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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 27 October 2016
  3. Big rise in number of ex-prisoners under supervision in North Yorkshire
  4. Widow's call for tougher sentences for drink and drug drivers
  5. Scarborough man admits attempting to break in to Wayne Rooney's home
  6. Yorkshire to play major role in Rugby League World Cup 2021

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By Jim Addyman

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire

    Jim Addyman

    BBC Local Live, York

    That's the end of our live service for today. I'll be back from 07:00 on Friday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county. 

    In the meantime, here are five things we've learnt today about our county...

    1. A North Yorkshire widow is taking a 100,000-signature petition to Downing Street today, calling for tougher sentences for drivers who kill people after drinking or taking drugs

     2. Want to know which part of Yorkshire's coastline is the best? Scientifically speaking, it's Robin Hood's Bay

    3. A family from York got some famous help on their demonstration outside Parliament yesterday

    4. North Yorkshire's Deputy Chief Constable has defended his force following a disciplinary hearing into the failings of one of his officers which led to the collapse of a rape case

    5. It's looking like the end of the road for a Thirsk hospital closed since September 2015

    I'll leave you with lovely shot of sunset at Hunmanby Gap earlier this week which was sent in by Kim Sandford:

    Hunmanby Gap
  2. Eleanor doesn't take her music for granted

    Jim Addyman

    BBC Local Live, York

    Eight-year-old Eleanor Thompson, from Selby, was diagnosed with hearing loss as a baby after she was born at 28 weeks weighing only 1lb 4oz.

    However that hasn't stopped her developing her passion for music - so much so she's just won the Under 19s MED-EL UK Music Grant, winning a guitar, music lessons and sheet music.

    Eleanor Thompson

    Eleanor was given cochlear implants at the age of three and struggles with concentration, but has always found music engaging

    A ukelele-lover who attends music sessions for the deaf through York charity Lollipop, she was chosen over entrants from across the country.    

  3. Big rise in number of ex-prisoners under supervision in North Yorkshire

    North Yorkshire has seen one of the biggest increases in the country for registered offenders over the past seven years, new figures show.

    Figures released in a report by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show there are currently 71,905 people under supervision in England and Wales. 

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    In North Yorkshire there are currently 893 offenders being monitored, up from 570 in 2010-11 - that's a rise of about 50%.

    The figures relate to offenders managed under a system called Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements.

    The system is designed to assess and manage the risk posed by the most serious sexual and violent offenders, and reduce the chances of them re-offending.  

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A64 North Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC Travel

    A64 North Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between North Lane and Barr Lane affecting A1237 York Outer Ring Road.

    A64 North Yorkshire - A64 in Murton blocked and queuing traffic eastbound between the North Lane junction and the Barr Lane junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Hopgrove Roundabout and to the Whinny Lane junction.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  5. Scarborough man admits attempting to break in to Wayne Rooney's home

    A Scarborough man has admitted attempting to break in to Wayne Rooney's home while he was playing in his testimonial match at Old Trafford.

    Wayne Rooney

    Ex-serviceman Robert McNamara, 24, pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court to attempting to enter as a trespasser with intent to steal.

    The alarm at the footballer's £6m property in Prestbury, Cheshire, was reportedly triggered on 3 August.

    McNamara will be sentenced on 21 December.

  6. Boy, four, strangled by his coat as he played with his brothers at family home

    The Daily Mail

    A four-year-old boy died in a "freak accident" after his coat hood became caught on a door handle, his devastated family has revealed.

    He was playing outside with his four brothers when his hood snagged on the front door of their home in Scarborough last Friday.

  7. North Yorkshire's weather: A dry but cloudy afternoon

    This afternoon will be mostly dry but generally cloudy.

    A little drizzle possible over the Pennines.

    The top temperature will be about 14C (57F) with a fresh southwest wind.  

    Weather graphic
  8. Your headlines this lunchtime

    BBC Radio York

    The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

  9. Wendy: A dementia sufferer's struggle

    Jonathan Cowap

    Presenter, BBC Radio York

    York woman Wendy Mitchell is a former NHS worker who has early onset dementia and her life had been made easier by getting her Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

    The payment is supposed to provide money to give people with various disabilities the capacity to retain their independence.

    However, at a recent assessment she was deemed to have made progress and the payment was withdrawn.

    Wendy is appealing against the decision which she says is unfair: 

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    Video caption: Alzheimers sufferer Wendy Mitchell talks about losing her PIP
  10. Great British Menu: North Yorkshire's Tommy fishes for compliments

    Georgey Spanswick

    Presenter, BBC Radio York

    On the Radio York Breakfast Show we've been following the progress of Michelin-starred Chef Tommy Banks from the Black Swan in Oldstead. 

    He's the youngest chef in BBC TV's Great British Menu competition, and this week he's competing in the finals.

    Tommy finds out tonight whether or not he'll be cooking at a very special banquet at the Palace of Westminster to celebrate everyday Great Britons.

    Things are looking good for him. On Tuesday, he made a great fish dish which wowed judges Prue Leith, Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort:

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    Video caption: The North Yorkshire chef is through to the finals of the Great British Menu
  11. Whitby Abbey gets all lit up for Halloween

    Here are some spectacular shots of Whitby Abbey which is currently proving an illuminating experience at night as it's lit up in fantastic fashion to mark Halloween.

    The inspiration for Bram Stoker's legendary novel Dracula, the ruined abbey takes on more than a little Gothic grandeur as the darkness descends...

    Whitby Abbey lights
    Whitby Abbey lights
    Whitby Abbey lights
  12. Drink driver: "I should have got higher sentence"

    Georgey Spanswick

    Presenter, BBC Radio York

    Settle widow Lorraine Allaway is taking a 100,000 signature petition to Downing Street today - calling for tougher sentences for drivers who kill people after drinking or taking drugs. 

    She started the petition after her husband, Bob, was killed by a drink driver, who received a sentence of just under five years, which Lorraine believes isn't long enough.

    I spoke to Marc Luttman who, four years ago, killed his best friend Ian after stealing his father's car. They'd both been out drinking. He was later jailed for one year and eight months.

    Marc, who now works spends time teaching young people about the potential dangers of driving, told me he expected a longer sentence:

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    Video caption: A man who served time for drink driving admits he thinks the sentence was lenient
  13. Senior policeman defends force after disciplinary hearing

    The Press

    North Yorkshire's Deputy Chief Constable, Tim Madgwick (pictured), has defended a detective whose failings led to a rape case collapsing.

    Tim Madgwick

    Det Con Nick Lane received the backing at the end of a seven-day hearing into his discreditable conduct, following which Det Con Lane was allowed to keep his job.

  14. Robin Hood's Bay is a shore thing

    Jim Addyman

    BBC Local Live, York

    Robin Hood's Bay has been scientifically proven to be Yorkshire's top coastline. 

    A formula devised by psychologist Doctor David Holmes took into account things like sea colour, sand quality, and cleanliness.

    Dubai tops the worldwide list, just ahead of Blackpool.

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    Video caption: A scientific equation determines that Robin Hood's Bay is the best shoreline in Yorkshire.
  15. Permanent closure for Thirsk hospital?

    Nathan Turvey

    BBC Radio York News

    A special meeting is due to be held later over plans for the permanent closure of a North Yorkshire hospital.

    Lambert Memorial Community Hospital in Thirsk

    A decision is due on the future of Lambert Memorial Community Hospital in Thirsk, which has been closed for the past year.  

    The Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group is expected to discuss the facility's future at an open public meeting today at Northallerton Civic Centre.

    The hospital, which was shut in September 2015, because of staff shortages, mainly deals with terminally ill patients, but also offers rehabilitation. 

  16. White and red rose counties set to be focus for Rugby League World Cup 2021

    More on the news that Yorkshire's set to play a big role in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup after it was announced that England has won its bid to host the prestigious competition.

    Rugby League World Cup

    England was selected ahead of a rival bid from the United States and Canada and it will be the biggest edition since 2000, with 16 teams and 31 matches.

    A mixture of 12 rugby league and other sporting venues are in line to host matches at the 2021 event, with the majority of games set to be played in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

    Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch, said: "The tournament will be a fantastic festival of rugby, enjoyed by a million spectators, and bringing economic benefits to host towns and cities."