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  1. Live updates on Thursday 28 April 2016
  2. Updates will resume at 08:00 on Friday with all the latest from the Tour de Yorkshire

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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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. 

We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday and will have updates right through until 18.00 from the Tour de Yorkshire.

I'll leave you today with Hills, Dales and Woolly Tails by the Tour de Yorkshire's official artist Lucy Pittaway.

Tour de Yorkshire art

It's a picture which Lucy says "depicts the excitement, endurance and tenacity of the race, set against the unique Yorkshire backdrop with an eager crowd of fluffy spectators".

Tour de Yorkshire: Sign of things to come?

Peter Scrivener

Tour de Yorkshire reporter, BBC Radio York

Let's hope any signs that the Tour de Yorkshire riders follow tomorrow are a little clearer than this one.

It actually advises people of the closure of Sutton Bank during the final day of the race - not that you can tell due to the snow!


Scarborough charity 'devastated' by robbery

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York, News

A Scarborough mental health charity says it's "devastated" after almost £1,000 was stolen at the weekend. 

Mind says the cash was taken from its fundraising stall at the Whitby Goth Weekend. 

The charity was at risk of closing last year because of a lack of money to run it.

Scarborough Mind logo
Scarborough Mind

Tour de Yorkshire: An artist's impression

Robin Cramp

Tour de Yorkshire Reporter, BBC Radio York

I caught the moment Hills, Dales and Woolly Tails, by Lucy Pittaway, the official Tour de Yorkshire artist, was handed over to Yorks cafe in Thirsk. 

This is where BBC Radio York's Breakfast Show will be broadcast from on Friday morning.

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York Barbican to host UK Snooker Championship

BBC Sport

The York Barbican will once again host snooker's UK Championship later this year, it's been confirmed.

The tournament takes place in November and December and has been staged in York since 2011.

Snooker table and York Barbican
Dave Pickersgill/Chris Downer/Geograph

Appeal after York nightclub assault left victim with broken leg

A man was left needing hospital treatment after his leg was broken in two places during an attack at a nightclub in York earlier this month, police have said.

The victim, a 26-year-old man, was on the dancefloor at the Kuda nightclub, on Clifford Street, at about 02:20 on Thursday 7 April when he was assaulted.

He's since had to undergo surgery to pin the bones back together.

Anyone with information about the attack or who may have witnessed it is being asked to contact police.

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy afternoon with rain, sleet or snow

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudier afternoon to come with outbreaks of rain spreading east, some heavy spells and perhaps some sleet or snow to higher ground. 

The breeze will freshen too with a maximum temperature of about 9C (48F). 

Weather graphic

Headlines: Fate of York's city centre geese to be decided, more North Yorkshire communities to own pubs and snooker returns to York

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our York Newsroom this lunchtime include:

  • A group set up to keep York's geese under control says new fencing, better signs and making sure eggs don't hatch could all help solve the problems they're causing
  • More communities in North Yorkshire will own their local pubs and shops in the coming years, according to an organisation which helps local groups save local businesses
  • It's been confirmed the York Barbican will once again host snooker's UK Championship later this year

BBC Weather Watchers: A county of contrasts

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watchers for this selection of contrasting pics from around North Yorkshire this morning.

Top left is Helmsley by The Stick Man; top right is Nidd, by Stormy Steve; bottom left is Skipton by Riccardo; and bottom right is Ravenscar by bayboy.

Weather Watchers collage

Listen: Go on Taddy!

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Tadcaster Albion could be promoted tonight if they beat Armthorpe Welfare. 

I've been in Tadcaster this morning where, by the temporary footbridge on the west side of the town, I spoke to James and Mathew Gore, the owners of Tadcaster Albion, about what it would mean to go up:

Tadcaster Albion

Tour de Yorkshire: Is this cheating?

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York, News

As contestants arrive for the Tour de Yorkshire, some seem to be planning to bend the rules!

tour de yorkshire fans arrive

Appeal after rare red kite dies after being shot near Harrogate

More on the news that a protected bird of prey found shot in a field in North Yorkshire has had to be put down because its wing was too severely damaged.

Xray of red kite
North Yorkshire Police

The red kite was discovered injured by a walker on farmland around Nidd, near Harrogate, on Saturday.

PC Gareth Jones says: "People in Harrogate have become used to seeing red kites soaring above the town and will be shocked by this meaningless and cruel act.

"I'd ask members of the public who were in the areas of Nidd, Brearton and Scotton on Thursday or Friday last week to contact police if they have any information that could assist."

Tour de Yorkshire: Round the (final) bend

Peter Scrivener

Tour de Yorkshire reporter, BBC Radio York

This was the final bend to the top of Sutton Bank at about 20:00 last night.

Picture it with hundreds of tired cyclists with burning thighs peddling to the top - after all, that's exactly what you'll see here on Sunday as the Tour de Yorkshire passes through.

Sutton Bank

York City Knights 'grounded' as promotion push continues

BBC Radio York Sport

York City Knights half-back Jonny Presley says he's "very confident" they can maintain their promotion push for the whole season. 

The Knights have won their opening five League One fixtures to be the only side with a 100% record.

Presley says: "We've played a lot of the so-called big teams in this league and we've managed to beat them so far.

"We're keeping grounded. No trophies are handed out at this time of year, but we keep trying to improve, and come the business end of the season we'll be there or thereabouts."

Tour de Yorkshire: No shortcuts across the fields

Thanks to Simon Edwards - aka Simon the Trucker - for this pic of Skipton this morning.

Simon says: "A view from my truck window just outside Skipton! I pity Sir Bradley and the boys cycling up here tomorrow, rather them than me."

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Tour de Yorkshire: England's longest place name - in bed sheets

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

With just over 24 hours until the start of this year's Tour de Yorkshire, the build-up continues.

We've already heard about all the knitted bunting which has "yarnbombed" Thirsk and the special cider that's been brewed in Kirkbymoorside.

Well, how about this for effort?

Last night, members of Hillside Scout Group were out on the slopes of Sutton Bank creating a huge piece of art they hope will be spotted by the TV cameras in the copters covering the race.

Sutton Under Whitestone Cliff

But how did they spell out in huge white letters the name of the longest place name in England, Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe? 

With bed sheets, of course - and over 70 of them, for that matter!

Look carefully at the second "o" and you'll see a cyclist going up a hill.

Biggest ever street food and drink festival ready to storm York's tastebuds


If you’re hungry for something new, this Bank Holiday weekend will satisfy all your cravings. 

Craftworks is a four-day festival of street food, drink and music. 

Watch: Have a gander at some geese in York

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Here's a short film which shows how comfortable geese feel on the streets of York as a family of them appear to be on their way to visit York's Castle Museum. 

Groups of geese are a common sight on the city's streets and an action plan to keep them under better control is expected to be approved later. 

Ideas include better fencing, and making sure eggs don't hatch.

Your North Yorkshire pictures: Fragile white crystals

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Jeff Peary for sending us this pic from Bramham.

Look at how the frost curves follow the wood grain:

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Caught on camera: The best days of our lives?

The Press

Over the coming weeks and months, The Press's archivist Odele Ayres will be going through our files, digging out photos of pupils, teachers and events from years gone by at secondary schools around the city. To get us started, we've found 124 photos from York's Fulford School.

Fulford school swimming pool
The Press

All in a day's work for North Yorkshire fire crews

It's been quite a week for North Yorkshire Fire Service... 

Earlier this week, officers in Harrogate were called out to a woman trapped in the shower. 

Then Scarborough crews were called out to rescue a seagull from a third flood ledge on a seafront hotel.

Now, a crew from Skipton have released a man trapped in a public toilet after the door jammed.

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North Yorkshire's weather: Put simply...It's cold!

BBC Weather

You'll need to wrap up today, but there will be some bright spells.

Here's Owain with the full forecast for North Yorkshire.

Watch: Are community shops the way forward?

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York Breakfast Show

A group which helps people save their local shops says we'll be seeing more community run businesses in North Yorkshire in years to come. 

The Plunkett Foundation says more than 100 shops across the country have been taken over by local communities in the last five years.  

Today, I'm broadcasting the BBC Radio York Breakfast Show from The New Inn in Tholthorpe, which has a shop inside it - and we've been to visit another community shop in Stillington. 

Traffic and Travel update: Slow moving traffic in Harrogate

BBC Travel

In Harrogate, there's congestion between the A658 and the A661 Hookstone Chase and things are moving slowly on the A661 Wetherby Road westbound, between the Kestrel roundabout and the Woodlands pub traffic lights.  

Harrogate map

Bring Me Sunshine? The wait for spring continues...

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Here's a cracking pic from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Ranger Service.

The joys of working outdoors!

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Tour de Yorkshire: A barrel of laughs

Robin Cramp

Tour de Yorkshire Reporter, BBC Radio York

I'm out and about in North Yorkshire today as the countdown continues to the Tour de Yorkshire.

Here's my first Tour pic of the day.

It's a boozy keg bike very appropriately in the brewery town of Tadcaster!

A bike made from beer barrels

Rare red kite shot in North Yorkshire

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

A protected bird of prey found shot in a field was killed in a "shocking act of cruelty", police have said. 

The red kite was discovered injured by a walker on farmland around Nidd, near Harrogate, on Saturday.  

North Yorkshire Police said it had been shot multiple times while it was flying and had to be put down by a vet because "its wing was so severely damaged".  

Red Kite x ray
North Yorkshire Police

Headlines: More community-run businesses for North Yorkshire, plans to control geese in York, promotion hopes for Tadcaster Albion

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York so far this morning include:

  • A group that helps people save their local shops says we'll see more community run businesses in North Yorkshire in the years to come
  • Plans to keep York's geese under control are expected to be approved later
  • Tadcaster Albion will secure promotion from the Northern Counties East League tonight if they beat Armthorpe Welfare

Weird weather: Malton in the Spring

BBC Weather Watchers

Here's a great pic of Malton from one of our BBC WeatherWatchers

Ken Monkman took this yesterday after a hailstorm hit.

Ken says: "The green shed is my summerhouse - fat chance of using that for a while!"


North Yorkshire's weather: A cold start, rain to follow

BBC Weather

A cold start, followed by sunny spells

But thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain and some hill snow in the afternoon.

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: All running well in North Yorkshire so far

BBC Travel

Everything seems to be running smoothly so far on the roads across the county at the moment.

We'll update you if anything changes.

Also, listen out on BBC Radio York where there are travel bulletins every 15 minutes.

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

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

With only a couple of days until we're in May, I walked past a snowman on my way to work...

A snowman in Clarence Gardens, York

I'd love to see your pics or hear your stories.

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