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  1. Cash taken from pensioner's purse

    A pensioner in her late eighties had a "large amount of cash" stolen from her when she accidentally left her purse in the toilets in Scarborough.

    A woman police want to speak to

    The purse was left in the toilets at the Market Hall, in St Helen's Square.

    It was later recovered, but the cash inside had been removed.

    North Yorkshire Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they would like to speak to about the incident.

  2. Michelin-starred chef demonstrates cooking on Hull estate

    A Michelin-starred chef gave a cooking demonstration on an estate in Hull as part of a project to help people learn how to cook affordable, healthy meals.

    Paul Leonard cooking

    Paul Leonard, from the Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa in Bolton Abbey, showed off his skills on the Great Thornton estate.

    Comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont also appeared at the event, organised by the Goodwin Development Trust.

  3. Rail workers in Yorkshire to stage more strikes next month

    Rail workers are to stage fresh strikes next month in the long-running dispute over guards on trains, causing more travel disruption in Yorkshire.

    An RMT flag

    There will be industrial action on Northern trains on the first three Saturdays of February, with few services running after 17:00.

    The RMT Union says it is making "every effort to get serious and meaningful talks going with Northern but the company are not interested".

    Northern have asked customers to "plan their travel carefully," check timetables "well in advance" and not to rely on "the last trains home".

  4. York to get UK's first 'voluntary' clean air zone

    The first voluntary clean air zone in the country is to go ahead in York after approval by senior councillors.

    York bus

    Unlike other parts of the country where a clean air zone is a mandatory requirement, Liberal Democrat Councillors in the city say they've introduced the new voluntary zone based on evidence collected on air pollution in the city.

    Last year, levels of air pollution in York, alongside Leeds and Sheffield, were found to be in breach of World Health Organisation guidelines.

    A consultation on the clean air zone plan saw 91% of people spoken to say they were worried about pollution in the city, with 13% saying they had an illness affected by poor air quality.

    Councillor Andrew Waller, executive member for the environment at City of York Council, said: "I am pleased the £1.6m investment proposal has received approval.

    "I'm looking forward to building on the work already undertaken to tackle air pollution in the city, such as introducing more electric buses on the Park and Ride network.

    "Once the clean air zone is established, we can begin to target buses which most frequently pass through the city centre and, thus, have the greatest impact on reducing pollutants."

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, from J44 for A64 York to J43 for M1.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed on A1(M) Aberford By Pass southbound from J44, A64 (York) to J43 M1, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, from J44 for A64 York to J43 for M1.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - Stationary traffic on A1(M) southbound from J44, A64 (York) to J43 M1, because of all traffic being temporarily held and an incident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  7. Two hundred miles left for Yorkshire's Atlantic rowers

    Four Yorkshiremen who are rowing across the Atlantic to raise funds for charity have less than 200 nautical miles left to reach the finish line.

    Row4victory crew

    The members of the team, known as row4victory, are due to reach English Harbour in Antigua on Monday 21 January, after rowing the final stretch of the 3,000-mile race.

    They began rowing at La Gomera in the Canary Islands on 12 December.

    They've been rowing in pairs, two hours on and two hours off, around the clock to raise money for military charities Soldier On! and the Royal British Legion.

    Row4victory crew

    The team consists of four friends from North Yorkshire: Duncan Roy, a former Royal Engineer, Fraser Mowlem, a serving Chief Technician in the Royal Air Force, Glyn Sadler, a former Royal Marine and Will Quarmby, a landscape gardener.

    Row4victory crew

    The crew said: "Arriving in the harbour will make four Yorkshiremen very proud.

    "After sleep-deprivation, sores, injuries, and ration packs, seeing our much-missed loved ones will be a welcome treat."

  8. Fears over vulnerable pupils caught up in drug dealing

    The headteacher of one of the Yorkshire coast's biggest schools says she's concerned about vulnerable children getting caught up in so-called "county lines" drug dealing.

    Heroin

    County lines is a term used to describe groups of criminals who often use young people or vulnerable adults to carry and sell drugs across county boundaries.

    Violence linked to drugs gangs operating in North Yorkshire has hit unprecedented levels in the past 18 months, police chiefs have said.

    Graham School

    More than 200 people have been arrested since police launched an operation nine months ago to try and tackle the issue.

    Emma Robins, head teacher at Graham School in Scarborough, says: "We're worried for our vulnerable students who might get involved in this issue and involved with older people and people from beyond Scarborough as well."

  9. Extent of Northallerton garage blaze damage revealed

    This is the scene this morning following yesterday's fire at a garage in Northallerton.

    Homes and businesses in the area were evacuated for a time as a result of the fire at Northallerton Tyre and Battery Company on Brompton Road:

    View more on twitter
  10. Watch: Friday's weather forecast

    Most of us will get away with a dry day, but a band of thicker cloud will push in from the west through the afternoon.

    Watch my full forecast here:

    Video content

    Video caption: Most of us will get away with a dry day, but a band of thicker cloud will push through.
  11. Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    A cold and frosty start with hazy sunshine.

    It'll then be a cold day with cloud thickening and outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow pushing eastwards.

    Tonight, there'll be further patchy rain and hill snow, but this will tend to fizzle out especially after midnight.

    Weather graphic
  12. Check your Yorkshire train journey

    If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, services seem to be running pretty much to time at the moment.

    For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

  13. Alternative school transport after bus company ceases operation

    A North Yorkshire bus operator, which operated 14 school and one local bus service, has informed the county council it will not operate its council contracts from this afternoon.

    County Hall

    It is understood that John Smith and Son Ltd operated its usual services this morning.

    The council’s Integrated Passenger Transport team has made emergency alternative arrangements with other local providers who will operate the home-to-school transport services with immediate effect to ensure that pupils entitled to free transport will be able to get to and from school.

    The Local Bus Service 150 previously operated by John Smith and Son Ltd on Thursdays and Saturdays between Thirsk and Ripon will not operate on 19 January.

    The council is reviewing its options for this service in future and is hopeful that some level of service can be reinstated.

    North Yorkshire County Council assistant director Ian Fielding said: “Our team has worked hard to make sure the school bus services continue to operate and we will be working closely with schools as we seek to make permanent alternative arrangements.’’

    Details of the temporary arrangements can be found on the county council’s website.

  14. Engagement ring worth £6,750 stolen from jewellers in York

    An engagement ring worth more than £6,000 was stolen from a jewellers in York.

    Police want to identify this man in connection with the theft.

    A man police want to speak to

    The expensive piece of jewellery was taken from Goldsmiths on Spurriergate by a man, who is said to have had a Merseyside accent.

    He asked to look at engagement rings before leaving with one priced at £6,750.

    North Yorkshire Police said the theft took place at about 16:30 on 15 December.

  15. Warning against 'mental acrobatics' over homeless deaths

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The deaths of 11 homeless people in York in 2017 has prompted a report to be commissioned into the reasons for the deaths.

    Homeless

    The City of York Council is trying to clarify figures, which they provided to local media, stating five homeless people died on the street, with the council saying four of them had been offered temporary accommodation.

    The other six individuals died in hostels.

    Labour councillor Kallum Taylor, has warned against "performing mental acrobatics" over the classification of homeless.

    He said: "I think we need to be very careful that we're not over-rationalising to separate the causes of death from the fact that these people were homeless.

    "Just because it didn't happen on the street, in the cold, for all 11 of those people, does not mean the situation they were in is not relevant."

    Conservative Councillor Paul Doughty, said: "The report that there were eleven deaths in 2017 could lead some to think that means 11 deaths on the street and actually that wasn't the case, it was one person who died on the street.

    "I know that's one person too many, but others were in supported accommodation."

  16. Scarborough teens held pregnant woman at knifepoint

    A pair of teenagers have been jailed after they held up a pregnant woman at knifepoint during a burglary in Scarborough.

    Police uniform

    One of them used a bread knife to threaten the mother-to-be while stealing cash, a safe and a purse in the old town area.

    The boys, 16 and 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested on the same day as the crime, in October last year.

    They appeared at York Crown Court on Tuesday where they admitted aggravated burglary with intent.

    They were both sentenced to three years and eight months in a young offenders institution.

    North Yorkshire Police say the victim and her unborn baby were unharmed, but she was extremely distressed by the incident.

  17. Fire crews remain at Northallerton garage fire scene

    Fire crews are still at the scene at a car garage in Northallerton where a large blaze destroyed the workshop overnight.

    Drone flying over building

    A drone is being used to monitor the situation.

    The fire began on Wednesday night and gutted the building.

    Road closures around the Brompton Road area will remain in place until this evening.