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  1. Live updates on Wednesday 18 May 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Thursday

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By Andrew Barton

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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 today with three photographs from BBC Weather Watchers which all show the threat of rain and give new meaning to the phrase a spring break.

Thanks to garry hornby for his pic of New Earswick (left), to june gothika (centre) for her photograph of Strensall and to Roger Litton for his shot of Harrogate.

Weather watcher pics

You can send in your stories and pictures via TwitterFacebook or email.

That's all for today, enjoy the rain, and remember...above the clouds the sky is always blue.

First signing of closed season for Harrogate Town

BBC Sport

Harrogate Town have signed defender Simon Ainge from Bradford Park Avenue. 

The 28-year-old centre back has also had time at Luton, Halifax and Guiseley, where he played alongside Town captain Danny Ellis. 

Harrogate manager Simon Weaver says: "I'm trying to build a side that can go one better than the play-off semi-finalists of this year."

Simon Ainge
Harrogate Town AFC

Scarborough artist realises lifelong dream of holding own exhibition

Scarborough UK

Artist Mary Hellawell has realised a lifelong dream of holding an exhibition of her work in her home town of Scarborough.

Part of the current A Changing Landscape exhibition at the Gallery at Woodend, Mary's work features alongside work from Shirley Doyle.

Exhibition promo
Scarborough UK

North Yorkshire weather update: Cloudy and showery but some sunshine

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We're going to see a rather cloudy afternoon across Yorkshire, however we should see a little more in the way of brightness with a few sunny spells.

However, further showers are forecast, some of these heavy with the odd rumble of thunder possible.

Light to moderate south westerly winds, and highs today of about 14C (57F).   

Weather update

Three-year-old passenger in 140mph car chase 'not wearing seatbelt'

It's "absolutely unbelievable" that a three-year-old girl who was passenger in a car involved in a 140mph chase across North Yorkshire didn't have a seat belt on and wasn't in a child's booster seat, North Yorkshire Police have said.

Police stop car
North Yorkshire Police

The girl was discovered when the police pursuit ended in Boston Spa yesterday afternoon, following a chase which went northbound on the A1 from Catterick to Scotch Corner before heading into West Yorkshire.

A large quantity of cannabis was found and a man and woman, both from Rotherham, were arrested. The girl's currently in police care and officers are liaising with Social Services.

Sgt Paul Cording, from North Yorkshire Police, says: "There was no car seat, no restraint. It's absolutely unbelievable somebody would put their own family at risk."

Headlines: Child, 3, found in car involved in 140mph police chase, Scarborough family 'abandoned' by NHS and second animal shot in North Yorkshire in a week

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our Newsroom in York include:

'Angel of the North' flies back to York City FC

BBC Sport

Talismanic striker and fans' favourite Richard Brodie has returned to Bootham Crescent for his second spell at York City FC.

The 28-year-old has signed a one-year deal.

Brodie was previously with York between 2007 and 2010, during which time he scored 69 goals.

Richard Brodie
York City FC

Brodie was always considered to be a good luck charm by the fans.

The stadium announcer nicknamed him the Angel of the North, a title which brought huge cheers from the crowd every time he scored.

Sheep dies after second North Yorkshire animal shooting in less than a week

A sheep has had to be put down after being shot and seriously injured in Ryedale - the second animal shooting in North Yorkshire in a week.

Police are appealing for witnesses after offenders shot the sheep with a high-power rifle on land off Malton Road at Marton, near Sinnington.

The shooting happened between 10:00 on Monday and 17:00 on Tuesday when offenders entered land off Malton Road at Marton, near Sinnington.  

They also caused "extensive" damage to hedges, crops and a gate, police say.

It comes just days after a cow was shot in the eye and killed near York.

The offenders left the sheep suffering in great distress, before the owners found it in the field several hours later. Sadly, its injuries were so severe it had to be euthanised."

SpokespersonNorth Yorkshire Police

Final day of Somerset v Yorkshire finally under way at Taunton

BBC Sport

After a delay to the start of play this morning, Yorkshire are following on on the final day of their County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton.

Yorkshire are 7-0, trailing Somerset by 244 runs.

Listen to live commentary from the match here and keep completely up-to-date with our live scorecard.    

Witness appeal after three-year-old passenger is found following 140mph drug car pursuit

Anyone who saw a car with a three-year-old child on board which was involved in a 140mph police pursuit on the A1 across North Yorkshire on Tuesday is being asked to come forward.

End of car chase
North Yorkshire Police

The chase, involving a grey Audi A4, started at about 16:25 on the A1 northbound near Catterick and continued to Scotch Corner before heading south, again on the A1, before the car was finally stopped near Boston Spa.

A "large quantity" of cannabis was found and two people, a 31-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, both from Rotherham, were arrested at the scene and remain in custody.

"A number of motorists will have witnessed the suspect vehicle's manner of driving and officers are appealing to them to come forward including any that were hit by the vehicle," police say.

The weather looks to be the winner in the cricket today

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

No play yet as Yorkshire continue their battle to avoid the follow-on.

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Listen to live commentary from the match here and keep completely up-to-date with our live scorecard.  

A chorus of approval: Birds wake up in full voice at York's Askham Bog

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

At this time of year there's nothing more glorious than a dawn chorus - and the birds really are in full voice at the moment.

So I got up - before the birds - and visited York's Askham Bog nature reserve, to experience the growing crescendo of bird song, which signals the start of the day.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust looks after Askham Bog and they sent Jono Leadley to assist me.

County Championship: Play delayed on final day of Somerset v Yorkshire

BBC Sport

It's the fourth and final day of Yorkshire's County Championship clash against Somerset at Taunton - but the start of today's action has so far been delayed.

Providing things get going eventually, Yorkshire will resume on 306 for 9 in their first innings, still trailing Somerset's by 256 runs.

Listen to live commentary from the match here and keep completely up-to-date with our live scorecard.

Listen: Knaresborough pair spend 'price of cruise' following FA Cup trail to Wembley

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

A remarkable 10-month challenge comes to a head this weekend when Knaresborough couple Malcolm and Lorna Foyle head to Wembley for the FA Cup Final. 

They've spent the best part of a year - and more than £1,200 - zig-zagging their way round the country on the trail of the cup, from its earliest rounds and starting with a match involving Harrogate Railway.

They've been telling me the story of their long slog, starting with the team they've encountered the most on the long road to Wembley:

Car containing three-year-old 'weaved in and out of traffic' during 140mph North Yorkshire pursuit

A car involved in a 140mph police pursuit with a three-year-old child on board "weaved in and out of traffic and onto the hard shoulder" as it sped across North Yorkshire, police say.

The chase, which started at about 16:25 yesterday on the A1 northbound near Catterick, involved a grey Audi A4 which failed to stop.

The car was driven to Scotch Corner before leaving the motorway and then heading south on the A1 again. It was eventually stopped by police on the exit slip road near Boston Spa.

A three-year-old child and a large quantity of cannabis were found in the vehicle. No-one was injured during the pursuit, police say.

Two of the car's occupants, a man, 31, and a woman, 22, both from Rotherham, were arrested at the scene and remain in custody.

NHS response to Scarborough Alzheimer's 'crisis' family

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

Earlier we told you about David, from Scarborough, who has been pleading with the NHS to help him and his family cope with his mum Greta's severe Alzheimer's.

David from Scarborough

Last September, social workers and doctors agreed they were a family "in crisis" and needed additional NHS-funded help. 

Despite having a full assessment and approval for support, David says there's been no further progress.

After BBC Radio York highlighted David's case, Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), responsible for funding the care, has admitted it's "taken longer than it should".

Part of the delay has been down to a change of NHS providers, which we recognise is no consolation to the family. However, that transition is now complete. I’ve spoken to colleagues directly involved with this lady’s care and they’ll be giving the family a call today to talk through their case and explain the next steps fully."

Simon CoxChief Officer, Scarborough and Ryedale CCG

Three-year-old found in back of car after 140mph police chase across North Yorkshire

Michael Henderson

BBC Radio York, News

A three-year-old child has been found in the back of a car following a 140mph chase on the A1, North Yorkshire Police have said. 

The driver had failed to stop near Catterick and was then followed by police to Scotch Corner, and then all the way to Boston Spa. 

A "large" quantity of drugs was found in the car and two people have been arrested, North Yorkshire Police have confirmed.

Police stopping car
North Yorkshire Police

Witness appeal after Catterick biker seriously hurt in collision

The driver of a car who may have "vital" information about a collision in North Yorkshire earlier this month which left a motorbike rider with serious injuries is being urged to come forward.

The incident happened at about 13:20 on Saturday 7 May as the rider, a woman in her 30s, from Catterick Garrison, was travelling along Reeth Road from Richmond when she collided with a white Volvo C60 near River Meadow Cottage. 

Police believe the Audi driver, who wasn't  involved in the collision, may have information which could help them piece together events in the moments leading up to the incident.

The biker, who was taken to hospital in Darlington, has now been released and she's recovering at home.

A walk back in time: Fascinating photos of 1950s York

The Press

The Press is bringing many of the photos from its history section and archives together into easy-to-view galleries.

This one showcases 79 photos of York in the 1950s, including some published for the first time in many years.

Skeledergate bridge
The Press

Sport headlines: Yorkshire trail Somerset by 256, Brodie returns to Bootham Crescent and Harrogate RU in Yorkshire Cup

BBC Sport

  • Yorkshire are due to resume at Taunton later on 306 for 9 in their first innings - trailing Somerset by 256 runs
  • Former York City striker Richard Brodie returns to Bootham Crescent for a second spell after previously playing with the club between 2007 and 2010
  • Harrogate Rugby Union club defend the Yorkshire Cup tonight in the final against Pontefract

Watch: North Yorkshire 'crisis' family says NHS doesn't understand Alzheimer's challenges

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

A Scarborough carer is inviting his local NHS finance team to visit him and his family to find out why they urgently need help. 

David left his job three years ago so he could look after his mum, who has severe Alzheimer's.

Last September, social workers and doctors agreed they were a family "in crisis" and needed additional NHS-funded help. 

Despite having a full assessment and approval for support, David has told me there's been no further progress and he believes that NHS accountants need to be more compassionate.

The UK's EU vote: Join me for Look North's EU referendum debate

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Do you think Britain should remain in the European Union - or leave? The referendum to decide is just weeks away

And on Sunday 12 June we'll be presenting a special BBC Look North programme to debate the issues.    


I'll be joined by a panel who'll take your questions at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford.   

If you'd like to be part of the audience, get in touch by email. Please put the words "EU Debate" in the title and include your name and a daytime phone number.

Police appeal over Scarborough man wanted for prison recall

Police in North Yorkshire are appealing for help in finding a man who's wanted for recall to prison.

Craig Uden
North Yorkshire Police

Craig Uden, 27, has connections with Scarborough, and is believed to be in the Scarborough area.

Originally arrested for theft and assaulting a police officer, he was sentenced in November 2015 and was released from prison last month, but has since been recalled to custody as he has failed to live at an approved address, and displayed poor behaviour, police say.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police.

Headlines: Scarborough man 'abandoned' by NHS, York binge-drinking culture under spotlight and Yorkshire astronaut's dreams of return to space

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our Newsroom in York this morning include:

  • A man from Scarborough says he feels abandoned by the NHS after waiting for more than eight months for the care he needs for his mum who has severe Alzheimer's
  • Plans to tackle binge drinking problems in York will be discussed by decision-makers later
  • Twenty five years after she blasted off into space as Britain's first astronaut, Yorkshire's Helen Sharman says she'd love to go back

Weather: A cloudy start to the day and breezy - at least it's not raining...yet!

BBC Weather

It'll be rather cloudy this morning with some outbreaks of showery rain and light winds.

Some brighter spells may develop by the afternoon along with a scattering of heavy showers.

Weather graphic

Traffic and travel: Mostly running smoothly across the county, with a couple of possible delays

BBC Travel

It's looking like a pretty good to start across the county on the roads.

There are a couple of things to be aware of though. In Northallerton, there's one lane closed due to roadworks, on the A167 Friarage roundabout.

In Scarborough, there are roadworks and temporary traffic lights on the A165 Burniston Road, between Cleveland Avenue and Briardene Avenue.

On the rails, the departure board at York Railway Station shows that the trains are 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 - and your pics too.

I'll start with this one from BBC Weather Watcher andyken, who seems to have perfectly captured the stop-start nature of spring so far, with his brooding picture of Helmsley Castle.

Helmsley Castle

You can send in your stories and pictures - brooding or not - via Twitter, Facebook or email.