clea Warner, from English Heritage, says: "This is a serious case of heritage crime. We are very concerned the castle has been targeted in this way."  

Scarborough castle
Geograph/Robin Drayton

English Heritage say they are working with North Yorkshire Police to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.  

Thousands of people enjoy visiting the castle every summer and we want to do everything we can to protect this iconic place now and in the future."

Clea WarnerEnglish Heritage

Why Malton is on a mission to become Yorkshire’s most desirable market town

Yorkshire Post

Four years ago, Malton set out with ambitious plans to reverse its fortunes by becoming the food cpital of Yorkshire. We've been back to the market town to see if it's succeeded.

Malton shop
Yorkshire Post

‘Beggars belief’: Police response to damage caused to Scarborough Castle by vandals

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Police who were called to Scarborough Castle after reports of it being damaged by vandals have said it "beggars belief" that anyone would vandalise one of the county's most historic buildings.

Scarborough Castle
Geograph/Derek hayden

North Yorkshire Police say they were called to Scarborough Castle at about 10:20 last Thursday morning following reports of criminal damage.  

Wood had been removed from the castle compound by vandals who'd then set it alight, blackening a section of the castle walls.

I know that the community as a whole in Scarborough takes great pride in attractions such as the castle and will be keen to see the perpetrators brought to justice."

Lindsay StampNorth Yorkshire Police

Watch: Learning the lifesaving technique of CPR

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

I learned how to perform CPR today.

I decided to have a go because of calls earlier this week for more people to learn how to do it after a Scarborough woman who'd collapsed with a heart attack was saved by two passers-by who performed the lifesaving technique on her.

But if you came across someone unconscious in the street, would you know what to do? 

Jason Carlyon, Yorkshire Ambulance Service's resuscitation manager, has shown me how.

'Good time' for return of Brooks and Sidebottom - Moxon

BBC Sport

Yorkshire's director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, says he's glad to have Jack Brooks (pictured) and Ryan Sidebottom back in action.

Jack Brooks
Getty Images

They're both available for selection for today's County Championship match against Warwickshire at Headingley.

Moxon's told BBC Sport: "It's a good time of year for them to both be fully fit again.

"Hopefully, we can get a win in this game and get us up among the top teams again. We've slipped a little bit but there aren't too many points between us and the top."

North Yorkshire's weather: Scattered showers and sunny spells

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see a few scattered showers across Yorkshire today, but it'll be largely dry with plenty of bright and sunny spells

The winds much lighter today, although it will feel rather breezy at times.

Watch my full forecast here:

Christmas floods blamed for downturn in hotel bookings in York

BBC Radio York

Some of York's hotels are seeing their lowest occupancy levels for 10 years, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio York.

The stats show a drop in bookings in the first six months of this year across 10 hotels surveyed, with only only two thirds of rooms full, compared to three quarters in 2012. 

Hotel bedroom
AFP/Getty Images

Samantha Ashby, manager of the Queens Hotel in York, says she believes the downturn in their business is due to the Christmas floods.

People read the papers and decided where they wanted to go later in the year. York was forefront in the news so they would automatically not choose York as their first choice. I think that's had a negative impact."

Samantha AshbyManager, Queens Hotel, York

Scarborough Castle damaged by vandals

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Vandals have attacked and damaged one of North Yorkshire’s most famous and historic castles.

Scarborough castle
North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police say they were called to Scarborough Castle at about 10:20 last Thursday morning following reports of criminal damage.  

Wood had been removed from the castle compound by vandals who'd then set it alight, blackening a section of the castle walls.

It's thought the damage was done between 19:30 on 27 July and 08:00 on 28 July.

Your headlines this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York this morning include:    

  • Some of York's hotels are seeing their lowest occupancy levels for 10 years, with figures obtained by BBC Radio York showing a drop in bookings in the first six months of this year across 10 hotels surveyed
  • House prices in Yorkshire have fallen more than in any other part of the country since the EU referendum 
  • There are plans to switch on Richmond's CCTV system again after it was turned off two years ago when no-one was prepared to pay for it

'Incident' in Scarborough is resolved by police

North Yorkshire Police tweeted at about 06:30 this morning that they were dealing with an "incident" in Scarborough.

Officers had been called to Royal Crescent and local residents were warned that while there was no danger to the public, they should avoid the area.

It seems the incident is now over:

View more on twitter

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunshine followed by showers

BBC Weather

The early cloud across the county will break, with some sunny spells likely later. 

However, cloud will soon build again, with scattered heavy, thundery and prolonged showers arriving during the late afternoon. 

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: Roads and rail all running smoothly

BBC Travel

A good start so far this morning on North Yorkshire's roads with nothing much to report.

In the Selby area, work to resurface the A63 Selby bypass continues.

The road's closed in both directions, between the Wishing Well roundabout and the Thorpe Willoughby roundabout.    

Selby A63

And if you're in the A1079 Hull Road area of York later, you'll need to allow a little more time to reach your destination due to a diversion in place at its junction with Melrosegate, where major gas works are taking place.

Hull rd

If you're leaving the house to get a train from York Railway Station, the departure board at the moment reports there are no delays so far.

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, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire.

Yesterday, we featured reports from Scarborough as part of our look at seaside life in the summer of 2016.

So, when I spotted this beautiful and unusual BBC Weather Watcher pic of Scarborough, I thought I'd include it to give the story a different angle.


Thanks to Charlie 123 for the sliding sea of blue. You can send in your pics and get in touch via TwitterFacebook or email.