Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates on Friday 16 December 2016
  2. Yorkshire bell-ringers 'reject York Minster plea'
  3. Legal action over York Clifford's Tower plans
  4. Kellingley miners 'betrayed' by government - MP
  5. 'Space pie' survives trip to final frontier and lands in North Yorkshire

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Five things we've learned about North Yorkshire today

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

That's it from me today, we'll be back on Monday at 07:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across York and North Yorkshire.

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

I'll leave you with a wonderfully contrasting display of a county of two halves.

Sunshine and blue skies in York today half an hour ago, courtesy of Gary Gimmick, and an hour earlier, a very misty Scarborough, sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Dave.

York and Scarborough

Watch: The festive sound of shawms and sackbuts

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

It wouldn't be the festive season without shawms, sackbuts, rebecs, gitterns, curtals, bagpipes, recorders and chalumeaus, would it?

But if you've mislaid yours, fear not: this coming Sunday you're in for a real treat.

Members of the York Waits, a 16th century "living history" band, are due to perform Godday My Lord Sire Christemass along with a multitude of fascinating instruments.

You can take a look at a few of them here and have a listen too:

You can see and hear The York Waits this Sunday at 14:30 at St Olave's Church, on York's Marygate.

'Space pie' survives trip to final frontier and lands in North Yorkshire village

More on the amazing news that a pie has returned safely to the ground in North Yorkshire after being launched into space from the other side of the Pennines.

Sheffield firm SentIntoSpace say the pie landed in Low Bentham about 50 miles from where it was launched, at about 13:30 on Thursday.

"It was in decent shape, apart from the fact the lid came off when it landed and it had broken into two pieces," said Dan Blaney from SentIntoSpace.

Tracking software revealed the meat and potato pie attached to a weather balloon climbed to 29,500m (97,000ft).

It had been launched about two-and-a-half hours earlier from Roby Mill in Wigan, Greater Manchester, before landing near the Lancashire-North Yorkshire border.

York Minster

The bells of York Minster could remain silent this Christmas after bell-ringers elsewhere reportedly reject an invitation to ring them.

Read more

Do you know whereabouts of 600 missing bottles of wine?

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Police are appealing again for information about the theft of 600 bottles of wine last month.

A pallet of wine was delivered to a premises in Langbar near Bolton Abbey on Tuesday 8 November.

It was last seen at abouut 20:00 that day, and was noticed missing the following morning.  

North Yorkshire Police

Despite extensive enquiries, the wine has not been recovered, say police.

The pallet contained a variety of wine worth thousands of pounds in total, including nearly 300 bottles of Domaine des Vercheres Macon Villages 2014.

Police say in the run-up to Christmas it's possible the wine may be offered for sale. 

Officers are appealing for anyone with information about the theft, or who is offered wine for sale in suspicious circumstances, to contact them.

North Yorkshire's afternoon forecast

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon, it'll continue to brighten up with some sunny spells

Mainly light southerly winds with a top temperature of about 10C (50F).

Weather graphic

Your headlines this lunchtime

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

York Minster bells 'could stay silent'

The bells of York Minster could remain silent this Christmas after bell-ringers in Leeds reportedly rejected an invitation to ring them.

York Minster

York Minster dismissed its 30 volunteer bell-ringers in October due to "safeguarding issues".

The York Press has reported that Leeds bell-ringers have opted to stand by their colleagues and refused York's offer.

The Dean and Chapter have not responded to the BBC's request for comment.

Watch: Arrestingly daft Christmas Police message to make you smile

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

You might have missed this when I first mentioned it a week ago...

So, for a cheery, festive start to the weekend, do yourself a favour and experience this "musical" Christmas message from North Yorkshire Police.

I assure you the corners of your mouth will rise:  

The 'pure light of poetry' celebrates North Yorkshire's night sky

Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan has been commissioned by the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authoritie, to pen a poem celebrating the wonders of the county's dark skies.

Known as the Bard of Barnsley, Ian will draw on his observations of stargazing and hunting down the Aurora Borealis - otherwise known as the Northern Lights - as well as the special qualities of the night sky in the areas of low light pollution found in both national parks. 

Whitby pier
Mark Bulmer Ebor Images

The verse will be completed just ahead of the two northern National Parks' second joint Dark Skies Festival, a week-long event during next year's February half-term. 

I'm very excited to be illuminating the Dark Skies Festival with the pure light of poetry, the only kind of light that doesn't pollute or distract."

Ian McMillanPoet, broadcaster and Bard of Barnsley

Watch: Pick a parcel and pop it in the (Christmas) post

Jericho Keys

The Christmas shopping's done, the presents are wrapped and the parcels put in the post.

But what happens to the parcel then? 

I've been to the Royal Mail Delivery Office in York today to find out how staff there handle three million items in a week:

Listen: Concerns over North Yorkshire healthcare plans

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

It's feared that money for healthcare in North Yorkshire might end up going to cities outside the county.

NHS England needs to save £22bn by 2021, and each area of the country has to have a five-year health plan covering exactly how money will be spent. 

But North Yorkshire is covered by three separate plans, which also take in places like Middlesbrough, Leeds and Hull.

Jim Clark, who heads the North Yorkshire County Council committee which reviews health services, says the authority's asking the Health Secretary to create one single plan for the county.

The plans are are due to be discussed at a meeting later.

Are you wilfully wearing wacky woollies?

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Today is the official day for people to furtle around in the back of the wardrobe and dig out their festive fashion.

It's a day when it's almost obligatory to display garments both gaudy and garish, tacky and tawdry - in other words, to wilfully wear wacky woollies.

Christmas wear

Here's an example of just how bad things can get. BBC Radio York's Grace Winpenny, Nathan Turvey, and Elly Fiorentini look like they got dressed in the dark at a jumble sale.


Thankfully, it's all in a good cause and if you join in the fun today by wearing festive knitwear you could be raising money for Save the Children who've organised the jolly jumper wearing.

If you're wearing yours today, send us a pic via TwitterFacebook or email

North Yorkshire landfall for Wigan's pie in the sky

Scientists have sent a meat and potato pie into space to see if travelling to a height of nearly 20 miles would change it in any way. 

It was attached to a weather balloon and launched from Wigan, in Greater Manchester.

It reached the stratosphere then came back to Earth, landing about 50 miles away in North Yorkshire. Check out the video above for the pie's eye view:

'Due process followed' over Clifford's Tower redevelopment plans - York Council

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

City of York Council says it's disappointed a legal bid's been lodged at the High Court asking for its decision to allow English Heritage to develop the historic Clifford's Tower to be examined.

Clifford's Tower

Independent councillor Johnny Hayes has applied for a judicial review of the decision, and last night he handed in a petition to the council with almost 4,000 signatures against the plans.

The plans for the 13th century landmark include a visitor centre at the foot of the tower and a cafe within its walls.

In a statement, the council point outs the review will "only be concerned with the processes followed by the planning committee and will not consider the merits of the application itself".

It adds: "We're entirely confident we have followed due process at all stages of the application."

A review will cause a delay "unnecessary to English Heritage's project to provide greater access to, and enjoyment of, Clifford's Tower", the council adds.

Watch: Fears over North Yorkshire health cash

Sarah Urwin

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

There are concerns health services in North Yorkshire may suffer due to changes in the NHS. 

Draft five-year plans setting out exactly how health cash will be spent have been released.

Under the plans, parts of North Yorkshire are included with West Yorkshire and others with Middlesbrough.

County councillors are worried those big urban areas will get the bulk of funding for services:

Health leaders across North Yorkshire are due to meet later to discuss these plans.

Listen: 'It's not a question of belief, it's celebrating family'

BBC Radio York

This week on BBC Radio York we've been looking at what Christmas means to some of the many communities around the county.

So far we've heard from the Polish, Chinese and Ugandan communities.

Today, we hear from North Yorkshire's Jewish community:

Yorkshire singers bid for Christmas Number One with a message

Len Tingle

Political Editor, BBC Look North

There's a chance that this year's chart-topping festive single will have a lot more to say than "Merry Christmas everyone".

Singing firefighters

At least three of the contenders for the 2016 "Christmas Number One" are hoping they will be sending their own more serious message from right here in Yorkshire.

It has to be said that as potential recording superstars they are an unlikely line-up.

They include former miners from Doncaster, South Yorkshire firefighters and friends of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox, who was victim of an appalling hate crime. Read more in my latest blog.

Clifford's Tower redevelopment: 'Planning process seriously flawed' - councillor

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

More now on the possibility of legal action being taken over plans to develop York's 13th century Clifford's Tower.

English Heritage want to build a new visitor centre and cafe on the site, but a York councillor says he's lodged a claim in the High Court asking for a judicial review into how the decision was taken.

At a meeting last night, Independent City of York councillor Johnny Hayes handed in a petition with almost 4,000 signatures against the plans. 

He's says he's now asking for a judge to look at the case:

Kellingley miners 'betrayed' by government - MP

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Almost exactly a year after the closure of North Yorkshire's Kellingley Colliery, hundreds of miners who lost their jobs there are fighting to improve their redundancy pay. 

When the mine closed on 18 December 2015 it marked the end of deep-pit coal mining in Britain.

Miners who worked at Kellingley claim they're entitled to a compensation claim of over £3,000 each, money which the government paid to miners at Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire.

Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper says the miners have been "betrayed" by the government and says she'll take the fight to Parliament:

Watch: North Yorkshire's weather forecast

Lucy Martin

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A largely cloudy day with a bit of mist and hill fog which could be slow to clear. 

One or two breaks in the cloud particularly allowing for the odd brighter interval. 

Watch my full forecast here:

York's 2016 Living Advent Calendar: Gallery of windows


Our gallery of York living advent calendar windows is now updated.

Take a look at all 15 designs here.


Listen: Charity single released in memory of Jo Cox MP

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A charity single recorded in memory of murdered Yorkshire MP Jo Cox has been released today.

Music stars and MPs have recorded the tribute to the member for Batley and Spen who was killed in her constituency.  

Sales from the cover version of the Rolling Stones classic You Can't Always Get What You Want will raise money for a foundation set up in Mrs Cox's name. 

Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have waived their rights to royalties, and VAT on sales of the single will be donated to the charity.

You can have a listen here:

Traffic and Travel: A169 accident cleared

BBC Travel

The accident on the A169 northbound in Malton, between the A64 and the B1257, has been cleared, according to police.

Traffic is said to be coping well.

Legal action threatened over Clifford's Tower plans

BBC Radio York

The redevelopment of York's Clifford's Tower is heading towards a legal battle.

The City Council has approved plans to allow English Heritage to transform the 13th century tower. 

Clifford's Tower
English Heritage

Plans include a visitor centre, described on a petition that has attracted just over 3,600 signatures as "ugly beyond belief".

Now Independent councillor Johnny Hayes has lodged a claim in the High Court asking for a judicial review into how the decision was taken.

At last night's City of York Council meeting, councillor Hayes also presented a petition signed by thousands of people who are against the plans.

Your headlines this morning

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from the York newsroom this morning include:     

  • There are concerns health services in North Yorkshire may suffer due to changes within the NHS
  • The redevelopment of York's Clifford's Tower - with English Heritage wanting to build a new visitor centre and cafe at the site - is heading towards a legal battle
  • Former miners at Kellingley Colliery have been "betrayed" by the government, according to Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper

Traffic and travel: Accident on A169

BBC Travel

Delays are currently being reported after an accident on the A169 northbound in Malton between the A64 junction and the Thornton Lane junction.  

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy day with mist and murk

BBC Weather

It'll be a mainly cloudy day today across North Yorkshire, with mist and fog over hills as well as a few drizzly showers.

The occasional cloud break will allow some sunny intervals in eastern areas.  


Traffic and Travel: Running smoothly on roads and rail

BBC Travel

It looks like a good start to the run-up to the weekend on the roads, with no delays or accidents to report so far.

And at the moment all trains in and out of York are running to time.

Here's the live departure board at York Railway Station for you to keep a check on things.

Good morning: Latest updates from across North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

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

I want to start with this misty sea of tranquillity in Scarborough sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Tiggy.

There's barely a ripple on the water -  I believe the appropriate expression is "calm as a millpond".


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 and evening right here.

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

  • The idea of charging visitors to Harrogate an extra tax has been looked at by councillors as a way of raising cash to fund "night marshals" for the town
  • Yorkshire's Gary Ballance says he'll "lead by example" as he takes on the club's captaincy following Andrew Gale's recent appointment as coach
  • Scientists at the University of York have discovered the earliest humans from Europe didn't use fires for cooking, instead they survived on a diet of meat and plants eaten raw
  • In a look at what's important to different communities during the festive season, we discovered what a Ugandan Christmas in North Yorkshire is like
  • And Mary and Joseph found shelter at a tearoom in Kettlewell last night, when children re-enacted the birth of the baby Jesus

I'll finish with this from Mark Sullivan - I've been saving it all day. It's December's full moon, which is the final "supermoon" of 2016, above Hambleton last night.

A "supermoon" occurs when the moon is full and at its closest point to Earth. These closer moons can shine as much as 30% brighter than a regular full moon.  


Listen: 'Hugs, hugs, brother, brother': York man, 71, meets Kiwi family he never knew he had

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Most of us know who our family is, but there's one group of people for whom all or most family relationships are a complete mystery - people who've been adopted. 

If you've no idea who your birth parents are, it can be very tough to find out who your other relations are.

One York man, Jeremy Silversides, has just returned from an an expedition to New Zealand where, at the age of 71, he's met the brother and sisters who, until recently, he never knew he had.

I caught up with Jeremy today and he told me what seeing them for the first time was like:

Appeal after teenage boy attacked in Selby

A 16-year-old boy was left with head and facial injuries after being attacked by a group of teenagers in Selby.

The assault happened on the path between the Scott Road Medical Centre and the Scott Road Community Centre, which leads on to Scott Road field, at about 15:50 on 5 December.

The victim was punched by one of a group of three teenage males and needed treatment for his injuries at Selby Hospital.

Anyone with information about the attack is being asked to contact police.

Listen: 'A sticking plaster': Council tax rise to help pay for social care

BBC Radio York

Local councils can now raise council tax to help pay for social care, the government has announced.

It can be raised by up to 3% a year for the next two years - that's on top of an already confirmed 2% hike, bringing the council tax rise potentially to 5% next year. 

Mike Padgem, chair of the group representing nursing and residential care in North Yorkshire, has told BBC Radio York he thinks today's announcement is too little too late:

North Yorkshire's afternoon forecast

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be dull, damp and misty, with a few spots of drizzle possible.

The top temperature will be about 9C (48F) with a light southerly wind. 

Weather graphic

Your headlines this lunchtime

BBC Radio York

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Heartwarming happy ending for rescued Scarborough seal pup

Yorkshire Post

An injured seal rescued from Yorkshire seas has resurfaced six years later - as a healthy and happy mother.

The re-appearance of Sandy, who was cared for by the Scarborough Sea Life Centre in 2010, is the first time the centre has had photographic proof one of their pups has survived and thrived after being released into the wild.

The Yorkshire Post

BBC radio to broadcast show from York tipi

The Press

A national radio show will be broadcast live from York's Christmas market tomorrow.

BBC 6 Music's Mark Radcliffe (pictured) and Stuart Maconie have decided to bring their annual festive roadshow to the city, working out of a radio grotto inside Thor's Tipi on Parliament Street.

Mark Radcliffe
The Press

North Yorkshire in pictures: The beauty of Burnsall

The River Wharfe at Burnsall is looking particularly beautiful at the moment - as evidenced by not one, but two different people.

Both Jim Rowley and Jan sent these stunners in to us.

Jim took the two at the top. I'll leave you to work out which one Jan sent in!:

River Wharf at Burnsall

Follow @bbcyorkshire on Instagram

Are you on Instagram? Why not follow us @bbcyorkshire for daily stunning images of our region? 

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

Instagram grab