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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 14 September 2016
  3. 'York to Malton A64 should all be dual carriageway' - MP
  4. Small rise in unemployment in Yorkshire
  5. Flamingo Land operator could develop Loch Lomond resort
  6. HS2 'needs realistic timetable' say MPs

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By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learnt today in North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

That's all we've got time for today - thanks for being with us. We're back again with our Local Live service from 07:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime, here are five things we learnt in North Yorkshire today:

  1. The stretch of the A64 between York and Malton should be completely turned into a dual carriageway, according to the Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton
  2. Northallerton's medal-winning Olympic rowers are to get a permanent tribute in the town with the Town Hall square to be renamed Olympic Square
  3. Thunder storms across our region last night proved to be electrifying - and the perfect photo opportunity for those with a steady hand and quick reactions
  4. A spate of statue painting has broken out at Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey. Luckily it's turned out to be an attempt at authenticity rather than a case of artistic assassination
  5. And if you want to know just how hot you are compared to others, the BBC has provided this handy link for you to find out your score

I'll leave you today with another cracking BBC Weather Watcher pic taken in Scarborough last night by Barff. 

Scarborough
BBC

A few hours later the sky was torn asunder by thunder and lightning, so you could say this was literally the calm before the storm...

Gold award for a treasure house of Yorkshire blooms

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

There's yet more gold success for North Yorkshire, but this time it's been awarded for success in horticulture rather than sporting prowess at the Olympics or Paralympics.

The garden at York's Treasurer's House in the centre of York, behind York Minster, has won a gold in the Yorkshire in Bloom Awards for 2016.

Treasurer's House
National Trust

The National Trust-owned garden is looked after by a team of volunteers who have a policy of not using power tools.

Jo Parker, from the trust, says not using power tools "adds to the tranquil feel you get in the garden".

Visitors say they enjoy watching hedges and lawns cut by hand and the silence allows for the buzz of the bees or the ringing of the Minster bells to take priority."

Jo ParkerNational Trust

Electrify the sky!: BBC Weather Watchers snap up the storms

BBC Weather

"Thunderbolts and lightning, very, very, frightening": As true now as it was when the song was first written!

Our BBC Weather Watchers were out braving last night's torrential and electrifying storms, snapping some remarkable pics of the brightly lit skies.

Lightning pics
BBC

JD caught the huge lightning strike above Settle (top). The vertical earth strike was snapped by Flying Porker in Skipton and Bradders photographed a horizontal cloud to cloud lightning line above Harrogate.

Northallerton honours its Rio gold and silver medal winners

Northallerton's gold and silver medal-winning Olympic and Paralympic rowers Zoe Lee and Laurence Whiteley are to get a permanent tribute in their home town.

Laurence is the talk of the town after winning gold in the double sculls with his partner Lauren Rowles in Rio.

Zoe was part of the team that won Britain's first ever medal in the Women's Eight in the Olympics, where she took silver.

Northallerton square
BBC

Now Hambleton Council says the square in front of the Town Hall is going to be renamed Olympic Square to reflect the town's sporting glory.   

It's been a brilliant achievement by Laurence and by a number of other great athletes over the years, so by renaming the square people visiting us can see the achievements of our great sports people."

Mark RobsonLeader of Hambleton Council

Flamingo Land operator could develop Loch Lomond resort

A site on the shores of Scotland's Loch Lomond could be turned into a holiday resort by the operators of Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire.

Balloch
Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Flamingo Land Ltd has been named as the preferred developer of a 20-hectare site at West Riverside in Balloch in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

They've drawn up proposals which include lodges, a boutique hotel, "glamping pods" and restaurants. A range of "high-quality, family-based attractions" will also be in the plans.

Flamingo Land's chief executive, Gordon Gibb, says: "We're excited by the prospect of creating a resort in the national park that recognises the importance and sensitivity of the site.

North Yorkshire's weather: A generally warm and humid afternoon

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Thin broken cloud and sunny spells this afternoon.

We might see some coastal fog lingering along the east coast where temperatures may struggle a little.

Elsewhere, it'll feel very warm and humid with a top temperature of about 27C (81F). 

Weather graphic
BBC

Take the 'how hot are you?' test

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

With more high temperatures forecast today as the UK experiences the hottest September temperatures since 1911, here's a handy link which allows you to trot out phrases like "It's as hot as Malaga!"

temperature comparison
Weather.com

Just click here to compare the temperature where you are with more than 50 cities around the world.  

I just put York in and at the moment it's as hot as Havana and hotter than Istanbul, Tokyo and Paris.

A64 widening 'could devastate Scarborough tourism'

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake, is calling for the A64 between York and Malton to be turned into a dual carriageway, claiming it would "reduce accidents and attract new jobs to the area".

But his idea has already sparked fears among some people in Scarborough about the impact Mr Hollinrake's proposal might have on the town.

Scarborough
BBC

Richard Frank, the managing director of Scarborough's Crown Spa Hotel, has told me: "If it's too easy to get to Scarborough, people will just come for day trips, rather than stay for longer."

In Blackpool they 'dualled' all the way through and it devastated the tourism accommodation situation, so it became just a day tripper's place and lost its way."

Richard FrankManaging director, Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough

Your headlines this lunchtime

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

HS2 'needs realistic timetable' say MPs

MPs say the HS2 high-speed rail link - part of which will extend into North Yorkshire - needs a "realistic timetable" and believe the current schedule is "overly ambitious".

HS2 artist's impression
PA

The Public Accounts Committee says "it is not convinced" that the first phase of the £56bn rail line - linking London and Birmingham - will open at the end of 2026 as planned.

It also urged the government to clarify the route and costs for the second phase, linking to Manchester, Leeds and near Church Fenton in North Yorkshire, where it will join the existing rail network.

A government spokesperson said the project was "on time and on budget".

York 'bladed weapon' incident update

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

More now on the incident in York which saw a street sealed off this morning after reports of a man being injured with a "bladed weapon".

Hartoft Street in Fishergate was closed as officers investigated.

A man in his 30s was initially taken to York Hospital before being transferred to Leeds General Infirmary where his condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Hartoft Street has now been reopened, say police.

Listen: Ball-by-ball action in Yorkshire's County Championship

BBC Sport

It's day three of Yorkshire's penultimate County Championship match. 

They're playing Somerset at Headingley where yesterday Somerset earned a 245-run first innings lead in this crucial encounter.

Ryan Sidebottom of Yorkshire
Getty Images

You can follow live ball-by-ball coverage here.

Traffic and travel: Accidents spark delays on A1 and in Scarborough

BBC Travel

A couple of accidents on North Yorkshire's roads are causing some problems at the moment:

One lane's blocked and there's queuing traffic on the A1 northbound in Catterick between Catterick North and Scotch Corner because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to Catterick South.  

Meanwhile, Valley Road in Scarborough is partially blocked in both directions at the Trinity Road junction because of an accident involving two cars.

Traffic and travel: Big delays on Skipton-Appleby line

Rail passengers are being warned there are problems on the line between Skipton and Appleby - with people being warned to expect delays of up to 45 minutes.

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Police deal with 'bladed weapon' incident in York

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

A police operation's under way in York after emergency services were called out to a house in the Fishergate area of the city. 

Officers were called at about 09:45 after reports a man had suffered injuries from a "bladed weapon". 

The man has been taken to the Leeds General Infirmary, according to police.

More information as and when we get it...

Key to Bake Off success? 'Pudding' the perfect ingredients together...

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

The Bake Off might be leaving the BBC, but I'm going to do my best to hang onto it.

One of the challenges facing contestants in tonight's episode is making the perfect Yorkshire Pudding.

I know it might seem a bit early in the day to be making Yorkshire Puddings, but that's what I've been challenged to do today. I get all the best jobs!

Studley Royal's statues become a whiter shade of pale

Authenticity's the key word at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal this week, as the statues there are repainted to show what they would've looked like nearly 300 years ago.

Neptune statue being repainted
National Trust

The statues in the water garden are being painted with a white colour widely used in the 18th century to mimic marble and light stone.

Cleaning and preparatory work's already been carried out and today the first coat of new paint is being applied to the statue of Neptune in the heart of the water garden (pictured).

Painting will continue until Friday this week, with the final results being revealed next Tuesday.

Small rise in unemployment in Yorkshire

There's been a slight increase in unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber, new figures show.

Job Centre
pa

The number of people in our region who're out of work went up by 1,000 between May and July to 159,000, according to official figures.

Nationally, unemployment is down by 39,000 to 1.63m.

'York to Malton A64 should all be dual carriageway' - MP

The stretch of the A64 between York and Malton should be completely turned into a dual carriageway, according to the Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton Kevin Hollinrake.

A64
Google

There are already plans to spend £250m on improvements to the Hopgrove roundabout near York.

But Mr Hollinrake has told BBC Radio York that will simply "move the traffic congestion to a different part of the A64".

He says the A64 becoming a dual carriageway is "now a priority".

The whole road between York and Malton needs to be turned into a dual carriageway to attract new jobs and businesses to the area and cut the number of accidents."

Kevin HollinrakeConservative MP for Thirsk and Malton

Slow-mo video shows drama in skies over Harrogate

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Thanks to Matt Braddick for sending us this spectacular slow motion video short of last night's dramatic lightning over Harrogate. Imagine what it was like in real-time!

Traffic and travel: Delays in Thorlby and Harrogate

BBC Travel

A couple of traffic troublespots are being reported in North Yorkshire:

The A65 in Thorlby is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic eastbound between the Sour Lane junction and the A59 junction because of an accident involving three vehicles.

Also, there's heavier than usual traffic on the A661 Wetherby Road westbound in Harrogate between Kestrel Roundabout and Woodlands Pub Traffic Lights.

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunshine and showers

Another very warm and humid day with prolonged sunshine for most parts.

Watch my full forecast here:

County Championship: Somerset in command against Yorkshire

BBC Sport

Lewis Gregory hit a career-best 73 not out as Somerset earned a 245-run first-innings lead over Yorkshire in their crucial encounter at Headingley.

Ryan Sidebottom
Getty Images

Consistent batting by the visitors enabled them to reach 390 all out, despite Ryan Sidebottom (pictured) taking 5-51.

Marcus Trescothick (73) and Chris Rogers (63) gave Somerset a good start and Gregory and Craig Overton (38) later put on 101 in just 20 overs.

Yorkshire were 57-3 at stumps, needing another 188 to avoid an innings defeat.

Should Somerset go on to win the game, the two sides would be separated by a single point in the Division One table.

Watch: North Yorkshire farmers take tractors and livestock to lobby MPs in London

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

Farmers from across North Yorkshire are heading to London today to ask the government to set out their plans for the industry following the Brexit vote.

They're due to join others from across the country, along with tractors and livestock.

They say they are hoping to highlight their concerns to politicians at Westminster.

Traffic and Travel: Broken down lorry causing delays on the A64 eastbound

BBC Travel

We're getting reports of slow traffic and the closure of one lane on the A64 coastbound in Stockton on the Forest, at the Hopgrove Roundabout, because of a broken down lorry.

Stockton on the Forest
Google

We'll update you when things improve.

Flood-hit Tadcaster Bridge to be widened during repairs

Tadcaster's Grade II listed bridge which was destroyed by winter flooding is to be widened, the council has agreed.

Tadcaster Bridge
BBC

The bridge, which crosses the River Wharfe, collapsed on 29 December.

Currently the river can only be crossed using a temporary footbridge - splitting the town in two.

Plans to widen the 18th century stone bridge during ongoing repair work have been approved at a special meeting of Selby District Council planners.

The work will include constructing a concrete beam on the north side of the bridge, which is within the Tadcaster Conservation Area. Street lights will also be added on the damaged side.

Flash, bang, wallop...WHAT a picture!

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Yorkshire experienced some powerful and dramatic storms last night, particularly in the west.

I'm very grateful to Dave Milnes who sent us this cracking - or should that be crackling? - shot of the pyrotechnics in the sky over North Yorkshire.

Dave took this from Knaresborough Castle.

Knaresborough Castle lightning
BBC

We love getting pics like these so please keep sending them in via TwitterFacebook or email.

Your headlines this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

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

  • Farmers from across North Yorkshire are heading to London to urge MPs to set out their plans for the industry following the Brexit vote
  • A North Yorkshire MP is calling for tens of millions of pounds to be spent turning the A64 between York and Malton into a dual carriageway
  • Traders in Tadcaster are welcoming a decision to give the go-ahead to widen the town's 18th century flood-damaged bridge

North Yorkshire's weather: The late summer burst continues

BBC Weather

It'll be another very warm and humid day with prolonged sunshine for most parts of the county and a dry, warm, night to come.

Weather graphic
BBC Weather

Traffic and Travel: North Yorkshire's roads and rail

BBC Travel

It's a quiet start on North Yorkshire's roads, it seems. There are just the long-term diversions in Tadcaster and on the Selby bypass (pictured) to remind you of.

Everything else is running smoothly - so far.  

SElby bypass
Google

So far it's all looking good on the rails too. There are currently no reported problems according to the departure board at York station.      

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, weather and travel from across North Yorkshire.

We'll keep an eye on the weather too after yesterday's heat and then the storms some of us experienced.

Our BBC Weather Watchers were, of course, out there snapping the dramatic meteorological moments.

I'll show you some of those later - but let's start with this remarkable pic from Wendy Feather in Sutton-in-Craven:

Lightning
BBC

We'd love you to see more of your pics - dramatic or serene. You can get send them in via TwitterFacebook or email.