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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 21 September 2016
  3. Tadcaster Bridge widening to go ahead despite brewery objection
  4. Decision day on how to spend £45m on York's flood defences
  5. Army medics train in North Yorkshire for worldwide emergencies
  6. Newly-introduced dormice feeling right at home in Aysgarth

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we've 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 on Tuesday.  

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

    1. The town of Skipton has been at pains to be sure to say "thank you very much indeed" after winning the award for the most polite place from the National Campaign for Courtesy
    2. On the UN's International Day of Peace, the Lord Mayor of York joined a pilgrimage around York and rang one of the city's three Peace Bells
    3. A man from Yorkshire has ambitious plans to build a pyramid with stones from a quarry in Tadcaster
    4. Hundreds of army medics have taken part in a big military exercise in North Yorkshire to see if they're ready to face any emergency anywhere in the world at a moment's notice
    5. And stand by for the cutest picture you'll see all day: doormice reintroduced to Wensleydale after becoming vulnerable to extinction - prepare your "awwwww" and when ready click here

    After clicking on the doormice pic you'll need a tranquil vista to calm you down, so let's finish today with this heart-slowing shot of Cayton sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Katieboots.

    Cayton sunset
  2. Serial killer's letters auctioned in North Yorkshire

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    Letters to a Victorian murderer are expected to sell for up to £700 at auction today in North Yorkshire.

    Mary Ann Cotton was found guilty of murdering three of her four husbands and was strongly suspected of also murdering 11 of her children. She was hanged in March 1873 at Durham jail.

    The letters to her in her cell are going under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn.

    Letters
    Quote Message: Letters sent from her sold in 2012 for about £2,000, but these are letters actually to her, which give an insight into her final days." from Steven Stockton Tennants Auctioneers
    Steven StocktonTennants Auctioneers
  3. Mocked-up train smash hones North Yorkshire emergency crews' skills

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    A mock-up of a car hit by a train was the focus of an exercise on the Embsay Railway by North Yorkshire firefighters last night, with volunteers acting as casualties.

    Fire Service exercise

    It was a way for fire crews to test themselves and for them to show local authorities and councillors what might be expected of them and how they might be involved in an emergency.

    North Yorkshire's Emergency Planning Unit, responsible for preparing for potential emergencies which could affect the county, later tweeted it was "a great and vital opportunity".

  4. Pharaoh enough: 'World's first pyramid in over 4,500 years' will use Tadcaster stone

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    Here's a sentence I didn't expect to be typing when I first came into the office this morning...

    A man from Yorkshire has ambitious plans to build a pyramid.

    The man with the plan is Steve Ward, from Leeds, who's the founder of what's known as the Earth Pyramid Project.

    He aims to build it in Malaysia - and the first stones for the project have already been chosen from a quarry in Tadcaster.

    If the project goes ahead, it's thought it'll be the first pyramid to be built in over 4,500 years.

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    Video caption: A man from Yorkshire has ambitious plans to build a pyramid.
  5. Watch: Lord Mayor of York rings bell for peace

    Jim Addyman

    BBC Local Live, York

    A pilgrimage has taken place around York to mark the UN's International Day of Peace

    The UN's General Assembly has declared 21 September as "a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples".  

    As part of the walk, York's Peace Bells were rung at Fossgate and in the Merchant Adventurers' Garden, while at Holy Trinity on Goodramgate, the Lord Mayor of York, Dave Taylor, did his bit to mark what he says is an "important" day:

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    Video caption: A pilgrimage in York to mark the UN's International Day of Peace.
  6. York school students get to see pioneering solar-powered car designed by ex-pupil

    YorkMix

    A solar-powered car which completed the 3,000km World Solar Challenge in Australia has gone on display in York.

    The car visited St Peter’s School as part of a lecture programme where Oliver Headlam-Morley, a St Peter's old boy, delivered a lecture entitled Blood, Sweat and Carbon – A Solar Challenge.

    Solar car
  7. North Yorkshire's weather: Mainly dry this afternoon, risk of showers

    Alina Jenkins

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will stay mainly dry with some spells of sunshine.

    However, there is the chance of one or two sharp showers later on.

    It'll be pleasant in the sunshine with light winds and highs of about 19C (66F).

    Weather graphic
  8. Your headlines this lunchtime

    Sarah Wakefield

    BBC Radio York News

    The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

  9. 'When it clicks we're really good' - York striker Brodie

    BBC Radio York Sport

    York City striker Richard Brodie insists the current squad is more than capable of being among the best in the division.

    York City FC

    City currently find themselves eight points adrift from the National League play-off places, after a run of three games without a win - or a goal.

    Brodie's told BBC Radio York Sport they're not doing themselves justice: "We've seen on the training ground and spells in games when we get the ball down and pass it that nobody can live with us.

    "It's just being able to do that and being able to put it all together. We seem to be doing it in spells. And when it all clicks we're a really good outfit."

  10. Watch: Army medics train in North Yorkshire for worldwide emergencies

    Joanita Musisi

    Reporter, BBC Radio York

    Hundreds of army medics are taking part in a big military exercise in North Yorkshire to see if they're ready to face any emergency anywhere in the world at a moment's notice.

    I've been allowed access to their 52-tent field hospital at Dishforth Airfield, which is being tested to make sure everyone's prepared.

    I've just watched the fascinating process involved in treating a soldier injured by explosives:

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    Video caption: Watch the process involved in treating a soldier injured by explosives.
  11. Tadcaster bridge widening to go ahead despite brewery's objection

    More on the news that an objection from Samuel Smith's Brewery over plans to widen the Grade II listed Tadcaster bridge has been dismissed.

    The bridge was damaged by winter flooding in North Yorkshire (see video below) and the council plans to widen it as part of ongoing repairs due to be finished by the end of the year.

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    Video caption: Moment Tadcaster bridge collapsed

    In a letter to the council, the brewery said the proposal contradicted planning policy and said it was concerned about the effect widening would have on "the behaviour of flood waters".

    The letter claimed the decision to approve the plans "was legally or procedurally flawed".  

    Rejecting that, Selby Council has now responded: "Having considered your letter... we do not agree the decision reached was legally or procedurally flawed."

    The authority also said some of the points raised by the brewery were not applicable as changes had been made to the proposals, including its appearance.

  12. Cute picture alert!: Newly-introduced dormice feeling right at home in Aysgarth

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    Dormice released into the Yorkshire Dales National Park in June are feeling right at home – in fact, they've already started raising young.

    Twenty breeding pairs of rare hazel dormice were released into a woodland near Aysgarth in Wensleydale in the hope they would settle in to their new surroundings.

    Baby doormouse

    The creatures were once a familiar sight in England and Wales, but the species is now rare and vulnerable to extinction, according to the People's Trust for Endangered Species.

    The dormouse reintroduction programme, run by the trust and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, aims to restore them to areas they were known to exist in Victorian times.

    Doormouse

    Now, after the first checks, it seems the initial results of the reintroduction programme are looking good.

    Ian Court, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority wildlife conservation officer, says: "We did a spot check on the nest boxes we put up and 11 of them were occupied with 34 dormice. This included 13 juveniles."

    "The presence of so many young so early in the scheme is extremely encouraging and bodes really well for the project – it all looks good for the coming years."

  13. Listen: Decision day on how to spend £45m on York's flood defences

    Cara Thorpe

    BBC Radio York News

    Details about how £45m worth of funding could be spent by the Environment Agency on improving York's flood defences are due to be set out later. 

    The government promised the extra cash following the devastating Boxing Day floods

    Proposals include raising the height of the river banks and building new flood walls. 

    Lib Dem councillor Andrew Waller says he's keen to hear more about any plans to dredge the River Foss:

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    Video caption: How £45m worth of funding could be spent on improving York's flood defences to be set out.
  14. Middlesex v Yorkshire: Day two of County Championship clash

    BBC Radio York Sport

    Yorkshire are in action at Lord's in their crunch County Championship clash against Middlesex.

    Ryan Sidebottom

    Looking to win a third title in a row, the match is currently finely poised.

    Get all the latest with live BBC Radio commentary and catch up with our live scorecard.

  15. York rings bells for peace

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    A pilgrimage is taking place around York this morning to mark the UN's International Day of Peace

    Peace Bell

    The UN's General Assembly has declared 21 September as "a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples".  

    As part of the walk, York's Peace Bells will be rung on Goodramgate at 11:00, Fossgate at 11:15 and in the Merchant Adventurers' Garden at 11:30.

    A global one minute's silence is then due to be held on Coney Street at noon.

  16. Your headlines this morning

    Cara Thorpe

    BBC Radio York News

    The latest headlines from our York newsroom so far this morning include:    

    • Hundreds of army medics are taking part in a big military exercise in North Yorkshire to test their readiness for emergency situations anywhere in the world
  17. Skipton says: 'Thank you ever so much indeed' for politeness award

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    Theodore Roosevelt said: "Politeness is a sign of dignity"...

    If that's the case, then the people of Skipton are the most dignified in the country, it seems.

    The town's won the award for the most polite place from the National Campaign for Courtesy.

    Skipton Canal

    The award goes to the town which has "demonstrated it is the most courteous as a result of the community working together".

    Skipton hotel owner Malcolm Weaving says he believes the town's residents are especially considerate and polite:

    Quote Message: You can't do without Yorkshire hospitality and we can't lose it. It's built in, it's in our blood and the people in Skipton, there's no doubt, are very courteous." from Malcolm Weaving Hotel owner, Skipton
    Malcolm WeavingHotel owner, Skipton
  18. Traffic and travel: Hotspots in York

    BBC Travel

    A couple of traffic hotspots in York are being reported at the moment:

    • Queuing traffic on the A1036 Foss Islands Road in both directions in York at the Layerthorpe Bridge junction
    • Queuing traffic on the A1079 Hull Road westbound in Dunnington between the Coneygarth Lane junction and Grimston Bar Interchange