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  1. Storm surge: Morning high tide passes without incident
  2. Katie Rough killing: Teenage girl appears in court charged with murder
  3. Localised flooding in Scarborough and Whitby at evening high tide
  4. Updates on Friday 13 January 2017

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By Jim Addyman

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Jaywick is evacuated

Flood defences are bolstered in the east of England as coastal communities prepare for an overnight storm surge.

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Whitby and Scarborough: Waters receding

The waters in Scarborough are receding after high tide passed.

There was localised flooding on seafronts in both towns.

However, residents and businesses had taken precautions with property and their own safety.

Emergency authorities are on scene to inspect any damage and to also keep people safe.

We are ending our live coverage for this week now, but you can look back through the rest of our posts to see what's happened that you may have missed.

We'll be back from 06:30 on Monday.

Martin and Margaret Lister

The wife of a Parkinson's patient talks of her frustration at her husband spending almost three months "bed blocking" due to a shortage of care home places.

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Road flooded in Scarborough

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

As the tidal surge reached its peak, we were on the seafront in Scarborough.

This is what we saw:

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Sensible advice

As we've seen from earlier pictures, it's simple advice but is worth repeating:

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Flooding in Sandsend

Here's the latest from the fire service in North Yorkshire:

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Scene in Whitby

Photographer Ceri Oakes is in Whitby.

There's some localised flooding along the front.

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The scene at the spa

Here's a tweet from Scarborough Spa - you can see a section of the sea wall has been damaged by the waves:

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Ready for anything

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

I'm in Scarborough - and so are these guys.

They're the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team who are ready to assist:

Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team

The scene in Whitby

Lee Johnson

BBC Tees

I'm down on Pier Road in Whitby.

Waves are beginning to break over the walls and flow down the streets around the harbour:

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Scene in Scarborough

We'll have more on the Spa shortly. 

Here's the view in Scarborough:

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Scarborough: High tide on the way

I'm in Scarborough as high tide approaches.

People in the town are still being urged to be wary of flooding - this video shows why:

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Five things we've learned about North Yorkshire today

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

That's all from me for now. I'll be back from 06:30 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around Yorkshire. 

Meanwhile, updates will continue here throughout the day.

In the meantime, here are five things we've learned about our county today:

1. Overnight worries about tidal surges and flooding on the Yorkshire coast turn out to be unfounded

2. The teenager charged with the murder of seven-year-old York girl Katie Rough has been remanded in secure youth accommodation once more

3. York City have added another new face to their squad with the arrival of Cheltenham Town forward, Amari Morgan-Smith on loan until the end of the season

4. York City Knights have been given the go-ahead to play at Bootham Crescent this coming season

5. York is to be a pilot city in a scheme to increase the efficiency in how pothole problems are reported

I'll leave you today with this pic of a snowy but colourful Harrogate sent in by BBC Weather Watcher, Jeannette


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Severe disruption: A174 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC Travel

A174 North Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between Lythe Bank and Sandsend Road.

A174 North Yorkshire - A174 Sandsend Road in Sandsend closed in both directions between the Lythe Bank junction and the Sandsend Road junction, because of flooding.

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Scarborough's Open Air Theatre hopes to increase number of events

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

The number of concerts held at Scarborough's Open Air Theatre could more than double.

Scarborough's Open Air Theatre

It's currently restricted to 12 events a year but operators now want to increase that number to 30. 

They also want to increase the size of the audience by an extra 3,000. 

Last year the venue hosted concerts by Bryan Adams, James Bay and Wet Wet Wet.

Effect of York's 2015 floods still felt over a year on

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The floods of December 2015 caused untold misery for a lot of North Yorkshire residents, not least when they came to renew their insurance policies.

Many have had to put up with large increases in their premiums and in some cases insurance is impossible to get.

Some people have reported that because the industry works by postcode, they have seen premiums rocket due to them living in a postcode where flooding occurred, even though their property has never flooded.

Is that fair? That's a question I put to Malcolm Tarling from the Association of British Insurers, asking him what insurance companies are doing to improve the situation:  

Storm surge: Scarborough on tenterhooks ahead of afternoon high tide

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

There is a sense of relief among local businesses that this morning's high water passed off without incident but there is also a sense of apprehension about tonight's high tide at about 4.45pm.

The foreshore road is open at the moment, the barriers and sandbags remain in place but, of course, we are not out of the woods yet.

You can see the white horses out there in South Bay and there are realy strong winds, force 10 in places ands a strom surge is coming down the North Sea again.

Traders say they have put all precautions in place and it's really a waiting and watching brief now.

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Another York City loan signing arrives

BBC Sport

Following on from Danny Parslow returning for a second spell at Bootham Crescent, one of Parslow's Cheltenham Town colleagues has also joined the Minstermen.

Amari Morgan-Smith will be with York City on loan until the end of the season, although it's thought that manager Gary Mills is keen to sign the player permanently when his contract runs out in the summer..

The 27-year-old forward has made 25 appearances for the League Two side this campaign, scoring twice.

Amari Morgan-Smith
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North Yorks troops to remain in Skegness

Jake Zuckerman

BBC Look North

Soldiers from 2 Yorks Battalion, usually based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, are staying in Skegness today just in case there are problems with the high tide this evening.


Focus is now turning towards the next high tide on the east coast at about 18:00 amid worries over a possible storm surge.

This morning's high tide in Lincolnshire passed without incident.

Wintry conditions: Your pics

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Many parts of North Yorkshire experienced their first snow of the year overnight and this morning.

In some places it was a light dusting but in others it was a lot more substantial.

Luckily for us, BBC Weather Watchers have been sending in their fantastic images of the winter wonderland that is North Yorkshire: 

Winter collage

Trickett drums up support for 'one Yorkshire' devolution

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

A devolution deal which covers Yorkshire and the Humber is being proposed by the Labour Party. 

It would mean having a mayor of the whole region with a cabinet made up of all local authorities in the area. 

Shadow Cabinet Minister John Trickett is calling on trade unionists and Labour Council members in our region to support it.

He told the Politics Show why a "one-Yorkshire" deal, which includes North Yorkshire and York, is best for the whole area:

Traffic latest: Staxton Hill reopens

BBC Travel

North Yorkshire Police say that Staxton Hill (B1249) has reopened.

The road was closed early this morning due to an accident involving several vehicles and weather conditions have hampered efforts to clear the highway.

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York & North Yorkshire

Your headlines this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from the BBC York newsroom include:

Former vicar from York in Isle of Man court over indecent assault

A retired vicar has appeared in court charged with indecently assaulting a schoolgirl.

Graham Gregory, 80, of Brickfield Park Drive, York, is accused of assaulting a girl in 1990 on the Isle of Man.

Traffic latest: Sutton Bank reopens

BBC Travel

The A170 at Sutton Bank has reopened in both directions following an earlier road traffic incident. 

The A64 at East Heslerton is also clear. 

North Yorkshire Police thank drivers for their patience during these closures.

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York & North Yorkshire

Pothole-spotting system to be piloted on bin lorries in York

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

York is to pilot a new pothole-spotting system. The council is one of two authorities who've been chosen to trial it for a year.

Cameras will be fixed to bin lorries which will then hopefully identify road surface problems before they become an issue.  


It comes as millions of pounds are being spent on fixing thousands of potholes across Yorkshire. 

The funding is part of £1.2bn given to councils by central government to improve the general condition of our roads.  

North Yorkshire Sport

BBC Sport

York City Knights will play at Bootham Crescent this season. After talks with new owner Jon Flatman, City of York Council granted permission for the club to use the facility again this year.

Bootham Crescent

York City manager Gary Mills is undecided on striker Vadaine Oliver's future. Oliver played in the midweek county cup defeat at Whitby after returning from a loan spell at Notts County. 

There's still a doubt over Harrogate Town captain Danny Ellis for tomorrow's game at home to Bradford Park Avenue.

Knights back at Bootham Crescent

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

With the start of the new rugby league season just over a month away, York City Knights fans finally have the news they've been waiting for.  

The club have been given the go-ahead to play at Bootham Crescent this coming season. 

City of York Council had previously refused to work with previous owner, John Guildford, and were holding back permission to use Bootham Crescent for 2017. 

However, after talks with new owner Jon Flatman, the council have granted permission for the club to use the ground again this year. 

He told me his feelings on hearing the news:

Dangerous roads warning to drivers

BBC Travel

North Yorkshire Police are advising drivers to check road conditions before they start their journey today.

This driver ended up overturning on the A170, blocking the road near Sutton Bank in both directions:  

overturned car

Snow fell across the county last night and this morning, making driving conditions dangerous.

The police want drivers to take advantage of various weather station web cams to check conditons on North Yorkshire's roads.

After the surge comes the snow...

People in Filey were just heaving a sigh of relief that the forecast storm surge passed without incident when the snow hit town.

One woman braved the Arctic conditions on a mobility scooter...   

Snow in Filey

...while rush-hour in the resort was made a bit tricky: 

Snow in Filey

Severe accident: A64 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC Travel

A64 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, at East Heslerton Lane.

A64 North Yorkshire - A64 in East Heslerton blocked and slow traffic in both directions at the East Heslerton Lane junction, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: A170 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC Travel

A170 North Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, at Sutton Bank.

A170 North Yorkshire - A170 in Hambleton blocked and queuing traffic at the Sutton Bank junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

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Katie Rough killing: Teenager due back in court

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

A teenager accused of murdering seven-year-old Katie Rough is due to appear before a judge at Leeds Crown Court today. 

Katie was found with severe lacerations to her neck and chest on a playing field in York on Monday and died later in hospital.

Katie Rough

A 15-year-old girl was arrested after Katie was found injured. She appeared before magistrates in York on Wednesday and was remanded into secure accommodation

The defendant, who cannot be named because of her age, is charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon. 

No flooding from tidal surge this morning

Mike Kemp

Reporter, BBC Radio York

People along North Yorkshire's coast are breathing a sigh of relief after this morning's high tide failed to cause predicted flooding.

This image was taken a little while ago in Scarborough showing that despite water getting close to roads on the seafront, it hasn't caused the chaos that had been predicted.

Scarborough seafront

The Environment Agency say early morning tide levels were less than expected but alerts and warnings remain in place.  

Flood barriers - like the ones put up after the last tidal surge in December 2013 - went up yesterday in front of buildings along the seafront in Scarborough. 

'Weather has been in our favour' - Environment Agency

More on the news that the Environment Agency says the threat from this morning's predicted storm surge along the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coast has passed.

Leigh Edlin, from the agency, says the weather "has been in our favour".

However, he adds that there is still a renewed risk later today.

"This evening's tide will be higher between 18:00 and 19:00, and there's still some risk of spray and potential overtopping in this afternoon's tide," says Mr Edlin.

People living along the North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coast should still exercise caution, he adds.

BreakingEast coast storm surge threat: 'Risk has passed' for morning high tide

The threat from this morning's predicted storm surge along the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coast has passed, the Environment Agency says.

More to follow.

Traffic and travel

BBC Travel

There are no significant delays to trains out of York Station.

In Scarborough, Sandside and Royal Albert Drive have been reopened after fears of flooding weren't realised overnight.

However, the High Street in Sandsend (A174) remains closed due to flood prevention measures.

The A19 at Barlby has off-peak roadworks at the junction with Market Weighton Road (A163).

Bridge Street (A659) in Tadcaster remains closed in both directions due to repairs to the bridge. 

North Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy start with possibility of snow showers

BBC Weather

Starting cloudy with sleet or snow showers, especially near the coast. 

During the morning conditions will improve with sunny periods developing as the snow showers clear southwards. 

However, it will remain cold and windy with coastal gales.  

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