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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Monday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 7 October 2016
  3. Surgery delays plan for obese patients and smokers in Harrogate
  4. Yorkshire UKIP MEP Mike Hookem denies assaulting Steven Woolfe
  5. Thieves use digger to rip ATM from wall of Norton Asda
  6. Councillor 'suspends' hunger strike over safeguarding issues

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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 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've learned today:  

  1. People in Harrogate are to be denied operations for up to six months if they are obese or smoke.
  2. Thieves have used a digger to rip an  ATM from the wall of an Asda in Norton
  3. Pig Snout and Bloody Ploughman are being plucked from trees in Pickering this weekend
  4. Grown-up little boys - and girls - are wanted to drive trains through York
  5. And a 7,000-year-old tooth, belonging to a dog from York has been found at Stonehenge

As we've had the joint pictorial themes lately of glorious sunsets and signs of autumn, I'll leave you with one of each: 

Weather watcher pictures

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Misha for the sunset over Selby and to Gary Gimmick, for his fallen conkers and autumn colours in York's Clarence Gardens.

Have a good weekend - see you Monday.

York dog's tooth from 7,000 years ago discovered near Stonehenge

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A tooth unearthed near Stonehenge shows dogs were man's best friend even in prehistoric times, it's been claimed.

The tooth, dug up at Blick Mead in Wiltshire, is believed to be evidence of the earliest journey in British history.

And it's thought to be from a pet Alsatian-type dog which travelled 250 miles from York with its owner.

Dog tooth

Archaeologist David Jacques said it was significant, as it was not known people travelled so far 7,000 years ago.

The shape and size show the tooth was from a domestic dog, he said.

It also suggests people were visiting Stonehenge 2,000 years before the monument was built.

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It was probably born in York and walked 250 miles to the Stonehenge area. You wouldn't get a wolf travelling 250 miles, you're much more likely to get a dog doing that because it's travelling with its people."

David JacquesResearch Fellow, University of Buckingham

Councillor 'suspends' hunger strike over safeguarding issues

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A North Yorkshire councillor calling for improvements to safeguarding for vulnerable people has suspended his hunger strike after five days.  

Liberal councillor John Clark was protesting against the alleged mistreatment of a 90-year-old woman in a care home in North Yorkshire.

John Clark

Mr Clark claims there's been a "persistent failure" on the part of the relevant authorities to protect the woman.

In a statement, North Yorkshire County Council says it takes all safeguarding issues involving vulnerable people "extremely seriously" and is carrying out investigations.    

The home involved has voluntary suspended admitting new residents while investigations are carried out, the council adds.

A meeting has now been held to consider the case and an action plan drawn up. 

As a result Mr Clark has suspended his hunger strike, but says if the situation doesn't improve quickly he will restart his campaign.

Despite being tough going with no food and sleeping in a tent for four nights, it's been worth it."

John ClarkLiberal Councillor

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy and showery afternoon

Alina Jenkins

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a cloudy afternoon with some showers or patchy rain at times

Feeling cool with highs between 14C (57F) and 16C (60F).

Weather graphic

Severe congestion: A169 North Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

A169 North Yorkshire southbound severe congestion, between Marishes Low Road and A64.

A169 North Yorkshire - Queuing traffic and heavier than usual traffic on A169 southbound in Low Marishes between the Marishes Low Road junction and the A64 junction.

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Your headlines this lunchtime

BBC Radio York

The headlines from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Thieves use digger to rip ATM from wall of Norton Asda

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Thieves have used a stolen digger to steal a cash machine at an Asda supermarket in Norton in the early hours of this morning.

Police say they used a JCB stolen from Scrayingham on Thursday to remove the cash machine. 

The vehicle was later found abandoned in the middle of the road with the engine still running. 

Asda Norton
Picture: Gazette & Herald –

The cash machine has since been found in Malton.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incident and have also issued an appeal to help piece together the movements of the JCB. 

Anyone who saw the digger in the area, or who saw one "in unusual circumstances", is asked to contact the police urgently.

Yorkshire and Humber UKIP MEP denies assaulting Steven Woolfe

BBC Politics

The Yorkshire and Humber UKIP MEP Mike Hookem says a "heated exchange" between him and colleague Steven Woolfe has been "blown out of proportion".

Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem

Mr Woolfe (left) collapsed yesterday at the European Parliament and was taken to hospital following an altercation.

Mr Hookem (right) acknowledged he and his colleague had a "scuffle" in the European Parliament but insisted that he did not hit him.  

"Any injuries that Steven Woolfe had that caused whatever medical problems he has got did not come from me," Mr Hookem has told the BBC.

"I am innocent. I never threw a punch. I never assaulted him. I will stand my corner."

Mr Woolfe will be kept in hospital for a further 48 hours.

Rain or shine for this weekend's York Marathon?

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

If you're taking part in the York Marathon on Sunday, or if you're on the sidelines cheering runners on, you'll need to know what to expect from the weather.

Here's my York Marathon forecast:

Grown-up little boys - and girls - wanted to drive trains through York

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Once upon a time it was every little boy's dream to become a train driver when they grew up - especially if, like me, they watched Casey Jones "steamin' and a-rollin'" on the telly.

Trains were seen as exciting, fun and glamorous.

Steam train

I'm not sure, since the demise of steam trains, whether little boys - or girls - still dream of riding the rails, but if you do now's your chance. 

Virgin is launching a recruitment campaign for drivers on the East Coast Main Line which runs through York. 

The train operator says it wants to hear from people who've not previously considered becoming a train driver, with training taking a year, and including classroom-based and on-the-job learning.  

The firm says it needs 78 new drivers to operate a new 65-strong fleet of trains due to launch in 2018. 

Virgin says it's the biggest single recruitment programme for drivers since the 1980s.

Jester, Pig Snout and Bloody Ploughman - all part of nature's autumn feast

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Autumn is the time of the apple harvest - in fact, lovely little fact here, the word harvest comes from the Anglo-Saxon word haerfest meaning autumn.

And one of the big autumn jobs is apple picking, and there's plenty of it going on in North Yorkshire this weekend.

RV Roger nurseries in Pickering is just one place preparing to pick. They grow dozens of different varieties including the intriguingly named Jester, Pig Snout, Bloody Ploughman and Cat's Head.

I've been allowed into their tasting tent, where I was keen to find out why we see so few varieties in the supermarket when our orchards provide dozens:

'October, the best month to see the Milky Way'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

As the nights continue to get darker earlier, there's more time and there are more chances to see something special in the sky.

Here's Astronomer Richard Darn, with three fantastic tips delivered in under 40 seconds, on what to look out for this month.

These include shooting stars, a "steam of light" know as the Milky way and even the Northern Lights.

Teenage girl rescued from roof of electricity sub-station

BBC Radio York

A 15-year-old girl's had to be rescued from the roof of an electricity sub-station in York.

She'd climbed onto the building's roof last night to retrieve a mobile phone. 

Firefighters had to use an extended ladder to rescue her during the incident in Ashton Lane, Acomb.

North Yorkshire MP's night at the Palace

BBC Radio York

One of North Yorkshire's MPs is preparing to be held hostage - but don't worry, it's a traditional role as part of a new job he's taken on.

Skipton and Ripon Conservative MP Julian Smith is becoming the Vice-Chamberlain, which means he's now a key link between politicians and royalty. 

When the State Opening of Parliament takes place, he has to stay at Buckingham Palace in case MPs decide to keep hold of The Queen - somewhat unlikely as it may seem.


The royal household role involves keeping the monarch informed of parliamentary activities and conveying messages between the House of Commons and Buckingham Palace 

Mr Smith told BBC Radio York it's a real privilege.

I'm really looking forward to doing the role, particularly the element which involves writing every day to Her Majesty a letter reporting on Parliament."

Julian SmithConservative MP for Skipton and Ripon

A66 eastbound closed due to 'serious accident'

BBC Travel

The A66 in Hartforth is currently closed eastbound between the Gilling West turn-off and Scotch Corner, because of a serious accident involving a lorry and a car.

There is a diversion in place via the A67 with drivers being told to follow the diamond symbol for the A1 Northbound and square symbol for the A1 Southbound.


NHS 'robust decision' on obese patients and smokers in Harrogate

BBC Radio York

More on the news that people in Harrogate are to be denied operations for up to six months if they are obese or smoke.

The move has been agreed by the organisation which runs services across the Harrogate district as part of plans to save more than £8m.  

As part of the plan, smokers and people with a body mass index above 30 will have to attend a weight management programme or stop smoking service for six months.

Person in street

In September, NHS England halted nearby NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) doing the same.

Amanda Bloor, of Harrogate and Rural CCG, says: "The CCG are not saying patients can't have the surgery. 

By introducing a six-month health optimisation period, we are encouraging and supporting patients to undertake a lifestyle change which will provide them with the best possible clinical outcome."

Amanda BloorHarrogate and Rural CCG

Harrogate NHS say "patients undergoing surgery for cancer, the frail and elderly, children under 18 and patients with severe mental health illness, learning disability or significant cognitive impairment, will not be subject to this policy." 

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy and cool day

Alina Jenkins

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy day with some showers or patchy rain at times.

Feeling cool with highs of about 15C (59F).

Watch my full forecast here:

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire westbound

BBC Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J57 for A66 and J56 for B6275 Hang Beck.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A1(M) westbound between J57 A66(M) Darlington and J56, B6275 (Barton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Marathon expectations: Thousands to run 26 miles in York on Sunday

BBC Radio York

Thousands of people are expected to run, jog - and in some cases hobble - past York's historic sites and country lanes as they take part in the York Marathon on Sunday.

The event was set up by Jane Tomlinson's Run For All charity, which the Leeds fundraiser's family launched after she sadly died of cancer in 2007.

The race started in 2013 and is now in its fourth year.


The marathon's 26.2 mile (42km) route travels through York and several villages in North Yorkshire.  

BBC Radio York will have full coverage of the race from 09:00 on Sunday with Julia Lewis. The race itself starts at 09:30.

Large barn fire breaks out in Malton

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

There's a large barn fire in the Malton area, near the village of Menethorpe.

Malton Fire
Steve Emmet

Tthe 20 sq m barn, containing straw and oilseed rape, is "well alight", according to North Yorkshire Fire Service.

But, as it's not near any other buildings, they fire service says it's likely it'll be allowed to burn itself out.

Surgery delays for obese patients and smokers in Harrogate

BBC Radio York

People in part of North Yorkshire who smoke or are obese could face a six-month wait for surgery.

The move has been agreed by the organisation which runs services across the Harrogate district as part of plans to save more than £8m.


This decision comes just a few weeks after similar plans in the Vale of York were put on hold after senior NHS bosses stepped in

In the Harrogate district, smokers and those with a body mass index above 30 will be offered specialist services to get them healthier for six months before they're considered for an operation. 

The Harrogate and Rural District CCG says this will "help protect their finances in future". 

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J50 for A61.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane blocked on A1(M) southbound at J50, A61 (Baldersby), because of a broken down car.

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UKIP probe after MEP Steven Woolfe hurt in 'altercation'

UKIP has launched an inquiry after one of its MEPs was taken to hospital following an altercation with a colleague in the European Parliament.

Steven Woolfe

Steven Woolfe (pictured) collapsed after the incident at a meeting in Strasbourg.

Mr Woolfe, 49 - among the favourites to be the party's next leader - had a precautionary brain scan and is expected to be released later.

UKIP chairman Paul Oakden said there would be a full investigation and "appropriate action" if necessary.

The incident, understood to be between Mr Woolfe and fellow Yorkshire and Humber MEP Mike Hookem, took place during a heated UKIP meeting in the European Parliament.

UKIP did not deny Mr Hookem left the room with Mr Woolfe, although a spokeswoman is reported to have denied that a physical fight took place.

Your headlines this morning

BBC Radio York

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

  • Campaigners in North Yorkshire fear fracking may have moved a significant step closer after yesterday's decision to allow the gas extraction technique to take place in Lancashire
  • The search for missing University of York student Ethan Peters is entering a fifth day
  • A Yorkshire UKIP MEP finds himself at the centre of an investigation this morning after an apparent altercation between Mike Hookem and the man tipped to be the party's next leader Steven Woolfe

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy and cool day ahead

BBC Weather

It's a rather cloudy day across the county, and while one or two showers can't be ruled out, some places should remain dry. 

A few brighter spells are also possible at times though but it will feel cool in the moderate easterly breeze.

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: Filey Road closed

BBC Travel

On the roads, the A165 Filey Road is closed in both directions for resurfacing work between the Osgodby Roundabout and Stonepit Lane.


The rest of the roads across the county seem to be running well at the moment.  

On the rails, the trains in and out of York Railway Station are all currently running to time - you can keep up to date with the departure board here.

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're starting with two wonderful BBC Weather Watcher pics today, simply because, after 10 minutes of trying to decide between what Springtime Lady described as her  "almost unworldly" pic of York and the tropical Whitby shot taken by Dulwich Stevo, I was still staring at the screen.

So double the beauty to begin the day with!

Whitby and York

Pictures from you, single or multiple, are always welcome - you can send them in via TwitterFacebook or email.