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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 07:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 28 October 2016
  3. Clifford's Tower 'toilet block' visitor centre approved
  4. York highlighted in asbestos-related deaths survey
  5. 'Selby needs Yorkshire-wide help to get investment' - former MP
  6. Landmark waterfall and pub up for sale for £1.5m

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By Jim Addyman

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Five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

That's the end of our live service for today. We'll be back from 07:00 on Monday 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. £1.5m can buy you a lot of things - including a waterfall and an adjacent pub

2. The controversial plans for the redevelopment of Clifford's Tower in York have been given the go-ahead by the city council

3. North Yorkshire Police are getting involved in a campaign to reduce suicide rates and improve mental health in North Yorkshire

4. Selby's former MP believes the area needs outside help to bring in the investment it needs

5. Whitby's reputation for the dark and the macabre continues with an unusual arts festival this weekend

I'll leave you with lovely shot of sunset in Wensleydale which was sent in by Kate Empsall of Askrigg. 

Kate Empsall

Getting creative for Halloween in York

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

There are only a couple of days to go until the scariest night of the year - Halloween.

No doubt, there'll be all sorts of ghosties and ghoulies out and about, but are you fully prepared?

Costume ready? Got enough sweets for the trick or treaters? Pumpkin carved? No? Well, luckily for you here's a lesson in how to do it.

I've been down to Brunswick Organic Nursery at Bishopthorpe, near York, where the staff have been showing me the basics:

Could you develop York City's players of the future?

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Are you a capable football coach who can bring on the next generation of footballers?

York City ground

York City Football Club Foundation is currently recruiting coaches - although you will need certain qualifications to be eligible.  

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 9 November.

Appeal over disturbance at York hotel

Police in York are appealing for images and information following a disturbance in the grounds of a city centre pub last weekend.

Judge's Lodging Hotel, York

Officers were called to the Judge’s Lodging Hotel on Lendal at about 13:30 on Saturday 22 October, after reports a group of about 20 people was fighting in the grounds and in the street. 

Detectives are appealing to any customers or members of the public who witnessed the incident, and to anyone who with video footage or still images of the disorder, to contact them.

No reports of anyone being injured during the disturbance have been received, police say.

Whitby embraces the dark side

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Visitors from around the world are arriving in Whitby to attend this weekend's Bram Stoker International Film Festival

The festival - now in it's eighth year - hosts theatre performances, art, films and its (in)famous Vampires Ball.

Originally devised as a means to show off Bram Stoker's undeniable influence on horror cinema and literature, the festival has grown into a celebration of all things dark and macabre.

St Mary's Abbey, Whitby

Whitby, the literary birthplace of Dracula and the venue for a famous annual Goth festival, was the obvious choice to host the event.

Stoker himself visited Whitby in 1890, and it was in the local library that he first came across the name Dracula.

Say farewell to British Summer Time for another year...

Remember to wind your clocks back and make the most of that extra hour this weekend.

The clocks will be going back on Sunday 30 October at 02:00 - so you will probably be fast asleep tucked up in bed when it happens.  

Goobye BST...hello GMT.

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North Yorkshire's weather: Some sunny spells this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see sunny spells this afternoon, remaining dry with lighter winds.

The top temperature will be about 13C (55F).  

Clear spells overnight will allow mist and fog patches to form yet again, especially outside of towns and cities.

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Sean Newton

Wrexham defender Sean Newton joins fellow National League side York City on a loan deal until 4 January.

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Your headlines this lunchtime

BBC Radio York

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

York highlighted in asbestos-related deaths survey

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

York has one of the highest mortality rates linked to asbestos-related illness in the country, new figures have revealed.

Asbestos warning sign
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The city ranks in the top 6% of regions when it comes to deaths from mesothelioma - a cancer that affects the lining on the outer surface of the body's organs.  

The study, conducted on behalf of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, shows that just under seven in every 100,000 people die from the disease in York, compared to the national average of 4.51.

It's thought most of the cases come from York's industrial past including the rail carriageworks.

The mortality rate is expected to peak in 2018 due to the effects of more robust legislation and better safety practices.

Helmsley Walled Garden gets national recognition

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Helmsley Walled Garden is one of the prime tourist spots for those of a horticultural bent, and now it's been nominated for a top award.

Helmsley Walled Garden
Helmsley Walled Garden

The attraction has been nominated in the Britain's Favourite Garden category of the third annual Landlove Magazine Awards

The garden was built in 1758 and was originally designed to provide vegetables, fruit and flowers to the Feversham family at Duncombe Park. 

York 'one of world's most haunted cities'

It must be nearly Halloween as York has been named by the Guardian newspaper as one of the world's most haunted cities.


According to the paper, York's home to a veritable ghostly gang of "colourful spooks".

They including the wraith which used to haunt the Golden Fleece, the not-very-politically-correct Mad Alice and the Grey Lady who was allegedly bricked-up in what's now the Theatre Royal.

"Sit in the dress circle, it is said, and she will tickle your neck. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the stalls," writes the Guardian's Steven Poole.

Clifford's Tower a 'precious place' - English Heritage

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Plans to overhaul one of North Yorkshire's most iconic buildings have been given the go-ahead in York. 

English Heritage's proposals for Clifford's Tower include a controversial new visitor centre and a rooftop cafe.

Despite these concerns, Dr Jeremy Ashbee, from English Heritage, says he thinks the changes are necessary:

Traffic and travel: Delays continue on A1(M) at Selby Fork

BBC Travel

A reminder that the A1(M) southbound remains closed at J42, A63 (Selby fork), with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, and queuing traffic for four miles.

This is due to an earlier accident involving three lorries and a spillage of paint thinner on the road. 

A diversion's in operation - via the exit and entry slips at J42. Travel time through the area is about 25 minutes with congestion to J43, M1 (Hook Moor).  

'Selby needs Yorkshire-wide help to get investment' - former MP

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

This morning on BBC Radio York we've been focusing on Selby - as it's 40 years this weekend since the opening of the Selby Coalfield complex.

We've been looking at the impact its 2004 closure had - and getting a snapshot of how the town's doing now. 

John Grogan is the former Labour MP for Selby and I asked him for his thoughts on the town's prospects:

Fast Show star slows it down for The Moonstone

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

North Yorkshire's rapidly becoming the place to film movies and TV series, with Swallows and Amazons and Victoria both being filmed in the county recently.

The latest is the BBC's upcoming adaptation of Wilkie Collins classic The Moonstone.

It hits our TV screens on Monday and is described as the first ever detective novel, telling the tale of an Indian diamond that gets stolen - and the search for the person responsible. 

BBC Radio York reporter Sarah Urwin was able to grab some time with the cast when the show was being filmed on location near Ripon.

John Thomson, more usually known for comic roles, spoke about his nervousness acting in a period drama:

Making North Yorkshire mental health-friendly

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

A new campaign starts today aimed at bringing down the number of people taking their own lives in York - and making North Yorkshire a mental health-friendly county. 

A conference is taking place at the University of York where people affected by mental health problems are invited and is part of a campaign put together by local councils and police.

Insp Bill Scott is mental health development lead for the North Yorkshire force and says the aim is to build co-operation:

Clifford's Tower overhaul plans approved

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Planners in York have approved plans to overhaul the city's world famous Clifford's Tower.

The plans have proved to be controversial and have attracted criticism and strong objections from some people in the city.

Plans for the new Clifford's Tower visitors centre
English Heritage

The Guildhall planning panel - which is made up local residents - stated they thought a proposed new visitor centre "looks like a public toilet, and will be used as one". 

City of York Council's planning committee last night voted in favour of the English Heritage plans.

Want your own waterfall? Yours for a cool £1.5m - with pub attached

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

The country's highest single drop waterfall - which is right here in North Yorkshire - has been put up for sale with a guide value of £1.5m.

Hardraw Force
Chris Munday

Hardraw Force, situated just north of the market town of Hawes in Wensleydale, together with the adjacent pub, the Green Dragon Inn, are to be sold by their current owner due to ill health.

Public viewing of Hardraw Force is rather unusual, as the visitor has to go through the bar of the pub to reach the falls.

Green Dragon at Hardraw Force
G Laird/Geograph

The waterfall comprises a single drop of 100ft from a rocky overhang and although it used to be permitted, it is now prohibited to gain access behind the fall.

Hardraw Force was first formed during the Middle Carboniferous period, which was over 320 million years ago, when alternating layers of limestone, shale and sandstone, along with some thin coal and earth seams were laid down. 

This was repeated about eight times and - added to glacial activity - led to the geologically unique Dales scenery known as the Yoredale Series.

The layered structure of the Yoredale Series is particularly conducive to forming waterfalls such as Hardraw Force and the nearby Aysgarth Falls

Pateley Bridge is out to impress

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Pateley Bridge traders will be pulling out all the stops today when judges from the Great British High Street Awards pay a visit. 

Pateley Bridge
David Martin/Geograph

They'll be taken around the area in a vintage 1940s bus after Pateley Bridge made it to the final three in the Best Village category.  

Last year, York's Bishy Road became overall winner and Helmsley picked up Best Market Town. 

As well as a visit from judges the final result also relies on the public vote.

Shooting for the Moonstone in North Yorkshire

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

A new TV drama which was filmed entirely in Yorkshire hits our screens next week. 

The BBC's adaptation of the Moonstone starts on Monday, and if you're eagle-eyed, you should be able to spot several North Yorkshire locations too. 

Based on a book by Wilkie Collins - best known for his novel The Woman In White - The Moonstone's described as the first ever detective novel. 

The series stars John Thomson and Miranda star Sarah Hadland, while newcomer Joshua Silver plays Franklin Blake - one of the central characters - who says it's a fantastic story:

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy start, sunny spells later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be rather cloudy with some patchy light rain or drizzle at first across southern areas, then all parts becoming dry with some sunny spells by midday

Winds will be lighter than of late.  

Watch my full forecast here:

Selby: Business investment 'must be a priority'

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

I've been focusing on Selby this morning as it's 40 years ago this weekend that the Selby Coalfield complex officially opened.

Initially, the complex brought thousands of miners to the area but the last pit closed more than a decade ago. 

Officials in Selby say attracting new business investment to the district is a key priority for the future and people living in the town say they'd like more industry and jobs for the immediate area. 

I've been speaking to Richard Schofield, who runs a shop on the high street and is part of a group that makes improvements to the town centre:

North Yorkshire Sport

BBC Sport

York City will only survive in the National League if the squad can be overhauled, according to new manager Gary Mills.

Gary Mills
Getty Images

Mills (pictured) has brought in Birmingham City midfielder Charlie Cooper on a one-month loan this week and he released forward Fraser Murdoch.  

Meanwhile, Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver says tomorrow's visit of promotion-chasing Darlington will be a "real test" for his injury-hit squad with another big crowd expected.

North Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy and drizzly but brighter later

BBC Weather

This morning will start out rather cloudy with some patchy light rain or drizzle at first across southern areas.

Then all parts becoming dry with some sunny spells by midday.

Winds will be lighter than of late.

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Your headlines this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

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

  • A new campaign starts today aimed at decreasing the number of people taking their own lives in York and making North Yorkshire a mental health friendly county
  • Fire crews from North Yorkshire have been dealing with a crash on the A1M at Selby Fork involving three lorries
  • Pateley Bridge traders will be pulling out all the stops today when judges from the Great British High Street Awards visit them, including a tour of the area in a vintage 1940s bus

Aftermath of A1 lorry crash caught on camera

West Yorkshire Police's Road Policing Unit has tweeted this dramatic picture of the aftermath of a collision involving three lorries on the A1 southbound at Selby Fork in the early hours.

Thankfully, no-one was seriously injured in the incident.

Traffic in the area is said by North Yorkshire Police to be "all clear" now.

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Traffic and travel: Roads and rail running smoothly so far

BBC Travel

On the rails, there are currently no major delays reported on train services in and out of York Station, according to the live departure board.

Meanwhile on North Yorkshire's roads, the A659 (Bridge Street) in Tadcaster remains closed for repairs, while one lane's closed on West Park Street (A61) in Harrogate.

And a warning to drivers for later: this evening from 20:00 the A64 will be closed in both directions between Bramham and Kiddal Lane - as will the A65 at Hellifield.

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Hello! I'll be with you until 14:30 with all the latest news, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire. 

In the news - a new campaign starts today aimed at bringing down the number of people taking their own lives and making North Yorkshire a mental health friendly county. More on that shortly.

Meanwhile, we'd love to see your pics like this shot of dusk skies at Cawood yesterday sent to us by Gary Parkinson. 

You can get in touch and send your photos via Twitter, Facebook or email.