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Woman 'did not realise man was Paul Gascogine'

A woman has told the sex assault trial of former footballer Paul Gascoigne that she did not know it was him at the time.

The 52-year-old is accused of an "unpleasant" sex assault on the service from York to Newcastle in August 2018.

At Teesside Crown Court she said: "He kissed me full on the lips. I was taken aback, it was completely out of the blue.

"I pushed him off to say that’s not ok. I just completely froze.

"It was sloppy and it was not like a peck on the cheek, it was very full on the lips. It was a forceful kiss."

She said another passenger intervened and said it was an assault and not appropriate behaviour.

It was only a few days later, after seeing a TV report, that she realised the man was Mr Gascoigne, she said.

Mr Gascoigne denies sexual assault by touching.

The trial continues.

Paul Gascoigne kissed woman 'forcefully and sloppily'

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

The former Newcastle and Middlesbrough footballer Paul Gascoigne “forcefully and sloppily” kissed a woman on the lips while drunk on a train, a court heard.

Teesside Crown Court was told Mr Gascoigne had been noisy and shouting and at one stage tried to sit on the woman, who was on her way home from work.

Prosecutor William Mousley said the woman left the train “shocked, upset, perhaps even frightened.”

Mr Gascoigne denies sexual assault by intentionally touching in August last year.

The jury heard he was arrested in Jesmond, Newcastle and told the police he had “kissed a fat lass. “

He told them it was “a peck on the lips” and indicated he did not consider it serious.

The trial continues.

Paul Gascoigne
PA Media

Five arrested over concerns for man

Two more men have been arrested by police investigating a report of a man being forced to get into a car in in Middlesbrough.

Cleveland Police have been investigating after concerns for the man seen getting into a car in Bedford Street at about midday on Saturday.

The vehicle, a silver Ford Kuga, has been located but officers haven't yet spoken to the man involved to ensure he is safe and well.

Three men were arrested on Saturday and two today and all five are in custody.

Police have not identified the alleged victim and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Paul Gascoigne arrives for sexual assault trial

The former Middlesbrough and England footballer Paul Gascoigne has arrived at Teesside Crown Court to face an allegation of kissing a woman without consent.

The 52-year-old has already entered a not guilty plea to the single charge of sexual assault, and his trial at Teesside Crown Court is due to start later on Monday.

The ex-midfielder is accused of kissing the woman on a train between York and Newcastle last August.

At a previous hearing earlier this year, the court heard how the ex-midfielder's defence will be that he has a propensity to kiss people "in a non-sexual manner".

The trial is due to last five days

Paul Gascoigne
PA Media

Watch: Monday's weather forecast for Yorkshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're going to see heavy and persistent rain pushing its way up from the south.

The MET Office has issued a yellow warning for rain.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places:

Police raids unearth cannabis farms

Andrea MacMillan

BBC Tees

Three cannabis farms with a street value of almost £500,000 have been found in the North Ormesby area of Middlesbrough.

Police targeted addresses in Deacon Street, Thornton Street and Kings Road in the early hours of yesterday morning.

More than 360 cannabis plants and 10 kg of what is suspected to be cannabis were found in Kings Road.

Plants estimated to be worth £5,000 were seized from Thornton Street.

In Deacon Street about 50 suspected cannabis plants were recovered worth about £41,000.

A 36-year-old man was arrested in Deacon Street and charged with possessing a controlled drug of Class B.

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any early showers should clear to leave a largely dry, sunny day, with occasional showers in the afternoon.

Tonight any scattered showers will clear to leave it dry overnight with clear spells and variable cloud:

Weather graphic
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 on time.

However, a shortage of crews means train operator Northern will be running a reduced service on some routes today. Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised.

The Selby-Leeds, York-Doncaster and Leeds-Doncaster routes are among those expected to be affected, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Services have also been disrupted between Leeds and Doncaster/Sheffield due to an earlier incident. Trains are now returning to normal, but could be delayed up to about 08:30.

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

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 on time.

However, there may be disruption between Wakefield Westgate and Doncaster/Swinton following an "incident".

Delays are expected until at least 09:00, according to National Rail Inquiries.

Also:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled

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

Police trace vulnerable Cleveland teenager

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Cleveland Police is urgently trying to trace a teenager who it describes as vulnerable

Jacob Higgins, 16, from Cleveland was last seen in Sunderland last night at about 20:20.

He's white with short ginger hair, is 6ft tall and of medium build.

He was wearing a navy hooded top, black jogging bottoms and black trainers with white detail.

Jacob Higgins
Cleveland Police

Troubled Yorkshire tourism agency appoints new boss

A new chairman has been appointed to head Yorkshire's troubled tourism agency.

Peter Box
BBC

The leader of Wakefield Council Peter Box (pictured) will take over at Welcome to Yorkshire after local authorities agreed to inject £1m to keep the the organisation going.

Its former chief executive, Sir Gary Verity, resigned in March on health grounds, but later faced complaints about his behaviour and expenses.

Mr Box said he intended to make the agency "open and transparent".

"I'm going to try and make a difference," he said.

Appeal for help to find missing bird of prey

Police are appealing for information about a satellite-tagged bird of prey which has disappeared from North Yorkshire.

Missing hen harrier
North Yorkshire Police

The most recent tag data shows the young male hen harrier spent a few days in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, before arriving near Thirlmere in the Lake District on 19 September.

It passed through Mallerstang Common that same afternoon before its final transmission was received in the Seavy Gutter area of Askrigg Common.

The bird is brown in colour and bears the ring number EA54306.

Anyone who might have seen it is being asked to get in touch with North Yorkshire Police.

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 on time.

However:

  • The 08:31 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:48 Leeds to Hull service has been cancelled

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

'Leaves on the line' face a chilly reception

A blast of dry ice could be the solution to the bane of all rail commuters' lives - the infamous problem of "leaves on the line", according to researchers in South Yorkshire.

A train blasting dry ice
Network Rail

Every autumn, thousands of tonnes of leaves drop onto Britain's railways tracks which can make the rails slippy and dangerous, according to Network Rail.

Currently, sand is sprayed by trains onto the track to improve grip, but research by the University of Sheffield shows that dry ice could be a better answer.

Sprayed onto the tracks, dry ice leaves behind no residue and improves traction between the wheel and rail.

Trials are currently taking place across the UK.

Yorkshire's weather: Mostly bright and breezy

BBC Weather

A sunny start for all today but a band of heavy, blustery and locally thundery showers will move in from the west, as winds strengthen.

The top temperature will be about 15C (59F).

Most of the showers will move away to the east by this evening, leaving tonight mainly dry and clear, though still relatively breezy:

Weather graphic
BBC

Leaders back Welcome to Yorkshire with £1m funding

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A panel of council leaders has agreed to continue to fund Welcome to Yorkshire (WtY) with £1m of public money, despite its recent problems.

Former Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity
Anna Gowthorpe/Press Association

The tourism agency has struggled financially since the resignation of chief executive Sir Gary Verity in March and the subsequent investigations into the company.

The meeting heard that a “managed closedown” of WtY would cost even more than helping to keep it going and new agency would need to be set up in its place.

Views sought over Northallerton A&E changes

The planned closure of the A&E department at Northallerton's Friarage Hospital is due to be discussed later at a public meeting.

Friarage Hospital
Google Streetview

The A&E, which serves about 120,000 people, is being replaced with an urgent treatment centre which might only open for 16 hours a day rather than 24.

People in North Yorkshire who are worried about those changes will get the chance to have their say from 14:00 this afternoon at the Catterick Memorial Institute.

Ahead of the meeting, Friarage Hospital medical director Adrian Clements said: "I understand why people might think we should be open 24 hours a day, but we've been running the new model for the last six months.

"On average, 50 people attend per day before midnight. Between midnight and 08:00 on average only three are attending."

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 on time.

However:

  • The 09:18 Leeds to Sheffield via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 09:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled

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

Cave and fell rescue team upgrades to new radio network

The rescue volunteers who cover both the caves beneath the eastern edge of Cumbria and the Pennine fells above, have taken on a new digital communications network.

Mike Bottomley of CRO with new handset
YDNPA

The new system was put together with the help of a £7,500 grant from the sustainable development fund run by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

The Cave Rescue Organisation was set up to help people in trouble in the labyrinth on caves in the limestone hills around the borders of Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire, but it also deals with people in trouble on the fells above.

Two men arrested after firearm dispute in Middlesbrough

The junction of Pelham Street and Princess Road, where the incident happened
Google

Two men were arrested after a dispute in Middlesbrough involving a suspected firearm.

The incident happened at 16:40 on 27 September on the junction of Pelham Street and Princess Road.

Cleveland Police officers seized the weapon and arrested two men, aged 35 and 24, on suspicion of affray and possession of a firearm without a certificate.

The pair have been released under investigation.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cool but dry start to the day with some hazy sunshine.

It'll turn cloudier this afternoon and getting windier, with rain expected this evening and tonight.

The top temperature will be about 11C (52F):

A weather graphic
BBC

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 on time.

However:

  • The 08:26 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 York to Burley Park service has been cancelled
  • The 08:56 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled

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

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 on time.

However:

  • The 08:39 Sheffield to Norwich service has been cancelled
  • The 10:09 York to Liverpool Lime Street has been cancelled

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

Environment Agency monitoring flood defences

The Environment Agency says it has teams monitoring flood defences across Yorkshire as several flood warnings remain in place after the recent heavy rain.

There are still 11 flood warnings in place across the region - principally for North Yorkshire and the North and East Yorkshire coast:

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Truck driver blames 'sat nav' after river rescue

A truck driver who had to be rescued from a North Yorkshire river has blamed his sat nav for the incident.

Truck in river
Andy Creasey

Two men and a dog had to be helped from the vehicle after it became stuck in the River Skell in Ripon while trying to cross the swollen river at the Firs Avenue ford.

Station Manager Andy Creasey, from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said when he had asked the driver why he attempted to cross the river he said "my sat nav said this way".

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Nearly £1m of cannabis seized in a week

Nearly £1m of cannabis was recovered from properties in Teesside and County Durham last week, police said.

The drugs - along with two vehicles and £10,000 in cash - were seized during raids on properties in Thornaby, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Billingham and Durham.

Seven men aged between 24 and 36 have now been charged with drug offences

Cannabis plants
CLEVELAND POLICE
Cannabis plants
Cleveland Police
Cannabis plant
Cleveland Police

Dashcam appeal after woman's death

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Police are appealing for dashcam footage after a woman died following an incident on Friday night on Yarm Road in Stockton.

It's believed a woman in her 40s was speaking to occupants of a vehicle at about 23:00. She was taken to hospital and died on Saturday and her death is being treated as unexplained.

Cleveland Police arrested two men in connection with the incident and they've been released under investigation.

Yorkshire's weather: Wet start with rain easing

BBC Weather

This morning will be cloudy with spells of rain, some heavy in place.

This afternoon will stay mostly cloudy, but the rain will gradually ease.

The top temperature will be about 11C (52F).

Tonight will be dry with long clear spells with just the odd patch of cloud:

A weather graphic
BBC

Roads reopen after firefighters tackle scrapyard blaze

Nisha Joshi

BBC broadcast journalist

Roads have reopened this morning following a dramatic fire at a scrapyard near the banks of the River Tees.

Cleveland Fire Brigade was called to the salvage yard near the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough yesterday afternoon from where a huge plume of smoke was visible for miles.

They've spent the night dampening down the site. Residents have now been allowed home but were advised to keep their windows closed.

No-one's been reported hurt, but a number of surrounding roads were closed before being reopened at 06:00.

Plume of black smoke near the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge
BBC

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 on time.

However:

  • The 09:35 York to Reading service has been cancelled
  • The 09:59 Doncaster to Reading service has been cancelled
  • The 10:09 York 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: