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  1. Burial space running out on North Yorkshire coast

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A disused football pitch could be used to provide an extra graveyard in Whitby as space for burials in the town is running out.

    Whitby Abbey and graveyard

    Scarborough Borough Council has produced a report into the cemetery provision in the area, warning existing sites could be full within the next four years.

    A number of sites in Whitby were looked at with the council initially favouring one near to the world famous Abbey, though the potential cost of archaeological works made it too expensive.

    The one now under consideration is what the council has called an “underused” sports field off Larpool Lane and Larpool Drive, but councillors have been warned that securing it will not be easy.

    Land near the existing Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough has also been identified for expansion of that site.

    In Filey, an area to the south of the Lawns, which is managed by Filey Town Council, is considered the best option.

    The total cost of developing the three sites for burials is estimated at more than £1m and planning permission would be required for the change of use of land.

  2. Thousands raised after North Yorkshire fatal crash family burgled

    BBC Radio York

    More than £16,000 has been raised for the surviving members of a family involved in a fatal accident last month on A64 in North Yorkshire.

    A five-year-old boy, nine-year-old girl and woman, 44, died in the incident at Flaxton.

    While surviving family members, a 48-year-old man and six-year-old boy, were recovering from serious injuries in hospital their home was burgled.


    An online crowdfunding page was set up by North Yorkshire police officer Sgt Paul Cording.

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    Sgt Cording posted "Myself and my team, along with other 999 colleagues, are horrified with what has taken place and can't just sit by and do nothing."

    More than 1,000 people have donated to the appeal, with one man giving £500.

  3. Yorkshire and Lincolnshire's Monday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Today in Yorkshire, any morning mist and fog will clear to leave a mostly fine and sunny day. A few patches of cloud may move in during the afternoon but there will be plenty of sunshine:

    Weather graphic

    Lincolnshire will see a mostly cloudy day with the risk of a few scattered showers. In the afternoon, there will be sunny spells in between the showers, but these can be sharp in places:

    Weather graphic
  4. New location for Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

    BBC Radio York

    The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show is taking place over the next 3 days, but this year it is not being held at the town's Great Yorkshire Showground.

    Harrogate Autumn Flower Show at Newby Hall

    The event has a new location at Newby Hall near Ripon and admission to the award-winning gardens is included in the the ticket price.

    Around 30,000 people are expected at the show, which runs until Sunday.

    It's the first time it has has taken place since 2019, when plans were announced to move it out of Harrogate, a decision organisers said they hoped would "future-proof the event."

    The show's director Nick Smith told BBC Radio York: "To end the season we thought it would be lovely to celebrate gardening and where better than one of the country's most famous gardens, Newby Hall and that's why it naturally fell together."

    Richard Mann sitting on his giant pumpkin from 2019

    The show is famous for its giant vegetable competition and in 2019 Richard Mann's huge pumpkin (pictured) weighed in at 45 stones (291.7kg).

    Organisers of the show also hold an event in the spring, but that will continue to be staged at the Harrogate showground.

  5. Man in critical condition after car crashes into house

    A man is in a critical condition after the car he was travelling in crashed into a house and demolished the living room.

    Thornton Lane, High Marishes

    The 20-year-old was in a Ford Fiesta when it left Thornton Lane in High Marishes, near Malton, smashed through a fence and into the home at 03:25 today.

    North Yorkshire Police say the owners of the property were in bed at the time but were able to get to safety and alert the emergency services.

    The driver, a 19-year-old man from the Driffield area of East Yorkshire, was arrested and has been released under investigation.

    Police believe the car travelled from around York and have appealed for anyone who may have seen it prior to the crash to get in touch with them.

  6. New police operation after spate of sneak-in burglaries

    A new police operation is under way in York following a spate of burglaries.

    Inspector Lee Pointon

    Since the start of August 2021, more than 20 thefts have occurred in the Heworth, Clifton, Osbaldwick and Tang Hall areas.

    North Yorkshire Police say in most cases the break-ins have happened after 20:00 with keys, bank cards and handbags being taken after thieves were able to get in through unlocked doors or open windows.

    To combat the thefts, officers are running Operation Joypad, aimed a raising awareness among residents of safety measures to combat thieves.

    PCSOs will also be carrying out extra patrols and checking doors and windows.

    Insp Lee Pointon (pictured above) said: “It is a sad fact that opportunist thieves won’t hesitate to walk into your house and steal your laptop, phone, car keys and any other valuables they can get their hands on."

  7. Hundreds of hospital front-line staff not fully vaccinated

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Around 350 front-line staff at Harrogate District Hospital have not been fully vaccinated against Covid, it has been revealed.

    Harrogate District Hospital

    That figure represents just under 10% of the 3,598 patient-facing staff at the hospital and was revealed by Dr Jacqueline Andrews, executive medical director at the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.

    She said the trust was urging all remaining staff to get doubled jabbed and that managers were speaking with those workers who may have concerns.

    It's also emerged that across North Yorkshire around 430 care home workers have not been vaccinated.

    Today is the deadline for care home staff to have their first jabs ahead of it becoming mandatory in November for people working in the sector to have been vaccinated.

  8. Pandemic sparks record rise in 101 calls - Police boss

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a record number of calls to police in North Yorkshire, with many neighbours "complaining about each other”, the county's crime commissioner has said.

    Philip Allott

    North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Philip Allott said that on some days last month, police received more calls than they did on traditionally busy times like New Year's Eve.

    Mr Allott blamed people not going on holiday over the summer for the spike in calls.

    "You’ve got a record number of people complaining about each other. The pandemic has created a lot of these record call numbers at a time when nobody else is willing to pick these calls up," he said.

    The commissioner made his comments in a meeting of North Yorkshire County Council where the police's 101 number came under criticism by councillors as "not being fit for purpose".

    Councillor Tony Randerson said those staffing the 101 line needed more training as when residents did eventually get through they were given useless or misleading information.

    Defending the service Mr Allott said it was being used for many non-policing issues and police were having to deal with calls over matters such as potential suicides and noise, which were the responsibility of the NHS and council environmental health officers.

    “The police will do the enforcement, but what we can’t be is a sticking plaster for everything," he said.