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Summary

  1. Live updates on Thursday 12 May 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Friday

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, York

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

I'll be back from 07:00 on Friday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county. 

I'll leave you today with this film of the departure and final flight of Army Lynx helicopters from Dishforth airfield. 

York breaches WHO air pollution safety levels

York is among more than 40 towns and cities across Britain and Ireland which breach air pollution safety levels, according to new figures.

York from above
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The city's named in data published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) listing towns and cities in the UK and Ireland breaching safe levels for fine particles in the air.

The health body warns poor air quality is a major cause of disease and death.

As air quality declines, the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma, increases among residents, WHO says.

More trains and cheaper tickets from York to London promised

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Cheaper trains and more often, that's the promise from FirstGroup which has been given the go-ahead to compete with Virgin Trains on the East Coast Main Line.

The regulator has granted approval for the company to begin additional services between York, London and Scotland.   

Train
First Trains

FirstGroup claimed its trains would offer cheaper fares and free Wi-Fi, making them a better option than other rail services and air travel.

This is great news for passengers, as our new service will widen the choice of travel options between these cities and offer an attractive alternative to those available today. We will offer genuinely low fares at half the average price of today."

FirstGroup chief executiveTim O'Toole
York railway station
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The 10-year deal will allow it to operate five trains a day each way from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh from 2021.

North Yorkshire weather update: Sunny spells and warm this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see plenty of sunny spells into this afternoon, and feeling warm yet again.

A little cloudier along the east coast with the risk of a little fog.

A moderate or fresh north easterly breeze, highs of about 20C (68F).

Weather map
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Headlines: York flood report published, final Army copter flights from Dishforth and additional York rail services promised

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York this lunchtime are:

We have lift off: The moment the helicopters began to leave Dishforth

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Symmetry usually makes a good pic...

BBC Look North reporter Cathy Killick used it to good effect here, as 9 regiment Army Air Corps, said goodbye to their home in Dishforth.

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Watch: Amnesia-affected York teen only remembers karate moves

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Earlier we told you about Sam Tai, a teenager from York, who has completely lost his memory after an accident left him with a condition called Global Amnesia.

Each day, Sam wakes up is like it's his first - and yet, remarkably, he can still remember a complete set of karate moves. Here he is watched by his Sensei, Dave Cartawick:

Mark lost his memory after an accident playing Rugby.

Look at this amazing pic of him taken before the accident.

Sam Tai
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BreakingBoxing Day floods: Leaking service tunnel blamed for Foss Barrier failure

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

A long-awaited Environment Agency report into how water got into the Foss Barrier Pumping Station in York on Boxing Day 2015 has found most of the water entered the building because of a leaking service tunnel drainage system.

As a result, the barrier failed and had to be opened, flooding hundreds of homes and businesses in the city. 

Foss Barrier
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The Environment Agency report says all eight pumps at the Foss Barrier were working that day at full capacity.

However, a build-up of water in the barrier's underground service tunnel, combined with water flowing through the drainage system, filled the tunnel until water emerged inside the pumping station building.

King staith
BBC

A £17m upgrade is now under way which it's said will address all the recommendations made in the report, and this includes fixing water leaks in the service tunnel and new pumps with an increased capacity which will be installed by winter.

Harrogate Town 'will give 100% next season' - Peter Crook

BBC Sport

Harrogate Town are determined to build on this season's progress, according to goalkeeper Peter Crook.

Harrogate Town gate
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He's told BBC Radio York Sport that while the team's proud of reaching the National League North play-off semi finals, they believe they've fallen short overall. 

"It's good we've made club history by finishing fourth, but we weren't happy with that. We wanted to get promoted, so that's what we'll aim for next season and the team will give 100%," says Crook.

Watch: Unlucky for some? Flood-hit York Dungeon reopens on Friday the 13th

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Five months after being flooded, the famous York Dungeon visitor attraction is due to reopen and, with great timing, it opens up its chambers of horror on Friday the 13th.

At Christmas, the lower levels of the Dungeon were inundated by 1m of floodwater when the River Ouse burst its banks, destroying numerous displays and affecting thousands of properties in the city.

The water took nine days to recede and the repair bill was over £800,000.

Army helicopters lift off and leave Dishforth: North Yorkshire's farewell to 9 Regiment Army Air Corps

Earlier we told you about the end of an era today for 9 regiment Army Air Corps, as they say goodbye to their home in Dishforth.

Here are the latest scenes as they make ready to leave the North Yorkshire airfield, which has been their home for more than two decades.

While based in North Yorkshire, the regiment's been involved in operations in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

A formation of four Lynx helicopters is due to leave Dishforth in the next few minutes to fly past key locations in the county, including Ripon, York, Linton, Harrogate and Catterick.

Dishforth
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York's lost Roman amphitheatre: Why not join the search?

The search is on for York's lost Roman amphitheatre and City of York Council is asking for local residents to get involved:

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Listen: 'All I know is that I woke up this morning' - York teen's accident leaves him feeling each day is his first

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

How do you think you'd feel if you woke up and simply couldn't remember who you are? 

That's exactly what's happened to a teenager from York due to an accident, and now each day Sam Tai wakes up like it's his first.

Incredibly, despite losing his memory Sam is still able to remember complex karate moves - that's what he's doing in the picture - and you'll be able to watch a film of him doing that here later.

Sam's problems started after a game of rugby at Easter.

This morning, I spoke to Sam and his mum, Jane, and Sam told me what he remembers of his life prior to the accident - and what it's like to wake up each day and not know who you are:

Beginning of the end: 9 Regiment Army Air Corps prepare for Dishforth departure

Cathy Killick

Journalist, BBC Look North

These were the scenes in the Ops Room of 9 Regt Army Air Corps at Dishforth a short time ago, ahead of the last helicopter flights before disbandment. 

Ops Room
BBC
Dishforth Ops Room
BBC

After over two decades at this North Yorkshire base, the regiment's disbanding next month and merging with another one in Somerset.

A formation of four Lynx copters is due to fly past key locations in the county later, before leaving Dishforth for the last time - ending all military helicopter ops in the north of England.

Headlines: Army helicopters leave Dishforth for final time, tributes paid to former council leader and promise of more help for county's vulnerable people

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  • Decades of military flying are due to come to an end later as Army helicopters fly out of Dishforth airfield for the last time
  • Tributes are paid to the former leader of City of York Council, Chris Steward, who's resigned after having a stroke at the age of just 36
  • North Yorkshire's re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner is expected to pledge more support for vulnerable people when she formally takes up the role later

New report highlights importance of tourism to North Yorkshire's economy

Scarborough UK

Tourism contributed 6.6% to the economic activity of North Yorkshire, new analysis by the Office for National Statistics has shown.

Scarborough
Scarborough UK

The report, detailing the value of tourism to different areas across the UK, highlights the importance of the industry to our regional economy. 

Traffic and Travel: Train delays update

BBC Travel

There are a couple of train delays to tell you about.

The 09:31 York to London Kings Cross is running 11 minutes late and the 09:35 York to Reading is now due to depart at 09:50.

Weather: A warm day with plenty of blue sky to come

BBC Weather

May seems to have remembered it's a spring month again, at least for today.

Here's Owain with the very latest forecast.

Watch: Skiing in Selby - Take a look inside town's new £5m leisure village

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

A new leisure village in Selby is just weeks away from opening.

Selby District Council has spent more than £5m on the project, which includes a ski-simulator and skate park.

BBC Radio York has had an exclusive look round the new leisure village - and now you can look too.

Watch: End of era for 9 Regiment Army Air Corps - Dishforth says goodbye to Army copters

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

North Yorkshire has been home to 9 Regiment Army Air Corps in Dishforth for over two decades, but is being disbanded as part of army restructuring.

The move means there'll be no British Army helicopter units based in the north of England.

The regiment has served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here's their story:

'More support for vulnerable': Pledge by North Yorkshire's re-elected PCC

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

North Yorkshire's re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner is expected to pledge more support for vulnerable people when she sets out her priorities for the next few years later.

Julia Mulligan formally takes up her role as Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and the City of York today. 

Julia Mulligan
BBC

Ms Mulligan says one of the first things she's going to do is to set up a forum to hear the views and experiences of people with mental health concerns. 

She also wants to hear from those who provide support to vulnerable people such as charities, nurses, doctors and the police.

More cricket success: Two Yorkshire players selected for England

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Looks like there's some more good news for Yorkshire County Cricket Club after their win over Surrey yesterday.

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Tributes paid to former City of York Council leader after stroke

BBC Radio York

Tributes are being paid to Chris Steward (pictured), the former leader of City of York Council, who's resigned after having a stroke at the age of just 36

Chris Steward
BBC

Councillor Steward, who represents the Rural West York ward, became leader in May 2015 when the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition to run the authority.  

You'll be able to hear from David Carr, the man expected to be the council's new leader, right here a little later.

Councillor Carr is expected to take over formally as leader of the council later this month and has told us he's looking forward to the challenge.

Headlines: Tributes paid to former council leader, Army helicopters leave Dishforth for final time and promise of more help for county's vulnerable people

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  • Tributes are being paid to the former leader of City of York Council, Chris Steward, who's resigned after having a stroke at the age of just 36
  • Decades of military flying are due to come to an end later as Army helicopters fly out of Dishforth airfield for the last time
  • North Yorkshire's re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner is expected to pledge more support for vulnerable people when she formally takes up the role later

Traffic and Travel update: York to Kings Cross train cancellation

BBC Travel

The trains departure board at York Railway Station now shows that the 08:02 York to London Kings Cross has been cancelled.

Weather: Starting off cloudy and misty, with sunny spells later

BBC Weather

A cloudy start to the day is expected with mist over the hills and near the coast. During the morning the cloud will break with some bright or sunny spells developing during the afternoon. 

Weather graphic
BBC

Traffic and Travel: All smooth on the roads - with a couple of closure reminders

BBC Travel

On North Yorkshire's roads most things are running smoothly at the moment.

A couple of reminders: the A1039 is closed between Staxton and White Gate Hill, which you'll need to remember if you're heading to Filey, and the River Wharfe Bridge is closed in Tadcaster with a diversion via the A64.

On the trains, the departure board at York Railway Station indicates that trains are all running to time 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.

I often like to start with a picture, and today it's this beautiful but intriguing picture, sent in by BBC Weather Watcher consettcazza of Grewelthorpe. 

But what's the flowing, curved, structure, in the middle, that looks a bit like a giant donkey ear?

Answers on a postcard please to...No sorry, you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or email to answer that - or with any of your own stories or pictures.

Grewelthorpe
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