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Summary

  1. World War One VC hero commemorated in Harrogate
  2. Dozens of North Yorkshire schools affected by teacher's strike
  3. York builder Persimmon says 'too soon' to judge Brexit effect
  4. Live updates on Tuesday 5 July 2016

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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

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. 

Let's say goodbye with this slow-motion pic of Cauldron Falls, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, snapped up with artistic aplomb, by BBC Weather Watcher Michiko Sunshine.

Cauldron Falls
BBC

Headlines: Firearms unit called to Selby break-in, York employer Aviva suspends trading and hundreds of babies in Yorkshire born drug-dependent

Sarah Wakefield

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  • Four men have been arrested following a post office break-in near Selby. Police used a helicopter and firearms unit during their chase for the suspects
  • Aviva, one of York's largest employers, says it's suspended trading in its £1.8bn property fund
  • More than 740 babies have been born addicted to drugs across Yorkshire over the past four years

North Yorkshire weather update: Continuing dry and warm, but expect showers later

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

It's an improving picture throughout the day, with a chance of some showers this afternoon, but there's still a good deal of dry weather about.

Any showers will fade this evening and the night will become dry.

Alina Jenkins
BBC

Helicopter and firearms unit called to Selby Post office break-in

BBC Radio York

Four men have been arrested after a post office break-in near Selby. 

It happened in Cawood, during the early hours of this morning, a member of the public saw intruders in the shop.

Cawood Post Office
Google

Police used a helicopter and firearms unit during their chase for the suspects, who ran off when their car was stopped by a stinger device, which is used to puncture car tyres.  

Is it really two years since Le Tour?

I can't believe it's two years to the day since the Tour de France Grand Depart hit the roads of North Yorkshire and brought us scenes like these at Buttertubs Pass...

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Stage One finished dramatically in Harrogate with local favourite Mark Cavendish among a number of riders to crash within sight of the finish line...

Tour de France crash in Harrogate
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Bolton Percy man's horrific accident used to highlight Farm Safety Week

Darren Taylor, a farmer from Bolton Percy in North Yorkshire, is all too aware of how easily a risk you've taken “a million times before” can change your life forever.

He was running a potato harvester alone one morning and tried to kick a stone out of the cleaning system at the back of the machine – however, his foot got caught in the rollers and pulled him in. 

Darren Taylor
NFU

As he tried to free himself, his left arm and his other leg also got sucked in. He was trapped for around 25 minutes until two colleagues arrived for work and raised the alarm. Darren lost three limbs in the accident.

Mr Taylor's story is being used by the National Farmers Union during their Farm Safety Week to highlight the dangers their members face every day. 

Drink and drug driving arrests jump in North Yorkshire

BBC Radio York

As part of the ongoing crackdown on summer drink and drug driving, North Yorkshire Police say they made 132 arrests throughout June 2016 - an increase of 19% on the number of arrests made over the same period last year. 

Policeman conducts a breathalyser test
GMP

Of those, 45 were for drug driving, a jump of 181% on the 16 drug driving arrests made in June 2015.  

Police attribute the increase to the use of the new roadside drug wipe kits and officers being trained "to identify the tell-tale signs of drug driving".

“These figures show that North Yorkshire Police is as determined as ever to ensure that dangerous drink and drug drivers are caught and taken off the roads.”

Sgt Andy MortonRoads Policing Group

Harrogate VC soldier honoured in home town

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Earlier today we were talking about Donald Bell, the Harrogate man who became the only professional footballer to receive the Victoria Cross for his actions at the Battle of the Somme during WWI. 

This morning he has been honoured by his home town with the laying of a commemorative paving stone by the Lord Mayor at the town's war memorial. 

It's part of a nationwide project to honour and recognise all those men awarded the Victoria Cross in World War One.

VC commemoration
BBC

BBC Weather Watchers: Summer springs into life on film

BBC Weather Watchers

The weather is acting a bit more like summer today.

Something which has not escaped the attention of our BBC Weather Watchers.

Weather Watchers montage
BBC

Old Man George is responsible for the Knaresborough cloudscape, the beautiful weather at Fountain's Abbey was snapped by Raina and Mitch sent in the still waters of Scarborough Mere.

Conservative leadership race: Who are your North Yorkshire MPs backing?

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Conservative MPs begin voting today on who will be the next prime minister  - with five candidates in the running to replace David Cameron.

Of our Conservative MPs in North Yorkshire, Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton), Andrew Jones (Harrogate and Knaresborough) and Julian Smith (Skipton and Ripon) are supporting Theresa May.

Julian Sturdy (York Outer) is backing Stephen Crabb and Robert Goodwill (Scarborough and Whitby) has thrown his weight behind Liam Fox. 

If you click above you can hear the views of Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake.

He told me he's backing Theresa May, because she understands detail and has the qualities of a businesswoman.

Persimmon shares slide despite upbeat statement

More on Persimmon: the York-based builder sold 7,238 homes in the first six months of the year - a 6% increase - with the average sale price also up 6% to about £205,500. 

In a trading update before full half-year results next month, the group said it had "good levels of sales" in May and June, with private sales about 1% higher despite the uncertainty ahead of the EU referendum.

Despite that positive assessment, shares in the company have fallen more than 5%. 

New homes
Persimmon

Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, comments: "Persimmon, quite rightly, point out that it’s really too early to judge the effect of Brexit on the new homes market. 

"However, until we get a picture of housing activity following the referendum result, the stock market is likely to push the sell button first, and ask questions later."

'It's changed my life': Getting a diagnosis of autism as an adult

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Say the word "autism" and you probably think about a child or a young person, but did you know that an increasing number of adults are being diagnosed as autistic? 

For some people who only find out in later life that they have the condition it can be a total revelation and can answer many questions about why their life has been the way it's been.

Ronnie Pinder from York was diagnosed in his 40s.

You can hear his full story on BBC Radio York at 10:00 today - here's a little of what he told me about the effect getting a diagnosis had on him.

North Yorkshire Police data breaches revealed

North Yorkshire Police is in the top 10 forces for data breaches, according to a new report. 

Civil liberties campaign group, Big Brother Watch, has gathered figures between 2011 and 2015 and found there were 98 data breaches in North Yorkshire.

Data protection image
Reuters

Renate Samson, chief executive of Big Brother Watch, said: "We trust the police to keep us safe. In the 21st Century that is as much about keeping our data secure as protecting us on the streets."

North Yorkshire Police' s Acting Chief Constable Tim Madgwick says "the figures are a reflection of how seriously we take breaches of the Data Protection Act".

“Given the confidential nature of police work and the millions of pieces of information we hold, we will not tolerate the misuse of this information or anything that compromises it.”

Tim Madgwick,North Yorkshire Police, Acting Chief Constable

Yorkshire v Middlesex - Day 3, listen live

BBC Sport

Yorkshire's championship match with Middlesex is very much in the balance going into day three. 

Middlesex will resume at Scarborough on 130 for 2; trailing Yorkshire's first innings total by 276 runs.

Play resumes at 11:00 and you can listen to ball-by-ball commentary here.

Gary Ballance
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Watch: Haircuts for cows - part of Great Yorkshire Show preparations

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

This time next week it'll be the first day of this year's Great Yorkshire Show.

It's become England's premier agricultural show, with about 130,000 visitors expected over the three days.

I've been at the showground where Joe Leahy from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society talked me through the show's final preparations, which includes a cow's hairdressers:

Harrogate's Donald Bell: 100th anniversary of the first footballer to win the VC

BBC News England

Today is the 100th anniversary of an act of bravery during the Battle of the Somme which earned a soldier from Harrogate the Victoria Cross.

Donald Simpson Bell also became the only professional footballer to win a VC during the conflict. 

Donald Bell
The Green Howard's Museum

He was an "outstanding" footballer but left the sport behind to join up when World War One started. 

And on 5 July 1916, he used his athleticism to save many lives when he knocked out a machine-gun post - he was killed a few days later when he attempted similar heroics once more.

You can read more about his amazing story here.

Watch: A cloudy start but brightening later

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

It's a dull start but that'll soon clear to reveal a brighter day.

Here's my full forecast:

Persimmon: 'Too soon to judge' effect of Brexit on new homes

Persimmon, the UK's biggest housebuilder, says in a trading statement that it remains "too soon" to judge the effect of the Brexit vote on the new homes market. 

Persimmon homes
Getty Images

"We believe... the UK housing market will continue to provide good opportunities for those companies with the right strategic focus and the balance sheet strength to navigate future changes in trading conditions," says the York-based company.

Its shares plunged by almost a third in the wake of the EU referendum. 

Last month Royal London Asset Management called on the housebuilder to cut back an executive pay plan that could see the management share £600m over the next five years.  

Headlines: Teachers on strike, hundreds of babies born on drugs in the county and North Yorkshire Police in top 10 for data breaches

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom this morning include:

  • Dozens of schools in York and North Yorkshire are either closed or only partially open as teachers go on strike
  • An investigation by the BBC has found more than 700 babies have been born addicted to drugs across Yorkshire over the past four years
  • North Yorkshire Police is in the top 10 forces for data breaches according to a new report

North Yorkshire schools affected by teacher's strike

More than 60 schools in York and North Yorkshire are either closed or only partially open as teachers go on strike.

The National Union of Teachers is protesting about working conditions and school funding. 

Teachers on stike
Reuters

The government says the walk-out is counterproductive and will harm children's education. 

Steve Flintoft, from the NUT in Scarborough, says schools in North Yorkshire are under immense pressure.

I work in a school in a deprived area where we're losing staff and not replacing them. We can't give them the education we want to, because we don't have the staff to deliver what we want to deliver."

You can find out which schools are affected in North Yorkshire here and in York here.

Weather: A cloudy start with rain, followed by clearer spells then rain again

BBC Weather

The county starts this morning cloudy with outbreaks of rain, but this will soon clear.

Brighter conditions with sunny spells will follow, along with scattered showers.

Wx graphic
BBC

Traffic and travel: Delays in the Selby area, but problem-free elsewhere on the county's roads and rails

You can expect delays on the A63 Selby bypass, which is closed in both directions for resurfacing work.

This is the stretch affected, between the Wishing Well and Thorpe Willoughby roundabouts...  

A63
Google

Otherwise, there are no problems on the roads in North Yorkshire so far this morning and the departure board at York Railway Station shows trains in and out of the county 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, travel, weather and sport updates from across North Yorkshire.

I thought on a gloomy, wet, cloudy morning, what we need to start with is a vision of summer beauty, to stir our souls and lift our spirits. So I dipped into our BBC Weather Watchers folder and found this pic of Linton upon Ouse sent in by Jess's Reserve.

Linton upon Ouse
BBC

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