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  1. Updates resume at 07:00 on Monday 11 July 2016
  2. Live updates on Friday 8 July 2016

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By Jim Addyman

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

That's the end of our live coverage for today, thanks for joining us.

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

I'll leave you today with this pic of Britain's No.1 tennis player, Andy Murray as he prepares to take on Czech Tomas Berdych in the Men's Semi-Final at Wimbledon. Come on Andy!

Andy Murray

Anger at ‘irresponsible’ closure of key Dales tourist route

Yorkshire Post

Plans to close one of the main routes between Upper Wharfedale and Wensleydale at the height of tourist season could “devastate” the local economy and damage the reputation of the Dales, it has been claimed.

Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Post

Weather: Sunny spells but clouds building for a wetter night

BBC Weather

More patchy clouds with occasional sunshine, becoming brighter later. 

However, darker clouds will form through the evening leading to wetter weather overnight.  

Abbie Dewhurst

Headlines: Minister hails York's new Central Enterprise Zone and leading scientists say Brexit could see the University of York missing out on vital funding.

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

The latest headlines from around North Yorkshire this afternoon include:

  • The Northern Powerhouse minister has told BBC Radio York that a new Central Enterprize Zone in York will provide an "incredible opportunity" for the city
  • It's been confirmed that specialist heart surgery WILL continue at Leeds General Infirmary.
  • Leading scientists say the UK's decision to leave the EU could mean see the University of York missing out on vital funding.  

Cycling: Missed the Tour de France? Try Ryedale Grand Prix instead

BBC Sport

The Tour De France is well under way with Stage 7 taking place today.

But if you're a cycling fan and can't make it across the Channel, then why not cheer on some homegrown heroes in the Ryedale Grand Prix

professional cycling
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

For 2016, the race returns as part of the the British Cycling Elite Road Series and will once again incorporate the Peter Longbottom Memorial in dedication to the Malton Olympian

Sharing the day at Ampleforth Abbey will be the Women’s National Road Series.

Race Schedule:

Women’s Grand Prix - Sunday 10th July  09:30 Start – 12:32 Finish

Ryedale Men’s Grand Prix – 10th July – 14:00 Start – 18:11 Finish

Listen: Teacher's pets?

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

Two black labradors are helping to boost literacy rates at a school in Filey. 

Every week Ebor Academy welcomes Winnie and Peg into the school library and the school says the so-called reading dogs have already produced some surprising results. 

These children from the school told us having the animals there really helps...

Cricket: Yorkshire face Warwickshire challenge in T20 Blast

BBC Sport

Yorkshire, struggling in the T20 Blast competition, take on second-placed Warwickshire at Headingley this evening.

Play starts at 7pm and you can listen to ball-by-ball commentary here.

Yorkshire T20 Cricket
Getty Images

Listen: York Care Awards 2016

Last night was the 10th annual York Care Awards which recognise people who've improved the city. 

A range of projects were included, from clearing up West Bank Park to organising Christmas parties at care homes for the elderly and tidying the children's playground at Tang Hall.

John Lister is its chairman and he says that he's seen some amazing achievements during the last decade...

Reprieve for children's heart surgery unit

BBC News Health

Yorkshire's only children's heart surgery unit will stay in Leeds, according to an NHS report out today. 

The Leeds General Infirmary unit, which treats adults and children from across Yorkshire, came under threat in 2011 when the NHS said it wanted to close some of its 11 specialist centres. 

Leeds General Infirmary

But after a review, LGI's unit will remain - although other hospitals elsewhere in England - including those at Manchester, Leicester and west London - will lose theirs.

Overall, it means the number of units providing the most complex heart surgery drops from 13 to 10.  

NYCC wants your views on combating obesity

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

It's an increasingly prevalent problem across the country and now North Yorkshire County Council wants to hear your views on combating this modern scourge.

They're developing a "healthy weight, healthy lives" strategy and want to hear your ideas in a new public consultation exercise.  

Overweight man

Watch: 'Better than the Yorkshire Show!' - villagers prepare for Green Hammerton Country Fayre

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Sunday is a big day for the citizens of Green Hammerton - it's their annual Country Fayre.

It's one of the biggest in the county with five marquees, two arenas and up to 6,000 people expected.

The organisers aim to raise £30,000 for their charities: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Open Country and Green Hammerton Recreational Charity.

Joanita Musisi went along to see how preparations were going... 

Gatiss joins in the canine fun

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

If you were with us yesterday you'll remember the York Theatre Royal's novel way of promoting their latest production - The Hound Of The Baskervilles.

The theatre wanted to see your pics of dogs in deerstalkers to fit in with the Sherlock Holmes and canine themes.

Well - they've been inundated - and why not!? Everyone loves a dog in a hat, don't they?

Mark Gatiss and his labrador, Bunsen

Comedy actor and writer Mark Gatiss - of League Of Gentlemen fame - decided to join in the fun by sending in a pic of his labrador, Bunsen.

However it shouldn't come as a surprise as Gatiss is a lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories and is the co-creator and co-writer of BBC1's Sherlock series.

Dragonboats on the Ouse

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

I've already talked about some of the many events going on across North Yorkshire this weekend - the races, the fayres, the carnivals, the galas.....

But, don't forget the Dragonboat racing on the River Ouse in York this Sunday

Over the last 13 years the race has enabled the organisers, York Rotary Club, to raise £800,000 for local charities.

Dragonboat racing on the River Ouse

There are hundreds of people involved as each team has 16 rowers and a drummer. 

They race from Scarborough Bridge down to York Rowing Club on the River Ouse.

Travel update: Rail services cancelled

BBC Travel

There have been several cancellations of long distance services from York to places including Plymouth and London King's Cross already this morning with more to come.

It's because of damage to the overhead electric wires.

Check the current situation on the railways before you set off.

York Rail Station

The name's Norton...... James Norton!

BBC Newsbeat

James Norton, the actor from Norton near Malton is now the bookies' favourite to become 007.

With Daniel Craig expecting to step down from the role of James Bond, there's been endless speculation about who'll get the licence to kill.

Up until now, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba had been tipped as possible candidates to play the world's most famous spy but they have now fallen behind Norton and Aidan Turner in the betting.

James Norton

Norton is very well educated. He went to Cambridge University where he read theology, graduating in 2007 with first class honours.

But rather than an ecclesiastical career he turned his hand to acting and has gained plaudits from fans and critics alike for his performances in TV hits like Grantchester, Happy Valley and War & Peace.

Brexit fallout for university funding?

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The University of York could miss out on vital EU funding for research - that's according to leading scientists. 

Jonathan Adams from Digital Science says the government needs to provide some clarity to reassure institutions across the continent:

Figures show the university currently gets a round a sixth of its research budget from Europe. 

Other institutions across Yorkshire say there is already some reluctance from European partners to work with them since Britain's vote to leave the EU

CCTV appeal after Scarborough assault

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

An OAP was knocked to the floor by two men after they'd followed him around a supermarket.

Police have now issued CCTV images of two men they want to talk to about the attack in Scarborough.

At about 6pm on 5 April 2016, the pair followed an elderly man around Sainsbury's in Ramshill Road, Scarborough.

CCTV shots of suspects
North Yorkshire Police

The victim bought a bottle of wine then left the store. 

Once outside, the two men jumped on him, knocking him to the floor causing cuts and bruising.Police want to speak to the two men pictured in the CCTV, as they may have important information that could assist the investigation.Anyone who recognises them, or has any information about this incident, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.   

Northern Powerhouse minister visits York

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

The Northern Powerhouse minister is in York this morning to give his support to the city's new Central Enterprise Zone

James Wharton, MP for Stockton South, has also stated that Brexit will not affect the government's vision for the Northern Powerhouse project.  

James Wharton MP

The area around York railway station was given the status as part of the government's Spending Review last November. 

It means York gets to keep half the business rates raised in the zone rather than all the money going back to government.

Sport: North Yorkshire golfers struggle in Scottish Open

BBC Sport

Harrogate's John Parry has work to do in the second round of the Scottish Open at Castle Stewart, near Inverness. He's six over par after shooting a first round 78. 

York's Simon Dyson is two shots further back after starting with a first round 80.

John Parry

Chilean Felipe Aguilar and Australian Scott Hend are joint leaders on three under par after an opening round dominated by testing wind conditions.

"It was very difficult golf today," said Aguilar. "I haven't played in too many tougher rounds to be honest. It's kind of fun. It's goofy golf when it's this windy.

Warning to weekend visitors about excessive boozing

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

"Trains are not an extension of bars" - that's the message from police ahead of a busy weekend at York railway station.

Thousands of extra people are expected in the city this weekend for the races and York City playing host to Middlesbrough in a pre-season friendly. 

York Races

Transport Police and train companies say York railway station is a safer place to be after they teamed up to tackle anti-social behaviour. 

Two years ago the station was made alcohol-free on Saturday evening and anyone arriving at the station deemed too drunk will be prevented from boarding a train.

Weather: Rain, rain ..... go away!!

BBC Weather

A cloudy start with outbreaks of rain across the region, perhaps heavy in places. Rain will die out from the west during the morning to give some sunny spells and just the odd shower by afternoon. Breezy at times.

Travel: Standing water on the roads

BBC Travel

No problems so far on roads or rail, but after a significant amount of rain overnight there will be standing water on some roads - so be careful out there!!

Headlines from York and North Yorkshire this morning

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

This morning's headlines include:

Transport Police in York are warning the thousands of expected weekend visitors to York about 'turning trains into bars'.

The University of York could miss out on vital EU funding for research according to leading scientists. Figures show the university currently gets around a sixth of its research budget from Europe.

North Yorkshire golfers Simon Dyson and John Parry struggle in their first rounds at the Scottish Open at a blustery Castle Stuart.

We'll bring you more on these stories during the morning.

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

I'll be with you until 14:30 with all the latest news, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire. 

York is gearing up for a bumper sporting weekend with racing on the Knavesmire and York City playing host to Premier League new boys Middlesbrough in a friendly.

Sorry to bring you down but it's wet and miserable this morning - so if you've got any cheerier pics than this one then get in touch and send your photos via Twitter, Facebook or email.

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