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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 07:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 6 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

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 this vivid image of a poppy field near Malton sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Nick Rainbow. 

poppy field

North Yorkshire weather: Cloudy and warm with possibility of showers later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Temperatures remain relatively high despite the afternoon turning cloudy but there is a distinct chance of rain later on.

Owain Wyn Evans

Sport: 2016/17 Football fixtures announced

BBC Sport

The fixture list for York City's first season back in the National League has been published.

York City FC
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

The Minstermen start with an away game on Saturday 6 August 2016 against Maidstone United who were promoted from the National South division at the end of last season.  

Their first home fixture at Bootham Crescent takes place three days later against Macclesfield Town.

Viruses 'turbo-charge' Cystic Fibrosis bacteria, York researchers say

Scientists at the University of York say they have found new evidence that tiny viruses called bacteriophages turbo-charge the evolution of bacteria that cause lung infections in Cystic Fibrosis patients.  

Electron microscope image of phages
University of York

The research team warn that antibiotics can activate bacteriophages, meaning certain medical therapies might make the infections even more difficult to treat.  

Professor Michael Brockhurst, from the University of York’s Department of Biology, said: "To design better treatments and preserve our antibiotics we urgently need to better understand how bacteria evolve in infections.

"These new results suggest that bacteriophages may play a much bigger role than previously thought, by turbo-charging evolutionary adaptation."

Sport: Ex-City striker Hyde snapped up by Stevenage

BBC Sport

Former York City striker Jake Hyde has been signed by League Two side Stevenage.

The 26-year-old was released by York City after failing to score in 14 appearances last season.  

Details of his contract with Stevenage have not been disclosed.  

Chilcot report: Findings at a glance

Sir John Chilcot has outlined his findings on the UK's involvement in the 2003 Iraq War and the lessons to be learned from it.

Sir John Chilcot

The report spans almost a decade of UK government policy decisions between 2001 and 2009.

It covers the background to the decision to go to war, whether troops were properly prepared, how the conflict was conducted and what planning there was for its aftermath, a period in which there was intense sectarian violence.

Here's an at-a-glance guide to the main points.

Revenge porn: Police commissioner wants your views

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan wants to hear your views on revenge porn as she fights for a change in the law to stop the naming of victims.

Woman at computer

She is due to meet justice minister Mike Penning next week to highlight her concern about current legislation which means that revenge porn victims are not subject to anonymity.

Revenge porn is the sharing of private pictures without consent where the aim is to cause distress.  

As part of her research Ms Mulligan is conducting a survey, which is open to everyone, to assess public opinion on the issue.

Missing Harrogate man: Urgent appeal as car found at Flamborough Head

BBC Radio York

North Yorkshire Police say they urgently want to find a missing Harrogate man who's thought to have travelled to the East Yorkshire coast.

Paul Whing
North Yorkshire Police

Paul Whing, 53, failed to return from work at the expected time early this morning and was reported missing by his partner. His car was found at Flamborough Head shortly afterwards.

“We are very concerned for Paul’s welfare and are appealing to anyone in the Flamborough Head and East Yorkshire coast areas to contact us if they have seen Paul or know of his current whereabouts. Better still, if Paul hears or reads this appeal, please contact us and let us know that you are safe.”

Insp Chris GalleyNorth Yorkshire Police

Chilcot Inquiry: Former Selby MP recalls why he voted against war

BBC Radio York

The findings of Sir John Chilcot's inquiry into the Iraq War have finally been published today, seven years after the inquiry started.

John Grogan was Labour MP for Selby between 1997 and 2010 and on today's Mid Morning Show on BBC Radio York he explained the circumstances behind his decision to vote against his party leader and against the war in Iraq...

Get ready for York Early Music Festival 2016


This year’s York Early Music Festival, entitled Fairies, Witches and Aerial Beings, marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Featuring music from the Elizabethan theatre it also includes pieces inspired by the Shakespearean themes of magic, mystery and the supernatural.

early music ensemble Lucidarium

Watch: York volunteers on their mission to Rio

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Earlier we heard about 10 York teenagers who are heading to the Rio Olympics in Brazil this summer as part of a scheme to encourage friendship and understanding between different nationalities. 

I went to meet some of the young people from Manor Church of England Academy to ask them all about their big trip to Brazil, arranging activities for children from the slums.

Listen live: Yorkshire v Middlesex - Day 4

BBC Sport

Yorkshire's County Championship match with Middlesex is heading for a draw going into day four.

Gary Ballance
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Middlesex will resume their first innings at Scarborough on 470 for 8 - a lead of 64 runs.

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

Your house's appearance could be encouraging scammers

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

We're often talking about scams on the BBC Radio York Mid Morning programme and hearing "confessions" from embarrassed people who how have been conned. 

Well this is Scams Awareness Month - Ruth Andrews from North Yorkshire Trading Standards has a few tips on how you can avoid being targeted.

City give trial to Polish keeper

BBC Sport

York City have taken goalkeeper Ed Wilczynski on trial. 

The 21-year-old Polish stopper will spend pre-season trying to impress manager Jackie McNamara after being shown the exit door by Huddersfield Town at the end of last season.

Ed Wilczynski
Huddersfield Examiner

During his time at the West Yorkshire club, Wilczynski was loaned out to a number of non-league clubs including FC United of Manchester, Trafford, Hyde United, Sheffield FC and Bishop Auckland.

Wilczynski is a product of the Huddersfield Town academy and went on to represent the club at all youth levels including the Under 21s but failed to make an appearance for first team.  

Cymru am byth: We're all Welsh tonight

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

We had a Welsh theme to today's Breakfast Show on BBC Radio York because tonight is the biggest night in the history of the Welsh national football team.

They're playing Portugal for a place in the final of the European Championships and I sent reporter Joanita Musisi to meet Valmy Gavin, a Welsh resident of York.

Valmy was able to give Joanita lessons in the Welsh language... I'll leave you to decide how successfully...

York student volunteers head to Olympic Games

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Ten York teenagers are heading to the Rio Olympics in Brazil this summer as part of a scheme to encourage friendship and understanding between different nationalities. 

The young people from Manor Church of England Academy will join 10 young people from Brazil and 10 from Hungary. 


Together they will be volunteering in Rio de Janeiro for a week in August, arranging activities for children from the slums.

Hopefully, we will be able to help people who don't have the same things we do and we'll be able to change, not only their lives, but our lives too. It is an amazing opportunity."

Student volunteer Joe Armstrong

Headlines: North Yorkshire family react to Chilcot Inquiry, Art Gallery hoping for awards win and Yorkshire CCC's hopes of victory fade

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include: 

  • The family of a Royal Military Policeman from Northallerton, who was was killed in Iraq in 2003, say they've mixed feelings about the Chilcot Inquiry into the war in Iraq, which is published today
  • Following an £8m facelift, York Art Gallery is hoping to pick up a special award tonight
  • Yorkshire may have to settle for a draw against Middlesex in their latest County Championship match which goes into the final day at Scarborough

Building site blaze in Scarborough was arson, says fire service

Arsonists have been blamed for starting a fire which destroyed a large amount of plumbing supplies at a building site in Scarborough last night.

Fire crews were called out to the site in Seamer Road shortly after 20:30, North Yorkshire Fire Service said.

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

The blaze involved approximately 50 sq metres of pallets containing various plumbing supplies.  

The fire service incident log described the cause as "deliberate".

Weather: Sunshine after a cool start to the day

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cool start but there will be sunny spells later in the day. 

Here's my full forecast...

Chilcot inquiry: North Yorkshire soldier's father believes 'he's done best job he can'

BBC Radio York

The family of a North Yorkshire soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2003 say they have mixed feelings about the Chilcot inquiry into the war, which is published today. 

L/Cpl Ben Hyde, 23, from Northallerton, was one of six Royal Military Police (RMP) officers killed by an angry mob in Majar al-Kabir in June 2003.

Ben Hyde

Since his death, Ben's father, John, has fought to find out what really happened to the Red Caps. 

He says his wife wants to see the finger pointed at Tony Blair but believes that Sir John Chilcot has done a thorough job... 

I'm fairly sure he'll certainly have done the best job he can to get the answers everyone's looking for.

John HydeFather of L/Cpl Ben Hyde

Weather: Bright start, cloudy later on

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry and mostly bright start to the day. It will soon warm up with morning sunshine, but cloud will also tend to thicken from the west during the day. 


City art gallery in line for prestigious award

BBC Radio York

Following an £8m facelift, York Art Gallery is hoping to pick up a special award tonight. 

It's been shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year competition - which comes with £100,000 prize money. 

Take a look around the gallery here:

Traffic and travel: Everything running smoothly on road and rail

BBC Travel

Everything is running smoothly on road and rail across the county - but remember there'll be delays around Bridge Street in Tadcaster and the A63 Selby bypass.

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Valley Gardens, Harrogate

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