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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 29 June 2016

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By Elly Fiorentini and Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

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

We'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 some great pictures of stories we've covered today.

Stories of the day

Over £4m of prize money for York's prestigious Ebor race meeting

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

Prize money for this August's Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Racing Festival will exceed £4m, it's been announced.

York racecourse says the £226,000 increase will be spread over 15 races.

Frankel winning York's Juddmonte International in 2012
Getty Images

The richest race of the four-day event is the Group One Juddmonte International which is Britain's highest rated race.  

The event attracts the world's top trainers and jockeys and is broadcast around the world.

Watch: Tadcaster butcher says business down 25% following Christmas floods

Sarah Urwin

Journalist, BBC Radio York

Tadcaster businesses are still rebuilding their trade six months after the main bridge through the town collapsed.

I've been to visit the town earlier this morning to see how they're coping with the temporary footbridge which now unites the two sides of the town. 

It was teatime on 29 December 2015 when floodwaters from the River Wharfe washed away part of the bridge which links the town.  

Work is still continuing to repair the main bridge. Meanwhile, motorists still face long detours to get from one side of Tadcaster to the other. 

The bridge is probably strangling a little bit of life out of the town. I'm financially worse off with the petrol because of the drive round."

Nick DevineButcher, Tadcaster

North Yorkshire's weather: Rainy start to afternoon, brighter later

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be cloudy with heavy rain at first, becoming brighter later as the rain clears but with one or two showers.

The top temperature will be about 17C (63F) with a moderate or fresh southwest wind.   

Weather forecast

Listen: York Labour MP on leadership challenge

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

York Central Labour MP Rachael Maskell won't yet confirm if she will back Jeremy Corbyn if there's a Labour leadership challenge.

Ms Maskell has told BBC Radio York she currently supports him as leader.

You can hear some of that interview here:

Last night, there was an overwhelming vote of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn's role as leader of the Labour Party. 

MPs are expected to announce a challenge to his leadership following last night's vote.

Jeremy has my support. He is the elected leader of the party."

Rachael MaskellLabour MP, York Central

Traffic and travel: Delays on A171 in Guisborough

BBC Travel

There's currently slow and heavier than usual traffic on the A171 Birk Brow eastbound in Guisborough between the Whitby Road junction and the Jenny Frisk Road junction.

Rain stops play: Yorkshire v Pakistan A match abandoned

Thanks to the lovely Summer weather we're experiencing at the moment - rain, in other words - it's all over at Headingley in the Yorkshire v Pakistan A match:

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Headlines: Tadcaster to get two new flood pumps and Harrogate set to bid for 'Great Exhibition'

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Harrogate to decide on bid to host first 'Great Exhibition of the North'

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

Harrogate Borough Council is expected to decide later if it will bid to stage the first ever Great Exhibition of the North.

The 2018 event will be all about showcasing culture and the arts in the north of England. 


Towns and cities can apply to host it and councillors in Harrogate are expected to say later they want to go ahead.   

A report highlights the town's experience of hosting large events and it's wide open green spaces.

The government is putting £5m towards the exhibition and then promises to invest a further £15m into a fund to attract more spending on culture in the North.

Barlby schoolchildren share facts about the Premier League Trophy as it visits their school

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

Earlier I told you about the Premier League Trophy's visit to Barlby Community Primary School.

Here are two of the students with some interesting facts about one of the most famous trophies in the world.

It has created lots of excitement among the children, staff and parents who spent the day having their photo taken with it.

Grade II listed status for WW1 memorials to comemmorate Somme centenary

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Somme casualties
National Army Museum/PA

With the news that two North Yorkshire memorials are being given special protected status to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme, here are some of the key facts about what's considered one of history's bloodiest battles:

  • The Somme offensive was part of a coordinated effort by the United Kingdom and France to achieve a decisive breakthrough on the Western Front  
  • The idea was to destroy German trenches with seven days of intensive bombardment
  • The first day of the battle, 1 July 1916, saw nearly 60,000 British men, all volunteers, killed, wounded or listed as missing
  • The Battle of the Somme ended on 19 November 1916
  • In total, the battle saw about 400,000 British casualties for a maximum advance of only eight miles 

Off-camera on the EU campaign trail in Yorkshire

Len Tingle

Political Editor, BBC Look North

When political managers and spin doctors are fighting one of the tightest elections in living memory they will often go to the point of absurdity to ensure television pictures tell the message they want.

Nigel Farage on UKIP bus

With the EU Referendum stubbornly stuck at neck-and-neck for weeks before we went to the polls, stand-offs between TV crews and party organisers demanding to "check the shot" before their politician steps off the battle bus became an everyday occurrence.

Even with that level of scrutiny it did not always go to plan when the politicians came to Yorkshire. Find out more about what happened in my latest blog.

BBC Weather Watchers: Some pictures to brighten up your day

BBC Weather Watchers

Here are some beautiful pictures to brighten up a dull day across North Yorkshire. 

Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers Michiko Sunshine for the sunlit whalebones of Whitby.

Below left there's Weather Fairy's striking picture of the sun forcing its way through a gap in the clouds at Catterick Garrison and, on the right, is Yorkshiregrit's shot from Harrogate looking northwest towards Kirby Malzeard,

Weather Watchers' montage

Watch: Barlby Community Primary School welcomes Premier League Trophy

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

There was a special visitor for children and staff at Barlby Community Primary School on Tuesday as the Premier League Trophy dropped in.

I popped in to share their excitement and amazement at being able to stand so close to one of the most famous footballing trophies in the world.

And of course there had to be a team photo with nearly 400 of them.

Deputy headteacher Carla George won a competition and the prize was for the trophy to spend a day in school so everyone could have their photo taken with it.  

Traffic and travel update: Problems continue on A172 in north of county

BBC Travel

Drivers are being warned the A172 remains blocked in both directions following an earlier accident between the Great Busby turn and the B1365 Thirsk Road.  

It's affecting traffic between Stokesley and the A19.

Road map

Headlines: Julian Sturdy MP says who he wants to lead Conservatives, Tadcaster flood fund raises thousands and will Harrogate host 'Great Exhibition of the North'?

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  • York Outer Conservative MP Julian Sturdy says he's backing Stephen Crabb and Sajid Javid in the Conservative leadership contest
  • A fund set up to help people after the floods in Tadcaster has raised £26,000
  • Harrogate Borough Council will decide later if it'll apply to host the first ever "Great Exhibition of the North"

York Outer Conservative MP backs Crabb and Javid in leadership contest battle

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

York Outer's Conservative MP Julian Sturdy has told BBC Radio York it hasn't been a difficult decision to decide who he's backing in the fight to lead the Conservative Party.

Nominations open today for the next leader of the party.   

Julian Sturdy
Conservative Party

Mr Sturdy, who backed Brexit, says he believes Stephen Crabb and Sajid Javid are the right people to unite the party and the country.

There has to be a period of healing over the next few years. It is important that we reunite the party and the country."

Julian SturdyConservative MP, York Outer

Harrogate Town to 'take full advantage' of new artificial pitch

BBC Sport

Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver says the club's new artificial grass pitch will allow them to become a more professional outfit.

Like most semi-pro teams, Town currently only train a couple of times a week, sometimes due to a lack of facilities. 

But once the new surface has been laid, Weaver says Town will be available to train and play matches on their new surface whatever the weather.

"We're going to take full advantage of that. It's high-spec, it's nothing like the QPR, Preston and Luton 'astroturfs' of the 1980s. This is as close as you get to the best possible grass pitch," he says.

Traffic and Travel: Problems on A172 in North of county

BBC Travel

If you're heading north, you need to be aware that the A172 at Carlton in Cleveland is currently blocked following an accident.  

It's causing queuing traffic in both directions between the Great Busby turn off junction and the B1365 Thirsk road junction.  

North Yorkshire's weather: A pleasant start, but rain and wind to follow

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a pleasant start to the day in North Yorkshire, with some cloud around but also some brighter spells.

However, similarly to yesterday, cloud will build from the West throughout the morning followed by a heavier and more persistent band of rain - and things turning noticeably windier later.

Watch my full forecast here:

Protected status for North Yorkshire WW1 memorials as part of Somme centenary commemorations

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Two North Yorkshire war memorials are being given special protected status to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme. 

The Shepherd's Memorial in Commondale in the North York Moors and the Green Howards Regimental Cross in Richmond have both been Grade Two listed

North Yorkshire memorials
Christopher Hall/R D Gregg/Geograph

The Shepherd's Memorial is a stone marker and was the favourite spot of two boyhood friends who were shepherds and who died from injuries suffered in the First World War.

The Green Howards memorial sits looking over Frenchgate in Richmond.

The Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 1916 and is considered to be one of the bloodiest in human history.

New flood pumps on cards for Tadcaster as town's floods fund reaches £26,000

BBC Radio York

A fund set up to help people following the floods in Tadcaster at Christmas has so far raised £26,000, it's been revealed.

It's exactly six months since the main road bridge connecting the two sides of the town collapsed following serious flooding.

Tadcaster Bridge

Work to reconstruct the bridge is continuing and a temporary footbridge has been in place since February, but drivers still have a 14-mile round trip to get from one side to the other.  

Plans to widen and strengthen the bridge were released last week, meanwhile donations to the town's Flood Action Group mean two new flood pumps are expected to be installed shortly.

Headlines: North Yorkshire MP assesses Conservative leadership candidates, Tadcaster flood fund hits £26,000 and protected status for county's war memorials

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  • As nominations for next leader of the Conservative Party open, the Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton says he wants to hear what all the contenders have to say on Europe
  • A fund set up to help people after the floods in Tadcaster has raised £26,000 in the six months since the event
  • Two North Yorkshire war memorials are given special protected status to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War's Battle of the Somme

Weather: Another bright and dry start, but cloud and rain developing

BBC Weather

North Yorkshire starts dry and bright today, but thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain across much of the region by late morning. 

wx graphic

Traffic and Travel: A problem-free start to roads and rail in North Yorkshire

BBC Travel

It's a good start to the day on the roads across North Yorkshire, with no major problems to deal with just yet.

There are also no posted problems on the departure board at York Railway Station - you can click here to keep a check on the rail situation.

You can expect delays on the roads in the Selby area, however, as work to resurface the A63 bypass continues with the road closed in both directions. 


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

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.

We're starting with an interesting pic today, of the A64 at Bilbrough Top, near York.

I like this because it's a beautiful sunrise, but also because of the complete lack of cars on it - just the one lone vehicle.

A64 sunrise

You can get in touch and send your photos of almost empty early morning roads, via Twitter, Facebook or email.