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  1. Live updates on Wednesday 11 May 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Thursday

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By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

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 the county. 

I'll leave you with a collection of images from today's stories.

Sam spotted the "For the Fallen" train at York Railway Station; we heard about the hoped for traffic improvements during the three-day races at York's Knavesmire and the early release of York City strikers, Jake Hyde and Vadaine Oliver.

We also enjoyed more great BBC Weather Watchers pics, this one by RogerLitton is of Bluebells in Harrogate.

Summary montage

See you tomorrow.

Listen: Fans' favourite Parslow says York players need to 'buy into what's at stake'

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

You can't get away from how disappointing this season has been for anyone connected with York City, who finished bottom of League Two and who've been relegated from the Football League.

A little earlier, I spoke to former City player - and fans' favourite - Daniel Parslow. 

He was released by York last summer, and spent the last season playing for Cheltenham, in the National League - which Cheltenham won by a mile.

Ironically, Cheltenham will now take York City's place in League Two.

Parslow told me what advice he'd give to City manager Jackie McNamara on turning things around:

Convicted rapist wanted by police after breaching court order

BBC Radio York

North Yorkshire Police have released more information about a convicted rapist from York who's on the run after breaching a court order. 

Barry Gibson, 55, was last seen at a taxi rank near York Minster on 5 May. 

He was wearing dark trousers and a jacket which is red on the top half and a dark colour on the bottom half. He was carrying a JD Sports bag over his shoulder.

Members of the public are being asked not to approach Gibson if they see him, and to call 999 immediately.

Barry Gibson
North Yorkshire Police

Your chance to play for Harrogate Town AFC in the National League

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Harrogate Town, who recently lost their play-off semi final at AFC Fylde 2-1 on aggregate, are looking for their players of the future - and it could be you!

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Training ground Harrogate Town AFC
Harrogate Town AFC

For the Fallen: Spotted at York railway station this morning

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

I can see why Sam was moved by this today. Thanks for the pic Sam.

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If you spot anything you want to share with us, you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or by email.

Cricket latest: Yorkshire lead by 155 at lunch

North Yorkshire weather update: Brightening with sunny spells this afternoon

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll continue to brighten this afternoon with cloud thinning and lifting, breaking in some parts for spells of sunshine. 

Most parts will stay dry, however there is a small chance of a shower.

Feeling warm in shelter, but cooler near the coast with an onshore breeze. Top temperature will be about 19C (66F).

Weather forecast

Headlines: Deputy takes over as York council leader falls ill and thousands spent to ease York race day traffic

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York this lunchtime include:

BBC Weather Watchers: Searching for the light in the gloom

BBC Weather Watchers

On a day that's taken a while to brighten up in North Yorkshire, some of our BBC Weather Watchers have spotted a bit of space and colour.

Thanks for the pic of the hazy sunshine above Kirby Sigston go to Marianne (I wonder if she was waiting for the blackbird to fly into view or if that was a happy unintentional addition?) and to Gary Gimmick, for the amazing profusion of Bluebells below York's city walls.

Weather Watchers

Traffic and Travel update: Road blocked at Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe

BBC Travel

We're getting reports that the A170 in Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe is partially blocked.

The road is just passable and there is slow traffic, eastbound, between Sutton Bank and the High Town Bank Road junction, because of a broken down lorry.

Yorkshire all-rounder Willey takes bowling break with abdominal injury

Yorkshire all-rounder David Willey has been told not to bowl for six weeks because of an abdominal injury.

David Willey
Getty Images

However, the 26-year-old could still bat in the White Rose county's current Championship game against Surrey if required to do so.

The injury means Willey could be unavailable for some of England's one-day international series against Sri Lanka next month.

'Essential' cable work on Lendal Bridge after city centre power cut

Part of Lendal Bridge in York is due to be closed to pedestrians later as "essential" work is carried out on a damaged electrical cable which caused a power cut in the city last week.

Lendal Bridge

The power cut, on Friday afternoon, hit about 476 residents and businesses.

The work is expected to start at about 18:00 this evening and it's thought it'll take about three days to complete but won't affect motorists using the bridge, according to Northern Powergird.

Steve Hampshire, from Northern Powergrid, says: "Pedestrians will be able to safely use the other side of the bridge to cross the river and temporary pedestrian signs will be in place to guide them."

York Racecourse spends thousands trying to ease race day traffic

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

York racecourse is spending thousands of pounds on trying to deal with traffic in the streets around the site. 

A new company which specialises in car park management starts work today as the three-day Dante Festival gets under way. 

This morning, I spoke to the chief executive of the course, William Derby, and I asked him why it's taken so long to get experts involved in sorting out the race day traffic problems.

We don't want cars for the races parking in people's driveways, so it's an investment in improving the welcome and the departure."

William DerbyChief executive, York Racecourse

County Championship: Delay on day four of Yorkshire v Surrey

The start of day four of Yorkshire's County Championship match against Surrey at Headingley has been delayed. As with yesterday, the weather's to blame...

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Warning over fake £20 notes in Craven

North Yorkshire Police's Countrywatch scheme is warning people in Craven to watch out for dodgy currency:

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York Council deputy takes over as leader taken ill


York Council leader Chris Steward (pictured) has been taken ill and his deputy has stepped in to cover his duties.

Liberal Democrat councillor Keith Aspden, deputy leader of the council, took over the duties of his Conservative coalition partner after he fell ill.

Chris Stewart

Headlines: NUT head calls for Sats to be scrapped, criminals on run from North Yorkshire and York Racecourse attempts to ease race day traffic

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York include:

Traffic and Travel: Road closure between Staxton and Filey

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

It's being reported that the A1039 is closed in both directions between Staxton and Filey.

The closure is between White Gate Hill and the A64 (Spital farm Roundabout).

A1039 at Staxton

More than 100 criminals on run from North Yorkshire courts

BBC Radio York

A total of 136 suspected or convicted criminals are on the run from North Yorkshire, with the oldest case dating back to 1994, according to police.

The revelation is part of figures obtained by the BBC which show thousands of suspected and convicted criminals are on the run across the county, after skipping court bail while facing charges. 

Police car

The figures show there are outstanding arrest warrants for more than 13,000 people across the country.

Yorkshire cricket: Sunshine needed to avoid Yorkshire being stumped

BBC Sport

Yorkshire need some help from the weather gods today if they're to produce a positive result against Surrey at Headingley. 

Day three was ruined yesterday by the rain, which meant only an hour's play was possible.

Yorkshire's Andrew Gale

Having drawn their opening three matches, Yorkshire still have a chance of victory if the weather improves today.

Traffic and Travel update: A1(M) back to normal

BBC Travel

All lanes are open again and traffic has returned to normal after an earlier accident on the A1(M) Northbound between J47 (Allerton Park) and J48 (Boroughbridge).

Watch: How much money does Yorkshire make from the EU?

BBC Radio York

Around one in 10 jobs in North Yorkshire is estimated to be linked to exports to the EU, according to BBC research carried out six weeks ahead of the EU referendum. 

The figures also show the amount companies in Yorkshire have exported to the EU has been falling in recent years, while exports to the rest of the world have risen.  

There are many voices trying to persuade you to vote one way or the other. 

This film takes a look at how much Yorkshire trades with Europe, compared with the US.

Missing convicted sex offender found in Ingleton

A convicted sex offender who went missing from a Lancashire care home has been found in North Yorkshire, police have said.

Andrew Westbury
Lancashire Police

Andrew Westbury, 41, was found in Ingleton on Tuesday night after going missing on Monday from Lancaster.

Lancashire Police had warned that he could pose a risk to the public and should not be approached.

York City FC: Strikers transfer listed with year to go on contracts

BBC Sport

York City strikers Jake Hyde (pictured left) and Vadaine Oliver (right) have been transfer listed with one year still to go on their contracts with the club. 

Jake Hyde and Vadaine Oliver

Seven other players have been released, including Josh Carson and Kenny McEvoy. 

Manager Jackie McNamara, has offered new deals to just four players: Russell Penn, Luke Summerfield, Dave Winfield and Michael Ingham have all been given fresh terms.

Weather: Cloudy and warm with rain gradually clearing

BBC Weather

Here's BBC Look North's Kay Crewdson with today's full weather forecast for North Yorkshire:

Watch: Sats are 'ridiculous' and make children feel like 'a failure' - NUT president

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Do you think primary school tests should be scrapped?

The president of the National Union of Teachers - who's from Scarborough - says they are a "ridiculous exercise" and "very stressful".

This comes as the charity Childline says more children are coming to them for help in dealing with exam stress. 

The daughter of Daphne Smith, who lives near Thirsk, is sitting the exams this week and she's told BBC Radio York that Sats make her children "feel like a failure".

Have you had any experience of the impact of Sats on young children?

If you have, we'd like to hear from you. You can get in touch via Twitter,Facebook or by email.

Weather: A cloudy start, but warm, with rain gradually clearing

BBC Weather

A fairly cloudy start with patchy rain, some heavy. This clearing to some bright or sunny spells through the late afternoon or evening. Feeling warm in shelter, but cooler near the coast with an onshore breeze.  

Weather graphic

Headlines: Primary school tests 'should be scrapped', 136 criminals on run from courts in North Yorkshire, York City strikers transfer listed

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our York newsroom so far today include:

  • Primary school Sats tests should be scrapped, according to the president of the National Union of Teachers, who's from Scarborough 
  • Thousands of suspected and convicted criminals are on the run after skipping court bail while facing charges, with figures obtained by the BBC showing 136 from North Yorkshire are among those on the run
  • York City strikers Vadaine Oliver and Jake Hyde are transfer listed with one year still to go on their contracts with the club

Traffic and Travel: One lane closed on the A1(M), no problems on the trains

BBC Travel

One lane's currently closed on the A1(M) northbound between J47, A168 (Allerton Park) and J48, A168 (Boroughbridge), because of an accident involving two lorries.


Across the rest of the county the roads appear to be running fine and there are no problems on the trains or buses at the moment.

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

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

We'd love to see your pics, like this one sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Horgi of the sky above Whitby.


They look a bit like stratocumulus to me, but I'm not sure... 

You can get in touch and put me right or send your photos in via TwitterFacebook or email.