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East Yorkshire pub warns pints and pads don't mix

A pub in East Yorkshire has banned the use of mobile phones and other mobile electronic devices by customers.

White Swan

The White Horse Inn, in Beverley, known locally as Nellies, dates back to 1666 and was originally a coaching inn.

The rules of the traditional boozer now state: no texting, no pictures, no emails, no messages and no Facebook.

Pub rules

Staff say they want Nellies to be a "haven for social conversation."

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.

Beverley's shipbuilding heritage on show in new film

The story of a former East Yorkshire shipbuilder which produced 1,300 vessels over more than 60 years is to be told in a new film.

Cook, Welton & Gemmell shipyard

Cook, Welton & Gemmell of Beverley traded from 1901 to 1963 at their yard on the River Hull.

The site built historic trawlers such as Arctic Corsair and Viola, alongside tugs and minesweepers.

Sam Bartle, the project coordinator, said: "It's a celebration of Beverley's industrial heritage and its global impact."

The Trawling Through Time: The Story Of Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Shipbuilders was a lottery-funded film project including about 40 volunteers looking through company archives.

The film's first showing is at a sold-out Parkway Cinema, Beverley, on 16 August.

Bridlington sports centre reopens after travellers leave

Staff at Bridlington Sports Centre say they are taking steps to prevent travellers disrupting their services again.

Travellers on the fields
Bridlington CYP

The centre had to close for four days because of safety fears after several caravans took over their playing fields.

For the first time, Humberside Police used powers under the Criminal Justice Act to ensure they moved on.

Perimeter fencing is one of the upgrades now being talked about at the site.

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:

Weather graphic

East Yorkshire pooch wins 'hero' award

A cocker spaniel which helps to fetch life-saving medication when his owner becomes ill has won an award.

Clive and Michelle
The Pet Health Club

Clive, from Thorngumbald. has been crowned Pet Hero of the Year with his work helping owner Michelle Rust, who has Addison's disease, a rare deficiency of the adrenal glands.

When Michelle's blood pressure or steroid levels drop, Clive can detect the change and fetches her medication.

Before Clive, Michelle was forced to call for an ambulance.

He was given the national award from The Pet Health Club.

I can’t imagine my life without Clive. He has spent the last six years by my side. He is such a wonderful companion and saves my life daily. He is my knight in shining armour."

Michelle RustClive's owner

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:

weather graphic

Teenage fatal bike crash victim named by police

A 16-year-old motorcyclist who was killed in a collision with a car has been named by police.

Connor Emery
Family Photo

Conor Emery, from Full Sutton, died when his bike crashed with a car on the A166 between Full Sutton and Wetwang at about 11:00 on Monday.

Humberside Police have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Street Angels prepare for Beverley race day

Volunteers who look after racegoers in Beverley say today is their busiest of the year as thousands of people descend on the town for Ladies Day.

Beverley Racecourse.
Simon Cooper/PA Media

The Street Angels patrol the town helping people who might have become vulnerable after drinking alcohol.

Last year, volunteers handed out more than 300 pairs of flip flops and tonight they are doubling the amount of people on patrol.

Travellers ordered to leave Bridlington sports pitch

A group of travellers who set up camp on a sports pitch in Bridlington have been told to move on by police.

The caravans on the site
Bridlington Club for Young People

Officers say they are using powers to evict the travellers from the site in Gypsey Road.

The Bridlington Club for Young People claim there have been fires on the football pitches and the centre has been closed since Sunday amid concerns for public safety.

MP backs call for air powered weapons licence

An East Yorkshire MP is backing calls for the law to be tightened on the sale and use of air powered weapons.

Humberside Police

Diana Johnson, MP for Hull North, is meeting with Jenny Dees who started the campaign after her son, Stanley Metcalf, was shot dead by his great-grandfather with an unlicensed air rifle last year.

Stanley died in hospital after being hit in the abdomen by a pellet at Sproatley, near Hull, on 26 July.

A petition started by Stanley's parents to change the law has so far been signed by 11,000 people.

Under Stanley’s Law it would be an offence to use, possess or acquire an air weapon without an certificate.

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:

Weather graphic

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
Geograph/Peter Church/Pauline E/BBC

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:

Weather graphic

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Rain may linger for a time this morning, together with low cloud.

The afternoon should be brighter with the chance of a few sharp showers.

Showers are expected to continue through the evening and overnight:

Weather graphic

Summer holiday 'Butler School' in East Yorkshire

Children can train to be a butler as part of summer holiday activities at a Georgian country house in East Yorkshire.

A butler
East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Youngsters aged between three and 10 can attend the "Butler School" at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, near Bridlington.

It’s been described as "a great chance for children and families to learn a lot more about life above and below stairs" at the Grade I listed building.

Steam rally in Driffield at risk due to bad weather

A steam rally in Driffield which is due to be held this weekend could be cancelled if the winds gets too strong.

A previous steam rally
Geograph/Paul Glazzard

Big events around the country have already been called off or scaled back because of the weather forecast.

Heavy rain and strong winds are causing disruption across the UK, with several yellow weather warnings in place.

The Driffield show's chair Harold Bell said organisers have contingency plans in place and the event should go ahead unless winds get "well over" 50 mph.

He said: "If the winds do get really ridiculously high we may have to consider cancelling the event, but we're hoping that's not going to happen."

Unexploded bombs found on East Yorkshire beach

Part of an East Yorkshire beach had to be closed yesterday after unexploded ordnance was found in the sand.

Two unexploded bombs
Hornsea Costguard

It happened at about 14:00 between Mappleton and Cowden on an area of the beach known for old weapons.

The items were blown up by Army bomb disposal experts, the coastguard said.

Yorkshire's wet and windy Friday weather forecast

There will be some rain at the start of the day, this heavy in places, but it should clear during the morning.

The afternoon will have sunny spells and showers and it will become increasingly windy.

It will become increasingly windy this evening and tonight, with strong south-westerly winds expected by morning.

There will be a chance of showers overnight, some of them heavy and perhaps thundery:

A weather graphic

Yorkshire rainy and windy weather warning issued

Warnings for rain and wind are in force across nearly all of the UK - including Yorkshire - today with unseasonal weather expected to cause some disruption.

A flood sign
Getty Images

Several festivals and events have been cancelled across the country as forecasters warned of strong wind and heavy rain.

A yellow "be aware" weather warning is in place for much of Yorkshire, with lots of rain expected today and windy weather at the weekend.

The Environment Agency says its staff are ready to respond to any problems caused by the heavy rain that's forecast.

Ben Lukey, who's one of the agency's flood duty managers, said flood alerts and flood warnings will be issued if needed.

He's urging people to stay away from any swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water, as just 1ft of flowing water is enough to move a car.

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 09:30 Doncaster to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 10:14 Bradford Interchange to York service has been cancelled

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

Men arrested in Goole for selling TVs from back of van

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of bogus trading after reportedly selling televisions from the back of a van in East Yorkshire.

Police uniform

The men, who were arrested in Goole last night, are also believed to have been operating in the Newport area.

Police say the suspects are from Winterbourne, near Bristol, and Banbridge, in County Down, Northern Ireland.

Humberside Police want to hear from anyone who has bought, or been offered, televisions or other goods from men trading from a vehicle in the past few days.

Buying goods from door-to-door salesmen is fraught with danger. The goods may be stolen, faulty and are unlikely to have any recourse if a fault develops. They often come without guarantees and the quality and safety of the goods cannot be verified."

Humberside Police

East Yorkshire holiday village extension set for go-ahead

An extension of Thornwick Bay Holiday Village on Flamborough Head is expected to be approved by councillors despite objections.

a sign at the holiday park
Geograph/N Chadwick

More than 200 people have objected to a plan to extend the boundaries of the holiday village, amid concerns that the site was getting too close to the village of Flamborough itself and fears over extra traffic passing through the village.

The redevelopment of the holiday park will involve relocating some holiday homes and developing a nature reserve.

The holiday village's owners want to modernise and refresh the site, but overall the number of pitches will be reduced.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council officials say the development is on a bus route and is sustainable.

It's thought they will be advising councillors to approve the plans when they meet later today.

Police hunt second-hand car test drive 'scammer'

Police are trying to find a man who is believed to take second-hand cars out for test drives before selling them on to unwitting dealers rather than returning them.

Police uniform

Officers are now warning car dealers to be vigilant if they are suspicious of anyone trying to sell a car to them.

The man, who is linked to incidents in Bridlington, Grimsby and Scunthorpe, is described as "very plausible" and always has correct documentation.

On Wednesday 24 July, he disappeared after taking a blue Ford Fiesta with the registration YX07 UVD out for a test drive.

The car was spotted later the same day in Hull displaying trade number plates which weren’t on the car when it was stolen from Bridlington, although the details on the plate couldn’t be made out.

Police believe the man could also be responsible for two other similar thefts at businesses in North Lincolnshire.

Humberside Police are appealing for any information about the suspect who's described as in his late 40s or early 50 and having a Scottish accent.

Missing Bridlington man found safe and well in Scarborough

A missing man from Bridlington has been found safe and well in Scarborough.

North Yorkshire Police have thanked people who shared an appeal to find 55-year-old Mark Hancock.

Humberside Police amnesty sees 25 firearms handed in

A total of 25 firearms have been handed in to Humberside Police during a two-week gun surrender in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Police uniform
Humberside Police

The weapons included two shotguns and 14 air rifles, as well as a large amount of ammunition and gun parts.

The force says it's working to stop firearms falling into the hands of people who use them in crime.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and cloudy in the morning, followed by a sunny afternoon with gentle to moderate winds.

After a mostly fine evening, cloud will thicken bringing heavy rain in the early hours:

Weather graphic

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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


  • The 09:08 Doncaster to Hull via Selby service has been cancelled
  • The 09:40 Sheffield to Liverpool Lime Street service has been cancelled

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

Stanley Metcalf: 10,000 signatures on air rifle petition

A petition calling for air rifle laws to be tightened following the death of six-year-old Stanley Metcalf in East Yorkshire has now been signed by more than 10,000 people.

Stanley Metcalf
Humberside Police

The schoolboy died last year after being shot in Sproatley, near Hull, by great-grandfather Albert Grannon, 78, who has been jailed for three years.

Stanley's mother, Jenny Dees, wants it to be an offence to use, possess or acquire an air weapon without a certificate.

Man pulled to safety by rescue copter after coast fall

A 77-year-old man was winched to safety by a helicopter after suffering a fall on the Yorkshire coast.

Man being pulled to safety by a helicopter
Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team

The coastguard were called to help the man who got into difficulty at Thornwick Bay, with a rescue helicopter then scrambled "due to the location and difficult extraction".

A helicopter and rescuers tending to the man
Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team

After the incident yesterday evening, the coastguard relocated to Bridlington to assist with mooring a broken down yacht.

Allergy check offers 'reassurance' to cafe-goers

An IT specialist from East Yorkshire has come up with a way for people to use their mobile phones to check whether food contains potentially life-threatening allergens.

Justin Clarke

Justin Clarke (pictured) has devised the Menu Mogul scheme, a system where cafe and restaurant customers can scan a QR (quick response) code to get details of allergens present within each dish before ordering.

Mr Clarke said he wanted "to give people that little bit of reassurance that the right level of information is being put against menu items".

When someone scans the QR code they are taken to a website with a real-time menu with allergens clearly indicated.

A worker at the ice cream shop in Market Weighton

The scheme is already being tried out at several businesses in East Yorkshire, including a cafe and ice cream parlour in Market Weighton.

Owner Grant Williams said: "You can look at each flavour and it will tell you whether it's got dairy, gluten or nuts. It's a quick glance guide and it's very helpful for the customer."

Missing Bridlington man could be in South Yorkshire

Police believe a missing man from Bridlington could have travelled to South Yorkshire.

Mark Hancock
Humberside Police

Mark Hancock, 55, was last heard from on 30 July and has not been seen at his home address since then either.

Humberside Police say it is possible he may have travelled to Doncaster although he has also been known to travel to Scarborough as well.

Then force wants to hear from anyone who has seen him or who knows where he is.