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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 30 September 2016

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By Andrew Barton

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Five things we learnt today in North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

That's the end of our live coverage for today, thanks for being with us. 

We'll be back at 07:00 on Monday.  

Meanwhile, let's look back at five things we learned today:  

You might be out exploring the extraordinary beauty of our gorgeous county this weekend, so I'll leave you with a couple of stunning BBC Weather Watcher pics which demonstrate without doubt how lucky we are to live here.

Scarborough and Whitby

Thanks to Paul W for his serene shot of Scarborough (left) and to Craggsy for the final September sunrise in Whitby.

Have a good weekend, see you Monday.

Sunset vigil and march calling for York’s only psychiatric hospital to be reopened

BBC Radio York

It’s a year since Bootham Park Hospital (pictured) was shut with only five days’ notice. 

To mark the first anniversary today, hundreds of people are expected to join a march calling for York’s only psychiatric hospital to be reopened.

Bootham Hospital

Organisers, Mental Health Action Group York, say the march will start with a sunset vigil at York Minster at 18:00, in support of "all those affected by the sudden closure," before a walk back to the hospital.

Bootham Park Hospital was closed on 30 September 2015 after a Care Quality Commission inspection found it unfit for purpose and that patients were at “significant risk of harm”.

It's been announced that a temporary placement at Peppermill Court in York will open on Monday.

Over the last year anyone needing a bed has had to mainly travel out of North Yorkshire to Middlesbrough, Darlington or Hartlepool. 

Blowing off steam on the North York Moors

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

I've been getting all steamed up this morning learning my "Black Five" class from "Standard 4" and finding out all about "Foxcote Manor" and "Britomart". 

They're all steam locomotives and are part of the Autumn Steam Gala on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

All aboard!

Cook-off losers fail to 'toss the wok'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

It was a very exciting day on BBC Radio York yesterday as the station took over the Cookery Theatre at the York Food and Drink Festival.

Presenters hosted a day of demos with local chefs, culminating in a cook-off between two teams - presenters Georgey Spanswick and Adam Tomlinson took on Anna Wallace and Jonathan Cowap.

Their task was to make the best chicken stir-fry. 

As you can see from their smiling faces Anna and Jonathan won, (pictured with trophy) retained the title from last year, much to Anna's delight.

Food fest

The fact that Adam and Georgey took the competition less seriously and were more interested in entertaining the crowd, rather than tossing the wok, made it easier for us to thrash them again."

Anna WallaceBBC Radio York, Afternoon Show

North Yorkshire's weather this afternoon:

BBC Weather

There'll be sunny spells and scattered showers throughout the afternoon, some perhaps heavy and locally thundery with hail.  

The showers will ease later leaving us with longer periods of sunshine.  

Weather graphic

Police search for 'baby-faced' Skipton burglar

BBC Radio York

Police have released an e-fit of a "baby-faced" man they want to speak to in connection with an attempted burglary.

The man is described as in his mid 20s, approximately 5ft 11ins tall, medium build and of Asian appearance. 

Police say he "had a baby-face, a thin moustache and dark hair with a low hairline and short back and sides."

North Yorkshire Police

Police want to speak to the man in connection with an attempted burglary in the Skipton area at around 22:00 on 25 August.  

'I want to go upside down': Pensioner strapped to 1940s biplane

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A pensioner has handed over £1,600 to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after being strapped to the wing of a 1940s biplane.

Peter Levett from Ovington, North Yorkshire, took to the skies and completed the stomach-churning wingwalk at Breighton Airfield, near Selby. 

Great North Air Ambulance

The 63-year-old said: “Since taking early retirement two years ago, I've been ticking things off my 'before I die' bucket list and thought if I'm going to risk life and limb then someone should get some benefit from it"

1940s biplane
Great North Air Ambulance

The daredevil already has plans to take another flight. He said: “They don’t let you do acrobatics the first time and I want to go upside down.”  

Peter has proved that age is just a number and has completed challenges that many half his age wouldn’t consider.”

Mandy Drakehead of fundraising at GNAAS

Listen: 'Britain needs a Women's Equality Party'

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Does Britain need a Women's Equality Party? 

Comedian Sandi Toksvig - you'll know her from TV shows like QI - thinks it does.

She's founded Britain's newest political party, The Women's Equality Party. 

Sandi was speaking at York St John University last night and told me she definitely thinks politics has done women "no favours" Here's a little of what she said:

Search stopped on Kos for missing Yorkshire toddler Ben Needham

Danny Savage

North of England correspondent

All activity at a site on the island of Kos for missing Yorkshire toddler Ben Needham has stopped.

It is unclear if or when the search will resume. A police briefing planned for midday has has been delayed.

It's understood "a lot of activity is going on behind the scenes".

Kos search site

More gold awards as North Yorkshire blooms

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

All week we've been visiting category winners from the Yorkshire In Bloom competition and today the category in question is - Large Hotels. 

The Gold winner yet again was in North Yorkshire, Harrogate's Nidd Hall.

Nidd Hall

I visited Nidd Hall to take a few snaps of its award winning horticulture and discovered it's set in 45 acres and was built in the 18th century by a wealthy Bradford wool merchant.

I also hear the rumour that Edward VIII met Wallis Simpson at a party at the hotel - so they may well have taken a stroll around the very grounds pictured.

Drivers urged to avoid three-vehicle smash on A19

BBC Travel

More now on an accident on the A19 Northbound which happened between the A172 and the A684.

Emergency services are at the scene of what's described as a "serious collision" at the Ellerbeck Junction near Northallerton. 

Police say the incident happened shortly before 10am and involved three vehicles. 


The northbound carriageway has been closed and is expected to be closed for some time - drivers are being urged to avoid the area.   

Gothic castle near Harrogate gifted to charity by American businessman

Yorkshire Post

It’s been a labour of love for an American millionaire who spent years travelling the globe in search of the finest antiques and most meticulous replicas. 

Allerton Castle’s gothic grandeur, painstakingly rebuilt after decades of decay and a devastating fire, and worth an estimated £11.5m has been given as a gift for the public to enjoy.

Allerton Castle
Yorkshire Post

Crashes on A64 and A19 slowing traffic

BBC Travel

We're just hearing of an accident on the A64 on the westbound carriageway in the Copmanthorpe area. Traffic is starting to queue in the area.


There's also queueing traffic and road closed due to people slowing to look at an accident on the opposite carriageway on the A19 Southbound between A172 (Cleveland Tontine) and A684.


Southbound traffic has been stopped on the route between Middlesborough and Thirsk for the air ambulance to attend to the accident on the other carriageway.   

Severe accident: A64 North Yorkshire westbound

BBC Travel

A64 North Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between A1036 and A1237 York Outer Ring Road.

A64 North Yorkshire - A64 York Bypass in Copmanthorpe partially blocked and queuing traffic westbound between the A1036 junction and Copmanthorpe, because of an accident.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

19th century Scarborough photos under the hammer

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A unique glimpse into Victorian seaside life in Scarborough goes on sale today.

Thirty magic lantern slides by William Nowell, showing things like well-dressed donkey rides and fully clothed sunbathing are up for auction.  

Posh donkey rides
The Nowell family

Mr Nowell was the manager of the Great Northern Steamship Fishing Company and a keen photographer. 

The images taken between 1895 and 1902 were found during a recent loft clearance.

The Nowell Family

The photos, go under the hammer in Driffield later.

Auctioneer Graham Paddison, of Dee Atkinson & Harrison, said "the pictures showed the gulf between rich and poor in late Victorian England."  

The search for Ben: Police go to court in dispute over Kos dig

Danny Savage

North of England correspondent

Within the past few minutes South Yorkshire police have confirmed they have been asked to stop digging at a site on the island oaf Kos for missing Yorkshire toddler Ben Needham.

They say work is continuing though as no official stop order has been issued. 

The Senior officer at the site says he will seek a judicial order if told to stop since they say the dig is "important" for Ben's family & for Kos.

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Man 'brandished' stolen statue sword

Statue of Constantine
Steve Partridge

Earlier on we told you how a man wass arrested after a sword was taken from a well-known bronze statue outside York Minster.

You can read more on it here.

Traffic and Travel update: A19 multi-vehicle accident

BBC Travel

We've just heard that the A19 in Ellerbeck is blocked and there's queuing traffic northbound between the A684 junction and Cleveland Tontine, because of a multi-vehicle accident which has left debris on the road.  

Watch: 'I felt like a caged animal' - man moved 60 miles away for mental health treatment

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

York's Bootham Park Mental Health Hospital closed suddenly a year ago, meaning people who need round the clock care for conditions like depression and psychosis have had to be treated miles away from home.

Ben is 18, he recently spent two-and-a-half weeks in hospital in Hartlepool because there was no-where nearer to York where he could be cared for.

He told me his story:

Hundred years since WWI 'gentlemanly massacre' of Scarborough's fishing fleet

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

World War One, with its brutal trench fighting and poison gas attacks, was not known for its chivalry. Yet 100 years ago, 19 fishing boats were sunk without the loss of a single life, due to the compassionate actions of a German U-boat crew.

In September 1916, a group of fishing steamers were about 20 miles north-east of Scarborough when U-57 surfaced under the cover of darkness.

Fishing fleet
Scarborough Maritime heritage Centre

According to the log of German CO Carl-Siegfried Ritter von Georg, he used one of the steamers as a holding area "to assemble the crews" while the boats were sunk one by one.

Steamers from Whitby and Grimsby were also lost in the attack, with 19 boats sunk in total.

If you want to read a lot more information about this wartime event just click here.

BBC Weather Watchers: Lights, water, refraction!

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

I mentioned earlier that I'd noticed a veritable plethora of rainbow pics in the BBC Weather Watchers inbox and promised then to pull a few together for you to peruse.

Promise fulfilled:


The meteorological phenomenons were spotted - in a top to bottom clockwise direction - in Burton Leonard, Towton, New Earswick and Scarborough.

And in the middle, Seamer. Thanks go to each of our eagle-eyed providers.

Police appeal for witnesses after 'unprovoked attack' on 18-year-old Scarborough man

Police are appealing for witnesses about an unprovoked assault on an 18-year-old man that occurred in Scarborough town centre.

It happened outside the CEX shop on Westborough around 04:15 on 28 August 2016.

The man received facial injuries as as result.

Police say in particular they are appealing for information about three men and one woman seen in the area at the time. 

The four people are described as follows;

  • A white woman with blonde hair, wearing a white top and dark trousers
  • A white man with fair hair, wearing a black top and dark trousers
  • A white man with shaved hair, wearing a light blue top and dark trousers
  • A white man with dark hair, wearing a light/white top and dark trousers

Man arrested after taking sword from famous York landmark

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A man's been arrested after taking a sword from a famous statue outside York Minster. 

Police were called out last night to reports of a man brandishing a huge bronze sword, which had been taken from the statue of Roman Emperor Constantine. 

The missing sword was later found by a member of the public.

Statue of Constantine
BBC/York Civic Trust

The statue was created by renowned sculptor Philip Jackson in 1998.

Constantine came to Britain with his father the emperor Constantinus in 305 AD and was proclaimed emperor by the army at Eboracum (York) after his father's death in 306 AD.

OAP attacked at home by two men

A 79-year-old has been attacked in his home in Stokesley by two men who called at his door.

The man suffered eye injuries as a result of the assault and was taken to hospital.  

Police say the attack happened between 09:00 and 10:00 on Thursday morning. The men called at his home on Leven Road, attacked him and ran off towards Westlands.

Officers are appealing to anyone who saw two men acting suspiciously in Leven Road, or the surrounding area, to contact them.

This was a cowardly assault on an elderly man.”

Det Sgt Chris Parker-BeagrieNorthallerton Serious Crime Team,

Mental health services return to York

A brand new round-the-clock mental health centre will be available in York from Monday.

It comes a year after Bootham Park hospital (pictured) was ordered to be closed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust was given five days notice to close the 18th century grade-I listed building by 30 September 2015.

Bootham Park

In the last year in-patients have had to be treated in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. 

Ben Chambers from York was one of them, and says when Bootham closed he felt "isolated and trapped."

I was kept away from my family in a remote environment and had no clue really where I was."

Ben Chambers

John Ransford, the former chairman of the local government association wrote a report on the closure of Bootham Park for the Council. He says things "are now improving."

The return of residential mental health facilities to York is a major advantage - it's just a pity these improvements to Bootham Park weren't carried out in the year before the hospital closed."

John RansfordFormer chairman of the Local Government Association

Watch: Friday's weather and the weekend ahead

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

it's not a great start to the weekend today with sunny spells and scattered showers, some perhaps heavy and locally thundery with hail. 

It'll be breezy during the morning too and feeling a little cooler than of late. 

Here's my full forecast:

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

  • People needing round the clock care for mental health issues will able to get treatment in York again from Monday at a new centre. It comes a year after Bootham Park hospital controversially closed at short notice
  • Fishing leaders in North Yorkshire debating Brexit say the move to break away from the EU can revive the industry nationally, but it's unlikely to have an effect locally
  • A charity says two areas off the North Yorkshire coast should be protected for wildlife. They're among 48 sites the Wildlife Trusts have identified as possible new marine conservation zones

Traffic and Travel latest

BBC Travel

The roads across the county are trouble-free at the moment, just some temporary traffic lights to make you aware of on the A166 at The Lane in Gate Helmsley.    

Gate Helsmley

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.

I often like to start with a brilliant BBC Weather Watcher picture and this morning, when I looked in the inbox, I saw that a simultaneous meteorological marvel appears to have occurred all over North Yorkshire.

There are numerous magical pics of rainbows from all over the county. We'll start with this one above Skipton - if you look closely there's actually two - and later, for your visual delight and delectation, I'll pull a load of them together.  


Thanks to Yorkshire Pudding for kicking us off with such an interesting pic, you can send yours in via TwitterFacebook or email.