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  1. Live updates on Wednesday 27 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Thursday

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

That's the end of our live service for today.

I'll be back from 07.00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around North Yorkshire.

I'll leave you today with this clever cake creation made by Thirsk's Liane Bell celebrating this weekend's Tour de Yorkshire.

Thirsk Tour de Yorkshire cake

Watch: Planned site for 1,000 new homes in North Yorkshire

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

Plans have been announced to build more than 1,000 new homes in the Harrogate District. 

The new development is going to be called Flaxby Park.

It's just off the A1 at the Allerton Park junction.

Flaxby map

I've been to see the site where the new homes are planned and took this short film.

Countdown in Tadcaster for Tour de Yorkshire

Sarah Urwin

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Anticipation is building around the county as the big race draws nearer.

Here's the scene in Tadcaster:

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Traffic and Travel: Snow affecting Yorkshire Coastliner

BBC Weather

Yorkshire Coastliner service is experiencing some difficulties due to the weather.

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Tour de Yorkshire: Huge art on the top of Sutton Bank

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

A giant piece of "land art" has been unveiled to mark Stage Three of this year's Tour de Yorkshire cycle race on the top of Sutton Bank.

The whopping 70m high, 40m wide white painting on the grassy airfield at the Yorkshire Gliding Club is next to one of the race's toughest ascents and has recreated the animals that appear on the Hambleton District coat of arms.

The work is entitled The Finest View, and is nearly as large as the Kilburn White Horse.

Art on top of Sutton Bank
North York Moors National Park

The art will come into view as the helicopters broadcasting live coverage of the race track the cyclists' ascent of the "Cote de Sutton Bank". 

The artwork took the Landmark Collective, comprising artists Becky Newbould, Rob Conway, James Brunt, Timm Cleasby and Cath Smart, 14 days to complete using 1,000 litres of biodegradable paint that will fade over the coming months.

Weather: Snow and hail in Malton

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

A crazed downpour of hail happened just a few minutes ago in Malton.

Thanks to BBC Radio York's Jack Meegan for this.

Weather: Snow and hail in Malton

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Malton has been covered in snow in the last few minutes.

Have a look at this tweet and we'll have film of the hail to follow shortly.

Looks like spring is still some way away!

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North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and wintry showers

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see sunny spells and showers, with the showers likely to be heavy and possibly wintry.

They'll merge into longer spells of rain/sleet/snow at time.

Maximum temperature of about 8C (46F) with a light northwest wind.

Weather graphic

Tadcaster Bridge: Keeping local residents informed

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

People who live in Tadcaster can now stay up-to-date with the progress of repairs to the town's bridge which collapsed due to theforce of floodwater after heavy rain over Christmas.

An ongoing storyboard has been erected along the hoarding at the repair site. 

The panel shows the work that has been carried out to date and, as work progresses, panels will be added regularly to depict the work.

Tadcaster Bridge
North Yorkshire County Council

The Inkshop in Bridge Street is helping people who live in the town, too, by installing a television in its shop window that displays a series of web pages carrying details of the work to date and the latest updates.

One thousand more homes in Knaresborough: More details

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

More details have been revealed about plans to build more than 1,000 homes on an abandoned golf course near Knaresborough. 

What's being proposed for this site is essentially the size of a village.

Flaxby Park proposal
Flaxby Park Ltd

The team behind the plans says it's reached agreement to purchase the site of the former Flaxby Golf Course. 

People will now be asked what they think about the so-called Flaxby Park development.

Tour de Yorkshire: Getting a-round in Kirbymoorside

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

In Kirkbymoorside, a drink has been created especially for the Tour de Yorkshire which visits North Yorkshire this weekend.

It's called Kirkby-Moor-Cider (see what they did there?) and comes in three different flavours. 

Not only that, but the main town's main roundabout has also been well decorated for the race (due at about 13:40), as you can see below:  

Kirbymoorside Tour de Yorkshire decoration

Pictured above: The cider, roundabout decorator Malcolm Richardson with John Simmonds who helped create the new drink and the roundabout in full Tour de Yorkshire splendour.  

Headlines: Body found in river, 1,000 new homes near Knaresborough, Tour de Yorkshire organisers visit the county

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

Stories from our North Yorkshire Newsroom include:

  • A body's been discovered by police searching for a man from Thirsk. 
  • Plans to build more than a thousand homes near Knaresborough have been announced.
  • The organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire bike race are spending the day visiting towns and villages in North Yorkshire. 

How Yorkshire archaeology is helping wounded soldiers recover

The Press

Army service-men and women trying to come back to terms with civilian life are doing so with some archaeological help.  

This week has seen a group of around 20 veterans take part in a dig at the Roman fort and settlement at Orchard Fields in Old Malton.  

Soldiers on archeological dig in Malton
The Press

Tour de Yorkshire: More constabulary support

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

North Yorkshire Police show an appreciation of knitting as "Yarnbombing" continues to spread ahead of this week's Tour de Yorkshire.

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Scarborough named in top 10 'staycation' destination list

Scarborough UK

A report which asked 3,000 people about their annual holiday plans has placed Scarborough at number 10 in a list of the UK's top 20 "staycation" destinations, four places higher than in 2015.

Scarborough Spa

Tour de Yorkshire: Swan on a bicycle celebrates race's arrival

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Just two days to go until the Tour de Yorkshire and villages along the route in North Yorkshire are making final preparations.  

Presumably great care was taken with this show of support for the race in Helmsley!

Tour de Yorkshire banner in Helmsley

BreakingBody found in Thirsk as police search for missing man

Police searching for a missing 64-year-old man from Thirsk say they've found a body. 

Andrew Thornton was reported missing from his home last night. 

Specialist police teams, including a helicopter and police dogs, worked with search and rescue teams from Scarborough and Wharfedale in an extensive search for Mr Thornton.

The body was discovered earlier this morning in the River Swale around a quarter of a mile from Thornton Bridge, police say.

Hillsborough verdicts: Hear David from Knaresborough's story

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Thousands of people are expected at commemorations in Liverpool later to remember the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. 

Yesterday an inquest jury concluded they'd been unlawfully killed

I've been speaking to David Holgate, from Knaresborough, who was one of the Liverpool supporters at Hillsborough that day.

'York City will come back stronger' - Penn

BBC Radio York Sport

The way York City's season took shape was a "recipe for disaster", according to captain Russ Penn. 

City have two more games to go in League Two, already knowing they're relegated. 

Penn has told BBC Radio York Sport that lessons need to be learned.

"We've not been good enough this season. Managers coming and going, caretakers, the amount of players we've used. Hopefully we'll learn from this and come back stronger," he says.

Tour de Yorkshire: Settle's Special Constables celebrate cycle spectacular

North Yorkshire Police's Special Constables are on the beat in Settle this morning - and have caught on camera the final colourful preparations for this weekend's Tour de Yorkshire.

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Tour de Yorkshire preview: Let's climb Sutton Bank quickly

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

On day three of this weekend's Tour de Yorkshire, the riders will zoom into Thirsk and slow (presumably) as their thighs are subjected to the steep rigours of Sutton Bank.

You can ascend slightly more easily right here, with this 30-second car journey to the top.

Thanks to Radio York's Martin Grant for taking the easy route to bring us this film.

Watch: Another varied day ahead

BBC Weather

Despite the sunshine, the winter feel continues.

Here's Kay with your latest Yorkshire weather update:

Headlines: More than 1,000 new homes near Knaresborough, York charity's poverty report, day two of junior doctors' strike

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

Stories from our York Newsroom so far this morning include:

  • A developer's expected to announce plans to build more than 1,000 homes near Knaresborough
  • The York-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation says more than one million people, including 300,000 children, have been classed as "destitute" following their study of the most severe form of poverty in the UK. 
  • Hospitals across North Yorkshire are urging non-emergency patients to stay away again as junior doctors hold their second all-out strike

Harrogate Town 'all guns blazing' in play-off quest - Weaver

BBC Radio York Sport

The size of Harrogate Town's quest to secure a National League North play-off spot will become clearer tonight.

Nuneaton could keep themselves firmly in the race for the top five if they win their game in hand at Bradford Park Avenue. 

Whatever that result, Town manager Simon Weaver has told BBC Radio York Sport he knows it's still in the team's own hands.

"We've got to turn up with all guns blazing - this is what the fans deserve. It's payback time, " he says.

Traffic and Travel: A64 disruption latest

BBC Travel

Because of an accident, the A64 York Road in Kiddal Lane End remains closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Kiddal Lane junction and the A1(M) J44 Bramham junction.

Junior doctors' strike: Day two in North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

North Yorkshire's junior doctors are on strike again this morning. 

It's part of the British Medical Association's national dispute with the government over new contracts. 

They'll be on strike until 17:00, and won't be providing emergency cover.

Strike banner

Traffic update: A64 temporarily closed

Georgey Spanswick

We're hearing from BBC Radio York listeners that the A64 is closed at the moment between the Leeds outer ring road and the A1 due to accident recovery work.

More details as and when we get them.

BreakingPlan for 1,000 new homes in North Yorkshire

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

Plans to build more than 1,000 homes in North Yorkshire are expected to be announced later. 

A developer wants to build on an abandoned golf course just off the A1 at Flaxby, near Knaresborough.

A golf course was built on the site in the 1990s, and in 2008 a deal was announced to build a luxury hotel there, but that plan hit financial problems. 

Now another developer's come along and wants to build something the size of a village or small town.

More details are due to be revealed later.

Flaxby area map

Traffic and Travel: Delays on A59 after accident

BBC Travel

There's been an accident Eastbound on the A59 at Marston Lane, Kirk Hammerton.

Traffic is moving slowly as a result.

A59 map

Nostalgia never grows old!

The Press

Did you go to Millthorpe School in York between 1985 and 2008?

If you did have a look at these photos from our latest nostalgia series, looking back at old photos from York schools.  

Millthorpe school pupils
The Press

Traffic and Travel: Slow traffic on A64 towards Leeds

BBC Travel

The traffic's moving slowly on the A64 York Road in both directions at Kiddal Lane End, between the Kiddal Lane junction and the A1(M) J44 Bramham junction, because of an accident.


Air pollution: Urgent action needed, MPs say

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

A committee of MPs is calling for urgent action to stop up to 50,000 people a year being killed by illnesses caused by air pollution. 

The group says new clean air zones are needed in dozens of towns and cities. 

The problem of air pollution in York has been given as one of the reasons why the city needs to find a way of sort out its traffic problems.

York from above

York city centre was the first to be declared an Air Quality Management Area in 2002.  

Headlines: Day two of junior doctors' strike and York charity's poverty report

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

Stories from our York Newsroom include:

  • North Yorkshire's junior doctors strike again this morning
  • A York-based charity says more than one million people have been classed as "destitute" following the first study of the most severe form of poverty in the UK
  • The organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire bike race spend the day visiting towns and villages in North Yorkshire to see preparations for the race which starts on Friday

North Yorkshire's weather: Another cold one

BBC Weather

Starting cold and breezy, with showers of hail, sleet and snow and April thunder.

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: Things looking OK on county's roads

BBC Travel

The roads are mostly fine across the county, although if you're heading from York to Leeds, the A64 York Road is partially blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Baildon Drive junction in Leeds and the A1(M) J44 Bramham junction in Bramham, because of an accident.  

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in York and North Yorkshire.

I'll be with you until 14:30 with all the latest news, travel and weather. 

With only 48 hours to go to the Tour de Yorkshire we'll be keeping an eye on preparations. 

We'd love to see your pics and are especially on the lookout for ones like this of so-called "Yarnbombing" in Thirsk.

Yarn bombing in Thirsk

You can send your pics in via Twitteror Facebook.