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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 1 July 2016

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By Elly Fiorentini

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 service today.  

It's been a poignant one as Battle of the Somme centenary commemorations took place in York and Ripon.

A whistle which was used on the Somme battlefield was blown this morning at York's war memorial.

Captain Alex Redshaw

We'll be back from 07:00 on Monday with more news, sporttravel and weather updates from around the county. 

I'll leave you today with this single poppy, an image from BBC Radio York listener Sandra. Perhaps it reflects people's thoughts today?

A single poppy

Woman and dog bitten by alsatian in Thornton-le-Moor

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

A woman and her pet dog were attacked by a dog which was off its lead near Northallerton last month, police have said.

The incident happened at Thornton-le-Moor near Northallerton on Wednesday 22 June.

Thornton le Moor where the incident happened

The victim and her four-year-old son were walking their dog when the alsatian-type dog attacked, biting the woman's hand when she tried to separate them.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police who have also asked dog walkers in the area to make sure their animals are kept under control.

British Gas offers free electricity at weekends

British Gas is to offer free electricity for eight hours at weekends to two million customers who have smart meters installed.

Gas hob
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Customers will be able to choose to use the free power either on Saturday or Sunday, between 09:00 and 17:00.

British Gas said consumers should see savings of about £60 a year.

But experts said it will not necessarily be the cheapest deal on the market, and advised people to shop around with other suppliers.

The Somme 100 years on: One Harrogate man's story of courage

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

What did Donald Bell from Harrogate do to get awarded the Victoria Cross in World War One?

The reason is simple: this professional footballer's actions saved many soldiers' lives. 

It was an extraordinary act of bravery on the first day of the Battle of the Somme which is being commemorated today exactly 100 years on.

His story is told here by historian Lyndsay Powell, students from Harrogate Grammar - Donald's old school, and by Richard Bell, Donald's great nephew.

Man threatened with knife and punched in Scarborough robbery

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

A shop manager has been threatened with a knife during a robbery in Scarborough. 

It happened yesterday morning at the e-cigarette shop on Newborough. 

Map of Newborough

Two men forced the manager to empty the safe of a quantity of cash. 

One of them then punched the manager before the pair escaped with the contents of the safe and till takings.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police.

Clovis Kamdjo

York City sign midfielder Clovis Kamdjo on a two-year deal following his release by National League rivals Forest Green.

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Headlines: Somme centenary commemorated in York and city's planned bus cuts rolled back

BBC Radio York

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Yorkshire's weather: Showery and windy, some sunny spells

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

The isolated showers we've had this morning will become more frequent this afternoon.

The showers may turn heavy and thundery with hail, but there will be some sunny spells too. Top temperatures 17C (63F).


The showers will die out through the evening, giving us a dry night but staying windy.

Lows tonight of about 10C (50F).

Somme centenary commemorated at York's Memorial Gardens

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

People attending York's Battle of the Somme centenary commemoration earlier today heard one of the original whistles used in the battle being blown by a 21st century serving soldier.

York's Battle of the Somme commemoration
Lewis Outing

A hundred years ago, whistles were blown to signal the start of what would be the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army.

More than a million men were killed and wounded on all sides in the WW1 battle which was fought in northern France and lasted five months, with the British suffering almost 60,000 casualties on the first day alone.

'The Leave campaign told a lot of lies' - York anti-Brexit rally gathers support


Campaigners against the UK's decision to leave the EU in last week’s historic referendum are to make a stand in York tomorrow.

Boris Johnson in York
Richard MacDougall

More than 1,500 people have so far registered interest in the York Says Not To Brexit rally.

Why was first day of the Somme such a disaster?

We're commemorating the tens of thousands of soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme exactly 100 years ago today.

But why was the first day of the 141-day battle such a disaster?

Read the BBC's iWonder guide to find out.

Battle of the Somme
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Headlines: York and Ripon remember Battle of the Somme, police search for armed Scarborough robbers and some York bus services to be protected from cuts

BBC Radio York

The latest headlines from our BBC Radio York newsroom: 

  • Commemorations have taken place in Ripon and York to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme 
  • Police in Scarborough are searching for two men who threatened a shop manager with a knife and stole cash from the safe
  • Key council-funded bus services are to be protected by City of York council after residents objected to proposed cuts

Traffic and travel: Delays on the roads in Harrogate

BBC Travel

There are a couple of problems on the roads in Harrogate at the moment.

Slow traffic's reported on the A59 Skipton Road eastbound between New Park Roundabout and Empress Roundabout.

Meanwhile, there's also congestion on the A661 Wetherby Road westbound between the Kestrel Roundabout and Woodlands Pub traffic lights.

Looking for a parking space in York? Don't try Foss Bank...

A warning from City of York Council about problems at Foss Bank car park.

If you're looking for a parking space in the area, it might be a good idea to go elsewhere...

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The graves of the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle of the Somme
On the first day of the Somme - 100 years ago - 5,674 soldiers from Yorkshire regiments were killed in one of the deadliest battles of World War One.

Watch: Remembering Donald Bell VC, victim of the Battle of the Somme

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

As the county remembers the sacrifices which were made 100 years ago today on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, we remember the North Yorkshire soldiers who never returned.

I've been to France to look for the final resting place of just one of those soldiers, Harrogate's Donald Bell. He was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Swedish mum told to 'go home' in York racist rant

A Swedish mum in York was told to "go back to her own country" in a racist attack.

Police are now appealing for the woman to get in touch with them after the incident.

Friends of the woman, who lives in York, contacted The Press newspaper to report what had happened. They told reporters the woman was with her two children when she was sworn at.

The incident, which took place on Saturday 25 June, has not been reported to the police.

Supt Adam Thomson said: "I am appealing to the woman who was abused to please contact us and report what happened.

"I am also appealing to anyone else who has any information that could help identify the perpetrators to contact us.

"This type of crime will not be tolerated in the City of York or anywhere else in our county and anyone who behaves in such a way will face the full force of the law.

"I also encourage anyone else who has been the victim of similar crimes, to please contact us. All reports of hate crime are taken extremely seriously and will be thoroughly investigated."

Traffic and Travel: No major problems on the roads but still train delays on some services

BBC Travel

There are currently no problems on North Yorkshire's roads this morning.

There are also no delays out of York station, but if you're travelling through Leicestershire there are delays of up to 40 minutes between Leicester and Peterborough. 

There are also train delays between Leamington Spa, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Birmingham.

Cuts to York's bus services to be reduced

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

York Councillors have decided that they're going to limit planned cuts to the city's council-run bus services.

Bus passengers

They're responding to public pressure. A public consultation prompted over 1,000 responses to the proposed cuts.   

The Conservative and Liberal Democrat-run authority had agreed to make savings of £350,000 to their bus subsidy. 

They're now looking to reduce some of those cuts which will mean that key evening services will be kept.  

North Yorkshire remembers the first day of the Battle of the Somme

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

An original World War One whistle was blown in York and a single bell was rung for five minutes at Ripon Cathedral earlier this morning to mark the moment 100 years ago that the Battle of the Somme began.

Capt Alex Redshaw

Commemoration events have taken place across North Yorkshire and the whole country to remember the events a century ago.

The Somme offensive, an attempt to achieve a decisive breakthrough on the Western Front, saw 60,000 British men - all volunteers - killed, wounded or listed as missing by the end of 1 July 1916.

Taking part in this morning's ceremony at Memorial Gardens in York, Capt Alex Redshaw blew a whistle originally used to send troops "over the top".

Capt Redshaw said: "Blowing this whistle today, which was from an officer from either the 10th or the 16th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment on the day, the only thing that separates him from myself is 100 years. It really does bring it close to home."  

North Yorkshire fire crews help to tackle Pocklington factory fire

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

An investigation has started into a fire that destroyed a factory in Pocklington, East Yorkshire.

Scenes from Pocklington factory fire

A total of 60 firefighters from both North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire were brought in to bring the flames and explosions at an aerosol manufacturer's factory under control.

They've spent the night damping down. No-one was hurt in the incident.

North Yorkshire's weather: Dry and bright to start, showers later

A mostly dry and bright start with cloud rolling across the sky.

Cloud will build through the day, with the risk of showers developing. 

Showers could become heavy through the afternoon with the risk of hail and thunder, before easing during the evening. 

Watch my full forecast here: 

Headlines: North Yorkshire remembers the Somme, Pocklington factory fire investigated and York's Mystery plays come to an end

Here are the top stories from our newsroom at Radio York:

Listen: A personal journey to the Somme burial ground

Before today's 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, I spent last weekend at Albert in northern France where preparations were under way for this week's events. 

Here's the story of my personal journey to the grave of someone who had the same surname as myself:

The Somme: A moment to remember what happened 100 years ago today

A poignant photo from BBC Radio York listener Sandra as we remember what happened 100 years ago this morning at the start of the Battle of the Somme.

A poppy

This poppy in my garden, the raindrops like tears shed for all who never came back."

SandraBBC Radio York listener

Remembering the Battle of the Somme

Battle of the Somme

On the day that events are held all across North Yorkshire and the UK to mark the centenary 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 co-ordinated 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 

Two minute silence held to mark Somme centenary

Weather: A day of sunshine, thundery showers, hail and wind

BBC Weather

Isolated showers will become more frequent turning into a day of sunshine and blustery showers.  

This afternoon showers may turn heavy and thundery with hail. There'll be some sunny spells.

It'll be breezy throughout the day.  

Five day forecast

Traffic and Travel: No major problems on roads but slight delays on some rail services

BBC Travel

If you're heading out, there are no problems to report on the county's roads so far.

A reminder, though, that the A63 Selby bypass is closed both ways between the Greencore roundabout and the Brayton roundabout due to roadworks.

Trains out of York station are running to time, but if you're travelling further afield watch out for delays between Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

Today it's exactly 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme

I'll be with you until 14:30 reflecting commemorative events, along with the rest of the day's news, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire. 

Here's a picture from an event at Westminster Abbey last night which marked the start of the Commonwealth's remembrance events.

The Queen at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier

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