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Heavy rainfall causes police HQ leak

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Alex Metcalfe

Cleveland Police’s new £20m headquarters has sprung a leak.

Persistent heavy rain has fallen on Teesside for the past 48 hours, and the sheer volume took its toll on the Community Safety Hub in Hemlington yesterday.

It is understood the leak is only minor and has not affected any operational activities.

The state-of-the-art headquarters officially opened last summer after the force moved out of its 1970s office block on Ladgate Lane due to soaring running costs of about £1m a year. It sold the land near Marton for almost £17.8m to help pay for the new hub.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service understands the direction of rainfall was a factor in the leak and that patching repairs will be carried out by contractors today.

Cost of centre for disabled children may rise by £250,000

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The cost of building a new centre for disabled children and their families in York could rise by £250,000.

Artists impression
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And, if extra funding is not approved the whole £4.3 million pound project could be delayed, or potentially lose more than £1m of grant funding, according to a council report.

The centre will offer support services for children and their families in the community as well as accommodation for short respite breaks.

Councillors are going to be asked next week to approve an extra £250,000 for the centre, which is due to be built in Hob Moor, to help "manage the risk of overspend”.

York boat trips cancelled after 'significant' river rise

Sightseeing cruises in York have been cancelled today because of "a significant rise" in the river level in the city.

Boats at Lendal Bridge
Geograph/Stephen Craven

City Cruises York, which offers an "entertaining and informative" tour of the River Ouse, said services had been cancelled for the day.

The company says its fleet of red self-drive boats will not be available for hire either, for the same reason.

City Cruises York apologised for any inconvenience and said it would provide an update about services on Saturday and Sunday as soon as possible.

BreakingFather and daughter die in car crash

A father and daughter have been killed in a car crash in Guisborough.

Michael Liddell, 68, from Moorsholm died in the crash at the junction of Middlesbrough Road and the A171 at about 12:00 yesterday.

He was in the back of a black Hyundai being driven by his daughter Sarah Liddell, 41, from Marske.

She was seriously hurt and died in hospital this morning.

The 18-year-old man driving the other car, a blue BMW, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Cleveland Police is appealing for witnesses.

Sarah Liddell
Family photograph

Huge fire rips through former Middlesbrough hotel

Investigations have begun into a large fire which engulfed a well-known former Teesside hotel last night.

Cleveland Fire Brigade was called to Marton Hotel and Country Club, south of Middlesbrough, just before 19:00.

At the height of the blaze 40 firefighters were at the scene trying to save the building, which has been empty since 2017.

Duty officer Joe Flounders said it was too early to say what caused the fire but "at this point we suspect that it's a deliberate act".

Cleveland Fire Brigade

No-one was reported hurt but nearby homes had to be evacuated.

The A172 Stokesley Road is still closed this morning.

Yorkshire's wet Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and wet start with persistent and heavy rain in places.

Rain should gradually ease and clear during the day, with some sunny spells expected this afternoon.

Any lingering daytime showers should clear in the evening to leave a dry, clear, night:

Weather graphic

Check your Yorkshire train journey

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, most services appear to be running to time so far.


  • The 08:04 Leeds to Sheffield via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 08:21 York to Kings Cross service is cancelled

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

Fugitive Hull crime boss could be in Ireland

The head of a drugs gang who has been on the run since being sentenced to 21 years behind bars in December may have fled to Ireland, say police.

Alfred Phillip Dear
North Yorkshire Police

Alfred Phillip Dear, 46, from Hull, headed up an organised crime gang who stood trial last year for drug dealing and a cash machine raid.

But he failed to turn up to court in Leeds to hear the verdict and he was sentenced in his absence.

It's now thought that Dear, who is on the UK Crimestoppers’ Most Wanted list, might be in the Republic of Ireland.

Dear, who goes by the name of Alfie and has a Yorkshire accent, is described as white, about 5ft 10in, with grey hair and possibly facial hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police while sightings should be reported to An Garda Siochana.

Girl fights off would-be abductor with umbrella

A teenage girl fought off a man with her umbrella after he attempted to get her in to his van.


North Yorkshire police said the 17-year-old was walking along Tudor Road, in York, at about 20:15 on 7 June when a black van pulled up alongside her and a man asked if she was “going to get into the car?”.

When she refused the man drove in to her path, got out of the van and pushed her.

The girl then hit the man around the head with her umbrella and fled towards the Clock House pub.

The suspect is described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall and of skinny build.

He is said to be about 55 years-old, has a long, white beard and receding hair and speaks with a Yorkshire accent.

He was wearing glasses, a grey t-shirt, a black coat, black jeans and black boots.

The vehicle is described as a small black camper van with a side door with blacked out windows.

Officers are urging anyone with information to get in touch.

York woman killing it in taxidermy

If you were asked to conjure up an image of a taxidermist, you could be forgiven for visualising a moustachioed man in Victorian hunting attire.

Emilie Woodford
Emilie Woodford

But now, more than a century after the practice reached a peak of popularity, a new wave of female taxidermists aims to change people's perceptions about their profession.

One of them is Emilie Woodford from York (pictured), who is on the committee of the Guild of UK Taxidermists.

Stuffed bird
Emilie Woodford

The 28-year old worked as a veterinary nurse before changing her career.

"Wildlife was brought in and it was such a waste when it died; everything was lost forever," she says.

Emilie hopes the industry can be better understood in the future.

"It's not all old men working in their sheds," she says, "films like 101 Dalmatians and Paddington don't help because they portray taxidermists as these evil people, but I really hope we can change the public's opinion."

Man arrested after hit-and-run leaves girl, 12, 'critical'

A man's been arrested after a 12-year-old girl was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash involving a motorbike in York.

Low Poppleton Lane

The girl suffered head injuries when she was hit by the vehicle on Low Poppleton Lane yesterday afternoon.

North Yorkshire Police said she was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment where she is in a "critical condition".

A 29-year-old York man was arrested at 20:00 yesterday on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop and remains in custody, police say.

Watch: Prison rampage caught on camera

Footage has been released of a prisoner who went on a rampage at a high-security prison in East Yorkshire.

About 100 officers were called in to tackle John Onyemaechi, who caused £15,000 of damage at HMP Full Sutton near York.

Onyemaechi, who was serving a double life sentence for offences including attempted murder, attacked staff at the jail and started a fire in August 2018.

He was given an additional six years and nine months by Judge David Tremberg at Hull Crown Court for the prison disorder.

Rain, rain go away?

If you're keen to know how long the summer sun is going to soak us in its warming glow today, look no further.

Here's a handy graphic, kindly supplied by the Met Office, of the heavy rain forecast to move across Yorkshire today:

The Environment Agency has a number of flood warnings and alerts in place.

You can check to see if there are any where you are by clicking here.

Thieves target three cash machines across North Yorkshire

Thieves targeted three cash machines across North Yorkshire in the early hours of yesterday morning, it's emerged.

Police uniform

In the early hours of Wednesday, it was reported that a street in York had been cordoned off after an ATM was ripped out of the wall.

Police have now confirmed that thieves targeted a second cashpoint in the city as well as a third in the Harrogate area.

North Yorkshire Police believe the incidents are linked, with four or five men involved.

At about 01:20, police were called to reports of a break-in at Starbeck Post Office, on the High Street, with the cash machine inside the building forced open and money stolen.

Then, at 03:56, officers received reports of a break-in at the Post Office on York's Colliergate, where it's believed thieves targeted the cash machine.

At 06:23, staff arriving for work at the Co-Op on York's Hull Road reported damage to shutters, though no money was taken from the cashpoint.

Anyone with information about these incidents is being asked to contact police.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with rain for much of the day, but the afternoon may see the rain starting to ease in some areas.

Rain will continue to ease tonight and it should become largely dry for a time.

Another area of rain is likely to arrive after midnight, with a cloudy and wet end to the night expected:

weather graphic

York hit-and-run leaves girl, 12, badly injured

A 12-year-old girl has been seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash involving a motorbike in York.

Low Poppleton Rd

She suffered head injuries when she was hit by the vehicle on Low Poppleton Lane yesterday afternoon.

North Yorkshire Police said she was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment.

The rider of the grey or silver coloured bike who rode away from the scene was wearing a black jacket and white helmet.

A police spokesman said the girl's family members were with her at the hospital.

The force has appealed for anyone who saw the crash or has dash-cam footage to contact the force.

More than 100 officers tackled a single inmate during a 'rampage' at Full Sutton prison.
More than 100 officers tackled a single inmate during a "rampage" at Full Sutton prison.

York's Shambles under threat from rising rent, traders say

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Traders claim City of York Council is threatening the character of York’s historic Shambles by increasing rents.

The Shambles
Geograph/Paul Buckingham

The council owns about 70% of the units on the hugely popular street and retailers say the local authority has increased rents by about 10%, with prices rising to about £100 per square foot.

Chairman of York Retail Form Phil Pinder said: “The turnover of businesses is very high, someone’s always prepared to have a go on the Shambles.

“But there are less independent shops now and the Shambles will be a totally different street in five years."

The council says it's always willing to discuss individual circumstances with it's tenants and works to support local business.

York to host Van Gogh UK premiere

York is to host the UK premiere of a 360-degree Van Gogh exhibition previously only seen in Brussels and Naples.

Van Gogh projection
York Museums Trust

The immersive experience will see more than 200 animated paintings projected onto walls, floors and ceilings, allowing visitors to step inside the artist's work.

The man behind the project, Mario Iacampo,says: “For so many people, art is inaccessible - paintings hung in galleries where you understand little context about the work.

"This experience changes that completely, with some of the most famous pieces of art in the world shown on a larger than life scale, bringing the images to life with movement that isn’t confined to the edges of a picture frame.”

St Mary's church on Coppergate will host Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience from 5 July.

Whirlpool told to recall dryers in 'unprecedented' move

The government is to serve a recall notice on Whirlpool over concerns about the safety of its tumble dryers.


The "unprecedented step" means the company will have to recall hundreds of thousands of appliances over fears they pose a fire safety risk.

It comes after 5.3 million dryers under Whirlpool's Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands required modifying after several fires, including a tower block blaze.

Whirlpool said safety was its "number one priority".

The company estimates that between 300,000 and 500,000 faulty products could still be in UK homes, three years after the first safety notice was issued - although there is no definitive register to judge the accuracy of the estimate.

Last year, the BBC's Watchdog Live consumer programme uncovered cases in which machines had caught fire even after being fixed.

And in April, the Office for Product Safety and Standards published a report, urging Whirlpool to improve its risk management, and"reach affected consumers in more creative ways"to minimise the risk of faulty machines still being in people's homes.

The recall notice was announced in the Commons by business minister Kelly Tolhurst after former Conservative minister Andrew Griffiths raised "great concern" over Whirlpool's "straightness".

Warning of 'heavy persistent' rain issued

A Met Office weather warning for heavy rain is in place across Yorkshire.

Map of rain
Met Office

It's a Yellow warning which means spells of "heavy and persistent rain have the potential to bring flooding and disruption to transport in places".

The Met Office says: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings."

At the moment the warning is in force until lunchtime tomorrow.

Yorkshire's wet Wednesday weather

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy today with rain becoming persistent and heavy at times.

It'll stay wet this evening with a brisk breeze making it chilly for the time of year.

The rain will continue throughout the night:

weather graphic

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this wet Wednesday morning, most services appear to be running to time so far.

However, the 08:04 Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley service has been cancelled.

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

Head-on death crash motorcyclists named

Two motorcyclists who died in a head-on crash in North Yorkshire have been named by police.

Paul Dee, 63, from Redcar, and 56-year-old Graham Bowen, from Stockton, were travelling in opposite directions on the B1257 when they collided near Chop Gate on Sunday morning.

Both died at the scene.

The family of Mr Dee, a retired police officer, described him as a "loving husband, father, stepfather, father-in-law, granddad and brother".

Cleveland Police Chief Constable Richard Lewis said he was a "much respected and loved officer".

He added: "He worked in a number of roles including firearms, traffic and was also the sergeant responsible for the motorbike section.

“I am visiting [Paul's family] to offer my condolences in person.

"We have also offered additional support to any of our colleagues that are impacted by the loss.”

Paul Dee (left) and Graham Bowen
Family photo

North Yorkshire Police has appealed for witnesses to the crash at about 11:50 on Sunday

York families missing out on free healthy food vouchers

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Almost £40,000 worth of vouchers for free food were not claimed last year in York, according to a group of charities.

Food graphic

The government’s Healthy Start voucher scheme entitles mums on low incomes to coupons that can be spent on healthy food.

Mums get the coupons by speaking to their midwife or health visitor and filling out an application form.

A coalition of 26 charities is now calling for the scheme to be better promoted so more mums and children can benefit from the food coupons.

An estimated £38,419 worth of vouchers were not claimed last year, the charities say.

The coupons can be worth up to £900 per child over their first four years.

Police discuss crackdown on birds of prey killings

Police from around the country are in North Yorkshire today for a special training day in a bid to crack down on bird of prey killings.

A red kite
Getty Images

Wildlife crime officers from England and Wales have gathered at the North Yorkshire Police HQ in Northallerton for a workshop aimed at tackling "raptor prosecution".

More than 100 officers are attending the event, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

North Yorkshire has previously been named the worst area in the country for attacks on birds of prey, with 54 attacks reported in the county between 2012 and 2016.

Double-decker bus hits bridge delaying Yorkshire trains

Trains between York and Doncaster have been delayed after a double-decker bus collided with a bridge.

London North Eastern Railway has posted on Twitter to say trains would be delayed as a result:

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Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be very wet today, with frequent spells of heavy rain.

Watch my full forecast here:

Fines for drivers who don't switch off engines

Drivers in York who don't switch off their engines when requested to could face a £20 fine from today.

Sign on wall

City of York Council is targeting drivers who don't turn off their engines outside schools or nurseries or in residential areas.

It's part of efforts to reduce air pollution in the city centre, but officials say fining drivers is a last resort and the aim is to change motorists' behaviour.

Yorkshire's wet Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A very wet and breezy day today, with prolonged spells of rain.

It will remain wet for much of the night, but rain will gradually turn lighter through the early hours:

Weather graphic

Man 'unconscious for minutes' after York street attack

A man was unconscious for several minutes after an attack in York city centre which saw him twice being punched in the head by an assailant.

Police jacket

The victim, who's aged between 30-40 and who's believed to be from York, was assaulted at about 04:15 on Sunday morning between Rougier Street and Station Road.

The suspect is described as a white male, in his early 20s, with blond/ginger hair with facial hair. He was also wearing a black zip-up jacket with light blue and black trainers.

A man has been arrested and interviewed on suspicion of assault in connection with the incident and has been released under investigation pending further inquiries, police say.

Anyone who saw what happened, or has any other information, is being asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

In particular, officers say they want to speak to the actual victim of the assault.

The driver of a black taxi cab seen in the area when the victim fell to the ground may also have information, according to police.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Tuesday morning, most services appear to be running to time so far.

However, there is currently disruption to services between West Yorkshire and Manchester Piccadilly due to urgent track repairs on the line near Stalybridge.

Services affected are:

  • Northern services between Huddersfield/Marsden and Manchester Piccadilly
  • TransPennine Express services between York and Manchester Airport
  • TransPennine Express services between Hull/Huddersfield and Manchester Piccadilly

Disruption is expected until about 10:00, according to National Rail Enquiries.

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

Yorkshire museums staff set to vote in pay dispute

Workers at the National Railway Museum in York and the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford are to be balloted on strike action in a row over pay.


The Prospect union said its members at the two sites, as well as several other museums run by the Science Museum Group, will vote in the next few weeks over whether to launch a campaign of action.

The union said the move followed the imposition of a below-inflation pay rise of 1.5%, claiming workers had suffered a 13% real-terms pay cut since 2010.

Prospect negotiations officer Sharon Brown said: "Our members in the Science Museum Group love what they do, but they cannot carry on with year after year of real-terms pay cuts.

"For years, our members' pay has risen by less than inflation and the imposition this year of yet another below-inflation, 1.5% pay rise is especially galling when the director has seen his pay increase by a third in just four years."

Uninsured driver plays the name game

It's probably always best before leaving home each day to decide what name you're going to go by.

Especially if you're driving an uninsured vehicle in North Yorkshire...

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