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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 9 December 2016
  2. Flood drama school bus driver jailed for 12 months
  3. Flood-hit Tadcaster firms call for help over insurance cover
  4. Villagers raise £30,000 in four weeks to re-open local pub
  5. Police release music video to get across Christmas message

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) West Yorkshire northbound

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    A1(M) West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J43 for M1.

    A1(M) West Yorkshire - Lane blocked and slow traffic on A1(M) northbound at J43, M1 (Hook Moor), because of an accident.

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    Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

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    A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J44 for A64.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - Very slow traffic and a lane blocked on A1(M) northbound at J44, A64 (Bramham), because of a multi-vehicle accident and debris on the road.

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    Video caption: A school bus driver whose vehicle became stranded in floodwater has been jailed.

    A school bus driver whose vehicle became stranded in floodwater near York with 23 pupils on board has been jailed for a year.

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    Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

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    A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J50 for A61 and J49 for A168.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on A1(M) southbound between J50, A61 (Baldersby) and J49, A168 (Dishforth), because of a broken down vehicle.

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  5. Five things we've learned about North Yorkshire so far today

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    That's it from me today, but you can keep across updates from North Yorkshire through the rest of the afternoon right here.

    Meanwhile, here are five things we've learned today:

    • A North Yorkshire school bus driver whose vehicle became stranded in floodwater with 23 pupils on board has been jailed for a year
    • After a dash for cash, villagers in Sutton-on-the-Forest have quickly raised £30,000 to re-open the local pub
    • Businesses in Tadcaster say they need more help getting insurance against flooding, after the town experienced its worst flooding in years last winter
    • Injured York panto star Martin Barrass, says he's given up motorbikes after recovering from a serious road accident, which left him with internal bleeding and a collapsed lung
    • And you really need to see this. North Yorkshire Police have come up with a "musical" way of getting across their Christmas message. Go on, treat yourself, you will not regret it:

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    Video caption: North Yorkshire Police musical Christmas safety message.
  6. 'New era' for bus travel as £2m fleet boasts wifi, power points and a skylight

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    These sleek new buses are part of the new £2.3m Coastliner fleet, launched by Transdev in the shadow of York Minster.

    Bus
  7. In pictures: Spectacular sunset over Whitby

    Take a look at these fantastic shots of sunset over Whitby earlier this week.

    Did you know that Whitby is one of only two places on the east coast where the sun is known to both rise and set into the North Sea?

    The reason for this phenomenon is that though Whitby is on the east coast, it actually faces due north. 

    Whitby sunset
    Whitby sunset
  8. Watch: 'Ever-present threat of flooding' - Tadcaster businesses struggle for insurance

    Sarah Urwin

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

    More now on calls being made by businesses in Tadcaster for more help getting insurance against flooding. 

    Some say they've been refused flood cover, others say they've been quoted huge excesses for flooding.

    It is, of course, almost a year since the town experienced its worst flooding in years.

    Homes and businesses were damaged and the work is still going on to repair the bridge which collapsed into the River Wharfe. 

    The town's health centre is due to re-open next week, but Dr Andrew Inglis, who showed me around, says the threat of being flooded again is ever-present:

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    Video caption: Dr Inglis
  9. Dash for cash: Villagers raise £30,000 in four weeks to re-open local pub

    Joanita Musisi

    Reporter, BBC Radio York

    It's a big night tonight in Sutton on the Forest near York as the village pub, the Rose and Crown, finally re-opens.

    It's been shut for most of the last year but, over the last month, people who live in the village have clubbed together to raise £30,000 to help get it back up and running. 

    You read that right - £30,000 in the last four weeks.

    How could I not go and have a look?

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    Video caption: ex jo
  10. Instagram: Follow us @bbcyorkshire

    Julia Bryson

    Journalist, BBC Local Live

    Have you taken a photograph of Yorkshire which you'd like to share? 

    If you're on Instagram, why not head over and follow our @bbcyorkshire account. 

    You can tag your posts #bbcyorkshire for a chance to be featured. 

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  11. Listen: 'I won't sit at home and cry' - Panto star Debbie McGee saved by work

    BBC Radio York

    Panto season's well and truly under way in York, with Cinderella starting at York Theatre Royal last night and Aladdin starting at the Grand Opera House in York tonight. 

    Aladdin stars former Hear Say singer Suzanne Shaw, Fraser Hines and Stuart Wade, formerly of Emmerdale, and Debbie McGee.

    Debbie's husband, magician Paul Daniels, died earlier this year, but Debbie has told BBC Radio York's Georgey Spanswick she "won't sit at home and cry".

    Instead she says she's immersed herself in work:

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    Video caption: Debbie McGhee talks to Georgey Spanswick
  12. Flood drama school bus driver jailed for 12 months

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    A North Yorkshire school bus driver has been jailed for a year after being found guilty of dangerous driving.

    The bus driven by Graham Jones, 53, became stranded in floodwater between Newton-on-Ouse and Tollerton, near York, on 5 January with 23 pupils on board after he drove past two "road closed" signs.

    Jones, of Linton Woods Lane, Linton-on-Ouse, denied dangerous driving, but was convicted following a trial and has also been handed a 30-month driving ban at York Crown Court.

  13. North Yorkshire school bus driver guilty verdict

    A North Yorkshire school bus driver whose vehicle became stranded in floodwater with 23 pupils on board has been found guilty of dangerous driving. 

    It happened after what Judge Paul Batty QC described as "floods of biblical proportions" in the area.  

    Flood bus

    Graham Jones, 53, had driven past two road closed signs before the incident between Newton-on-Ouse and Tollerton, near York, on 5 January. 

    Jones had denied dangerous driving but told York Crown Court he had made a "genuine mistake".

  14. BreakingFlood drama school bus driver verdict - guilty

    A school bus driver whose vehicle became stranded in floodwater with 23 pupils on board has been found guilty of dangerous driving.

    More to follow...  

  15. Watch: A leisurely tour of Scarborough's new £17m development

    Mike Kemp

    Reporter, BBC Radio York

    I've had a look around a new leisure village which is due to open in Scarborough in early summer, bringing the total cost of new developments in the resort to about £60m.

    Work is on course to complete the village - including a 2,000-seat community stadium - within the next six months.

    As you'll see here, there's plenty of work still to do, but the leisure village is on course to open in early summer next year. 

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    Video caption: Work on the development includes a 2,000 seat community stadium.
  16. From health centre to 'elf' centre: Festive cheer returns to Tadcaster

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    A health centre in Tadcaster has become what can only be called an "elf" centre, after a bit of much-needed festive cheer arrived in the form of a new Christmas tree.

    The health centre, which runs services for the community such as speech therapy and physiotherapy, was hit badly in the 2015 floods and is finally due to reopen on 19 December.

    Tree

    Office administrator Elizabeth Allison says: "We realised that when we re-open we no longer have a Christmas tree or any decorations. They really do help brighten the place up during the festive season."

    But then Tadcaster's Flood Support and Fundraising Group, run by local residents, got in touch with the health centre to offer some money to replace their lost decorations. 

    The group also teamed up with local author Tony Morgan, who donated profits from his latest book to to the group and they saw it as the perfect opportunity to replace lost items. 

    Quote Message: Having seen the brilliant community spirit in the town, I am delighted to donate the profits from the book to such a great cause." from Tony Morgan Author
    Tony MorganAuthor
  17. North Yorkshire in pictures: Appletreewick Moor - Savage and free?

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    There's something a bit Wuthering Heights about this beautiful pic sent in by Tim Scott:

    Appletreewick

    However, it's Appletreewick near Grassington rather than Top Withens in West Yorkshire.

    Emily Bronte might well have described it as "half-savage, hardy and free".

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    Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

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    A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J48 for A168 and J49 for A168.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed on A1(M) northbound between J48, A168 (Boroughbridge) and J49, A168 (Dishforth), because of a vehicle fire.

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  19. Watch: A 'criminal' record or Top of the Cops?

    Andrew Barton

    BBC Local Live, York

    North Yorkshire Police have come up with a "musical" way of getting across their message of how to keep safe this Christmas.

    The force has released a music video called Help Us, Help You which pays homage to festive favourite We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

    The lyrics, sung by an eclectic mix of police staff and, er, a police dog, have been adapted to highlight safety messages:

    • Enjoy yourself this Christmas but drink responsibly
    • Keep your presents out of sight and secure
    • Don't drink and drive
    • Call North Yorkshire Police on 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies

    My favourite bit is PD Buzz barking in time to the music but I'll let you decide whether it's a "criminal record" or Top of the Cops:

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    Video caption: North Yorkshire Police musical Christmas safety message.
    Quote Message: It's a fun way for us to get across some serious messages about keeping you, your loved ones and your property safe and secure over the festive period." from Tim Madgwick Deputy Chief Constable, North Yorkshire Police
    Tim MadgwickDeputy Chief Constable, North Yorkshire Police