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  1. Hull councillor charged with child pornography offences
  2. Spit hoods to be introduced by Humberside Police
  3. Worries over literacy levels in Hull and Grimsby
  4. Sierra Leone VIP's Hull visit marks Freetown anniversary
  5. Countdown continues to start of Tour de Yorkshire
  6. Live updates on Thursday 27 April 2017

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By Andy Marsters

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That's all from Thursday...

Those are all the updates from Thursday 27 April 2017.

Want to find out what's happening on the first day of the Tour de Yorkshire which sets off from Bridlington on Friday 28 April? Just click here.

M180 clears near Scunthorpe

BBC News Travel

In the early hours of this morning part of the M180 eastbound near Junction 4 was blocked by scrap metal.

That has now been cleared and traffic is returning to normal.

Five things we've learnt today

Andy Marsters

BBC Local Live

That's all from me today, join us tomorrow for news, sport and weather along with our extra Tour de Yorkshire coverage from 09:00.

Updates will continue here throughout the evening.

Before I go, let's have a look at five things we didn't know when we woke up.

Pocklington Tour de Yorkshire banner

People aged over 50 invited to play football

Andy Marsters

BBC Local Live

The East Yorkshire branch of the Football Association have launched a new club to encourage people over the age of 50 to play football.

It's called Men City and the session is designed for people of all abilities and fitness levels.

The first session is on Tuesday 2 May.

People playing football

Is it Driffield or Hollywood?

Chris Arundel

BBC Radio Humberside

We love all your pictures of towns and villages getting ready for the Tour de Yorkshire tomorrow.

I think currently Driffield take the crown for the most excited.

They've gone all Hollywood by putting up a special blue and yellow themed town sign:

Driffield sign

This year is the first time that the race has gone through the town.

We'll have a special live page tomorrow with more pictures from along the race route, we can't wait!

Company unable to fully pay patient transport staff this week

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside

Some staff working for Hull's patient transport service won't receive their full pay this week. 

The Thames Ambulance Service, who took over the contract at the start of this month, say it is unable to pay overtime payments on the expected date, which is tomorrow.

It says basic wages will be processed as normal and all overtime will be paid next week, but unions are concerned and are considering taking action.

We have contacted the company demanding that the staff are paid in full tomorrow and failing to do that will lead to litigation.''

Ray GrayUnison union spokesperson

Weather Watchers: Showers in our area

BBC Weather Watchers

It appears the rain has arrived in our area.

You've been sending in your Weather Watchers pictures, with a few drops of rain getting on the lens!

Here's Pete the Sweep's view of Flamborough and John's Eye's picture from Wetwang:

Flamborough and Wetwang
BBC Weather Watchers Pete the Sweep and John's Eye

Evening weather: Temperatures falling

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Showers mostly clearing this evening although they may continue to affect some coastal parts overnight. 

Clear spells will lead to a cold night with a frost forming in some rural areas.

Weather forecast

Traffic and Travel: Rawling Way reopens

BBC News Travel

Rawling Way in Hull is open again following a crash involving a number of vehicles this afternoon. 

One man has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences, he is now in custody after earlier attending Hull Royal Infirmary.

Humberside Police say they were monitoring one of the cars involved in the incident, but it was not a pursuit.

Tour de Yorkshire 2017: The basics you need to know

The Tour de Yorkshire 2017 gets under way tomorrow and thousands of people are expected to line the route during the three-day event.

So what are the basics about the race and what how can you get more information? Look no further!

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What time does the Tour de Yorkshire start?

  • Stage 1 - Bridlington - 12:35
  • Stage 2 - Tadcaster - Women's 09:20 - Men's 14:10
  • Stage 3 - Bradford - 12:30

What's the route of the Tour de Yorkshire?

This is an easy one, for all the route information on all three stages have a look here.

Can I keep up-to-date with the race if I stay at home?

You can! We'll be running a special text service for all three of the stages and you can watch the action on ITV 4.

Traffic and travel: Problems on the A63

BBC News Travel

The earlier closure of Rawling Way in Hull is causing problems elsewhere on the roads.

There is now congestion on the A63 Clive Sullivan Way eastbound back to Priory Way. 

Your headlines this afternoon

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside News

The top stories from our newsroom so far this afternoon include:

Listen: Hull sex workers share stories in new book

Carl Wheatley

Presenter, BBC Radio Humberside

A charity which supports sex workers in Hull has published a new book telling some of their stories.

An Untold Story, by The Lighthouse Project, includes the women's writings, poetry and drawings, as well as transcripts of conversations. 

One of the book's contributors has been speaking on BBC Radio Humberside today, and she read an excerpt from her own story:

Cleethorpes train cancelled

BBC News Travel

If you're travelling by train in North Lincolnshire later, you might need to be aware of this:

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Traffic and travel: Delays in Hull after collision

BBC News Travel

Police are at the scene of a road traffic collision in Hull, with a number of vehicles believed to be involved.

The junction of Rawling Way and Anlaby Road is currently closed to help police deal with the incident.

Weather: Showers coming soon

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

I'm afraid the weather forecast isn't promising for this afternoon and evening.

But, don't despair, it's looking better for the Tour de Yorkshire weekend - and, of course, it's a bank holiday weekend too:

New life for old bank in Market Weighton?

This old Barclays Bank in Market Weighton could be turned into a new town hall.

Old Barclays Bank in Market Weighton

Market Weighton Town Council is seriously looking at the idea of buying the building and has called a public meeting.  

It'll take place a week today to sound out local opinion.

Tour de Yorkshire: Check before you travel

BBC News Travel

Be aware if you are planning to travel to watch the Tour de Yorkshire via rail tomorrow.


The RMT Union has called a strike on Northern rail services -  the latest industrial action in an ongoing dispute over staffing and the role of conductors.

Northern says it expects to run over 40% of its normal services.

You can find out all the latest information here.

Afternoon weather: Rain on the way

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

If you thought the lack of sun this morning was bad enough, you need to prepare for some rain this afternoon I'm afraid.

It'll get a little warmer over the course of the afternoon, but showers will never be far away:

Afternoon weather forecast

Hull councillor charged with child pornography offences

A Hull councillor has been charged with two counts of making indecent images of children.

Steven Bayes

Steven Bayes, 55, of Prospect Street, Hull, has been charged with one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image, and two counts of making an indecent photograph of a child.

He has been given conditional bail until 26 May when he is due to appear at Hull Crown Court. 

BBC Radio Humberside live at Bempton Cliffs

Phil White

BBC Radio Humberside

I've made the longest trip of my big bus tour this afternoon!

I'm on air from the RSPB centre at Bempton Cliffs until 14:30.

I've already met one puffin, but he's not very active. Fingers crossed I see another soon:

Phil White at Bempton Cliffs

Sport: Hull KR Challenge Cup tie scheduled

BBC Humberside Sport

Hull Kingston Rovers were drawn against Salford Red Devils in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup earlier this week.

It's now been confirmed the fixture will take place on Friday 12 May with an 8pm kick-off.

Hull KR crest

In pictures: Countdown continues for Tour de Yorkshire

The yellow bikes are being put out and the bunting is being put up across East Yorkshire.

It can only mean one thing: the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race is just a day away.

Setting off from Bridlington tomorrow lunchtime, competitors from across the world are due to take part in the event which last year attracted two million spectators along its route.

Here are just some of the signs in Bridlington, Driffield and Pocklington that the countdown is well and truly on:

Tour sign in Bridlington
Yellow bike in Driffield
Bunting in Pocklington

App-solutely up-to-date way of borrowing books

Andy Marsters

BBC Local Live

Book lovers in East Yorkshire will soon be able to reserve or renew a library book without taking a step from their homes.

Library books on a shelf

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's launched a new smartphone app which even has the option of scanning a book you find in a shop to see if it's in the library catalogue.  

Kevin Hadfield, the council's libraries, archives and museums manager, says: "I'm sure this new app is going to prove extremely popular and will be a  major asset for library customers."

BBC Weather Watchers: Can someone bring the sun back, please?

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a bit of a gloomy old morning across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire if our BBC Weather Watchers' pictures are anything to go by.

Here is Yorkshire Kush's view of Bridlington and Bensmatt55's snap from Hedon.

One question: when will spring finally have sprung?:

Bridlington and Hedon
BBC Weather Watchers Yorkshire Kush and Bensmatt55

Please keep your pictures coming in. You can find out how at BBC Weather Watchers.

Worries over literacy levels in Hull and Grimsby

Amanda White

Journalist, BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

There's concern about the level of literacy in Hull and Grimsby.

Pen and paper

The National Literacy Trust has ranked 533 areas across the country for their vulnerability to literacy problems.

The results show Grimsby is ranked at 32, with three areas in Hull placed in the top 30.

I would absolutely say don't be embarrassed if you're an adult and you're struggling with literacy. There are so many resources out there to help.''

Claire ArgarHead of Campaigns, National Literacy Trust

From Freetown to Hull: Sierra Leone VIP's anniversary visit to city

There's a VIP in town today, with a visit to Hull from the High Commissioner of Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone flag

The visit by Edward Mohamed Turay is to celebrate the 225th anniversary of Freetown, which is, of course, one of Hull's twin cities.

A celebration is due to be held this evening for people from Sierra Leone who now live in Hull.

The countdown continues: We're almost ready for the Tour de Yorkshire

In case you'd forgotten, there's just one day to go until the start of the Tour de Yorkshire.

The ceremonial start to the race is due to take place in Bridlington at about 10:35 tomorrow morning, with the official start happening a couple of hours later.

The race will travel through Driffield for the very first time and it looks like they are ready: 

Tour de Yorkshire bike near the Driffield sign

Want to hear everything as it happens? BBC Radio Humberside will be covering the whole race and the atmosphere live tomorrow with David Burns at the start in Bridlington.

And, of course, we'll be bringing you all the latest from Day One of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 right here on BBC Local Live throughout the day on Friday.

Hull-Iceland ties celebrated in steel and iron

Ties between Hull and Iceland are being celebrated in the city with a series of stunning life sized sculptures. 

Ten cast iron and steel figures are on show at the University of Hull as part of the City of Culture year, to celebrate 1,000 years of trading across the seas:

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Watch: Thursday morning's full weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

I'm afraid it's been another chilly start for us in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire this morning.

There are also some showers on the way this afternoon.

Catch up here with my full forecast for Thursday:

Your headlines this morning

Sally Fairfax

BBC Radio Humberside News

The top stories from East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire so far this morning include:

  • Spit guards are to be used on a trial basis by Humberside Police starting from Monday, it's been announced
  • People in Hull are some of the most likely to have low literacy skill, according to the National Literacy Trust
  • Towns on the route of tomorrow's Tour de Yorkshire race are making their final preparations for the big day

Spit hoods to be used by Humberside Police

Andy Marsters

BBC Local Live

Hoods which protect officers from spit attacks will be used by Humberside Police on a trial basis from Monday, it's been announced.

Spit hood on person

The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file police officers, has been calling for its members to be able to use spit hoods on aggressive suspects.

They are already used by some forces, but they are controversial, with some people claiming they are cruel and degrading.

Weather: A chilly start to the day

Jennifer Bartram

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There's a good deal of cloud around this morning, but a mostly dry start. 

Later this morning and through the afternoon showers will develop, some quite heavy.

However, some places will miss these and remain mostly dry. 

Temperatures reaching about 11C (52F).   

Morning weather forecast

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Andy Marsters

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome to today's live coverage for East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire on Thursday 27 April 2017.

Andy here, and I'll be bringing you the latest news, travel, weather and sport throughout the day.

To get us started, thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Muttley for sending us this pic of the sunrise in Hornsea this morning:

Hornsea seafront

If you want to get in touch with us today with any of your stories, you can send us an email or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

Iain Theyers

The judge threw out the case because he accepted Iain Theyers' first marriage may not have been legal.

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Five things we've learned today

Jonathan Willis

BBC Local Live

That's all from me today, but we're back tomorrow morning from 08:00.  

Your news, sport and weather updates will continue through the evening. 

Before I go, let's have a look at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning:

In the newsroom today we have been lucky enough to see dancing ducks in Queen's Gardens. Here is a video of them performing.

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Liam Watts

Hull FC prop Liam Watts has his ban reduced to one game by the RFL for his sending off against Castleford on Sunday.

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Watch: Here's Peter with tonight's headlines

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

   Watch the full programme on BBC One at 18:30.    

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