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  1. Live updates on Tuesday 24 May 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Wednesday

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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 Wednesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county.

I'll leave you today with a field of contrasts, provided by some eagled-eyed lovers of all things scenic and meteorological: our BBC Weather Watchers.


Marianne provided our pic of Kirby Sigston in the middle of mist, meanwhile the azure blue in the top left corner is Bedale - thanks to Snowie for that.

Helen and Simon provided the ring of trees about to get a soaking at Horton in Ribblesdale and, below that, the second lot of beautiful blue provided by Janey shows a beautiful Church Fenton morning.

The sweeping vista, bottom left, is Sutton-in-Craven and was sent in by Wendy Feather.

Great old photos of High and Low Petergate

The Press

Our latest nostalgia gallery takes us back to York city centre - to High and Low Petergate.

This famous thoroughfare, running from King's Square to Bootham Bar, has been home to many well-loved York shops, people and views over the years.

The Press

Watch: A thing of beauty is a joy forever? Award-winning Yorkshire garden will last only four days

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Here's an interesting addition to our news earlier about Welcome to Yorkshire's garden at Chelsea picking up a silver award.

The tourist organisation has the biggest garden at this year's show, and it's inspired by the huge restoration project of the East Window at York Minster.

This short film (parts of which are speeded up just a tad) takes you through the whole building process, from design, to the final brick laid and flower planted, in under three minutes.

'We will consider all options': Friends of the Earth reaction to Ryedale fracking vote

More now on the news that anti-fracking campaigners are considering a possible legal challenge after plans to begin the controversial technique were approved by councillors.

Third Energy's bid to drill at Kirkby Misperton near Pickering was approved by County Councillors last night.


More than 4,300 objections to the application were received and 100 people gave evidence during the two-day hearing. Just 36 representations in support of the application were received.

Ryedale district councillor Di Keal, of Frack Free Ryedale, told BBC Radio York "people are very down, people are very upset, there were tears yesterday", but she says they're not giving up.

I know people round here, they will stand up and they will fight. This battle does go on. We will be looking to take legal opinion on what we can do."

Di Keal,Ryedale District Councillor of Frack Free Ryedale,

The environmental group, Friends Of The Earth, have also said they will consider a legal challenge to the decision, but would not expand on what any legal challenge might focus on.

Friends of the Earth will consider all options available, and that includes judicial review."

Simon BowensFriends Of The Earth campaigner

Third Energy operations director John Deware says he is "absolutely confident" fracturing each of the five zones can be done safely.

Government apology over short-notice Bootham Park Hospital closure

BBC Radio York

The government's apologised for the sudden closure of York's Bootham Park Hospital with just five days' notice last September after a health watchdog report said it was "unfit for purpose".

Care Minister Alistair Burt has met York Central Labour MP Rachael Maskell to discuss two reports into the the hospital's closure. 

Mr Burt has acknowledged there's a problem and says he'll look at why things went wrong, telling the MP, HealthWatch York and Tees Esk and Wear Valley Trust there's nowhere to go when things like this happen.

He's questioned why the health trusts involved didn't talk to each other and he's promised to visit York in mid-June when he'll meet patients and carers.

North Yorkshire's weather: A dry and warm afternoon ahead

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be dry and warm with sunny periods and a top temperature of about 17C (63F). 

Tonight will be fine at first, becoming increasingly cloudy from the east with a minimum temperature of about 7C (45F).

Weather graphic

Headlines: Legal challenge considered over fracking, peanut trial verdict's 'clear message' and apology over Bootham

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

York community furniture store wins national award

The Press

A charity which helped families in York affected by flooding has won a national award.

York Community Furniture Store was named Reuse Organisation of the Year in the Furniture Reuse Network's annual awards, with more than 200 organisations represented at the ceremony.

The Press

The Community Furniture Store was nominated for its work coordinating furniture for those displaced or rehomed in York, as well as managing furniture donated to the people of York from across the country.

Sport headlines: City's new signings, Knights' injury fears and improvements for Knaresborough Superbike rider

BBC Sport

The latest sport headlines from our newsroom in York this lunchtime include:

  • York City's pre-season recruitment continues with the signing of defender Alex Whittle. The 23-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the option of a second
  • York City Knights will assess the fitness of centre Tyler Craig tonight, after he left the field with injury during Friday's win at Newcastle
  • Knaresborough's Dan Linfoot says he's happy with his bike despite an inconsistent start to the British Superbikes Championship. He's 11th in the standings so far for Team Honda

Kirby Misperton fracking: Protest groups consider legal action

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Campaigners say they're considering a legal challenge to the decision to allow fracking at a site in North Yorkshire.

Third Energy's bid to drill at Kirkby Misperton near Pickering was approved by County Councillors last night, despite fierce opposition from some people who live near the site.

Protesters at Northallerton

Friends of the Earth said it would consider all options, including judicial review, and Frack Free Ryedale said it would be seeking legal advice.

Third Energy says the process is safe.

Brandreth's bears: Sooty, Fozzie and Paddington's new North Yorkshire home

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

If you go down to Newby Hall near Ripon today, you're sure of a big surprise...The Teddy bears aren't having a picnic - they're moving in.

A brand new bear house has been created for a collection of teddies belonging to the former Conservative MP, writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth. 

His collection consists of more than 1,000 bears, including the original Fozzie Bear from the Muppets, alongside other famous bears including, Sooty, Paddington and Pudsey.

Bears collage

I've collected bears for more than 60 years and my wife said: 'The moment you're gone it's all in the skip!' ... They're too beautiful and too valuable to keep, so I decided to give them to Newby Hall, because I wanted somewhere worthy of my teddy bears."

Gyles Brandreth

Watch: Just add butter - The sound and fury of North Yorkshire's asparagus

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The asparagus season is upon us and it's growing quite healthily in the fields of North Yorkshire.

Recently, I chatted to Ronda Morritt from Sand Hutton, who grows this elusive crop on her farm alongside husband Richard. 

I asked if, when the season got properly under way, I could go out to the farm and see it for myself - and luckily Ronda said yes.

So, I've been along to meet Richard and the team in the rather noisy processing shed:

Traffic and travel update: York to Edinburgh train delayed

BBC Travel

If you're rushing to catch the 11:31 train from York to Edinburgh you can slow down a bit, it's shown as delayed by 31 minutes on the departure board at York Railway Station and is currently due to depart at 12:03

Take food allergies seriously, restaurants warned after peanut death

BBC Radio York

Prosecutors are calling for restaurants to take food allergies seriously as a man from North Yorkshire starts a six-year jail term for killing one of his customers

Mohammed Zaman has been found guilty of the manslaughter of Paul Wilson (pictured below with his parents). 

Mr Wilson had told staff at the Indian Garden in Easingwold he was allergic to peanuts, but his meal was still full of them. 

Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "Mohammed Zaman directly caused the death of Mr Wilson by causing him to be served a meal that he knew contained potentially lethal peanut powder. 

"In this conviction, the CPS has sent a very clear message to the catering industry: there is a duty of care to your customers. If you ignore your responsibilities and regulations and put lives at real risk then we will not hesitate to prosecute."

Martin GoldmanChief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
Paul Wilson with his parents Keith and Margaret
North Yorkshire Police

Paul's friend, Joe Kinsella, says restaurants need to make sure they always stringently check their ingredients to ensure avoidable deaths like Mr Wilson's don't happen.

Such a careless, shocking, waste of a life. Something that could've been stopped so easily by a bit of attention to detail. The worst thing about it is the needlessness of his death."

Joe KinsellaFriend of Paul wilson

Watch: Approval given for Kirby Misperton fracking, but what is it and why is it controversial?

Following last night's vote which approved fracking at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale, what does this mean for the area - and what actually is fracking? 

Well, it's the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at rock to release the gas inside.

This video tells the story so far.

Police appeal over 'shocking' extent of red kite 'persecution'

Following the death of another red kite after being shot in North Yorkshire, police say the extent of persecution of these rare birds of prey is "shocking".

Damaged red kite wing
North Yorkshire Police

The bird was found in Blubberhouses on Sunday with a shattered wing (pictured) and was later put down. It's one of eight red kites found shot or poisoned across Yorkshire in the past two months.

PC Gareth Jones, Wildlife Crime Coordinator for North Yorkshire Police, says: "Red kites are magnificent birds that can be regularly seen soaring over our area, bringing pleasure to many people.

"I am personally saddened by the scale of persecution of these birds. It has to stop, and I would ask for anyone who can help this investigation to get in touch."

Analysis: Glimmer of hope for fracking industry, but not end of story for protesters

Danni Hewson

Business Correspondent, BBC Look North

Last night's decision by councillors in North Yorkshire to give the go-ahead to fracking near Kirby Misperton sets a planning precedent.

Fracking site
Third Energy

We know many parts of the industry are wanting to frack for gas. A lot of licences have been granted right across Yorkshire and generators were looking for a glimmer of hope. They've got that now.

It's not the end of the story, though. The protesters say they're going to take stock, but it's very unlikely they'll leave it there. You can expect this decision to be challenged in court.

Headlines: Fracking company's 'great responsibility', warning to restaurants after six-year sentence for peanut death and Chelsea silver for Yorkshire garden

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our Newsroom in York include:

Three golds for Harrogate Ladies' College pupil

Harrogate Informer

Harrogate Ladies' College pupil Lottie McGuinness returned triumphantly from the 2016 National Dwarf Games in Birmingham with a total of 10 medals, including three golds.

Lottie McGuinness
Harrogate Informer

Lottie, who is 14 and lives in Darley, amassed a total of 10 medals across the three days of the Games.

Kirby Misperton fracking permission a 'political watershed'

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

The approval of an application to extract gas by fracking in North Yorkshire could pave the way for the controversial technique to be used at other sites in England.


Third Energy was given permission yesterday to extract shale gas at a site in Ryedale. 

Paul Ekins, professor of resources and environmental policy at University College London, has told the BBC's Today programme there are still planning conditions that the company will have to comply with, so fracking at the site will not start immediately. 

But he says the decision is still a "political watershed" because this is the first time that permission has been given at a local level since a moratorium on fracking was put in place in 2012.

A garden of glory: Welcome to Yorkshire wins silver award at Chelsea

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Welcome to Yorkshire's garden at Chelsea has picked up a silver award, it's been announced.

The tourist organisation has the biggest garden at this year's show, and it's inspired by the huge restoration project of the East Window at York Minster. 


Welcome to Yorkshire say all the materials and plants used in the garden reflect the Yorkshire landscape.

The show officially opens to the public today.  

Ryedale fracking decision: Third Energy acknowledges 'great responsibility'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The company given permission to frack for gas in North Yorkshire says it's aware it's a great responsibility.

Third Energy's bid to drill at Kirkby Misperton near Pickering was approved by North Yorkshire County Council last night, despite fierce opposition from people who live near the site.

John Dewer, from Third Energy, the company that made the application, says they are not "gloating or preparing for war".

This is a time when we should be handing out an olive branch and saying to the people, 'please work with us, we recognise you have concerns'. I don't want them to worry or lose money selling houses."

John DewerThird Energy
Getty Images

The MP for Kirby Misperton, the Conservative Kevin Hollinrake, is in favour of fracking, but says he understands fracking is a contentious issue for the local committee.

I've always said I'd only support fracking if it is safe, planned and regulated properly and there's still a lot of work to do to make sure that is the case."

Kevin HollinrakeMP for Kirby Misperton

Traffic and Travel update: Heavier than usual traffic on A19 and A173

BBC Travel

There's heavier than usual traffic on the A19 at the moment, northbound between the York Road junction in Riccall and the Wheldrake Lane junction in Crockey Hill.  

Meanwhile, on the A173 westbound in Newton under Roseberry traffic is at a standstill between the Blind Lane junction and the Church Lane junction.  

The trains so far in and out of York Railway Station are all running to time.

Another red kite dies after being found shot in North Yorkshire

A rare red kite has died after being found shot and injured in North Yorkshire - the fourth such bird to have died in similar circumstances in Yorkshire in the past two months.

Injured red kite
North Yorkshire Police

The bird of prey was found by a walker on Hall Lane in Blubberhouses on Sunday morning. It was injured, in distress and unable to fly. The bird was taken to a specialist avian vet in Harrogate but its injury was found to be so severe it had to be put down.

A total of eight red kites have been found shot or died in circumstances suggesting poisoning across Yorkshire in the past two months.

Of those birds, five had been shot. One, found near Malton, was rehabilitated and released back to the wild, but the other four were so badly injured they had to be put down by a vet.

Ryedale fracking reaction: Councillors acknowledge the weight of feeling against the proposal to frack in North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

More now on the news that the first fracking operation in England since a ban was lifted in 2012 has been approved for North Yorkshire.

Planners had recommended the Kirby Misperton plan was approved, but have acknowledged the majority of representations received in consultation were objections.

Vicky Perkin, a council planning officer, told the committee that of 4,420 individual representations, just 36 were in support of the application. 


The result was met with boos and jeers from protesters who had gathered on the lawn outside County Hall during the two-day meeting.

Immediately after the vote, North Yorkshire Police tweeted a warning to protesters. It read: "Please be aware, the police will take action against unlawful behaviour linked to the #nyshale protest."

Watch: North Yorkshire weather update - The sun has got his hat on!

BBC Weather

It should be a lovely day today, with plenty of sunshine this morning, but there is a chance it might get a little cloudy this afternoon.

Here's my full forecast for Yorkshire:

Kirby Misperton fracking decision: Reaction from inside and outside to the vote

As you'll have heard by now, North Yorkshire County Council last night gave the go-ahead to a bid by Third Energy to extract shale gas at a site near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.  

It came after two days of discussion as county councillors heard pro- and anti-fracking views during a meeting at County Hall in Northallerton.

Hundreds of protesters attended the meeting to voice anger at the project, which had already been recommended for approval.  

This was the moment the application was granted, as seen from both inside and outside the council building (Vote footage North Yorkshire County Council):

Headlines: Anti-fracking campaigners pledge to fight on, warning to restaurant owners after peanut death verdict and the wait for gardening glory

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

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

Landmark North Yorkshire fracking operation approved

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The first fracking operation in England since a ban was lifted in 2012 has been approved by North Yorkshire councillors.

North Yorkshire County Council considered a bid by Third Energy to extract shale gas at a site near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.

Hundreds of protesters attended a meeting in Northallerton to voice anger at the project, which had been recommended for approval.

Fracking meeting

The council's planning committee voted seven to four in favour.

A number of objections from people opposed to the plans were heard over the course of two days prior to the decision. Supporters including landowners, farmers and Third Energy employees, also had their say.

Weather: A cold but sunny start, but misty in places

BBC Weather

A dry day with sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud

It should feel warm in sunshine away from the coast where there'll be a cool onshore breeze.  

Weather graph

Traffic and Travel: No major hold-ups on the roads, but some temporary traffic lights

BBC Travel

The roads across the county are running smoothly at the moment, but there are a few sets of temporary traffic lights to mention.

There are temporary lights on the A684 near Back Lane in Crakehall, in Holtby on the A166 near Eastfield Lane and on the A61 Ripon Road in Ripley at the B6165.

The trains running in and out of York Railway Station are showing on the departure board as 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, sport and weather from across North Yorkshire.

Of course, it's the morning after the night before - North Yorkshire County Council voted in favour of allowing fracking for shale gas to begin in North Yorkshire, making our county the only place in the country to allow the controversial technique of drilling.


We'll bring you more on the possible implications and reaction to that decision throughout the day.