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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 07:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 2 November 2016
  3. Rogue snake rescued from vacuum cleaner in Boroughbridge
  4. Pickering flood defence scheme could shape others across UK
  5. Families of Britons jailed in India 'beg' Theresa May for help
  6. City of York athlete named in British Athletics squad

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By David Ward

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Five things we learnt today in North Yorkshire

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

That's all we've got time for today - thanks for spending the last few hours with us. I'm back with our BBC Local Live service from 07:00 tomorrow.

For the next few moments, let's look back at five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire so far today:

  1. Villagers near Harrogate say their community Speed Watch project is working. The volunteers in Pannal are the first in the county to be trained by police to use speed guns
  2. Campaigners trying to save Scarborough's Futurist Theatre are holding a public meeting in the town ahead of the publication of a report setting out final plans for its demolition
  3. MPs are calling for a radical overhaul of the way the country deals with flooding. They say the success of a Pickering flood project could pave the way for other areas
  4. Imagine the shock one man in Boroughbridge had when he found a snake poking out of his vacuum cleaner
  5. City of York Athletics Club shot-putter Scott Lincoln is celebrating after being named in British Athletics' World Class Performance Programme as a potential Olympic medallist

Let's finish today by looking at some of the sunny shots our BBC Weather Watchers have sent into us throughout the day.


From top left and in a clockwise direction, we have images of the pier in Whitby sent in by Garry Hornet, the Museum Gardens in York from June Gothika, Monk Bar in York from Gary Gimmick and a very sunny scene at Malham from Claire-a-bella.

Listen: Helmsley asks us to 'shop local'

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

The Small Business Saturday tour bus is visiting Helmsley and Boroughbridge today, ahead of Small Business Saturday in December. 

The campaign encourages us to "shop local". 

Emma Wood of Duncombe Sawmill, Tony Webster of Scotts Fish And Chips, Christine Garnett from Hunters of Helmsley, and Carolyn Frank from Libby Butler Jewellers took part in this morning's event in Helmsley.

I've been to speak to them:

Northallerton shot-putter 'can't wait' to start with British Athletics

Sharon Shortle

Sport reporter, BBC Radio York

Not surprisingly, Scott Lincoln, from Northallerton, seems quite happy about his inclusion in the British Athletics World Class Performance Programme:

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Pub 'significantly damaged' as brick thrown through window

A pub in Scarborough was left with "significant damage" after a brick was thrown through its window earlier this week, police say.

An entire window was smashed at the Albert Pub on North Marine Road at about 18:10 on Sunday evening  No-one was injured.

Police have now issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident:

Suspect on CCTV
North Yorkshire Police

Can you help Pateley Bridge claim prestigious award?

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

I've been to Pateley Bridge today to give my support to one of the most picturesque places in North Yorkshire as it attempts to be crowned British High Street of the year. 

It's a competition we in North Yorkshire have a good track record in - last year both Helmsley and Bishopthorpe Road were winners. 

Pictured below are Keith Tordoff and Kirsty Sheppard from Nidderdale Chamber of Trade. 

Pateley Bridge

If you have the time they'd love you to vote for them - you'll find Pateley Bridge under the "village" category.

North Yorkshire's weather: Mostly dry with sunny spells

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll stay mostly dry this afternoon across Yorkshire, with variable amounts of cloud but plenty of sunny spells for most. 

Thicker cloud is likely along eastern shores, where we could catch a few showers.

Light winds and temperatures reaching about 10C (50F). 

Weather graphic

Your headlines this lunchtime

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

  • Villagers in Pannal say their community Speed Watch project, whose volunteers are the first in the county to be trained by police to use speed guns, is proving a success
  • Campaigners who're trying to save Scarborough's Futurist Theatre from demolition are due to hold a public meeting in the town later
  • York City have taken former Norwich midfielder Simon Lappin on trial. The 33-year-old trained with the club for the first time yesterday

Families of Britons jailed in India 'beg' Theresa May for help

The families of six Britons - including one man from North Yorkshire - jailed in India are "begging" Prime Minister Theresa May to help with their case.

MV Seaman Guard Ohio
AFP/Getty Images

Nicholas Simpson, from Catterick, is one of the former British soldiers who were jailed in India for firearms offences.

The men worked on an anti-piracy ship (pictured) and were arrested in October 2013. They were jailed at a court hearing in January for five years.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said Mrs May would raise the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a visit next week.

Illuminating York 'a huge success'

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

This year's illuminating York Festival was "a huge success", its organisers say.

Make It York put together the displays over four evenings last week when the streets of York were packed with thousands of visitors and residents who saw the city in a different light.

Some of the city's most popular visitor attractions took part this year including the Shambles, York Minster and the National Railway Museum.

Illuminating York
Make It York

The variety of installations right across the city has been fantastic."

Kate McMullenHead of tourism, Make It York

About 24,000 people, including viewers from Brazil to Australia, watched the very first live Facebook stream from the festival on BBC Look North’s Facebook Page.

City of York athlete named in British Athletics squad

Sharon Shortle

Sport reporter, BBC Radio York

Some great news now for one of our most promising athletes.

Scott Lincoln, from Northallerton, a shot-putter with City of York Athletics Club, has been named in the British Athletics World Class Performance Programme for 2016–17.

Scott Lincoln

He's one of 29 athletes in the Podium Potential category, which means the governing body believe he has the potential to claim a medal at the Toyko 2020 Olympics or even the Olympics in 2024.

Well done Scott!

Listen: 'We don't approve' - Safe Speed campaign against speed guns in Pannal

Nathan Turvey

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The co-founder of a national campaign group trying to reduce the number of accidents on the UK's roads tells me she's completely against a scheme aimed at reducing the speed of drivers passing through a North Yorkshire village.

As you may have seen earlier, Pannal near Harrogate has become the first place in North Yorkshire to receive speed guns for a new Community Speed Watch scheme.

Villagers can't fine people, but they do supply the police with information who can then issue letters asking people to slow down.

But Claire Armstrong, from Safe Speed, says a similar scheme elsewhere actually ended with someone being killed because his attention was diverted when he saw someone with a sensor.

Here's what she told me:

We're very concerned. Schemes like this have negative benefits and make roads more dangerous."

Claire ArmstrongSafe Speed

Rogue snake rescued from vacuum cleaner in Boroughbridge

An escaped snake had to be rescued by the RSPCA after it got stuck in a North Yorkshire couple's vacuum cleaner.

Snake stuck in vacuum cleaner

The corn snake was first found in the pair's airing cupboard at their house in The Chase in Boroughbridge last Friday afternoon.

But as they waited for RSPCA officers to come and help, it slithered into the nearby cleaning appliance and couldn't get out.

Lucy Green, from the RSPCA, says: "The man who called us initially thought his wife was playing a prank on him when he saw the snake's  head popping out from the airing cupboard. He said it looked like a realistic toy."

"Luckily, they weren't using the vacuum cleaner at the time and he snuck inside just before I got there. It was quite a surprise to flip the head of the cleaner over and see the snake's little orange head poking out."

Corn snake

The 2ft-long non-venomous orange snake wasn't injured during the rescue operation and the RSPCA believes it had escaped from a "loving home" nearby.

"Perhaps he got out and decided to do some trick or treating for Halloween, or go and frighten some neighbours," Lucy adds.

The snake is now being looked after by an exotics specialist and, if not reclaimed within seven days, will be rehomed.

Listen: 'Comedy of errors' as Boro' miss chance to top league

David Ward

MatchDay Live presenter

If you joined us yesterday, you'll have seen that Scarborough Athletic had the chance to go top of Division One North of the Evo-Stik league last night.

Unfortunately they fluffed their lines and fell to a 4-2 defeat at Ossett Town, so they stay in second place.

Afterwards, manager Steve Kittrick spoke to BBC Radio York's Barry Parker:

Victims of child sexual exploitation tell their stories

Sima Kotecha

Today programme, BBC Radio 4

A new animated video which details the lives of real victims of child sexual exploitation has been launched by the University of York and the charity Basis Yorkshire.

In a crime survey from the Office of National Statistics, a total of 11% of women and 3% of men aged 16 to 59 said they had been sexually abused as child.

The objective of the new video is to help those who've experienced sexual abuse, and to show them victims who have managed to move on from what happened to them.

The Today programme's Sima Kotecha has spoken to two 17-year-old girls who were groomed by older men over the past couple of years. This is their experience:

Traffic and Travel: A63 re-opens near Selby

BBC Travel

Another update on the accident that forced the A63 to close between Selby and Leeds.

We're being told the road has now re-opened after the accident that resulted in the air ambulance being called.

Traffic in the area is beginning to ease now that all debris from the road has been removed and mopped up after an oil spillage.

Watch: Future of Scarborough's Futurist Theatre back under spotlight

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Campaigners hoping to save a landmark North Yorkshire theatre are due to meet councillors later to discuss its fate.

The Save the Futurist group has invited borough councillors to Scarborough's YMCA ahead of a report that's due to be published soon looking at plans to demolish the venue. 

The group says the seafront building could still be saved and doesn't need to be replaced and turned into a new tourist attraction.

Traffic and Travel: A63 now closed at Hambleton near Selby

BBC Travel

A quick update on the situation on the A63

We're now told the road is currently closed following an accident at Hambleton. 

The air ambulance is at the scene and there is queuing traffic in both directions as people try to make their way to and from Selby.


We'll let you know when the road re-opens.

Listen: Villagers take speeding into their own hands

Jim Addyman

Reporter, BBC Radio York

People in a North Yorkshire village have become the first in the county to help police reduce speeding. 


Volunteers in Pannal, near Harrogate, now have their own Speed Watch group and use speed guns to catch drivers who are going too fast.  

It started a few weeks ago, after trials in several parts of the county and I've been to Pannal to see how it's working:

Are we about to have another new arrival at York City?

David Ward

MatchDay Live presenter

Yesterday, they signed former Leeds youth team striker Robbie McDaid.

Now, it seems we could be on the verge of seeing another new face at Bootham Crescent:

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North Yorkshire's weather: A cold but sunny morning

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Any frost and fog will clear, leaving us with plenty of sunny spells this morning.

It's going to be cold, though, as we're hanging on to that cold northerly breeze.

Watch my full forecast here:

Traffic and travel: Accidents spark delays in Hambleton and Topcliffe

BBC Travel

A couple of accidents are causing problems on North Yorkshire's roads at the moment. These are the latest details we have:

  • The A63 in Hambleton is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the Fox Lane junction and the Water Lane junction because of an accident
  • A lane is currently closed on the exit slip road westbound on the A168 in Topcliffe at the A167 junction because of an accident involving a car and an oil spillage

Listen: Pickering flood defence scheme could shape others across UK

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

An area of North Yorkshire is helping to shape the future of protecting communities all over the UK from flooding. 

The government's Future Flood Prevention report is out today, with MPs calling for an overhaul of how we tackle flooding in years to come.

Two key projects heavily influenced the report, including the Slowing The Flow project in Pickering which uses natural flood defences to protect local communities.

Jeremy Walker's the Slowing the Flow project's coordinator:

North Yorkshire trainer faces investigation for 'racially offensive language'

BBC Sport

North Yorkshire trainer Jason Ward faces a British Horseracing Authority investigation for using "racially offensive language".

Horses in silhouette
Getty Images

The Briton used a racial stereotype when discussing his horse Monte Cinq on the At The Races television channel.

BHA spokesman Robin Mounsey said: "There is no place in British racing for racially offensive language."

Ward later apologised, saying: "It was not meant in a racist way, in any shape or form, and I can only apologise for my choice of words."

He wrote on his website: "It's very, very important that I apologise sincerely to anyone that I have offended with my post-race comments this afternoon, at Wolverhampton."

Your headlines this morning

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

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

  • Pannal has become the first place in North Yorkshire to help police cut the number of speeding motorists through their village by introducing a community speed watch team
  • A Pickering flood scheme which slows the flow of flood water in the town is highlighted in the government's Future Flood Prevention Report as a system which the UK could use to stop flooding
  • Campaigners are due to hold a public meeting later to discuss the future of the landmark Futurist Theatre in Scarborough which is scheduled to be demolished

North Yorkshire's Weather: A chilly start but sunshine to come

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly start with a few patches of frost as well as some fog initially. 

These clearing, brightening up throughout the morning with plenty of sunny spells

A little cloudier along the east coast, where we could catch the odd shower. 

Hanging on to that cold notherthly breeze with highs of about 10C (50F).  

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: No reported problems on roads or rails

BBC Travel

A quiet start, it seems, across North Yorkshire with no real problems if you're about to get in your car or get on the train.

Just a handful of roadworks to be aware of - but as there aren't any planned works starting this morning, if you're using your usual route to go to work you'll already know where they are.

One set which is scheduled to be finished today is on the A59 Skipton Road near Bilton Lane in Harrogate.


It's also quiet on the live departure board at York Railway Station with all services running to time so far except for the late-running 07:08 to Newcastle which is due in the next few minutes.

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. 

In the news, I'll be bringing you the latest from a North Yorkshire village where local residents are taking their own steps to cut speeding today. More to come on that shortly.

But first, it was really noticeable for the first time yesterday just how many leaves are now falling off the trees. 

Well, it is autumn, of course, as can be clearly seen in this pic of the scene around Clifford's Tower in York which was sent in by our BBC Weather Watcher LeePasha.

Clifford's Tower

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