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Monday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

There should be some sunny spells today, but along with the sun, some showers.

The showers will be most widespread this afternoon when some will be heavy and thundery.

The rain will slowly die away this evening, leaving it dry overnight with clear periods:

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However:

  • The 07:06 Leeds to Brighouse service has been cancelled
  • The 07:30 Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield service has been cancelled
  • The 07:38 Leeds to Lincoln service has been cancelled

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

Julia Mulligan criticised over anti-bullying measures

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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
BBC

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.

County drugs battle a 'major concern' - Commissioner

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The battle against drugs in a county which boasts the lowest crime rate in England and Wales has been laid bare, just days after the death of a schoolgirl who police believe had taken ecstasy.

Drugs
BBC

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.”

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A largely dry morning and the risk of some patchy rain this afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here:

Friday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be largely dry, but there is the risk of some patchy rain this afternoon.

Rain will move in from the North Sea through the course of this evening and overnight.

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BBC

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day with sunny spells, but there will be areas of cloud and it'll be cooler than yesterday.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A fine sunny start this morning.

This afternoon it will remain dry and sunny, but some cloud will build.

The cloud is expected to become more extensive through tonight and will thicken enough to give some light showers:

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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.

Whitby
Geograph/David Dixon

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.

Whitby
Geograph/Gordon Hatton

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.

Police
BBC

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."

Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry, fine and warm day ahead with lots of sunshine.

Watch my full forecast here:

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.

Azuma train
LNER

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.

Plans to introduce the trains in December were abandoned after the electric-diesel locomotives were found to interfere with trackside signalling equipment.

Yorkshire's warm Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and fine with lots of sunshine.

This evening it will remain fine with plenty of late sunshine.

Through tonight it will remain dry with long clear spells, but there could be some patches of mist and fog forming too:

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However, the 07:18 Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley service has been cancelled.

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

Five arrests in Stockton following disturbance outside of pub

Five men have been arrested in relation to an incident in Stockton which is reportedly linked to the funeral of a member of the Travelling community.

Tom Harker, 68, was killed in a five-vehicle crash on the A66 near Sadberge last month.

Tom Harker
Family Photo

Officers attended a disturbance outside the Queen Victoria Public House at around 13:15 this afternoon, with some outlets reporting that a car was attacked by men with machetes before the arrival of the cortege.

Police could not confirm what the men had been arrested on suspicion of.

Five men arrested after disturbance in Stockton

Five men have been arrested in connection with an incident on Yarm Road, Stockton.

Queen Victoria
Google

Police say a disturbance took place outside the Queen Victoria Public House at 13:15.

Officers remain in the area.

We are asking Cleveland Police what the men have been held on suspicion of.

New fall in Yorkshire jobless figures

Unemployment in Yorkshire has fallen again, according to the latest official statistics.

Job centre
BBC

Figures show there was a drop of 12,000 people without jobs in the region between January and March, to 130,000.

The Office for National Statistics report shows the number of people out of work nationally now stands at 1.3 million people.

That's 119,000 fewer than a year earlier and 914,000 fewer than five years previously.

On track: Final tests for new East Coast high-speed trains

A fleet of high speed trains for the East Coast Main Line will be put through their final tests today before carrying their first passengers later this week.

Azuma train
LNER

It's claimed the Azumas, built by Hitachi, the same firm which made Japan's Bullet Train, will speed up journeys to London.

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.

Plans to introduce the trains in December were abandoned after the electric-diesel locomotives were found to interfere with trackside signalling equipment.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine and warm with a light breeze.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's sunny Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any early mist patches will soon lift to leave a dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine.

It'll be fine this evening with late sunshine, then dry overnight with mainly clear skies:

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Call for 900 new Yorkshire foster families

The UK's leading foster charity says it needs 900 new foster families across Yorkshire.

Hand holding
Getty Images

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
West Yorkshire Police

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).

Nicole Harris
West Yorkshire Police

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.

A lorry with blue light
BBC

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.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and fine day with lengthy periods of warm sunshine for most.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and fine with lengthy periods of warm sunshine for most.

Winds will be mostly light.

Tonight will be dry with mostly clear skies and just a little wispy high cloud:

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Harrogate hears of county lines kids too young to arrest

Local Democracy Reporting Service

County lines drug dealers are increasingly using children under 10 because they're too young to be arrested, senior police have told a conference in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire Police carry out a county lines crackdown
North Yorkshire Police

An event at Harrogate’s Grove Academy, for professionals working with young people, heard how criminals are exploiting loopholes surrounding criminal responsibility which starts at 10.

In England and Wales, children under 10 can't be arrested or charged with a crime, although they can be given curfews and supervision orders and in some cases they might be taken into care.

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.

North Yorkshire Police carry out a county lines crackdown
North Yorkshire Police

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.

A car stopped by police
North Yorkshire Police

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.

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud will gradually break during the morning and any rain will ease as sunny spells develop.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A mostly cloudy start with some patchy rain.

Cloud will gradually break during the morning and rain will ease as sunny spells develop.

There'll be showers, heavy and thundery at times, this afternoon.

The top temperature will be between 7C-10C (45F-50F):

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BBC

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.

However:

  • The 06:58 Sheffield to Retford service is delayed
  • The 07:06 Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street service is delayed

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

Councils 'threatening existence' of Welcome to Yorkshire

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A council leader has accused other authorities of "threatening the very existence" of tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire after a number suspended subscriptions to the organisation.

Sir Gary Verity
PA

North Yorkshire County Council leader, Carl Les issued a rallying cry for the agency as investigations continue into its former chief executive Sir Gary Verity.

Sir Gary quit his role as chief executive of the tourism board in March on health grounds.

It came after an investigation found he had "made errors of judgement regarding his expenses", and concerns were raised that he had subjected staff to "completely unacceptable" behaviour.

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

BBC Look North

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

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be generally cloudy with spells of rain and drizzle throughout the day.

Tonight will stay cloudy and wet in places.

Watch: Today's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be a cloudy and blustery day with outbreaks of rain, some of which could be heavy at times.

The brisk easterly wind will make it feel chilly.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

Today will be cloudy and blustery with outbreaks of rain and a brisk, easterly, wind making it feel chilly.

Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy, but the rain should gradually move to the north to allow drier conditions to move in.

The wind should ease too.

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BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However, there are some problems reported:

  • the 06.47 Wakefield to London St Pancras is cancelled
  • the 07.24 Sheffield to London St Pancras is cancelled

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

Police issue advice after spate of car thefts

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Cleveland Police are issuing a warning after a spate of car thefts in the last 24 hours.

Ten vehicles in the Grangefield, Hartburn and Newtown areas of Stockton have been targeted, including some taxis.

Items including dash cams were stolen.

The force has issued the advice to prevent further thefts including not leaving things in vehicles, removing all signs of sat navs and removing the ignition key whenever you are not in the vehicle.