North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has been hit with fresh criticism with claims she failed to implement measures to prevent bullying in her office.
Julia Mulligan had been given a series of recommendations to follow after a panel ruled she had displayed "bullying behaviour" towards members of staff.
But seven months on, members of North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Panel say they are disappointed she by her response to their “recovery plan”.
A meeting at County Hall in Northallerton heard that in November, she had agreed with the panel to follow-up on its six recommendations.
She was supposed to respond within 21 days to the recommendations, which included surveying staff over bullying in the workplace, undertaking a management course and appointing a mentor.
The commissioner received reminders in January and April but did not reply and it was only last week, just hours before the meeting, that the panel received brief responses.
Deputy chairman, Cllr Peter Wilkinson told her: "I have to express disappointment on behalf of the sub-panel that we issued this report in October and the first time we have had a meaningful response to the recommendations was yesterday evening."
After being asked about the delay, the commissioner replied that with senior officers now in place in her office, there were now suitable staff to progress the recommendations.
North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said there had been an alarming rise in drug-related concerns ahead of the death of 15-year-old Leah Heyes in Northallerton at the weekend.
A meeting of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel heard that girls as young as 13 were being drawn into drugs and over the past few years there had been a significant rise in dealing “in places you wouldn’t think”, such as in villages.
Mrs Mulligan made her concerns known to the panel after Northallerton councillor Peter Wilkinson asked her if she believed North Yorkshire Police were being successful in tackling drug dealing in the county and whether drug dealing was a major issue.
Mrs Mulligan said: “I am, and the chief constable is extremely concerned about drugs in the county at the moment.
“We have seen a whole range of nasty tactics being used around things called cuckooing, exploiting young people to be mules for drugs.
"We’ve seen violence on the streets because we’ve got external gangs coming in fighting with local drug dealers. It's an area of major concern.”
Will Naylor, the deputy commissioner, added: “We think the scale is probably bigger than is understood currently by the police.”
Whitby is the only Yorkshire beach to get Blue Flag status
Whitby is the only beach on the Yorkshire coast to be given a top award for cleanliness.
It was among 71 beaches around the country to meet the high environmental and safety standards needed to receive the international Blue Flag.
Whitby, which is managed by Scarborough Borough Council, was also among the 137 beaches around the country which have been presented with a Seaside Award.
A number of beaches which the authority manages were also given Seaside Awards, they are Filey, Runswick Bay, Cayton Bay, Sandsend, Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough North Bay.
The following East Riding of Yorkshire Council beaches also got Seaside Awards: Bridlington North and South, Wilsthorpe, Fraisthorpe, Hornsea, Withernsea and Flamborough's Danes Dyke and South Landing.
Keep Britain Tidy announced the awards, which they say "means beach-goers can feel more relaxed in a setting that is environmentally considerate".
Unit identifies scores of paedophile suspects in one year
A total of 71 suspected paedophiles were arrested last year by a new specialist Regional Organised Crime Unit working in Yorkshire, police have revealed.
The job of the unit, created a year ago and based in Yorkshire, is to "identify those who use the internet to contact children for sexual purposes and to safeguard victims and potential victims", according to police.
Members of the team use social media channels, instant messaging apps and other online platforms where it's known children can be groomed.
Det Insp Jonathan Best said: “Our ability to identify those posing the greatest risk to children in the region has been significantly advanced by this unit.
“The overwhelming evidence gathered has meant so far every single person arrested and who has subsequently gone through the court process has been convicted.
"Last year the unit’s officers identified and protected 74 vulnerable children."
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First passengers for new East Coast high-speed trains
A brand new type of train for the East Coast Main Line will carry its first paying passengers later.
It's claimed the Azumas, built by Hitachi, the same firm which made Japan's Bullet Train, will speed up journeys between Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London.
They replace others trains that are more than 30-years-old.
Rail company LNER says it will offer extra services to Harrogate, Hull, Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield as a result of the introduction of the 65 new trains.
The new trains are set to begin operating on the East Coast Main Line five months later than planned.
The UK's leading foster charity says it needs 900 new foster families across Yorkshire.
The Fostering Network says it wants to attract families that can foster sibling groups to keep children together.
The organisation says: "Without extra foster families in Yorkshire being found during 2019, some children will find themselves living a long way from their family, school and friends, being split up from brothers and sisters."
Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice, foster carers from Rotherham, said: "The best thing about fostering is seeing the children trusted in your care develop and grow; to see them become more confident.
"We are currently fostering teenagers long term and, although this can be tricky at times, it is great to teach them the skills they need to live a successful and happy life as adults."
'Increasing concern' for missing Wakefield teenager
Police say they are becoming "increasingly concerned" for a missing Wakefield teenager.
Nicole Harris, 16, was last seen at about 22:05 on Friday in the Quebec Street area of Wakefield.
She is described as 5ft 3ins tall, with long brown hair and a burn scar on the side of her nose.
She was last seen wearing black jeans and a green/grey coat with a fur hood (pictured above).
Officers say Nicole is known to have links to the South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside areas.
Det Insp Phil Davis of Wakefield CID, said: “We urge anyone who sees her to get in contact straight away.”
Hundreds of drivers caught by cops' stealth lorry
More than 200 drivers in Yorkshire have been caught breaking the law after being spotted by police officers using an unmarked HGV.
The stealth lorry has been driving on motorways in the region for the past 12 months.
Most drivers were caught for not wearing a seatbelt, with more than 60 people seen driving while using their mobile phone.
The driver of the white lorry can pull up alongside drivers, see an offence be committed, then alert awaiting police officers who can stop the suspected law-breaker.
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A dry and fine day with lengthy periods of warm sunshine for most.
County lines sees gangs from cities sell drugs in suburbs, towns and coastal areas, often recruiting local people, including children.
Det Insp Stuart Liddell of the National County Lines Coordination Centre, told the event that the practice had seen children recruited in a way that was unprecedented.
The event heard that North Yorkshire is the highest importer of county lines drugs in Yorkshire, with 72 identified mobile phones lines used to call for drugs, while the highest exporter is West Yorkshire, with 69 identified phone lines.
According to current information there are nine county lines operating in North Yorkshire but police suspect that there are more which haven’t been picked up due to a “massive intelligence gap”.
A specialist police team in Harrogate has made more than 100 arrests since its formation in March 2018, including local children and those from elsewhere in the country.
These photographs were taken during North Yorkshire Police's county lines crackdown in October last year, which saw arrests in York, Thirsk, Scarborough, Harrogate and the Filey area.
North Yorkshire Police stop car 'stolen' from kids' group
North Yorkshire Police stopped a car which had allegedly been stolen from a cubs group on the other side of the Pennines.
Officers used "tactical pursuit and containment" to stop the vehicle, suspected of driving with false plates after being stolen from cubs in Greater Manchester.
On Twitter, North Yorkshire Police said the operation on the M1 had been "great teamwork" with two people arrested.
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Cloud will gradually break during the morning and any rain will ease as sunny spells develop.
Mr Les, whose own authority gives £84,000 of taxpayers' money to Welcome to Yorkshire annually, spoke out after Hull and Sheffield councils said they would not be making any further contributions until the investigations are completed.
He said: “Some councils have decided to withhold their subscriptions to Welcome to Yorkshire which I think is a mistake.
"Whatever is found to be wrong will be put right, but nobody can doubt the enormous success that Welcome to Yorkshire has had in increasing the visitor economy from £4bn 10 years ago to £9bn today."
Dog theft on the rise but many returned to owners
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North East and Cumbria
There's been a big rise in the number of stolen dogs reported in parts of the North East.
Two of the region's police forces - Northumbria and Cleveland - say they're up 40% on last year.
Yet in neighbouring County Durham there's been a drop of 18%.
There was a big rise in the number of dogs eventually returned to their owners in the Cleveland force area but a drop in the Northumbria area.
Watch: Thursday's weather forecast
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Weather presenter, BBC Look North
It's going to be generally cloudy with spells of rain and drizzle throughout the day.