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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates will resume at 07:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates on Tuesday 16 August 2016
  3. Eleven-year-old boy dies following A64 crash
  4. Go-ahead for Sunday on-street parking charges in Harrogate
  5. Autism diagnosis delays across North Yorkshire
  6. Yorkshire communities share £2.6m of Big Lottery Fund cash

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By Jim Addyman

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Five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire today

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

That's it for today. Thanks for spending time with us - we'll be back at 07:00 on Wednesday morning.

In the meantime here are five things we've learnt about our county today...

1. Delays in autism diagnosis are affecting families in North Yorkshire.

2. It's decision time for plans to start the second phase of the Hornsea Project - which could eventually be the world's largest offshore wind farm.

3. Harrogate is to introduce Sunday parking charges after a decision by North Yorkshire County Council.

4. You never know what kind of artefacts are hiding away in people's lofts and spare rooms as BBC Radio York's Jonathan Cowap found out in his regular antiques slot

5. You can get free open water swimming tuition for your kids in Scarborough this week.

I'll leave you with this great image of colourful beach huts at Scarborough sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Gary Gimmick.


Valley Gardens vandalised again

Harrogate Advertiser

Harrogate's cherished Valley Gardens has been hit by graffiti vandals again in an ugly new attack. It follows on from a spate of vandalism attacks in June.

Valley Gardens
Stanley Walker/Geograph

Julia's looking for a deputy

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Do you fancy a job influencing policing in North Yorkshire and holding the force to account? Well, now's your chance.

Julia Mulligan

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, is looking for a deputy. 

The job advert states the right person will be "resilient and tenacious" and will get a salary of up to £50,000.

Sunday parking charges in Harrogate 'good for business'

More on the news that charges for on-street parking will be introduced in Harrogate from October.

Pay and Display sign

Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways for North Yorkshire County Council says he believes the charges will benefit the town.

He says: "I realise some people believe these charges will have a detrimental impact on Harrogate, but I am not aware of any conclusive evidence that reasonable parking charges have a negative impact on town centre economies.

"I believe introducing charges and encouraging more rapid turnover or premium parking spaces on-street on Sundays will be good for businesses.

"At the moment on Sundays those streets are fully parked-up, people have no incentive to move on and many people are simply parking for convenience and are not going into shops, restaurants or pubs to support our economy."

Roll with it at Castle Howard

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

The Olympics has got us all talking a lot about different sports and activities and here's one we haven't covered before - hill rolling. Yes you read that right - hill rolling...

It might be something you haven't done since you were at primary school.

I've been to try it out at Castle Howard where they've put up warning signs about their new "rolling zones" - the first in the UK. 

Driver bailed over fatal A64 crash

We've just had an update from North Yorkshire Police on the crash on the A64 near Grimston Bar yesterday which claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy.

A man in his 40s, the driver of a grey Porsche who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, has been released on police bail while enquiries continue. 

The crash, involving a white Peugeot van, a silver Vauxhall Zafira and a Porsche, happened at about 13:30 on Monday on the eastbound carriageway of the A64 at the junction with the A1079 at Grimston Bar.    

Police are continuing to appeal for motorists and hauliers to come forward if they have dash cam footage showing the collision or events leading up to it.

Swimming safe in Scarborough

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

With the summer holidays well under way, open water safety sessions for children are available in Scarborough all week. 

Swim Safe has taught thousands of children across the UK how to swim safely in the sea.

South Bay, Scarborough

However, this is the first year the project has come to Scarborough. 

The sessions are free and about 500 children are expected to get the chance to take part in the South Bay between now and Friday.

Listen: Ripon's pride at Olympic star Jack Laugher

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Jack Laugher is trying to win his second medal of the Olympic Games in this afternoon's semi-finals of the Men's Individual 3m Springboard competition.

There's lots of excitement in his home city of Ripon, where the local rugby club is opening its doors so people can go along and watch the semi-final and - fingers crossed - tonight's final.

Chairman of the club, Adam Briggs, says they're all very proud of their diving star:

North Yorkshire's weather: A sunny and dry afternoon

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Another fine, dry afternoon with plenty of warm sunshine

We could see some very thin high cloud move in along the east coast where conditions will feel fresher.

But it should still feel warmer than yesterday in the sun with highs of about 24C (75F). 

Weather graphic

Yorkshire quintet in England squad

BBC Sport

Yorkshire's Joe Root (pictured), Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and David Willey have all been named in England's one-day squad to face Pakistan.

Joe Root

The England selectors have announced a 15-man squad for the ODI series starting on Wednesday 24 August at Ageas Bowl, Southampton.  

The full squad is: E Morgan (capt) (Middlesex), M Ali (Worcestershire), J Bairstow (Yorkshire), J Buttler (Lancashire), L Dawson (Hampshire), C Jordan (Sussex), A Hales (Nottinghamshire), L Plunkett (Yorkshire), A Rashid (Yorkshire), J Root (Yorkshire), J Roy (Surrey), B Stokes (Durham), D Willey (Yorkshire), C Woakes (Warwickshire), M Wood (Durham).

BBC dance spectacular to be filmed in York


If you're in the vicinity of York Minster this evening, you'll catch a spectacular sight, with the rehearsals of the finale of a brand new BBC entertainment show.

York Minster

As many as 500 dancers from across the region will descend on the city to be a part of a spectacular, seven-minute choreographed dance routine.

The actual final routine will be filmed on Sunday.

Your headlines this lunchtime

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Safety ladders installed on River Ouse in York

York Prepared, York's Emergency Planning Unit, has tweeted this picture showing new safety measures along the River Ouse.

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Surgery waiting times: North Yorkshire better than most

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Patients in England who need planned NHS surgery are facing longer waiting times, according to the Patients Association charity. 

They say the number of people waiting over the 18 weeks NHS target for elective surgery is up by almost 80%.

It fears the scrapping of fines for hospitals which miss targets on waiting times will make matters worse. 

The government has criticised the charity's findings as unreliable and misleading. 

I spoke to Nigel Ayre, delivery manager for North Yorkshire Healthwatch, about the figures and how they related to North Yorkshire:

Guantanamo detainee in York to discuss his experiences

The Press

Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg and film director Ashish Ghadiali will be appearing at York City Screen tomorrow.

They will take part in a live question and answer session, to accompany the screening of Ghadiali's documentary about Begg, The Confession.

Moazzam Begg

Vase with a deadly secret

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

It's antique time on today's Mid Morning Show on BBC Radio York, with expert Tim Hogarth from Red House Antiques.

John Bagnall's sent in this pic of of a vase that's been passed down the family line for many years.


The vase has a curious back story. It's thought that the Brides in the Bath murderer, George Joseph Smith, gave it to a distant relative of John's wife in the early 1900s.

Smith was apparently due to marry this relative and possibly make her another of his victims. 

Luckily, he was arrested before he could carry out another grisly murder...

Watch: Ripon's Laugher on course for double gold

BBC Sport

Ripon diver Jack Laugher may have one gold medal already, but he's hoping to make it two in the Men's Individual 3m Springboard competition.

He's on course after yesterday's heats, where a strong performance saw him safely through to this afternoon's semi-finals at 14:00.

He put in a stunning dive at the halfway stage, receiving a score of 88.40, to help him qualify:

Seamour for the Ebor?

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Just over 24 hours now until the start of York's biggest race meeting of the year - the Ebor Festival.

Thousands of racegoers are expected at the Knavesmire over the following four days and I've chosen a horse to watch in Saturday's big race - the Ebor Handicap.

The horse I ended up going for is "Seamour", trained by North Yorkshire's Brian Ellison.

Brian told the Radio York Breakfast Show what he thought my choice's chances were....

Sunday on-street parking charges approved for Harrogate

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive has today approved the introduction of on-street pay and display parking charges in Harrogate town on Sunday between 10:00 and 18:00.

The decision follows extensive consultation and a joint review with Harrogate Borough Council of on-street and off-street parking. It is expected the charges will be implemented in October.

Parked cars in Harrogate

Local campaigners have accused North Yorkshire County Council of bringing in a "tax on motorists".

D-Day over world’s largest offshore wind farm

Yorkshire Post

Business secretary Greg Clark will announce on Tuesday whether he is going to give planning permission to the world’s largest off-shore wind farm.Danish energy giant Dong has asked the government to start work on a second phase of the Hornsea project in the North Sea.

Offshore wind farm

Your North Yorkshire sport headlines

BBC Sport

Simon Weaver

The top sport stories from our York newsroom so far today include:

  • York City manager Jackie McNamara says he expects a better display from his side tonight at Gateshead following Saturday's draw at home to Boreham Wood
  • Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver (pictured) will be forced to make at least three changes to his side for tonight's trip to Gainsborough in National North
  • It's been hard going for Yorkshire as they go into the final day of the Roses match at Old Trafford, with the Tykes finishing their first innings yesterday on 360

Dash cam footage appeal after fatal A64 crash

Police are appealing for motorists and hauliers to come forward if they have dash cam footage showing a collision on the A64 near York which led to the death of an 11-year-old boy.

The crash, involving a white Peugeot van, a silver Vauxhall Zafira and a grey Porsche, happened at about 13:30 on Monday on the eastbound carriageway of the A64 at the junction with the A1079 at Grimston Bar.  

Sgt Julian Pearson says: "The traffic was heavy on the A64 at the time and it’s possible that there will have been motorists, especially hauliers, who could have dash-cam footage of either the traffic situation in the moments before the crash, or have footage of the collision itself.

"I urge them, or anyone else who witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicles involved prior to the crash, to contact us."

The driver of the Porsche, a man in his 40s, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. 

Ice cream weather ahead for North Yorkshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Any mist and fog patches should soon clear leaving another fine, dry day with plenty of warm sunshine.

It should certainly feel warmer than yesterday in the sun with highs of 24C (75F). 

Watch my full forecast here:

History repeating: Yorkshire once again basks in Olympic glory

Four years ago, Yorkshire's athletes were leading Team GB to a record medal haul, and would have finished 12th if it were an individual country - ahead of Jamaica, Brazil and Spain.

Further medals in the Paralympics, including two golds for wheelchair sprinter Hannah Cockroft, capped off a brilliant sporting summer.

Four years on, and Yorkshire's once again proving the White Rose county can hold its own. This is where we stand right now:

Medals table

And with Leeds's Nicola Adams and Ripon's Jack Laugher due to go into action later today, that medal count could be set to rise and rise...

Autism diagnosis delays across North Yorkshire

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Almost 300 children in North Yorkshire are currently waiting for to be diagnosed for autism, it's been revealed.

National guidelines say children should be seen within three months - but figures uncovered by BBC Radio York show more than 40% of families living here are waiting longer. 

The most cases of hold-ups in starting diagnosis are in the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby districts, with 100 young people currently on the list. 

Meanwhile, children in Skipton face the longest waits.

BBC Look North went to see Dotty Hales, from Skipton, who is still awaiting diagnosis:  

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from the York newsroom so far this morning include:

North Yorkshire's weather: A warm and mostly sunny day

BBC Weather

A fine start to the day with clear blue skies.

It'll be warm and mostly sunny through the day with light winds, although a little scattered cloud may bubble up.

Weather graphic

Eleven-year-old boy dies in A64 crash

An 11-year-old boy's died after being involved in a collision on the A64 near York.

The crash happened at about 13:30 yesterday on the eastbound carriageway of the A64 at the junction with the A1079 at Grimston Bar.

A64 junction with A1079

It involved a white Peugeot van towing a trailer, a silver Vauxhall Zafira and a grey Porsche, all of which were travelling in the same direction.

The Zafira, in which six people from Bradford were travelling, and the Peugeot, are thought to have been stationary in heavy traffic at the time of the collision.

A man, a woman and four children in the Zafira were seriously injured, but another passenger, an 11-year-old boy, was pronounced dead when he arrived at hospital.

The driver of the Porsche, a man in his 40s, sustained minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remains in police custody for questioning.

Traffic and travel: North Yorkshire's roads and rail

BBC Travel

No delays on trains from York Railway Station so far this morning, according to the live departure board.

On the roads, the Selby Bypass (A63) and Tadcaster Bridge (A659) are closed to traffic in both directions due to long-standing roadworks.

Meanwhile, Finkle Street in Thirsk (A61) has temporary traffic lights due to electricity work.

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jim Addyman

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. 

In the news this morning, it's been revealed that an 11 year old boy died in a collision on the A64 near York yesterday. I'll have more on that shortly.

Meanhile, we'd love to see your pics like this beautiful sunrise over Kirby Wiske sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Louie.

You can get in touch and send your photos via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Kirby Wiske