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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates on Tuesday 11 October 2016
  3. Clown craze sparks arrests warning by North Yorkshire Police
  4. 'Sexting' among children growing at 'colossal rate' - Police
  5. UKIP begins inquiry into Woolfe incident
  6. CCTV appeal over attack on man in York city centre

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By David Ward

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Five things we've learnt today in North Yorkshire

David Ward

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 tomorrow.

Meanwhile, let's look back at five things we didn't know when we got out of bed this morning:

  1. There has been a "colossal" increase in the number of children sexting in the county, according to North Yorkshire Police
  2. There have been at least eight reports in the last day of "clown incidents" across the county as the craze takes hold in North Yorkshire
  3. A York mum has joined calls for MPs to make a lifesaving drug for children with a rare-genetic condition available on the NHS
  4. Scarborough and Ryedale could become the second part of North Yorkshire after Harrogate to make people wait for non-urgent operations if they are obese or smoke
  5. A swimmer from York has started to swim the English Channel to raise money in honour of a friend who died from breast cancer

This is the part of the day when I normally leave you with a lovely picture of part of North Yorkshire.

However, the weather has been so dull today that I think we should finish with this pic of a lonely, wet sheep in Pateley Bridge sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Bobbie. It, too, doesn't look too impressed with conditions out there...


Watch: North Yorkshire chef cooks up a storm

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Well I've managed to do it again. Yesterday, I was in Boroughbridge for BBC Radio York surrounded by chocolates. Today I was also sent out to talk about food.

I've been to see the youngest Michelin-starred chef in Britain, Tommy Banks. 

He's based in Olstead, near Ampleforth, and this week he's competing with some of the best on BBC2's Great British Menu

Last night, viewers saw him cook his starter and tonight it's time for him to prepare his main course:

Police appeal over assault in York

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Police in York have issued an appeal this morning over an incident in the city centre on Friday:

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York man takes on epic Channel challenge for charity

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

While most of us are hoping to stay warm and dry on this rather chilly day, spare a thought for a man from York who's swimming the English Channel. 

Chris Bond has had to wait for the conditions and tides to be right before diving into the freezing cold water. 

He's raising money for Breast Cancer Now in memory of a friend who died from the illness. 

Only 1,600 people have successfully managed to swim the 21 miles solo.

Whatever the weather, I can guarantee conditions are going to be very different from what he's used to back at his training base (pictured) in Austria.

Stadionbad outdoor Olympic pool, Vienna

North Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with threat of rain

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a cloudy afternoon with some showers tracking west from the North Sea, turning more persistent at times

Feeling cool in the easterly breeze with highs of about 13C (55F). 

Weather graphic

CCTV appeal over attack on man in York city centre

CCTV images have been issued by North Yorkshire Police of four people they want to speak to after a man was attacked in the centre of York in August

CCTV images
North Yorkshire Police

The assault took place on Station Road in York at about 22:30 on Wednesday 3 August when the victim was punched and kicked, leaving him with a broken wrist and cuts.

Police want to speak to all four people shown in the CCTV images who boarded a TransPennine train at York Railway Station at about 22:40 and got off the train at Scarborough.

Listen: Charity backs York mum's calls for access to lifesaving drug for children

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Earlier, we told you about York mum Philippa whose son has a rare genetic condition called Tuberous Sclerosis.

Her son, Thomas, who's five, has multiple tubers on his brain meaning he can't talk and has epilepsy.

Philippa is drumming up support for a petition calling on the NHS to fund Everolimus, a drug which would save children's lives.

NHS England says it won't fund the drug for the moment, so today some families, together with the Tuberous Sclerosis Association, are meeting MPs at Westminster to discuss the situation.

The charity's chairman is Martin Short:

Your headlines this lunchtime

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Ooooh, aaaaah...but please be sensible!

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

It's still some weeks away...but thoughts are already turning to 5 November.

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Ground control to Major Tim: Brit astronaut drops in on York

British astronaut Tim Peake will visit York next month to take part in an event celebrating his time on the International Space Station (ISS)

Tim Peake on spacewalk

Major Tim spent six months living and working on-board the ISS after launching from Baikonur in Kazakhstan in December last year.

He's due to give a free public talk at the University of York on the evening of 5 November.

Prof Brian Fulton, York University's Dean of Faculty for Sciences, says: "We're thrilled to welcome Tim to York. 

"His mission to the ISS has inspired children and adults alike and we're delighted the public will be able to join us to hear first-hand about his experiences."

Arrests warning after clown craze reports

Police have warned anyone dressing up as a clown to scare people they may face arrest after a spate of incidents across North Yorkshire.

On Monday night police received at least eight reports of people in clown costumes attempting to shock unsuspecting residents.

The reports included:

York Near Westfield Primary School - two youths with masks and one carrying a baseball bat frightened two 11-year-old boys.

Whitley Bridge, Selby

Youths dressed as clowns, one carrying what appeared to be a knife, were chasing a group of girls and shouting after them.

Seamer Cricket Field, Scarborough 

Boy chased by two older boys dressed as clowns.


Member of the public reported clown at their door, singing. 


Clown banging on the window of pizza restaurant on the High Street. 

In another incident in Northallerton a group of five youths wearing clown masks were seen jumping out at cars on Malpas Road. 

Police stopped the youths and they handed over their masks for destruction.

The reports come after other incidents across the UK over the weekend.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "While some people may think this is funny, it is not for the person on the receiving end.

"It could also constitute a criminal offence if you frighten or threaten other people. 

"The same applies regardless of what kind of mask you are wearing, if you set out to frighten or alarm people, you could be committing an offence."

Listen: 'It completely ruined my friend' - North Yorks teens' view on sexting

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Lets get more on the news that more young people than ever before are sexting.

Remember this is where children or teenagers send indecent selfie photos to friends using their electronic device.

North Yorkshire Police have told BBC Radio York that a quarter of these images available online have actually been taken by children themselves.

These young people have been telling us about their experiences. 

Listen: York mum calls on NHS to fund lifesaving drug for children

Mike Kemp

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Hundreds of people in North Yorkshire are calling on the NHS to fund a drug which would save children's lives. 

Philippa Ward's five-year-old son Thomas has a form of the rare genetic condition known as Tuberous Sclerosis Complex which means he has epilepsy and can't talk.

But NHS England says it won't, for now, fund Everolimus, a drug which would help about 20 youngsters a year who have the more serious inoperable brain tumours linked to the disease. 

More than 16,500 people have so-far signed an e-petition to try and get the NHS to reconsider its position, and later today the issue is due to be raised at Westminster.

I've been to York to meet Philippa and Thomas to find out more:

Listen: Doctors to delay operations if you smoke or are obese?

Mike Kemp

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Doctors in Scarborough and Ryedale are due to meet later to decide if they want to delay for up to six months non-urgent operations for smokers or people who are obese.

Those affected would be offered the chance to attend a weight management or stop-smoking programme.

Other areas of North Yorkshire are already going ahead with similar measures.

I've been looking into this for BBC Radio York:

Traffic and travel: Delays in North Rigton after accident

BBC Travel

The A658 Harrogate Road in North Rigton is currently partially blocked in both directions near the Hall Green Lane junction.

It's due to an accident involving three vehicles and a fuel spillage. Police are directing the traffic.  

Teenage girl seriously hurt in hit-and-run

A 17-year-old girl was left seriously injured when she was hit by a car whose driver then failed to stop, North Yorkshire Police have revealed.

The teenager suffered a sprained ankle and fractured pelvis as a result of the collision, which happened near the shops on Moorcroft Road, York, at about 16:00 on Tuesday 4 October.

Police are appealing to anyone who was in the area and saw the red car involved in the collision before hitting the girl, or anyone who witnessed the actual collision, to contact them.

They're also appealing to the driver to come forward, and to anyone else who may have information that could help to identify the driver, to contact the police.

UKIP begins inquiry into Woolfe incident

BBC Politics

An inquiry into an altercation between two UKIP MEPs that landed one of them in hospital is due to get under way today.

Mike Hookem and Steven Woolfe

Steven Woolfe was treated in Strasbourg after he collapsed following the quarrel with colleague Yorkshire and Humber MEP Mike Hookem at a meeting of UKIP MEPs on Thursday.

UKIP chair Paul Oakden will interview both men and other MEPs and then report to interim leader Nigel Farage.

Mr Farage said he was "not impressed" by the incident but would not get involved "in the blame game".

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy and showery day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy day with some showers tracking west from the North Sea.

They'll turn more persistent at times this afternoon. 

Watch my full forecast here:

Henry Brooke 'on the mend' after coming out of induced coma

BBC Sport

North Yorkshire jump jockey Henry Brooke says he's "on the mend" after he was brought out of an induced coma following a fall at Hexham racecourse at the weekend.

Henry Brooke
Rex Features

Brooke, 25, is believed to have broken his collarbone and suffered a suspected collapsed lung when riding Old Storm in a novices' handicap chase on Saturday.

Racing was delayed for almost two hours as medical staff treated Brooke after his mount's fall.

"Hope not to be out for too long. Thank you so much for everyone's support and well wishes!" he's posted on social media.

Traffic and travel: Delays on A19 at Escrick

BBC Travel

Slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic's currently being reported on the A19 northbound in Escrick between the Skipwith Road junction and the Wheldrake Lane junction. 

Listen: Sexting among children growing 'at colossal rate' - Police

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Some worrying news this morning if you have a young child or teenager with a smartphone.

Sexting among children in North Yorkshire is growing at a "colossal rate", according to a senior North Yorkshire Police officer. 

This is where youngsters send indecent selfie photos to friends using some form of electronic device. 

Det Ch Insp Matt Walker has told me a quarter of indecent images of children available online or on mobiles are taken by children and teenagers themselves.

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this morning include:

  • "Sexting" among children in North Yorkshire - sending indecent selfie photos to friends using a smartphone - is growing at a "colossal rate", according to police
  • Doctors in Scarborough and Ryedale could today agree to delay operations for smokers or people who are obese
  • A York mum whose son has a rare genetic condition is drumming up support for a petition calling on the NHS to fund a vital drug which would save children's lives 

North Yorkshire's weather: Cool with a chance of rain later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start, cloud will spread west off the North Sea bringing some showery rain at times

It's also going to feel cool in the easterly breeze with highs of about 13C (55F). 

It's a similar outlook for tomorrow too.


Traffic and Travel: No major problems in North Yorkshire so far

BBC Travel

We bring you good news this Tuesday morning if you're about to leave the house and make your way to work in North Yorkshire: you shouldn't find any significant delays to your journey.

Just one thing to make you aware of, and that's reports of debris on the northbound carriageway of the A168 between junction 47 at the A59 and junction 48 at Boroughbridge. That's the stretch of road that runs parallel to the A1.


Good news, too, if the train is your preferred method of transport, with no major delays showing on the departure board at York Railway Station except for the 07:19 to Blackpool which has unfortunately been cancelled.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

David Ward

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.

Today we're going to be hearing about the growth of "sexting" among children - that's the term used to describe indecent selfies which children send to friends from their phone...More on that to come in a short while.

We'd also love you to send in your spectacular pictures of North Yorkshire as you're out and about today.

Rainbow over Grassington

This one, a glorious rainbow over Grassington last night, was sent into us by Rambling Rose, one of our BBC Weather Watchers. You can get in touch via TwitterFacebook or email