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Summary

  1. Live updates on Wednesday 1 June 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

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

Throughout today we've followed the story of the artefacts from Rievaulx Abbey going on display for the first time in nearly 500 years.

So far we've shown you an array of pictures, now why not take a look at the film below by BBC Radio York's Joanita Musisi?

She's been learning all about the exhibition at Rievaulx from Doctor Michael Carter from English Heritage. Five hundred years on, it's clearly a case of Rievaulx 1, Henry VIII nil!

Hope you enjoy it and see you tomorrow.

North Yorkshire weather update: Grey and cloudy, brightening later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll stay rather grey and cloudy across Yorkshire this afternoon, though it will brighten up a little later on, especially across nothern parts.

A few showers as well as some drizzle adding to the murky feel with moderate northerly winds and highs of about 13C (55F) 

Weather map
BBC

Rievaulx Abbey: Fascinating facts from a North Yorkshire landmark

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Rievaulx Abbey
Getty Images

With artefacts from Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley going on display for the first time in nearly 500 years, I thought it might be interesting to find a few fascinating facts about this North Yorkshire landmark. This is what I discovered:

  • Rievaulx was founded in 1132, and at its peak in the 1160s was home to more than 600 men
  • Many of the ruined buildings seen today were constructed by Aelred, abbot from 1147 to 1167, who became the most prominent religious figure of his day in England 
  • It was one of more than 800 monasteries closed by Henry VIII and his chief minister Thomas Cromwell after the reformation which severed the English church from Rome
  • Henry VIII ordered that the abbey be stripped of valuables such as lead before being left uninhabitable
  • Rievaulx was destroyed by royal command in 1538

Listen: North Yorkshire teacher's new life in Kenya after impromptu job offer

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Sometimes we all feel like a new challenge and then the feeling fades as we get caught up with everyday life, but sometimes we need to follow our hearts which is exactly what Andrew Dean has done. 

Andrew's a teacher at the village school in Gillamoor, near Kirbymoorside, but he's swapping the stresses of teaching to work on an orchard farm in Western Kenya - and, as you'll hear, he's taking his wife and kids with him:

Want to hear the rest of Andrew's story? Just click here.

1966 and all that: Suits, Boots and Northern Roots

A special documentary by Leeds writer Kay Mellor focusing on Yorkshire back in the 1960s will be aired tonight on BBC One at 19:30.

Living in '66: Suits, Boots and Northern Roots will take us back to a memorable World Cup win, radical fashion, and musical marvels as experienced right here in Yorkshire.

Here's just a sneak peak:

Headlines: Return of British Steel, dangers of drug driving highlighted and Rievaulx Abbey reveals secrets

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

EU referendum: How region has benefited from EU cash

David Rhodes

BBC News, Yorkshire

From the Egyptian pyramids to the cathedrals in York and Lincoln, buildings have always been used by the powerful to project their dominance.

EU and UK flags
Reuters

The EU hasn't directly built any buildings in our part of the world, but it has helped fund a lot of new developments - and for some this is the EU projecting "power" in a different way.

But what exactly has the European Union spent in Yorkshire? And how much has Yorkshire and the Humber effectively paid in?

I've been discovering that, as with all the numbers in this referendum debate, they're hotly disputed by both sides. Read more here.

Watch: North Yorkshire drug driving arrests on increase

BBC Radio York

We've been telling you this morning about the big increase in drug driving arrests in North Yorkshire.

Figures obtained by BBC Radio York show a 200% rise in the number of people held since a change in the law last year, with almost 280 people arrested in North Yorkshire since then.  

Under the old laws, police had to show driving was impaired by drugs to prosecute, but now as this film shows, police officers can check drivers' saliva for traces of drugs:  

Artefacts go on display at 'one of most important abbeys in England'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

More on the news that a collection of objects are being shown at North Yorkshire's landmark Rievaulx Abbey for the first time in nearly 500 years.

They include Medieval stone carvings, chess pieces and gold coins, which all help to tell the story of the first Cistercian abbey in the north of England.

Artefacts
PA

Doctor Michael Carter, from English Heritage, says Rievaulx Abbey is "one of the most important abbeys in England and the setting one of the most beautiful".

It was a place of huge spiritual significance for the country and one utterly transformed by dramatic upheavals under Henry VIII."

Doctor Michael CarterEnglish Heritage

A date to remember: It's 1/6/16 and summer's on show in all its...glory?

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

It's the 153rd day of the year and it's the meteorological start of summer - not to be confused, of course, with the astronomical start of summer which is 21 June.

Anyway, enough of seasonal pedantry...

My point is that to reflect on the seasonal beauty, the endless stretches of the Earth's azure blue canopy, the warm, dry, idyllic days ahead, I've dipped into the latest offerings from our BBC Weather Watchers.

I was in no doubt that on 1 June (the day Marilyn Monroe was born, fact fans) there would be a plethora of photographs perfectly exemplifying our summer's radiant beginning.

Weather watchers
BBC

Sadly, I was wrong...Come on summer!

Thanks go to Captain's Logg for the dramatic grey clouds above Silsden and to Tez for the shot of a dull, misty Filey.

British Steel revived as Tata plant sale completed

Tata Steel's base in York officially has a new owner after investment firm Greybull Capital bought the company's Long Products division, which also includes a plant in Scunthope.

British Steel worker
Steve Morgan/British Steel

The new business, called British Steel, includes the design office in York, where about 300 people work.

The return of the British Steel brand marks a "new chapter" in the industry, unions say.

Watch: 'Help the community and have fun': Volunteer Police Cadet unit in Scarborough seeks new members

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Twenty young people from Scarborough are being sought by North Yorkshire Police to become Police Cadets.

The new group is due to start in September and is open to girls and boys aged between 14 and 16 who live and study in Scarborough.

During training nights, cadets learn about policing duties and basic law, as well as taking part in physical activity and drill.

Cadets also assist with crime prevention and community safety events and as role play volunteers in the training of student officers. This North Yorkshire Police video explains more:

The aim is to encourage a spirit of adventure, good citizenship and increase self-esteem and confidence. It will also help to promote a practical understanding of policing among young people and aims to inspire them to participate positively in their communities."

Martin McLachlanTemporary Inspector, North Yorkshire Police

Four sought over Whitby shop thefts worth £1,500

Four men are being sought by police in connection with the theft of alcohol worth about £1,500 in total from two shops in Whitby last week.

CCTV images
North Yorkshire Police

Both thefts took place on Monday 23 May, one at the Co-Op in Langbourne Road, just before 18:00, and the other at the Sainsbury's on Stainsacre Lane between 18:30 and 18:45.

In both cases, the men involved hid a large amount of alcohol on a trolley under groceries before leaving without paying.

Police have released four CCTV images of four men they want to speak to about the thefts.

Yorkshire v Lancashire: Exciting finish in prospect at Headingley

BBC Sport

There could be an exciting finish to the Roses game at Headingley today against Lancashire, with Yorkshire looking to get nine wickets and secure their second win of the season.

Adil Rashid in action for Yorkshire
Getty Images

It would be only Yorkshire's second Roses match win in 25 years after setting Lancashire an improbable target of 349 at Headingley.

Catch up with all the latest from the match with our live commentary from about 11:00 and keep up-to-date with our live scorecard.

How does a drug driving kit work?

More on the news that there's been a big increase in the number of people being arrested for drug driving across North Yorkshire.

Figures obtained by BBC Radio York show a 200% rise in the number of people held since a change in the law last year, with almost 280 people arrested in North Yorkshire since then.

How exactly do the police find out if someone is drug driving? BBC Reporter Rowan Bridge has been finding out more:

Headlines: Call to teach primary school children about drug driving, new owner for Tata Steel's York base and charges for garden waste removal

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom include:

  • A Yorkshire-based road safety charity says children should be taught about the dangers of drug driving when they're at primary school
  • Tata Steel's base in York officially has a new owner this morning. The new business, called British Steel, includes the design office in York
  • Charges to collect grass clippings are being considered in more parts of North Yorkshire

Guilty: Conmen who targeted York pensioners face jail after expose

The Press

Two fraudsters who targeted elderly people in and around York are told to prepare for jail.

Robert Holly
The Press

Yorkshire cricket: 'We bowled pretty well' - Coach Gillespie

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Ahead of the start of play at Headingley in the Roses match at 11:00, Yorkshire County Cricket Club have tweeted some words of wisdom and optimism by their coach Jason Gillespie:

View more on twitter

Road safety charity says primary school children should learn about the dangers of drug driving

BBC Radio York

A road safety charity based in Yorkshire says children should be taught about the dangers of drug driving when they're at primary school. 

It comes after figures obtained by the BBC show there were 270 arrests on suspicion of drug driving in North Yorkshire last year - a 200% increase since new tougher laws came in. 

The new legislation covers legal driving limits for 17 illegal and prescription drugs. 

Mike Bristow, from road safety charity Brake, says children should learn about the dangers of drug driving as young as possible.

We want to see talks in primary schools about the dangers of drugs taken a step further and include the drug driving element of that. The younger we get kids aware of this issue the better."

Mike BristowBrake

Rievaulx Abbey's 500-year-old artefacts go on show

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Artefacts from a North Yorkshire abbey destroyed by Henry VIII have gone on display for the first time in nearly 500 years.

The items at Rievaulx Abbey, near Helmsley, are being shown following a £1.8m redevelopment by English Heritage.

Rievaulx Abbey
BBC

Objects on display include a half-tonne lead bar stamped with Henry's emblem (pictured) which is all that remains of the abbey's roofs and windows.

lead bar
PA

Rievaulx Abbey was destroyed by royal command in 1538.

Charges for garden refuse collections considered for North Yorkshire

BBC Radio York

A plan to charge to take away grass and hedge clippings in more parts of North Yorkshire is to be considered. 

Most councils in the county already charge for garden waste collections, but now people in places including Northallerton and Thirsk might have to pay too.

North Yorkshire County Council says it wants to start charging to help pay for the bin collections and prevent money being taken away from other services to pay for them.  

Watering the garden
BBC

It's not clear how much the subscription would cost, but in other areas it costs between £18 and £37 a year. The idea is due to be discussed by decision-makers next week.

What do you think about this issue? Should you have to pay to have your grass clippings and other garden waste removed? You can get in touch by by TwitterFacebook or email.

Watch: A grey and cloudy morning for North Yorkshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A grey and cloudy feel to the morning across Yorkshire, we will also see a few patches of mist or fog - especially along the coast and on hills.

The fog gradually clearing, but little in the way of sunshine today - it will brighten up a little later on, however. Watch my full forecast here:

North Yorkshire sees huge rise in numbers of arrests for drug driving

BBC Radio York

There's been a big increase in the number of people being arrested for drug driving across North Yorkshire. 

Figures obtained by BBC Radio York show a 200% rise in the number of people held since a change in the law last year, with almost 280 people arrested in North Yorkshire since then.

Police
BBC

The new legislation covers legal driving limits for 17 illegal and prescription drugs. Under the old laws, police had to show driving was impaired by drugs to prosecute.

North Yorkshire Traffic Constable Andrew Ingram says it's now a big part of his job:

Since the legislation changed, I'm getting more drug drivers than I am drink drivers. There's been a lot of people drug driving for many years now, but we've never had the technology to clamp down on it."

Andrew IngramTraffic Constable, North Yorkshire Police

Passers-by help York cyclist to escape attack by teenagers

A cyclist escaped with the help of passers-by after being attacked in York by a group of teenagers attempting to steal his bike.

The victim, a York man in his 20s, was cycling along the riverbank near Scarborough Bridge at about 17:20 on Monday when he was set upon.

He was pushed off his bike and punched in the face several times by a boy about 17-years-old who's described as white, about 5ft 11ins tall, with dirty blonde short hair and of skinny build.

With the help of several people nearby, the victim managed to get away from the teenagers on his bike and cycled home. Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

Headlines: Rise in drug-driving arrests, charges to collect garden waste and Riveaulx artefacts on show for first time in 500 years

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom this morning include:

  • There's been a big increase in the number of people being arrested for drug-driving across North Yorkshire
  • Charges to collect grass clippings and other garden waste are being considered in more parts of North Yorkshire
  • Artefacts from Rievaulx Abbey are going on display for the first time in nearly 500 years in a new museum there

Weather: Windy, damp, cloudy and murky...It must be summer

BBC Weather

It's a damp start to June in North Yorkshire, especially across the coast and hills, with mist, drizzle and fog likely. Outbreaks of heavy rain are also possible at first.

Weather graphic
BBC

Traffic and Travel: Everything running smoothly on North Yorkshire's roads and rail

BBC Travel

It's all running smoothly on the roads across North Yorkshire at the moment.

There are just a couple of things to tell you about:

Linton Bridge remains closed in both directions due to emergency repairs between Linton Common and the Avenue, and there are currently narrow lanes due to water main work on the A59 Boroughbridge Road in both directions near Cranbrook Avenue.

On the trains passing in and out of York this morning, the departure board indicates all are running to time.

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, sport, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire.

It's the official start of summer, "flaming June"!

And, as this BBC Weather Watcher picture of Whitby shows, the hottest season has begun as it always does...with endless blue sky, a gentle breeze and sunlit fields(!)

Whitby mist
BBC

Thanks to From My House for the pic. (BBC Weather Watchers choose their own user name, by the way!).

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