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By Andrew Barton

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  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

    Quote Message: I think people thinking of committing crime will be deterred if they know the CCTV is working." from John Meynell Richmond shopkeeper
    John MeynellRichmond shopkeeper
  3. 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.

    Quote Message: 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." from RAIB
  4. 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:  

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    Video caption: An archaeological dig is underway in York at the site of the Battle of Fulford

    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.

  5. 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
  6. Your headlines this afternoon

    Sarah Urwin

    BBC Radio York News

    The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

  7. 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.  

    Quote Message: I am urging local residents to keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity to the police straight away." from PC Tom Rollinson North Yorkshire Police's Rural Taskforce
    PC Tom RollinsonNorth Yorkshire Police's Rural Taskforce
  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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    Video caption: The price of houses in Yorkshire have dropped since the EU referendum.

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

    Quote Message: The numbers of instructions that have come on since the five weeks of Brexit are slightly lower than they were pre-Brexit." from Glynis Frew Estate agent
    Glynis FrewEstate agent
  10. 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

    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.  

  11. 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

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

  12. 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

    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).

  13. '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

    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

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

    Quote Message: 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." from Clea Warner English Heritage
    Clea WarnerEnglish Heritage
  14. 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
  15. ‘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

    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.

    Quote Message: 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." from Lindsay Stamp North Yorkshire Police
    Lindsay StampNorth Yorkshire Police
  16. 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.

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    Video caption: Yorkshire Ambulance Service's Resuscitation Manager shows me how to save a life.

    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.

  17. '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

    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."

  18. 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:

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    Video caption: BBC Look North's Owain Wyn Evans has Yorkshire's forecast on Thursday 4 August 2016.
  19. 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

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

    Quote Message: 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." from Samantha Ashby Manager, Queens Hotel, York
    Samantha AshbyManager, Queens Hotel, York