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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 24 August 2016
  3. Whitby pier repair delays 'put homes at risk of flooding'
  4. Drivers warned over A64 Leeds Festival closure
  5. York City goalkeeper suspended by FA for racial abuse

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By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire today

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

That's all for today - join us again tomorrow from 07:00. In the meantime here are five things we've learnt about our county today:     

  1. Communities in North Yorkshire are being encouraged to group together to buy land and build their own affordable homes
  2. Calls are being made for urgent repairs to plug holes in Whitby's East and West Piers as residents and businesses worry about the risk of flooding
  3. Three steam locos dating back to the middle of last century hit the tracks once again in North Yorkshire this week after undergoing extensive repair work
  4. Ripon's Olympic gold medal-winning diver Jack Laugher has revealed how nervous all the home support made him when he was on the edge of the diving board at Rio
  5. And soapbox racing machines are preparing to hurtle down the steep winding cobbles of York's Micklegate at the weekend, although, as the pic below shows, the term "soapbox" might just be a bit of a misnomer...
Soapbox racer

Sutton Bank to be closed for repairs in September

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Sutton Bank is to be closed for at least one week in September for maintenance work.

A programme of essential annual maintenance is to be carried out on the A170 there - which, as anybody who's driven up or down there will agree - is an extreme gradient.

Sutton Bank
North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council says because Sutton Bank is so steep, annual maintenance is needed to ensure the road stays in good condition.

September's chosen for the annual maintenance "so the work can be done outside the school summer holidays and be completed well before winter", the council says.

Traffic will be diverted along the caravan route through Coxwold and Ampleforth.

Ensuring Sutton Bank remains in good order is essential. It is not possible to do this work without closing the road, but everything will be done to complete the operation as quickly as possible."

Don MackenzieNorth Yorkshire County Council

BBC Weather Watchers: Blue is the colour in North Yorkshire

BBC Weather

BBC Weather Watchers have been quick to catch the blue skies of of summer on camera today.

Liane sent in the seascape of Robin Hood's Bay, Callaghan provided us with the glory of Riveaulx Abbey and Nick Rainbow sent in the statuesque sun of Scarborough's North Bay.

Weather Watchers montage in blue

Never work with children or animals

And here's proof that at least half of that statement is correct...

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'Born-again bikers' targeted in new safety campaign

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A new motorcycle safety campaign to raise awareness among so-called "born-again bikers" has been launched by North Yorkshire Police.

Police say over the last 10 years, 141 motorcyclists have died and 1,328 have been seriously injured on North Yorkshire’s roads - and that in the last year alone, 60% of motorcyclists killed on North Yorkshire roads were men aged between 40 and 49.

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The month-long campaign aims to raise self-awareness about "riders’ physical capabilities and increase understanding of the heightened risk to this group of middle-aged men".

Older riders have often purchased their high-powered "dream ride" after a long gap out of the saddle, the force adds.

Hillsborough disaster CCTV appeal

News from elsewhere in Yorkshire:

Detectives leading a criminal investigation into the Hillsborough disaster are appealing for 19 people seen in CCTV footage to come forward

A total of 96 fans were killed as a result of the crush at the football ground in Sheffield in April 1989.  

Pic montage
Operation Resolve

The images have been released as part of Operation Resolve, looking into the events leading up to the disaster.

North Yorkshire's weather: Mostly dry with sunny spells

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be fine and mostly dry with a little more cloud than yesterday but some good sunny spells.

We may start to see a few showers begin to develop by early evening in the east.

The top temperature will be about 23C (73F).

Weather graphic

Drivers warned over A64 Leeds Festival closure

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Drivers in North Yorkshire are being warned part of the A64 will be closed to all through traffic travelling eastbound near the site of Leeds Festival from midnight tonight until early on Friday.

The affected stretch of road will be between the Fox and Grapes pub to the junction with the A1(M) at Bramham, to allow people to drive towards the festival site from the motorway.

Red Hot Chili Pepeprs

Increased traffic is also expected near the festival site at Bramham Park on Monday 29 August as people leave the event, Highways England warns.

Festival traffic will use the A1(M) to Junction 44 (A1(M)/A64 Bramham Interchange) where traffic will exit and continue on the A64 westbound towards Leeds.

Traffic will use both lanes on a one-way system on the A64 and turn right into the festival car parks.

As a result, the A64 will be closed to all through traffic travelling eastbound from midnight tonight until about 05:00 on Friday.

North Yorkshire in pictures: Sunrise over Scarborough

Thanks to Fiona Laybourn for sending in this spectacular shot of Scarborough's North Bay which she took just after 06:00 this morning.

North Bay, Scarborough
Fiona Laybourn

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of North Yorkshire. Why not email or tweet your photographs to us?

Affordable homes plan for North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Communities in North Yorkshire are being encouraged to work together to combat what's being described as the county's rural housing crisis. 

The Rural Action Yorkshire charity wants people to group together to buy land and build their own affordable homes.

Rural housing

It's hoped a total of five communities in North Yorkshire will come forward to take part in the scheme. 

Hudswell, on the edge of the Dales, already has three affordable "community homes", and has just been given permission to build three more.

Martin Booth, who's from the village's charity, says it would be great for other areas to do the same and says people just need to "believe that they can".

It takes work, but if you find people with experience, you'll be providing something much needed and we can help. We're happy to pass on our knowledge to other people."

Martin Booth

Watch: Final preparations for Micklegate Soapbox Challenge

Gareth Barlow

Journalist, BBC Radio York

Normally, when people in York refer to the "Micklegate Run" they mean the weekend tradition of attempting to down an alcoholic beverage at every pub along Micklegate's steep, Medieval, cobbled street.

It's a challenge often undertaken by stag nights or hen nights taking place in the city.  

Micklegate in York

But on Sunday, a run down Micklegate of a very different and much quicker kind is due to take place - one which involves rigid wheels, not wobbly legs, and possibly nerves of steel!

The Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge will see 50 teams from all over Britain racing their homemade soapbox carts down the steep cobbles from the Bar to the River Ouse.  

Simon Melton is one of those planning to taking part:

York ukulele band become faces of advertising campaign

The Press

A York ukulele band will be seen on thousands of computer screens from this month, as the new face of a major advertising campaign.

Members of The Grand Old Uke Of York were approached by Toyota to film an advert for a new social media campaign and recorded new music for the film.

The Grand Old Uke of York
The Press

Traffic and travel: Road problems in Scarborough

BBC Travel

A couple of problems on the roads around Scarborough are currently being reported:

There's queuing traffic on the A165 Filey Road in both directions in Scarborough between the Deepdale Avenue junction and the A64 Westborough junction in the roadworks area.  

Meanwhile, very slow traffic's being reported on the A64 coastbound in Eastfield between the Meads Lane junction and the B1427 Queen Margaret's Road junction in Scarborough.

Listen: Day Two ball-by ball - Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire

BBC Sport

The highlight of the 130th Scarborough Cricket Festival which is currently under way at North Marine Road is Yorkshire's County Championship match against Nottinghamshire. 

It's day two today and Notts need to win in order to stay up in the Premiership division while Yorkshire are chasing a third championship win, not seen since the 1960s.

Ryan Sidebottom

You can listen to every ball bowled by Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom (pictured) and follow live ball-by-ball BBC commentary by simply clicking here

Olympic divers' thanks for golden support from North Yorkshire

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

Ripon's gold and silver medal-winning Olympic diving champion Jack Laugher has admitted that thinking about all the support back in North Yorkshire while standing on a 45cm diving board in Rio made him "even more nervous".

Jack and diving partner Chris Mears won gold in the synchronised diving and he's been telling me what the support back home meant to him - and the strange affect it can have:

Watch: Calls for 'urgent repairs' to plug holes in Whitby's piers

BBC Radio York

Calls are being made for urgent repairs to plug eroding holes in Whitby's East and West Piers as residents and businesses worry about the risk of flooding.

Scarborough Council admits there's a shortfall of £3.5m to finish the scheme, but says it's still on track with the repairs.

The Fight 4 Whitby group is calling for repair work to be finished as soon as possible:

A match made in heaven? Cricket on Yorkshire's coast

The Scarborough Cricket Festival - which has been held at the town's North Marine Road ground every year since 1876  - continues today.

Yorkshire will once again be in action from about 11:00 as they battle with Nottinghamshire in the County Championship.

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'Ban on A-boards is an attack on independent businesses in York'


Last week, City of York Council announced plans to ban advertising A-boards from the city centre – except on Micklegate, where businesses would have to apply for a licence.

The council say A-boards are hazardous to blind or partially sighted pedestrians and wheelchair users, and contribute to the negative visual impact of "street clutter".

The reaction from local independent businesses has been immediate, loud, and clear, with a petition established asking for the proposed ban to be dropped.

Paul Lowman

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells, showers possible

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We're off to a dry start to the day across Yorkshire, with a few thick patches of mist and fog.

It'll be cloudy this morning with a few sunny spells developing, thicker cloud reaching us by the end of the morning. 

Watch my full forecast here:

Going loco: North Yorkshire steam engines back on track

It's full steam ahead at one of North Yorkshire's major tourist attractions as three locos dating back to the middle of last century hit the tracks once again this week after undergoing extensive repair work.

Loco at North Yorkshire Moors Railway
North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The venerable locos, at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), are all described by staff there as  "temperamental old machines".

One of the newly-restored engines is loco 80316, pictured above, built in 1956, which arrived in bits at the NYMR in April this year and, like a jigsaw, had to be put back together piece-by-piece.

Whitby pier repair delays 'put homes at risk of flooding'

BBC Radio York

Big holes in the walls of Whitby's East and West Piers are putting up to 500 homes and local businesses at risk of flooding, campaigners are claiming.

Two reports over the last 13 years have identified that both structures were in need of urgent attention, but work still hasn't been completed. 

Whitby piers

Members of the Fight 4 Whitby group are now calling for urgent repair work on the two piers.  

Scarborough Council says it's on track with the work, and is looking at ways of filling a £3.5m shortfall to finish the scheme.  

Councillor Mike Cockerill, responsible for harbours and flood protection, says he's "as frustrated as other people" by the delay.

I hope within the next two years we would be on with the work and that, given a fair wind, we'd at least have started and be well into the project."

Mike CockerillScarborough Borough Council

York City goalkeeper suspended by FA for racial abuse

We told you yesterday about York City Football Club goalkeeper, Scott Flinders, being suspended with "immediate effect" from all domestic club football for five first team competitive fixtures.

The Football Association also confirmed the player would receive a fine in conjunction with the five-game suspension.  

Bootham Crescent ground

It's since emerged that the the ban for five matches has been imposed after the Football Association found him guilty of racial abuse during a match.

The 30-year-old, who denied the charge and can appeal, has been fined £1,250 and must complete an education course.

The incident occurred in the 71st minute of a League Two game against AFC Wimbledon on 19 March.

North Yorkshire's weather: Dry, bright and sunny today

BBC Weather

A dry day with bright or sunny spells for most of us in North Yorkshire today.

However, cloud may thicken later to give a risk of some evening rain, possibly thundery. 

weather graphic
BBC Weather

Your headlines this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this morning include:   

  • A rural housing crisis in North Yorkshire could be solved by more communities building their own houses, it's being claimed
  • There are calls for urgent repair work on Whitby's East and West Piers, amid fears holes in the pier walls are putting homes and businesses at risk of flooding
  • Tributes are paid to Tom O'Ryan, the former North Yorkshire jockey and horse racing tipster who's died after a short illness at the age of 61

Traffic and Travel: Clear on the roads and rail but delays in the Selby and Northallerton areas

BBC Travel

The roads are running smoothly across North Yorkshire at the moment and there are no delays reported on trains leaving York Railway Station, according to the live departure board.

Meanwhile, repair work continues on the A63 Selby Bypass between the Thorpe Willoughby and Wishing Well roundabouts and on Tadcaster Bridge (A659) with both directions closed to traffic.


One to watch out for if you're in the Northallerton area: There are temporary traffic lights and water main work on the A167 South Parade near Hatfield Road.


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, sport, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire.  

Let's begin today with this stunning BBC Weather Watcher shot taken by JD of the Aurora Borealis (otherwise known, of course, as the Northern Lights) over Ribblesdale last night.


If you've snapped any pics of this meteorological marvel - or any other views of North Yorkshire you'd like to share - we'd love to see them. 

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