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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 22 September 2016
  3. Urgent appeal over disappearance of 'distressed and vulnerable' woman
  4. Over 2,500 operations cancelled at York and Scarborough Hospitals in 2015
  5. Strike ballot over college group job losses
  6. York Knights 'ineligible' for Championship promotion

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By Andrew Barton

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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. Two hospitals in North Yorkshire have some of the highest rates of cancelled operations in England, new figures reveal
  2. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has set off from York this morning on the latest leg of a 450-mile cycling challenge
  3. It's the autumn equinox today so we've been out and about looking for signs of the changing season
  4. Newly-discovered photographs of Scarborough taken in the 19th century are to be auctioned off after being found during a recent loft clearance
  5. And the mysterious builder of a 20ft tall straw Teddy Bear in a field in Arkendale has been unearthed and she's revealed her suprising reason for creating the grinning giant

As the sun seems to have returned to North Yorkshire this afternoon, let's finish with this bright and blue BBC Weather Watcher pic of Rowntree Park in York sent in by Garry Gimmick.

Rowntree Park, York
BBC

Watch: Take a look around the cockpit of the new Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live

This is the brand new £6m helicopter that has entered service with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

It's an Airbus H145 and is the first of two that are to replace the charity's current ageing aircraft.  

Have a look around the cockpit with one of their team, oh and check out the size of that satnav!

Watch: The wheels of Wessex - Cycling Countess leaves York

Mike Kemp

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has set off from York on the latest leg of her cycling challenge.

She's cycling from Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace for the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The Countess started in Scotland and had reached North Yorkshire by yesterday evening.   

Knights 'ineligible' for Championship promotion

BBC Sport

York City Knights have lost the chance of promotion to the Kingstone Press Championship, because of uncertainty over where they'll play their home games in 2017.

The team travels to Toulouse for their play-off semi-final on Saturday, but the RFL says the club has not provided enough evidence of where home games will be played next year - and so is "not eligible" to move to the Championship.

York City Knights player
BBC

However, Knights owner John Guildford says the club's reached an agreement with Featherstone Rovers to play matches at their Big Fellas Stadium next year. 

The RFL has given the Knights seven days to appeal against its decision.

North Yorkshire's weather: A pleasant afternoon ahead

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be dry with spells of sunshine.

The maximum temperature will be about 18C (64F). 

Weather graphic
BBC

York sex ban man awaits new ruling

A man from York is due to find out later this afternoon if he still has to tell police 24 hours before having sex.

John O'Neill
PA

John O'Neill was cleared of rape last year but given a Sexual Risk Order (SRO) due to comments he made to a GP and a nurse in 2014.  

Mr O'Neill said he had been misunderstood, but police argued he posed a risk to the public.  

Last month, he lost his legal battle to have the restriction lifted, but District Judge Adrian Lower said the terms of the "frankly unpoliceable" order would be amended.

Your headlines this lunchtime

BBC Radio York

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Pink-footed geese and pumpkins: An autumn abundance at Beningbrough Hall

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

It's the autumn equinox today so I'm out and about for BBC Radio York, looking for signs of the changing season.

Earlier, I showed you a wonderful crop of fruit gathered at Beningbrough Hall, but afterwards I spotted a giant pumpkin.

Mark Pethullis is in charge of the walled gardens at Beninbrough, so I asked him to tell me more about the pumpkins and, as he spends his days outside, about his favourite autumnal signs.

Listen: Cancelled op figures 'taken out of context' - York hospital trust boss

BBC Radio York

Two hospitals in North Yorkshire have some of the highest rates of cancelled operations in England, new figures reveal.

Research by the BBC now shows that York and Scarborough Hospitals have among the highest rates of cancellations - in fact they're in the top 10 of English hospitals who responded.

In 2015, the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust carried out just under 74,000 operations, but cancelled more than 2,500 of them within 72 hours of the operation being due.

But Patrick Crowley, the trust's chief executive, has told BBC Radio York some of the figures are "skewed because they've been taken out of context":

Listen: Twenty foot high straw teddy bear supports Arctic husky bid

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

On Tuesday, we finished the day on BBC Local Live with a visually entertaining and slightly surreal note: the somewhat unusual sight - spotted by a BBC Weather Watcher - of a gigantic, grinning teddy bear made from straw and sitting in a field in Arkendale. 

Teddy bear mad of straw in Arkendale
BBC

We wondered then who was behind the smiling field sculpture and, guess what, we've tracked the artist down.

Wendy Lil told me how you go about building a 20ft tall teddy and why she's done it. The answer may surprise you:

Yorkshire ahead in County Championship title clash

A quick update from Yorkshire's County Championship clash against Middlesex at Lord's.

It seems things are looking up for the White Rose county...

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Traffic and travel: Delays in Cayton after accident

BBC Travel

The B1261 Main Street in Cayton is currently partially blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions near the Green Park Road junction because of an accident involving two vehicles.

Police are directing traffic but some delays can be expected in the area. 

Urgent appeal over disappearance of 'distressed and vulnerable' woman

A 36-year-old woman who's in a "distressed and vulnerable" state has gone missing from her home in Glusburn, Craven.

Leanne Walker
North Yorkshire Police

Leanne Walker was last seen by her family at around midnight.

Her disappearance has sparked a major search involving specialist officer and search and rescue teams.

Police are "urgently" appealing for anyone with information about here whereabouts to come forward.

Leanne's described as white, 5ft 5in tall, with long dark-coloured hair and a slim build. 

She was last seen wearing a light denim jacket with a white shirt underneath, white jeans and Converse-type trainers.

Pedal power: Countess of Wessex gets on her bike for charity in Yorkshire

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has set off from York this morning on the latest leg of a 450-mile cycling challenge.

Countess of Wesses
Royal.UK

She's biking from Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace to mark the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

She's cycled almost 3,000 miles, including cycling on her static bike at Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, in preparation for the charity challenge.  

Sophie Emmerson, from the award scheme, says it's "an amazing challenge".

"It's a long way, 450 miles over seven days. It's a huge achievement and obviously she's going to raise awareness as she's cycling along, as well as raising funds to enable more young people to undertake their Duke of Edinburgh Award."

'O Autumn, laden with fruit:' Misty mornings and rainbow colours ahead

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Today is the autumn equinox and so, with great reluctance, I've packed away my shorts and dug out my electric blanket.

Just to really hammer the message home, I've been out with the gardening team at Beningbrough Hall, looking for signs of the changing season. 

As you can see - and as the poet William Blake pointed out - it's a riot of a time for fruit! (I may be paraphrasing slightly...)

Autumn fruit
BBC

I'd love to see any signs of autumn you've spotted. If you've got any you can send them in by TwitterFacebook or email

Wish you were there? 19th century Scarborough caught on camera

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Newly-discovered photographs of Scarborough taken in the 19th century are to be auctioned off after being found during a recent loft clearance.

The magic lantern slides were photographed by William Nowell, manager of the Great Northern Steamship Fishing Company and a keen photographer, between 1895 and 1902.

The fascinating pictures were found in a house in Hessle, East Yorkshire, belonging to Mr Nowell's great-grandson.

As you can see below, they give a great taste of what late Victorian Scarborough was like, but, in a way, it seems that things haven't changed all that much...

19th century Scarborough
The Nowell Family
19th century Scarborough
The Nowell Family
19th century Scarborough
The Nowell Family

Yorkshire's County Championship title bid remains on knife edge

BBC Sport

Yorkshire's bid to win the County Championship title for a third time in a row is balanced on a knife edge in their clash against title rivals Middlesex.

Yorkshire's Andrew Hodd in action
Getty Images

With Somerset looking on course to win at Taunton against relegated Nottinghamshire, both Yorkshire and Middlesex need to win if they are to clinch the title.

Yorkshire need to score at least 350 in 110 overs of their first innings and win if they are to retain the Division One trophy, while bonus points are no longer relevant for Middlesex.

And, of course, you can keep up to date with today's action at Lord's from 10:30 with live BBC Local Radio commentary and catch up with our live scorecard.

North Yorkshire's weather: A dull start, brighter later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Showers fading throughout the morning and seeing more in the way of brightness

Cloud will gradually break during the afternoon, with some longer spells of sunshine.

Watch my full forecast here:

Strike ballot over college group job losses

BBC News England

A union is holding a vote on strike action in a row over 141 job losses at the Hull College Group, which includes a site in Harrogate.

Harrogate College
Google

Julie Kelley from the University and College Union (UCU) said a total of 60 lecturers and other staff would be made redundant at Harrogate College and at sites in Hull and Goole.

She claimed the cuts would "diminish the student experience".

The college said it was operating in a "challenging financial climate".

The UCU said as well as the cuts to the number of lecturers the college would close its three children's nurseries, making 37 staff redundant.

The other losses would come from management, library and IT staff. The union said that 385 jobs had been lost at the college since 2011.

Traffic and travel: Latest North Yorkshire hotspots

BBC Travel

A few troublespots are currently being reported on North Yorkshire's roads:

  • Queuing traffic's reported on the A19 Fulford Road inbound in Fulford, York, around the Broadway junction
  • There's queuing traffic on the A1237 York Outer Ring Road northbound in Askham Bryan between the Askham Lane junction and the B1224 junction
  • The traffic is building up on the A1079 Hull Road westbound in Dunnington between the Coneygarth Lane junction and Grimston Bar Interchange

Listen: Over 2,500 operations cancelled in York and Scarborough hospitals in 2015

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

Research by the BBC has revealed the trust which runs hospitals in York and Scarborough ranks in the top 10 nationally for cancelled operations.

In 2015, the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust carried out just under 74,000 operations, but cancelled more than 2,500 of them within 72 hours of the operation being due.

That means one in every 50 operations was cancelled.

Sheila, from York, who's had her operation cancelled four times, has been telling me about her experience: 

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

North Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy and wet to begin with, sunny later

BBC Weather

It's a cloudy start for the county with a few showers which will fade throughout the morning. 

The cloud will gradually break during the afternoon, with some longer spells of sunshine later.

Weather
BBC

Traffic and travel: All running smoothly on North Yorkshire's roads and rail

BBC Travel

The roads across the county all seem to be running smoothly at the moment.

However there's a trio of temporary traffic lights to make you aware of: in Scarborough on the A64 Westborough; on Victoria Road, A170 High Street, near Nettledale Lane in Snainton; and on the A166 at The Lane, in Gate Helmsley.

Traffic
Goo

On the trains in and out of York everything is running to time at the moment - here's the station's live departure board so you can keep a check.  

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.  

It's the official start of autumn today, so I was hoping there'd be a scattering of autumnal pics awaiting me in the BBC Weather Watchers folder when I arrived at work - and I wasn't disappointed.

Which means we can begin the day by greeting the meteorological transition with the colours associated with the season. Paul W took this in Hackness near Scarborough.

Hackness
BBC

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