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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 13 October 2016
  3. Train passengers applaud York woman who stood up to abusive passenger
  4. Online petition calls for Minster's volunteer bell ringers to be reinstated
  5. Yorkshire celebrates cycle Road World Championships bid win

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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 Friday.    

Meanwhile, here are five things we've learned over the course of the past few hours:

  1. Yorkshire is basking in the glow of its success in winning the bid to host yet another major cycling event - the Road World Championships
  2. Over 1,000 people have now signed an online petition to re-instate the volunteer bell ringers at York Minster
  3. A woman from York who was applauded by train passengers after she stood up to an abusive passenger has explained why she did it
  4. People in North Yorkshire are being urged to take part in a new survey explaining what would make them feel safer
  5. And let's finish today by finding out whether BBC Radio York's Jeremy Buxton managed to complete York's new "Selfie Trail" - after all, we've been following his progress all day - so did he make it to the final destination? 

Of course he did, he's a super sleuth. Here he is on the left at point number nine, York's Flower Market, and at his final stop, York Minster and the statue of Constantine the Great. 

Congratulations Agent Buxton, come on home...

Traffic and Travel: Advance warning over Old Malton road closure

BBC Travel

Something for you to be aware of in the Old Malton area over the next few evenings.

The A169 will be closed in both directions due to resurfacing work taking place between the A64/B1257 Town Street and Edenhouse Road.

It'll be closed between 19:00 and 06:30 each night up to 15 October.


Watch: Why is the weather so unsettled?

You'll be asking yourself why the weather's so rubbish at the minute.

Well, it's all down to low pressure, as Owain explains...

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Listen: Struggling GP surgeries are 'sinking ships'

BBC Radio York

One of the region's NHS chiefs has suggested that some GP surgeries will be allowed to fail and close.

In a leaked document seen by the BBC, Paul Twomey, medical director of the NHS England North Yorkshire and Humber area team, says "vulnerable practices must either transform and deliver a quality service or be allowed to fail and wither". 

NHS England has denied this is the case, but Yorkshire GP Doctor Paul Wilding has told BBC Radio York that some surgeries are "sinking ships":

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy afternoon with thundery showers

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a rather cloudy and showery afternoon, some of the showers heavy with the risk of thunder

The top temperature will be about 12C (54F) with a moderate easterly wind.  

Weather graphic

A bit of a Shambles?: One man's York 'selfie trail' almost complete

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

More proof now that Jeremy Buxton, BBC Radio York's intrepid reporter who's on a mission to complete Make it York's new "Selfie Trail", can successfully get himself to some of York's most famous visitor spots.

He's following the new trail, described as 10 locations the tourist body says make up York's most iconic landmarks, and we're following his progress.

Here he is at his seventh location, wearing Clifford's Tower as a crown, and at hotspot number eight, York's Shambles, with builder Kyle as a witness.

Clifford's Tower and The Shambles

Your headlines this lunchtime

BBC Radio York

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

On the right track on York's 'selfie mission'

Our intrepid reporter's made it to location five and six then...

These happy pics show BBC Radio York's Jeremy Buxton successfully navigating his way around York's new "Selfie Trail" set up by tourism organisation, Make it York.

They've come up with 10 locations they say are the city's "most iconic photo spots".

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We've been following Jeremy's progress and here he is at York Railway Station (spot number five) and with Ed, another member of the public he managed to convince to witness his success, at location six, Ouse Bridge.

The thing I'm begining to notice about the "selfie" medium is it doesn't actually allow you to see much of the location. Perhaps that's why people have begun using selfie sticks...

Listen: Harrogate to race into the history books with pedal power?

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

More on the news that the cycling Road World Championships are to be held in Yorkshire in three years' time.

The race will take place over nine days and will involve thousands of riders from 75 nations, watched by television audiences in more than 160 countries. 

The routes haven't been announced yet, but fingers are crossed that North Yorkshire will feature heavily, since both Harrogate and York were locations with the Tour de France which visited two years ago.

Mike Newby, from Visit Harrogate, says: "It's a fairly poorly-kept secret that Harrogate has a distinct interest in playing a not insignificant role in the race."

'Allow Minster bell ringers to ring': Online petition calls for volunteers' reinstatement

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

An online petition has been set up to reinstate the volunteer bell ringers at York Minster who have been told they are no longer needed and that a new team is to be appointed.

A letter sent to the 30 volunteer bell ringers, which has been seen by BBC Radio York, says: "All current bell ringing activity will cease at the Minster" so the recruitment process can begin.

The current volunteers are "welcome to express interest" in joining the new team, the letter adds.

York Minster

But a petition has been launched calling on the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, to "allow the York Minster bell ringers to ring out again on Remembrance Sunday, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve".  

So far, over 600 people have signed the petition set up by Alice Etherington, one of the Minster's volunteer bell ringers.

'Be safe, feel safe': Have your say on policing in North Yorkshire

People in North Yorkshire are being urged to take part in a new survey explaining what would make them feel safer.

Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan is calling on people to have their say on what they and their communities need to "be safe and feel safe".

The views of the public will be fed back into North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Plan, to direct police resources over the next three years.

Julia Mulligan
North Yorkshire Police

Julia Mulligan says: "The plan sets the future direction for the way communities are protected and kept safe, including by the police, and so this is a chance for you to influence the services you receive."  

I want as many people as possible to fill out the survey. Tell me what is important to you and what it takes for you to be safe and feel safe in North Yorkshire."

Julia MulliganNorth Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Climbing the walls on York's 'selfie mission'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

BBC Radio York's Jeremy Buxton is on a mission today to complete each step of the new tourist "selfie trail" thought up by tourism organisation, Make it York.

They've come up with 10 locations they say are the city's "most iconic photo spots".

We've been following Jeremy's progress. 

He reached spots one and two earlier: the art gallery and St Mary's Abbey.

And judging by these pics he's managed step three and four, the city walls and the National Railway Museum.

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Amazing pictures show ancient York church as you've never seen it before


These stunning pictures show the medieval church of St Margaret's in a whole new light.

And you can see them as part of a unique fly-through event at the Walmgate church, home to the National Centre for Early Music.


Listen: 'As big as the Tour de France': Yorkshire's cycling Road World Championship

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Yorkshire is basking in the glow this morning of its success in winning the bid to host yet another major cycling event. 

The Road World Championships will be held here in 2019 after we beat the likes of Germany, Italy, Columbia and Canada.

No one is happier about the result than Sir Gary Verity from Welcome to Yorkshire. He was in charge of the winning bid and says the race will be "as big as the Tour de France":

'Selfie' mission takes radio's Jeremy Buxton on tour of York's landmarks

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Ten locations in York described as the city's "most iconic photo spots" have been selected by tourism organisation Make it York for their new selfie trail.

BBC Radio York's Jeremy Buxton has always had thinly-disguised aspirations to be a secret agent and so today Agent Buxton's been given the challenge of taking a picture of himself at every location on York's first ever "Selfie Trail".

Looks like his mission is going to plan so far. Here he is at location number one, York's Art Gallery, with Geoff Hutchinson the Facilities Manager at the Gallery, roped in for proof

Art gallery

And he seems to have successfully managed to rush the 100 metres around the corner into York's Museum Gardens for location two, to snap himself at the ruins of St Mary's Abbey.

St Mary's Abbey

He's made it to the first two spots then and looks very happy to have done so!

We'll keep tabs on his progress throughout the day.

Listen: Train passengers applaud York woman who stood up to abusive passenger

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

If you saw someone being verbally abused, would you do something about it, or just sit back and watch? Put it another way, how would you feel if someone was having a go at you and no-one stepped in to help you?

I've been speaking to Maxie Wade from York who was given a round of applause from passengers on the train she was travelling on from Leeds to York after she stepped in when she heard a man verbally abusing other people. 

Maxie told me what happened - including the fact her partner slept through the whole incident.

We've been in touch with train operator TransPennine Express about this incident.

They say they "do not tolerate racist or abusive behaviour" and all TransPennine Express staff are trained accordingly and work in partnership with British Transport Police to enforce this.

A full investigation into the incident is currently taking place, the firm adds.

West Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and heavy rain

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see some sunny spells across West Yorkshire today, but equally plenty of heavy showers

Blustery easterly winds making it feel quite unsettled at times, and those winds also taking the edge off today's top temperatures.

Watch my full forecast here:

'I've seen the ambition in the lads' eyes' - Gillespie on Yorkshire

BBC Sport

Yorkshire's outgoing first team coach Jason Gillespie believes the team will become even stronger next season.

Jason Gillespie
Getty Images

He's returned home to Australia after five years at Yorkshire, where he guided the county to two championship titles. 

But after missing out on the main prize this year, Gillespie has backed the squad to get stronger without him in 2017.

"I've seen the ambition in the lads' eyes and the way they talk. The club's in a fantastic place to continue to build on what they've done over the last couple of years," says Gillespie.

Traffic and travel: Delays on York Outer Ring Road

BBC Travel

A couple of North Yorkshire traffic hotspots to report:

  • There's slow traffic on the A1237 York Outer Ring Road northbound in Askham Bryan between the Askham Lane junction and the B1224 junction
  • And there are also delays elsewhere on the A1237 Outer Ring Road - in both directions in York between Rawcliffe and Poppleton

Yorkshire chosen to host cycling Road World Championships

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Yorkshire is celebrating today after winning the bid to host cycling's Road World Championships in 2019.

The county hosted the opening stage of the Tour de France in 2014 and has since held two editions of a three-day stage race, the Tour of Yorkshire.  

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Harrogate and York were key parts of the Tour de France Grand Depart two years ago, but so far no routes for the 2019 have been announced.  

Carl Les, leader of North Yorkshire County Council, says the success of the Tour in 2014 shows "just how huge cycling has become in North Yorkshire".

We were amazed at how the public took to the Tour de France, not just the visitors but residents too."

Carl LesLeader, North Yorkshire County Council

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this morning include:    

  • Yorkshire is celebrating after winning the bid to host yet another major cycling event, with the Road World Championships due to be held here in 2019
  • A North Yorkshire health chief has suggested some GP surgeries will be allowed to fail and close - a claim denied by NHS England
  • Harrogate's John Parry tees off in the first round of the British Masters at The Grove in Hertfordshire later

North Yorkshire's Weather: You probably need to take a brolly...

BBC Weather

We're in for a mostly cloudy day with frequent showers.

The rain will be occasionally heavy and gusty as it blows through.

Easterly winds will be strong near coasts, making it feel cold in exposed locations. 


Traffic and Travel: Roads and rail running smoothly

BBC Travel

It's all looking good on the roads so far this morning across North Yorkshire.

The trains in and out of York Railway Station are running to time too so far. 

Here's the departure board so you can keep a check on them.

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 thought we'd start today with a BBC Weather Watcher pic which continues our rainbow theme from yesterday and shows off the beautiful North Yorkshire landscape the cyclists in the Road World Championships will experience in 2019 - more on that to come.  

BBC weathe

Thanks to Weaver Pete for his beautifully captured moment of tranquillity in Draughton. 

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