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Force deals with highest ever number of 999 calls

North Yorkshire's police force is urging people to avoid making unnecessary calls after it received the highest number of 999 calls it's ever had to deal with in a single month.

Control room
North Yorkshire Police

The force says last month it dealt with almost 10,000 emergency calls - more than 300 every day.

On 29 June, the hottest day of 2019 so far, the force's control room dealt with nearly 400 calls from across the county.

North Yorkshire Police Control Room Manager, Jane Larkin, says: "There are many examples where a call to 999 is not an emergency, whether a hoax, accidental call, or details of a crime which has already happened that could have been reported via 101.

"Unnecessary 999 calls significantly impact on our ability to deal with genuine emergencies, so I’d really ask the public to think twice before picking up the phone and dialling."

'Don't go to London' - Rail firm's bank holiday warning

York-based rail company LNER is urging passengers not to travel to London over the bank holiday weekend.

No trains sign
Jules Bellerby

There'll be no trains in or out of London Kings Cross as work takes place to increase capacity on the East Coast Mainline, the firm has warned.

The work means the section between Peterborough and London will be completely closed for the first time in 20 years.

Mother thanks police services after death of Andrew Harper

A mother has written to North Yorkshire Police to say thanks for their service following the death of PC Andrew Harper.

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She said her six-year-old son, who had previously had "bad experiences" with the emergency services because of his family's drug and domestic violence problems, wanted to thank them for "everything you do to keep us safe".

A police constable at Fulford Police Station tweeted: "This is something that really means a lot to all of us that work to protect our local communities."

PC Harper, who got married four weeks ago, was killed while investigating a burglary in Sulhamstead, Berkshire.

Cleveland Police installs knife bins

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Permanent bins to surrender knives and sharp objects are being rolled out across the Cleveland force area.

It follows the installment of a permanent bin at Middlesbrough Police Station earlier this year and ties in with the arrival of the Knife Angel in Centre Square, in Middlesbrough.

The 27ft sculpture is made from more than 100,000 discarded knives and confiscated weapons from police forces around the country- and is a reminder of the devastation caused by knife crime.

Knife Angel

Students from Stockton Riverside College and NETA Training are now putting together their own piece of artwork with the knives that have been handed in across the Cleveland Police area.

Permanent knife bins are now located at the four main police stations in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland.

Supt Wendy Tinkler said: “Providing a permanent facility for our communities to hand in knives and sharp objects is just one of a number of ways that we can come together with members of the public to tackle knife crime"

Cleveland officer, Police's PCC Barry Coppinger and campaigner Theresa Cave

Review to examine costs and benefits of HS2 rail project

The government is launching a review of the planned high-speed HS2 rail link - with a “go or no-go" decision to be made by the end of the year, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said.


A branch of the rail link is set to run through South Yorkshire and on to Leeds while another stretch of the route is planned to run into North Yorkshire.

The review will consider whether and how the project to connect London and northern England should proceed, looking at costs and benefits.

Mr Shapps refused to rule out scrapping the project entirely and said it was "responsible" to see if it was "going to stack up".


The first segment of the HS2 development between London and Birmingham is due to open at the end of 2026, with the second phase to Leeds and Manchester scheduled for completion by 2032-33.

When asked about the £7bn already spent on the project, Mr Shapps said: "Just because you've spent a lot of money on something does not mean you should plough more and more money into it."

A final report will be sent to the government in the autumn.

Sleepwalking man cleared of sexually assaulting woman

A man with a history of sleepwalking has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of sexually assaulting his friend's girlfriend in North Yorkshire.

Dale Kelly
Ben Lack

Dale Kelly, 21, sleepwalked into the couple's bedroom, got into their bed and touched the woman intimately.

His defence barrister told jurors Kelly could not say what happened as he was asleep at the time.

At York Crown Court, Judge Simon Hickey told Kelly, of Dalton-le-Dale in County Durham, he was considering a hospital order.

Wednesday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

Southwesterly winds will tend to strengthen today, and although there will be some bright or sunny spells, a few light showers or spots of rain are likely.

Tonight, there'll be outbreaks of rain, which should ease during the early hours:

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Yorkshire contestants to star in Great British Bake Off

A fashion designer from Halifax and a support worker from Rotherham are among four of the 13 contestants taking part in this year's Great British Bake Off.

The programme returns to Channel 4 on Tuesday 27 August, the third series since it moved across from BBC One.

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Online project manager Helena (pictured above), 40, lives in Leeds and spent much of her childhood watching her Spanish grandmother cook and bake.

Sportswear fashion designer, Amelia, 24, is from Halifax and honed her baking skills while at university.

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International health adviser David (pictured above), 36, is originally from Yorkshire and as a child, his mum baked all the time, meaning the family never ate a shop-bought loaf at home.

Finally, support worker Dan, 32, is from Rotherham. He says he has fond memories of his mum showing him how to bake a Victoria sponge as a child.

East Yorks wind farm failure highlighted over blackout

A lightning strike followed by "almost simultaneous unexpected power losses" at two energy plants, including one in East Yorkshire, caused country-wide blackouts earlier this month, an interim report has found.

Electricity pylons
PA Media

The failure at Hornsea off-shore wind farm and Little Barford gas power station in Bedfordshire occurred independently, the report from National Grid Electricity System Operator said.

The power cut was so severe that back-up power wasn't enough to get systems back on.

As a result, the system automatically disconnected customers on the distribution network with about 5% of electricity demand being turned off to protect the other 95%.

Much of York was affected by the power cut and passengers were trapped on trains on the East Coast Mainline in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

Areas of cloud could bring a few showers or spots of rain through the day, with some of the showers perhaps on the thundery side this afternoon.

It will be dry tonight with clear periods at times, but areas of cloud, and perhaps the odd shower, could occasionally drift in from the south-west:

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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.


  • The 08:39 Leeds to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 09:30 Doncaster to Kings Cross service has been cancelled

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

Yorkshire transport spending a third of London's - Report

Yorkshire's transport system is set to get less than a third of the money the government plans to spend on London's, new research shows.


The figures show that out of the 12 regions making up the UK, Yorkshire is one of the worst funded overall.

The research by IPPR North claims Yorkshire will receive £321 a year on transport for each person. In London the figure is more than treble that, standing at £1,023.

The think tank says the imbalance is holding back the North's economy and devolving power away from Whitehall is the best way forward.

But the Department for Transport says the figures are misleading.

Weapons including suspected petrol bomb recovered

A number of offensive weapons, including a machete, a knife, CS spray, a hammer and a suspected petrol bomb,have been recovered by police following a disturbance in Billingham last night.

Officers were called to Quenby Road at about 22:15 after reports of a dispute involving a group of males.

When police arrived a majority of the group had dispersed, but a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon in a public place and remains in custody.

Witnesses are being asked to contact police.

suspected petrol bomb

Monday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

A bright and breezy day is expected, with some good spells of sunshine.

Occasional heavy showers may turn thundery at times.

Any daytime showers will fade through this evening:

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Yorkshire Water flood prevention tree planting scheme

Yorkshire Water has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by planting more trees across the county.

Tree planting

Several water companies have agreed to plant 11 million trees over the next decade.

Work has already started in the Calder Valley to plant 200,000 young trees near Hebden Bridge.

The area was one of the worst hit in Yorkshire during severe flooding in December 2015.

The company says it hopes this will help prevent future flooding in the area.

Countryfile 'can't apologise enough' for traffic delays

Organisers of Countryfile Live at Castle Howard say they "can't apologise enough" for traffic problems getting to the event in North Yorkshire yesterday.

Castle Howard

They say a change to the traffic plan appears to be working today and have advised motorists to avoid the A64 where possible.

They introduced the new plan after some motorists complained it was taking them up to five hours to get to the event on Thursday.

Frustrated drivers tweeted about their "horrendous" experiences stuck in long traffic jams on the A64 and the road leading up to the stately home.

Site manager Tim Filmer says: "We had a good number of challenges yesterday and that's an understatement.

"On behalf of everybody at Countryfile, sincere apologies for all the delays that happened. We can't apologise enough."

Yorkshire's wet Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Showery rain is expected to clear for a while, to then be followed by further rain through the afternoon.

A few scattered showers are possible overnight, but on the whole it will be largely dry and clear:

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Dispersal zones after youth gang disorder

BBC Tees

Neighbourhood officers are urging parents to keep a closer eye on their children after a rise in anti-social behaviour in Redcar.

It follows reports of groups of up to 40 youths gathering on the Ings Estate.

Residents say stones have been thrown at cars and homes, with verbal abuse and aggressive behaviour towards anyone challenging them.

Dispersal orders have now been put in place, which cover the the area bounded by Redcar Lane and Greenstones Road, including the Embleton Court shopping parade.

A 14-year-old youth has been arrested after refusing to leave the area - it is a criminal offence to return for up to 48 hours after a dispersal notice is issued

Cash bid to ease traffic woes and boost pedestrian safety

BBC Tees

A multimillion-pound bid is being made to ease traffic woes between Wynyard and Hartlepool.

Stockton and Hartlepool councils are jointly applying for £26.75m from the government.

The wishlist is headed by improvements to roundabouts and junctions on the A689, and a new footpath and cycle links to Wolviston, Billingham and Hartlepool.

Following growing concern from residents about the absence of safe crossings, it also includes a pedestrian crossing on the A689 at the Meadows roundabout and new footbridges over the road at Wynyard and the A19 at Wolviston Services.

The bid is backed by Tees Valley Combined Authority and Transport for the North.

Meadows Roundabout on the A689

Castle Howard awash with wellies as Countryfile arrives

Thousands of people are expected to descend on a North Yorkshire stately home today as it plays host to Countryfile Live.

Countryfile presenters

About 15,000 are predicted to visit Castle Howard over the next four days to see presenters of the BBC show, including John Craven, Ellie Harrison and Matt Baker.

The arena at Castle Howard, widely recognised from the TV adaption of the Evelyn Waugh novel Brideshead Revisited, has taken three weeks to build.

Castle Howard

Organisers are advising people to arrive early to avoid traffic delays

They say: "The show opens from 08:30. We have a dedicated traffic management plan for when you leave the A64, so please follow the AA signs."

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Gillian Brown

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There will be a few showers around this morning but they will clear away quite quickly and it'll turn dry and bright day for most.

Temperatures could get up to 21C in places:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be running to time, however:

  • The 08:55 service from York to Edinburgh is running about 24 minutes late
  • The 09:01 service from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds is running about 24 minutes late
  • The 09:15 service from Doncaster to Leeds is running about 15 minutes late
  • The 09:35 service from Doncaster to Sheffield has been cancelled

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

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A few scattered showers are possible through the morning, but for most places it should be largely dry with clouds breaking through the morning to allow a good deal of sunshine.

Tonight will start dry and clear, but cloud will build quickly ahead of heavy, showery rain moving in from the west:

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Middlesbrough cannabis farm seized

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A cannabis farm believed to be worth about £120,000 was discovered at a property in Middlesbrough.

The farm was found after a warrant was executed at the address in Lothian Road.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of production of class B drugs and remains in custody.

This search was part of Cleveland Police’s Operation Phoenix, a summer long operation to improve public service, help vulnerable people, tackle serious violence and prevent crime.

Care for older patients enhanced with ward refurbishment

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A ward at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital has had a £1m revamp, which will enhance care for older patients

The ward 11 refurbishment was funded by the trust’s PFI contract.

The improvements, which have taken six months to complete, provide a bright and modern ward for older patients with a range of needs.

Bay areas have easily accessible oxygen points, the floor is refurbished in grey, not blue, so that patients with dementia do not mistake it for water. There is extra space with more rooms, enabling improved discretion for difficult conversations that need to be had. The most significant change is the increase in bathrooms on the ward and disabled wet rooms"

Samantha Roberts,Ward 11 manager

Improvements will now begin on ward 12 and the programme will see seven other wards being refurbished.

Vulnerable man hurt in 'despicable' attack

An attack on a vulnerable man on a Hartlepool street has been branded "despicable" by police.

The 63-year-old was approached by a man and woman on Duke Street who asked him for a cigarette, between 23:00 and 23:30 on Sunday.

When he said he did not have one he was punched and hit, suffering injuries to his face, back of the head, chest and wrist.

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “This is a despicable attack on a vulnerable man who was left with some nasty injuries.

"I’d like to appeal for anyone with any information regarding the man and woman who may be involved, and would urge anyone who may have private CCTV around the area of Duke Street to get in touch.”

Duke Street

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a cloudy day with very heavy outbreaks of rain, especially in southern Lincolnshire.

Temperatures will get up to about 18C:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, there are a large number of delayed and cancelled services due to a points failure between Newcastle and Durham and overrunning engineering works near Mirfield.

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

Yorkshire's wet Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain are possible in places this morning and this afternoon with dry intervals.

Through the evening and overnight cloud cover will tend to be extensive and further outbreaks of rain may move in from time to time:

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Toilets and cricket are among 'top' Yorkshire experiences

A toilet in East Yorkshire has made it onto a list of the UK's top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems.

Hull toilets
Peter Williams

Spending a penny at Hull's Victoria Pier toilets scraped in near the bottom of the list at number 483 on the tourism guide published by the Lonely Planet.

Other attractions sporting fewer tiles and less porcelain included the Yorkshire Dales National Park (number 18), Robin Hood's Bay (26) and, in at number 30, York Minster.

Dales/Robin Hoods Bay/York Minster
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Birdwatchers will be pleased that Bempton Cliffs, an internationally important nature reserve at Flamborough Head in East Yorkshire, made it on to the list at number 136.

And Saltaire, a grand social experiment in West Yorkshire, is listed at 224.

Sir Titus Salt, who made his fortune in the textile industry, built Saltaire mill near Bradford and an adjoining village for his workers.

The village has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site.

RSPB/David Dixon/Geograph

Other Yorkshire wonders in the top 500 UK experiences include the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield and Middleham Castle in Wensleydale.

And also making it onto the eclectic list is cliff-top cricket watching in Sewerby:

J Thomas/Geograph

In all, 40 of Yorkshire's enticing attractions were included on the list of the best British experiences.

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be mostly dry and bright today but there could be a few isolated showers in places.

Temperatures will get up to 19C:

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, however:

  • The 09:06 service from Sheffield to Adwick has been cancelled
  • The 09:31 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds has been cancelled

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

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry day with sunny spells with occasional showers and gentle westerly winds.

This evening and overnight is expected to remain dry with long clear spells and a gentle breeze:

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