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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 22 June 2016

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

I'll leave you today with a selection of pictures from the stories of the day in North Yorkshire.  


Watch: York's Millennium Bridge tribute to MP Jo Cox

BBC Radio York

A special event is due to take place in York later paying tribute to killed Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.

It would have been the Labour MP's 42nd birthday today, but she killed in Birstall last Thursday. 

Selena Whitehead has organised the event at York's Millennium Bridge, which is expected to start at about 16:00, and this is what she has to say:

My Local and BHS staff receive job pledges from former owners Morrisons

Yorkshire-based supermarket chain Morrisons has said it will offer jobs to most My Local staff in the event of the chain closing.

My Local sign

The business was its convenience store offshoot - known as M Local - before it was sold last September.

My Local has 1,650 staff in some 130 stores. New owner Greybull Capital lined up administrators on Tuesday.

Morrisons said in a statement: "If no buyer is found, and stores close, we will welcome our former colleagues back to a job at Morrisons."

Watch: How many sweet flowers grow in an Easingwold country garden?

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

This weekend marks the end of an era for one North Yorkshire man with an amazing garden which he's opened to the public for the last few years to raise thousands of pounds for charity. 

The garden, in Easingwold, is the life's work of Henry Dean. But this weekend will be the last time people can see it.

I've been along to see Henry's garden to find out what's in store for visitors in search of floral beauty and tips on how to make their green fingers even greener. 

North Yorkshire's weather: Hazy sun and humid with threat of downpours later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Variable cloud will lingering in most places and it will continue to do so for much of the day.

We could see more in the way of hazy sun this afternoon but it will start to feel increasingly humid and we're at risk of seeing some heavy, thundery downpours this evening. 

A warm afternoon with highs of about 21C (70F), 

Weather page

Headlines: Referendum campaigners in North Yorkshire, events remember Jo Cox MP, Morrisons' My Local offer

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from the York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Celebrations mark 100 years since birth of North Yorkshire's famous vet James Herriot

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Today marks 100 years since the birth of famous North Yorkshire vet James Herriot, with a train named in his honour being re-dedicated at King's Cross Station in London to mark this special event.

Statue of Alf Wight
World of James Herriot centre

With that in mind, here are a few facts about the world's most famous vet:

  • James Herriot was born on 3 October 1916. His real name was Alf Wight
  • In 1939, aged 23, he qualified as a veterinary surgeon at Glasgow Veterinary College
  • In July 1940 he moved to work at 23 Kirkgate in Thirsk (pictured), where he stayed for the rest of his life
  • He had intended to write about life as a vet for years, but was too busy. In 1966, cajoled by his wife, he started to put pen to paper
  • He took the pen name James Herriot after seeing the Scottish goalkeeper Jim Herriot, play for Birmingham City against Manchester United
  • His stories inspired the BBC TV series All Creatures Great and Small, which made household names of the actors Christopher Timothy and Peter Davison
23 Kirgate, Thirsk

Prison sentence for man who cheated driving theory test in Harrogate

Harrogate Informer

On 13 June 2016, Sarbjit Singh of Regis Heath Road, Rowley Regis, was sentenced to a 32-month prison sentence at Hereford Crown Court for theory test fraud.

Milton Keynes driver theory test centre

Traffic and Travel update: High Street in Cloughton closed due to an accident

BBC Travel

The A171 High Street in Cloughton is closed and there is very slow traffic in both directions, between the Tattles Hill junction and the Gowland Lane junction, because of an accident.  

'We can't import the people we like': Business for Britain on EU referendum

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Before the polling stations open on Thursday, the two sides in the European Union referendum are making their final push for votes in Yorkshire.

EU Referendum graphic

I've been talking to Andrew Lindsay, from Business for Britain, as part of our North Yorkshire referendum debate on BBC Radio York.

Mr Lindsay's based in York and supports the Leave campaign. He's told me that being in the EU makes it "too hard" for people to come to the UK from elsewhere.

Immigration has been very good for Britain. We have a very prosperous economy, but we can't import the people from across the world that we like, we've effectively got to go to Europe first."

Andrew LindsayBusiness for Britain

Going to London to visit the Queen: North Yorkshire's MBE honours

BBC Radio York

The Queen is due to honour two people from North Yorkshire today. 

Johnny Hayes from York and Emma Woods, from Kirkbymoorside, are on their way to Buckingham Palace to be presented with MBEs  

Buckhingham Palace

Mr Hayes is receiving his for services to the community on Bishopthorpe Road and Ms Woods' award is for her services to rural business and skills.

I don't know who's presenting the award, but just to be there is amazing and to receive it from any member of the Royal Family would be incredible."

Emma Woods

I'm just pleased and proud to be given an award for something I care about so much."

Johnny Hayes

Headlines: Final EU referendum push, North Yorkshire tributes to MP Jo Cox and county's MBE honours head for London

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  • Both sides in the EU referendum debate are making their final appeals to voters in North Yorkshire before the polls open tomorrow morning
  • Memorials are being held in North Yorkshire to mark what would have been the 42nd birthday of the Yorkshire MP Jo Cox, who was killed last Thursday.
  • The Queen is set to honour two people from North Yorkshire who've both been awarded MBEs

Leaving EU would be 'catastrophic': Former PM Tony Blair on BBC Radio York

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The two sides in the European Union debate are making their final push for votes in Yorkshire ahead of tomorrow's referendum.

European Union flag

I've been talking to the former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, who supports the Remain campaign, as part of our North Yorkshire referendum debate on BBC Radio York.

He tells me York and North Yorkshire should vote to stay in the EU, because he thinks the consequences of a leave vote would be economically "catastrophic".

We will end up losing access to the European markets into which we trade half of our goods and services, and vast numbers of jobs depend upon our access to those markets."

Tony BlairFormer Labour Prime Minister

Watch: Scarborough's fluffy penguin pair get ready to face the world

Adam Tomlinson

I was broadcasting from a beach hut in Scarborough yesterday for BBC Radio York - as you do - and while there I was treated to the sight of this fluffy pair of five-week-old baby penguins.

Beaker and Custard were born to first-time parents at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, but the parents couldn't look after them and so they're having to be hand-reared by staff.  

If all goes well, the chicks will join the rest of the flock for the first time in about two months' time.

Celebrations to mark 100 years since birth of North Yorkshire's famous vet James Herriot

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A ceremony's due to take place later to mark 100 years since the birth of famous North Yorkshire vet James Herriot. 

Alf White

Herriot, whose real name was Alf Wight, used his experiences to write several books which inspired BBC TV series All Creatures Great and Small and which brought weekends to a happy, rose-tinted end on Sunday nights for many of us after it began in 1978.   

Later this morning, a train named in honour of the world's most famous vet will be re-dedicated at King's Cross Station in London.

James Herriot train
Grand Central

This is a fabulous opportunity to let Londoners and travellers at Kings Cross know directly more about Thirsk and Herriot Country."

Peter RushDirector of Thirsk Tourist Information.

York open mic nights: Your complete guide


When it comes to music, York is punching well above its weight. No other English town or city of comparable size has anywhere near as many gigs and music events.

Our listing is organised by day (weekly events first, then the monthlies). 


Some organisers ask performers to book a time to play, but for most events it is just "turn up and hope to get a slot".

Thornaby teenager named as Kirby Misperton crash victim

A 19-year-old woman who died in a crash in North Yorkshire last week has been named as Lucy Pinder, from Thornaby, Stockton on Tees.

Lucy Pinder
North Yorkshire Police

Ms Pinder was a rear seat passenger in a blue Mercedes which overturned and collided with a tree and metal gate post at about 15:20 on on Thursday 16 June on Kirby Misperton Road.

In a statement, Ms Pinder's family say they are "devastated" at their loss and "still trying to come to terms with it as a family".

The driver of the car, a 27-year-old man from Thornaby, who was arrested in connection with the collision has been released on police bail. The other passengers in the car, a 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman, both from Thornaby, have also been released on bail.

Traffic and Travel: 'Serious accident' in Whixley partially blocking B6265

BBC Travel

There's been an accident at Score Ray Lane in Whixley on the B6265 which has partially blocked the road in both directions.


The accident, involving a car and a motorbike, is described as "serious." Police are in the area directing traffic.

MP Jo Cox: Birthday tribute planned at York's Millennium Bridge

BBC Radio York

An event is due to take place in York later to mark what would have been the 42nd birthday of killed Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.

Jo Cox
Brendan Cox

The Labour MP for Batley and Spen was shot and stabbed to death in her constituency, near Leeds, last week.     

The gathering at York's Millennium Bridge this afternoon is one of several events taking place all over the world to celebrate Mrs Cox's life.

North Yorkshire's Weather: A cloudy start with rain to come and humid too

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be cloudy until the afternoon today and it's going to feel quite humid too.

There'll be outbreaks of light rain in places and during the afternoon, some bright or sunny spells are likely.

Watch my full forecast here:

Tim Bresnan

Yorkshire earn a 151-run first-innings lead against Durham, who reach 98-3 at stumps on day two, still 53 in arrears.

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A flash of inspiration: How to spend £140,00 pounds on the Yorkshire Dales

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Are you bristling with ideas of how you'd go about improving the Yorkshire Dales, but can't do anything about them because you don't have the cash?

If you are, there's a chance now for you to see your projects, plans and schemes come to life, with people with ideas to improve and benefit the National Park being asked to apply for funding.

Getty Images

The Park Authority has a £140,000 pot and is looking for inspiration

Last year, this fund paid out thousands of pounds for projects including things like restoring historic buildings, organising a cycle festival and helping towards broadband installation in remote areas. 

If you're interested in applying for funding you'd need to show how your project would help look after the National Park and be of some benefit to the local economy or community.

Headlines: Final EU referendum push, Yorkshire Dales to benefit from £140,000 cash and James Herriot 100th anniversary marked

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

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

  • The two sides in the European Union debate are making their final push for votes in North Yorkshire ahead of tomorrow's referendum
  • People living and working in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are asked for their ideas on how to spend £140,000 to support projects that benefit the area
  • A ceremony's due to take place later to mark 100 years since the birth of famous North Yorkshire vet James Herriot

Weather: A good start, followed by a bit of rain - then nice again

BBC Weather

North Yorkshire starts off dry and bright today, with some sunny spells.

But through the morning, cloud will increase and there'll be some outbreaks of light rain in places. 

Weather graphic

It should pick up again in the afternoon, though, with some bright or sunny spells likely.

Traffic and Travel: Roads and rail running well so far, but delays expected in Selby area

BBC Travel

Things are looking good on the roads and on the rails across North Yorkshire so far today.

However, delays are expected on one of our busiest roads as reconstruction work continues on the A63 Selby bypass, which is closed in both directions.

Selby bypass

The stretch affected is between the Wishing Well roundabout and the Thorpe Willoughby roundabout.  

We'll keep you informed on traffic in the area and any other developments as the day progresses.

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.

I've dug out a cracking BBC Weather Watcher pic of Scarborough to start the day with.

I love the line of sun reflections stretching out to infinity.

Sun over

Thanks to Marie's World for sending us this one. 

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