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Motorbike rider 'drives deliberately' at police officer

A police officer was assaulted by a man on a motorbike in Stockton.

The PC spotted a rider travelling dangerously along Yarm Road on Wednesday evening, and followed him in a police car to Springholme Terrace.

Once he exited the vehicle the motorbike was driven directly at him, causing him to fall to the floor, suffering bruising and swelling.

Ch Supt Alison Jackson said: “Assaulting an officer is completely unacceptable and this behaviour will not be tolerated.

"Every effort will be made to bring the person responsible to justice."

Hundreds of weapons handed in during knife amnesty

Colin Briggs

Look North

More than 380 knives and sharp objects have been surrendered in the Cleveland Police area following a week-long campaign.

The national knife surrender began on Monday last week, with bins placed at main police stations in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland.

In the 12-month period up to December 2018, there were 415 knife crime incidents in the Cleveland force area - a reduction of 10% on the previous year.

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Scarborough water park applies for new alcohol licence

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Scarborough's Alpamare water park has applied for a new premises licence to allow it to sell alcohol after the previous one lapsed when its operator got into financial trouble.

Alpamare waterpark
Geograph/Graham Robson

The operator of the £14m attraction was issued with a winding-up petition in January over unpaid debts to British Gas.

The company reached an arrangement to meet its debt obligations, which allowed it to continue.

Concerns raised of Christchurch copycat attack

A former counter-terrorism expert has expressed concerns far-right extremists in the county could try and imitate the Christchurch mosque shootings in which 50 people were killed.

Christchurch police officer
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Speaking anonymously to the BBC the man, who used to work for the Home Office, said far-right extremists were seeking to target communities in Yorkshire.

He said: "Since what happened in Christchurch I think Muslim communities in the UK are now at greater risk of being targeted by perverted far-right, ideologies.

"The far-right is becoming more organised because of the internet, the problem isn't going away and the number of people subscribing to far-right ideologies is increasing."

Shahab Adris is from MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development), which works to raise awareness of Islamophobia.

He says: "We've seen, over the last three or four days, there have been a number of attacks against Muslims and Muslim mosques already after Christchurch.

"We've come across parents who are explaining to their children not to go out after dark and young women who used to go out on their own, now going out in groups.

"We are witnessing a change of behaviour in Muslims."

BreakingMan charged with Middlesbrough murder

A 34-year-old man has been charged with murdering of a 55-year-old woman.

Police were called to Ingram Road in Middlesbrough yesterday morning.

The man will appear in court today.

Stately home supports Tour de Yorkshire fracking protests

Nicholas Howard, the owner of Castle Howard, says he's ready to support anti-fracking campaigners who are planning protests at the Tour de Yorkshire later this year.

Castle Howard
Mike Searle/Geograph

Protestors say they're angry energy company Ineos, which has a number of shale gas drilling licences in North Yorkshire, is taking over the Team Sky cycling team, and its first race will be the Tour de Yorkshire in May.

Nicholas Howard, who runs the stately home 15 miles north of York, says: "Apart from anything else, taken as a whole, fracking is dirtier than coal as a fuel, so it's not the pathway to a low carbon economy that it's often claimed to be.

"If they go past here I will run up and shout my protests at them."

The BBC has asked Ineos for a comment and are waiting for a response.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

Any patches of mist and fog will lift to leave a mostly dry, mild and bright day.

Tonight will be fairly cloudy and mild with the chance of a few patches of mist or fog:

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Suspicious incident in Stockton

Lucy Moody


Four boys aged between 10 and 12 have been subjected to verbal abuse during a "suspicious incident" on North Road, Stockton.

The boys noticed two men sitting on the metal fencing near Willow View Care at 16:10 on Sunday.

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: "Whilst on the other side of the road, the men shouted over to the boys to see if they wanted some sweets and then verbally abused them.

"The boys then ran off and no further communication was made from the men."

Train lines blocked after 'incident'

BBC News Travel

Trains are currently unable to run to and from Scarborough due to the emergency services dealing with an incident:

Travel info

National Rail Enquiries say: "Due to the incident blocking all lines trains may be delayed by up to 60 minutes or be revised."

A normal service is expected to resume from 09:00.

Appeal after killed Dales Thai woman named

Police are appealing for information after a woman, found dead 15 years ago in the Yorkshire Dales, was finally identified.

Lamduan Armitage

North Yorkshire Police say the woman, whose body was discovered in a remote location on the Pennine Way, between Pen-y-ghent and Horton in Ribblesdale, on 20 September 2004, was Lamduan Armitage, nee Seekanya.

The force carried out DNA testing with family members in Thailand in order to confirm Ms Armitage's identity.

Now the Cold Case Review unit are asking people to help them build a picture of her life in the UK.

Mound where body was dislodged by heavy rain

Lamduan, who was married with three children, was originally from the Udon Thani province in north east Thailand and lived in the UK between 1991 and 2004, including Portsmouth, Rugby and Preston.

Officers say: "We're seeking information from anyone who knew Lamduan or her family between 1991 the time she died in September 2004.

"No matter how seemingly insignificant you think the information is, it could prove to be very important to help us establish details about her life and the circumstances surrounding her death."

Yorkshire's spring weather

BBC Weather

Today, the first day of astronomical spring, will quite fittingly be mild and largely dry, with gentle south-westerly winds.

Tonight will be very mild and mainly dry:

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Check your Yorkshire rail journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this morning, there are some problems due to a trespass incident between Newcastle and Durham, which has resulted in lines being blocked between these stations.

Consequently some trains between Yorkshire and the North East may be delayed by up to 60 minutes.

National Rail Enquiries anticipate disruption will continue until at least 08:00.

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

Police name Thai woman found dead in the Dales in 2004

A Thai woman whose body was found in the Yorkshire Dales 15 years ago has been identified, police have confirmed today.

Lamduan Armitage nee Seekanya
North Yorkshire Police

Police have confirmed that the body of Lamduan Armitage, nee Seekanya, was discovered in a remote location between Pen-y-ghent and Horton in Ribblesdale in 2004.

Officers say she was was married with three children and originally came from Udon Thani province in north east Thailand before living in Portsmouth, Rugby and Preston between 1991 and 2004.

North Yorkshire Police are seeking information from anyone who knew her or her family between 1991 and up to the time she died in September 2004.

Cancer fund campaign for North Yorkshire boy at £100,000

A campaign to raise £250,000 so a three-year-old North Yorkshire boy can have pioneering cancer treatment in the USA has raised more than £100,000.

A microscopic view of a typical neuroblastoma
Wikipedia/Dr. Maria Tsokos

Freddie Thompson has stage four neuro-blastoma, an aggressive form of cancer, and his family are now trying to raise the money for a new, potentially life-saving vaccine, only available in the United States.

Aunt Gillian Dewar said the response to the "Freddie's Fight" appeal had been "so busy" it had "kind of taken over our lives".

Jess Glynne coming to Scarborough to play Open Air Theatre

Pop star Jess Glynne will return to Scarborough later this year to play the town's Open Air Theatre.

Jess Glynne

The singer, who came to fame after collaborating with Clean Bandit on hit single Rather Be, will appear in July, two years since she last performed in Scarborough.

The Open Air Theatre has already announced performances from Madness, Sir Cliff Richard and Kylie Minogue for later this year.

Communities to buy own speed signs

People who believe vehicles are going too fast through their local area in North Yorkshire may be given an additional way to combat the problem from next month.

Speed sign
North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council is to be asked to allow town and parish councils and neighbourhood groups to buy, install and maintain their own vehicle-activated signs, which light up to alert drivers they're exceeding the speed limit.

County councillor Don Mackenzie, said: "Many parishes are interested in purchasing and installing their own vehicle-activated signs on the highway in their communities to deter speeding.

"While there are concerns the proliferation of such equipment on our highways may reduce the impact of the signs already in place, we've listened to requests from members and parishes, and last year began the process to change our policy and allow the purchase of such signs.

"We'll now consider our officers' detailed report on the various stages involved in deploying third-party-owned vehicle-activated signs on the public highway."

North Yorkshire in final three to be Red Arrows new home

It's been confirmed RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire could be the new home of the Red Arrows.

Red Arrows

The air display team will be moved from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire when the base is closed in three years.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced it's considering three bases for the team.

RAF Leeming near Northallerton is one of those in the running, the others are RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire and RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire.

The MoD is now to carry out detailed suitability studies of the three sites.

The Red Arrows' airborne stunts, with multi-coloured vapour trails, in distinctive single-engine red jets have become a familiar sight in the summer skies at air shows and military events.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

After a chilly and, in some places, a misty start, it will be largely dry, mild day, with a few sunny spells.

Tonight will be dry and mild with mostly cloudy skies:

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Dog wash and cinema plans in Scarborough hotel renovation

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A Grade II-listed Scarborough hotel is set to be brought back to life under expansion plans which include a dog wash facility and cinema.

Mount Hotel

The Mount Hotel, which has 48 bedrooms over five storeys, was bought earlier this year for £2m.

It was created out of five terraced buildings built in 1840.

The row of terraced buildings was listed in 1953 as they formed an "important group" as an example of period architecture.

Plans submitted to Scarborough Borough Council include the refurbishment of all rooms and the establishment of a bike store, boot store, dog wash and small cinema on the basement floor.

The plans for the refurbishment are now out to consultation.

Debris removed from arches of Tadcaster Bridge

An operation's taking place to remove debris from around the arches of Tadcaster Bridge which built up due to high river levels from the weekend's heavy rain.

Debris around the bridge
North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council says the bridge, which was rebuilt following winter floods at the end of 2015, "coped well" with the rising level of the River Wharfe.

A long-neck excavator is being used to remove the debris, with diving teams checking the bridge "as a precaution", the council says.

Checks will also take place on Middleham Bridge in Richmondshire, which was closed on Saturday.

Years & Years summer show in Scarborough announced

Pop band Years & Years are heading to Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer, it's been announced.

Olly Alexander

The three-piece, fronted by by Yorkshire-born Olly Alexander (pictured), will play the seaside town on Thursday 18 July.

Tickets to see the band, best known for hit single King, go on general sale this Friday.

Watch: Trapped sheep escape flood water

A flock of sheep had a lucky escape after rising floodwater forced farmers to move them to safety.

Heavy rain across northern England caused flooding across much of the region on Saturday.

All of the sheep at Pikebar Farm, in Wigglesworth, North Yorkshire, were rescued:

Police warn drivers to keep out of flood water

Police in North Yorkshire have appealed to drivers to keep out of deep floods while driving.

Flooded Ripon rd

The force said: "Numerous cars have been removed from floods - it's dangerous to drive in deep water, it wrecks cars, not to mention the oil and fuel that come out of the flooded cars into the waterways."

Posting the above picture on social media, officers said: "This Mercedes Sprinter was drowned in Ripon, luckily the four way flashers still worked to warn passing boats of its presence."

North Yorkshire flood warnings after weekend downpour

Areas across North Yorkshire are still at risk of flooding after persistent heavy rain on Saturday led to flood warnings.

River Ouse
Environment Agency

There are 15 flood warnings in place across the county and a number of roads remaining closed.

The Rivers Nidd, Ouse, Swale and Ure all have warnings in place.

Car under water
Getty Images

York's Foss Barrier is in operation and city centre flood gates have been closed.

The Environment Agency says the River Ouse in the city peaked in the early hours of this morning at around four metres and will remain high through today, before starting to fall slowly tonight.

Teesside medics carry out life-savings ops in Ghana
The team of heart specialists hope to train medics in Ghana to carry on the work.
Localised flooding is affecting parts of North Yorkshire.
A section of the 39km (24-mile) route between Pen-y-ghent and Ribblehead is flooded.

Middlesbrough surgeons set sights on Ghana return

Colin Briggs

Look North

A team of surgeons from Teesside who recently completed a week-long mission to help save lives in hospitals in Ghana have launched a fundraising campaign for a return visit.

The team, from the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, gave up their holidays to work in a teaching hospital in Kumasi performing heart and lung surgery, and treating patients who needed urgent attention.

They hope to go back in October.

Teesside surgeons at work in Ghana

Plans to cut more than 50 police jobs in North Yorkshire

There are plans to cut almost 60 jobs at North Yorkshire Police.

Police station

The potential redundancies are the first part of plans by the force to save £10m over four years.

The force says the proposals have been put forward to improve the efficiency and affordability of backroom staff and the force control room.

A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said: “On the basis of the proposals there could be 57 redundancies.

“We’re confident that we will be able to offer alternative roles for many of those who wish to remain within North Yorkshire Police.”

The force says no firm decisions on the proposals or redundancies will be made until a consultation has been completed, and the responses have been considered.

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There will be spells of sunshine today, but also the chance of a scattering of showers.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will see a mix of strong winds, sunshine and showers.

It'll be mainly dry this evening with clear spells, but will become cloudy later with rain overnight:

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Savile: Knighthood committee 'told about abuse in 1998'

The committee that recommends people for knighthoods received allegations of child sexual abuse against Jimmy Savile in 1998, an inquiry has heard.


The head of the Honours Committee also resisted pressure from Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s to knight Savile, according to letters seen by the probe.

Savile sexually abused at least 72 people, including eight who were raped.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is investigating both institutions and public figures.

Leeds-born Savile, who died in 2011, and who was buried in Scarborough, was ultimately knighted in 1990 in recognition of his charity work.

Investigation finds killed pilot 'disorientated by cloud'

An investigation into what caused a helicopter to crash killing the Queen's personal representative in North Yorkshire has found the pilot probably became disorientated in cloud.

Crash site

Barry Dodd, who was the county's Lord-Lieutenant, was the only person on board when the helicopter crashed near Boroughbridge in May last year.

A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch says weather conditions during the flight were "challenging with low cloud and reduced visibility".

It says the helicopter was seen to be flying normally before climbing steeply into cloud and when it emerged it was rotating and descending rapidly. Fifteen seconds later it hit the ground, killing the 70-year-old.

Helicopter crashed in field

Investigators were told by several people who had flown with Mr Dodd that he was a "good pilot".

Some commented they were surprised he went ahead with the flight given the weather conditions.

North Yorkshire County Council said Mr Dodd was a successful entrepreneur, who had a passion for helping others in business and took up the role as Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire in September 2014.

He was also serving as chairman and pro-chancellor at the University of Hull and chairman of the joint Hull York Medical School.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be windy once again today, with outbreaks of rain clearing during the morning to leave sunny spells.

The strong winds are expected to ease slightly as the day progresses.

Tonight will be mainly dry with clear spells, becoming increasingly cloudy and windy with outbreaks of rain.

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Brexit vote: How did North Yorkshire's MPs vote?

Theresa May

MPs are due to vote later on delaying Brexit after they rejected the idea of leaving the EU without a deal.

In a night of high drama in the Commons, MPs surprised the government and voted by 312 to 308 to reject a no-deal Brexit under any circumstances.

The vote is not binding - under current law the UK could still leave without a deal on 29 March.

In a series of votes on no-deal Brexit, the Commons first voted by a margin of four to reject no deal outright.

Then, in another vote, they reinforced that decision by 321 to 278, a majority of 43.

Which way did North Yorkshire's MPs go in that final vote on the government’s amended motion ruling out a no-deal Brexit? Here's the lowdown:


  • Julian Sturdy, York Outer: AGAINST
  • Nigel Adams, Selby and Ainsty: AGAINST
  • Rishi Sunak, Richmond: AGAINST
  • Robert Goodwill, Scarborough and Whitby: AGAINST
  • Kevin Hollinrake, Thirsk and Malton: AGAINST
  • Julian Smith, Skipton and Ripon: AGAINST
  • Andrew Jones, Harrogate and Knaresborough: AGAINST


  • Rachael Maskell, York Central: FOR