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  1. Death of woman found in York 'not suspicious' - Police

    The death of a woman whose body was found in York this morning is not thought to be suspicious, police have said.

    Tadcaster Rd, York

    The woman was discovered near the Marriott Hotel on Tadcaster Road on land known as the Knavesmire at 07:40, according to North Yorkshire Police.

    Emergency services are currently at the scene, police said.

    A spokesperson for the force said: "We can now confirm that officers do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a woman who was found on Tadcaster Road.

    "A report will now be prepared for HM Coroner."

  2. Woman's body found in York

    The body of a woman has been discovered in York this morning, police say.

    Tadcaster Rd, York

    The woman was discovered near the Marriott Hotel on Tadcaster Road on land known as the Knavesmire at 07:40, according to North Yorkshire Police.

    Emergency services are currently at the scene, police said.

    A spokesperson for the force said: "Her death is currently being treated as unexplained and officers at the scene are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident."

  3. Yorkshire at centre of new Covid-19 vaccine trial

    A new Covid-19 vaccine trial begins in Yorkshire today.

    Vaccination being administered

    The Medicago jab is a plant-based vaccine given in two doses, three weeks apart.

    York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals Trust is the first to trial the vaccine which will be tested on 30,000 people worldwide.

    Healthy adults aged between 18 and 39 are being asked to take part.

    Professor Charles Lacey from the Hull York Medical School is the trial's principal investigator.

    He said: "It's a very exciting new vaccine. It's a simple protein vaccine and is a new way of expressing proteins which form into structures which are highly immunogenic.

    "We need vaccines which have broad actions and this one looks very good in the early results," he added.

  4. Yorkshire and Lincolnshire go to the polls

    People in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire go to the polls today to cast their vote and decide who runs services which affect their area.

    Polling station sign

    Local council elections, police and crime commissioner roles and West Yorkshire's first elected mayor will all be decided by voters.

    Some polling stations are different this year because of the Covid pandemic and people are being asked to check where to go to cast their ballot.

    You can find out more here about which elections are taking place in your area.

  5. Council leader survives vote of no confidence

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The leader of City of York Council has survived a vote of no confidence, it's been confirmed.

    City of York Council building

    The Labour group proposed the vote of no confidence in Liberal Democrat council leader Keith Aspden and it was supported by the Conservative group.

    A meeting was held last night to discuss the findings of a public interest report into the council’s handling of a payout to former council chief executive Mary Weastell.

    The motion put forward by Labour councillors said: “Council resolves that it no longer has confidence in Councillor Keith Aspden to undertake the role of council leader with the integrity, professionalism and ethical standards required of someone having the honour to represent this great city at such a high level."

    All members of the Lib Dem group, the Green Party group and independent councillor Dave Taylor voted against the motion.

    All members of the Labour group, Conservative group and independent councillors John Galvin and Mark Warters voted for the motion.

    The vote of no confidence was lost with 25 votes against, 21 votes for and one absention.

  6. Wars of Roses battle scene stamps released

    Eight special stamps marking the Wars of the Roses have been released.

    Battle of Wakefield stamp

    The Wars of the Roses, some of the most notorious battles to have taken place in British history, were a series of civil wars for the throne of England between the House of York and the House of Lancaster, both members of the royal Plantagenet family.

    Between 1455 and 1487 England was torn apart by a series of violent struggles for the throne.

    The period witnessed the deposition of three kings, and the violent death of two of them, in a series of bloody battles which became known as the Wars of the Roses.

    Battle of Towton stamp

    The conflicts are thought to be named after the emblems of the contending parties: the white rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster

    The Battle of Towton in North Yorkshire in 1461 and The Battle of Wakefield in 1460 are among those featured in the collection which were illustrated by Graham Turner, a leading medieval and military artist.

  7. Wednesday's Yorkshire and Lincolnshire weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    After a dry and sunny start this morning it will turn cloudier this afternoon, with occasional showers in some places and a moderate breeze.

    Showers will continue this evening, some of these will be heavy and wintry over high ground.

    Overnight it will become dry with clear spells developing:

    Weather graphic
  8. Survey asks 'What is Yorkshireness'?

    An online survey is asking questions about what gives Yorkshire its identity and how people define 'Yorkshireness'?

    Ribblehead viaduct

    The Yorkshire Society's Big Yorkshire Conversation is asking these thorny questions with the aid of the University of Hull.

    It is the largest county in the UK and has more than 5,000,000 inhabitants.

    Stewart Arnold, of the university, said: "It's like a country in miniature, such is the diversity."

    The Yorkshire Society, a non political and not-for-profit organisation, said it hoped the survey would start "a wide-ranging discussion about the future of the region".

    It includes questions on Yorkshire identity, use of the Yorkshire name by companies and devolution.

  9. Youth arrested after boys robbed and attacked in York field

    A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after a violent robbery in York which left a teenager with head injuries, according to police.

    Field next to Millenium Bridge in York

    North Yorkshire Police said two teenage victims were approached by a youth in a field by York's Millenium Bridge on Saturday.

    One suffered deep cuts to his face in the attack and the second had his phone stolen.

    A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault, wounding with intent and robbery, officers confirmed.

    He has been released on bail.