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Severe disruption: A66 North Yorkshire westbound

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A66 North Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from Middlesbrough Road to A171.

A66 North Yorkshire - A66 in South Bank closed and it's slow westbound from the Middlesbrough Road junction to Cargo Fleet Interchange, because of an overturned car.

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

What the Heck: Is 'sausage and mash' kit in bad taste?

A North Yorkshire football club says its players have been banned by the Football Association (FA) from wearing their "sausage and mash" kit until a decision's made over whether it conforms to FA rules.

Sausage kit
Bedale AFC

Bedale AFC play in the North Riding Football League and is sponsored by local sausage manufacturer, Heck.

The club's away strip features sausages, mashed potato and peas and the "Supporting Prostate Cancer" logo.

Club chairman Martyn Coombs said: "We study the FA guidelines very carefully to ensure we are within the law.

"We know the kit does not show anything distasteful, threatening, abusive, indecent, insulting, or discriminatory.

"The whole point of the kit has always been to raise awareness for prostate cancer and to raise money for this wonderful charity," he added.

The club says the sausage kit is only worn when there is a colour clash with the home team, so is used very infrequently.

The FA has been contacted for comment.

Middlesbrough PDSA mobile clinic

Today is the last chance for a free MOT health check for cats in Middlesbrough.

The PSDA animal charity has stationed its first mobile clinic at Stewart Park.

Though the PetWise Mobile Unit is aimed at cat owners, its experts will also see dog-lovers and their pets.

It is open until 16:00.


Severe disruption: A689 County Durham eastbound

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A689 County Durham eastbound severe disruption, from Samsung Avenue to A19.

A689 County Durham - A689 Coal Lane in Durham closed and stationary eastbound from Samsung roundabout to Seal Sands roundabout, because of an overturned lorry.

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

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry and cloudy morning is expected followed by an afternoon of sunny spells and a light south-westerly wind.

Tonight should see a fine evening with late spells of sunshine:

Weather graphic

'Don't travel to London' - Bank holiday railway warning

Rail passengers are being urged not to travel on the East Coast Main Line this bank holiday weekend because of major engineering work on the route.

Train departures

Network Rail is carrying out more than 400 engineering projects as part of a £1.2bn upgrade.

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

Train warning sign
BBC/Jules Bellerby

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

It means potential disruption for people heading to events like the Ashes at Headingley, the Leeds Festival and the Ebor Festival in York.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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


  • The 08:30 Wakefield to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 09:39 Doncaster to Cleethorpes service has been cancelled

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

Plans revealed for the future of Gresham

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Hundreds of new homes could be built in part of Middlesbrough town centre.

Middlesbrough Council is considering proposals to build 200 homes in the Gresham area.

The properties would be a mix of mews houses, apartments and bungalows and would be on land between Linthorpe Road and Union Street.

Middlesbrough's Mayor Andy Preston said: "This is going to be a massive part of everything we need to do to make sure the town centre is revitalised and a place where people feel safe and want to live and visit."

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."

West Lane Hospital: Suspended staff 'still working'

Thirteen staff suspended over the alleged ill-treatment of patients at a mental health unit are still working for the trust, the BBC has learned.

The workers at West Lane Hospital in Middlesbrough faced claims they used techniques for moving people that were "not in line with trust policy".

It has now emerged an inquiry has not led to any of them being dismissed.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust would not reveal where they now worked but said patient safety was a priority.

It also declined to reveal the outcome of the disciplinary processes for reasons of "individual confidentiality".

The news, uncovered through a BBC Freedom of Information request, has come in the week the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the facility as inadequate and said patients were at high risk of "avoidable harm".

West Lane Hospital

'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.

Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, at J58 for A68.

A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) in Durham partially blocked southbound at J58, A68 (Burtree), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Beach Access North East helps make seaside more open
The wheelchair charity ensuring everyone can enjoy the sand and the sea.

RNLI equipment stolen in Saltburn

Vital lifesaving equipment has been stolen from the RNLI in Saltburn.

Thieves broke into the lifeguard unit sometime between the team finishing their shift on Monday and returning on Tuesday morning.

It's believed those involved were familiar with the unit as they stole the keys for the RNLI’s red 4x4 quad bike.

The RNLI says the equipment is used on a daily basis to save lives and is a "massive blow" for the whole team as it's funded by public donations

Police are investigating and the RNLI has increased security at its lifeguard units following the incident.

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

Severe disruption: A66 County Durham eastbound

BBC News Travel

A66 County Durham eastbound severe disruption, from A67 to A1.

A66 County Durham - One lane closed and queues on A66 eastbound from the A67 junction in Bowes to the A1(M) J53 Scotch Corner junction in Scotch Corner, because of emergency repairs.

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

Severe disruption: A171 North Yorkshire eastbound

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A171 North Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, from Margrove Road to Stanghow Road.

A171 North Yorkshire - A171 in Charltons closed and queues eastbound from the Margrove Road junction to the Stanghow Road junction, because of a lorry that's broken down.

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

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.

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, from J51 for A684 Leeming Bar to J50 for A61.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's very slow on A1(M) southbound from J51, A684 (Leeming Bar) to J50, A61 (Ripon), because of a break down.

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

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:

Weather graphic

West Lane Hospital patients 'at high risk of avoidable harm'

A mental health unit for young people where two patients died in two months has been rated inadequate.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found patients at West Lane hospital in Middlesbrough were not safe and at high risk of "avoidable harm".

Inspectors found not all staff had the skills or experience to do their job, and some wards had insufficient staff.

The Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust said it was taking "urgent action" to address the issues raised.

Admissions to the hospital were temporarily suspended following the death of 17-year-old Christie Harnett in June, and on 9 August Nadia Sharif, also 17, died.

Both their families have called for action to be taken to prevent further deaths.

In March it was revealed 13 members of staff were facing disciplinary proceedings over the alleged ill treatment of patients.

West Lane Hospital

Teenagers tackle anti-social behavior in Stockton

Louise Hobson

BBC Tees

A group of teenagers have spent their summer renovating a garden at a community centre in Stockton.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) project aims to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.

The 15 teens, from across Stockton and Billingham, started renovating the garden area at Primrose Hill Community Centre last month.

Mural Primrose Hill Community Cent

Amrit Muirhead, 16, said: “We heard that since the community centre reopened last summer anti-social behaviour in the local area has reduced.

"With this in mind we came up with the idea of renovating the centre’s gardens to ensure that local young people have more to keep them occupied and out of trouble.

"The garden can now be used for BBQs, a meeting place, a working garden and for other events for years to come. The staff have been really chuffed with the work we’ve completed.”

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.

C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon/PA Wire

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.

C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon/PA Wire

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.

Attempted murder arrest after Richmond stabbing

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed and left with serious injuries in Richmond.

Police jacket

Police were called by ambulance crews at about 21:20 on Sunday after they found a man with stab injuries at a property in the town.

The man said his injuries had been sustained in the Garden Village area of the town while he was walking his dog.

He was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital for further treatment. His injuries are thought not to be life-threatening or life-changing, police say.

A 27-year-old man from Catterick has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody.

Anyone who was in the area at the time the man was attacked, or who may have witnessed what happened, is being asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

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:

A weather graphic

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:

Travel: Train lines blocked between Saltburn and Middlesbrough

All services have been suspended between Saltburn and Middlesbrough due to an incident in South Bank.

Energancy services are in attendance and Northern has said “all lines are blocked”.

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