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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume from 07:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 15 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 Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county. 

I'll leave you today with a selection of the day's stories in pictures.

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'The state of emergency ends then they target us': Harrogate woman on Nice attacks

BBC Radio York

President Hollande says France is in tears for the 84 people, including several children, who've been killed in an attack in Nice last night. 

A fireworks display to mark Bastille Day had just ended when a heavy lorry ploughed into a crowd.

It carried on for over a mile knocking down pedestrians. 

France map

Katherine Bullock, a French language student from Harrogate, was living in Nice until two weeks ago.

She says she's amazed at what's happened, after the country has been on such high alert for the European Football Championships.

You get through the Euros, where Nice was absolutely packed with police night and day and then the state of emergency is closed and they target us. It's a scary, scary, thought."

Katherine BullockHarrogate student living in Nice until two weeks ago...

Australian batsman Travis Head takes to the field with Yorkshire Vikings in T20 Blast match tonight

BBC Sport

Australian batsman Travis Head is in the Yorkshire Vikings squad for tonight's T20 Blast match against Nottinghamshire Outlaws. 

He replaces Gary Ballance who's away on England duty. 

Head says he's happy to follow in the footsteps of Yorkshire legend and Australia coach Darren Lehmann.

North Yorkshire weather update: Rain clearing, bringing a sunny evening and muggy night

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Heavy rain could fall this afternoon, but that should fragment and clear up towards the late afternoon and we should be in for a better evening, when we should get some late sunshine.

Temperatures should be around 17C to 19C and it might feel a bit muggy and humid through the night.

Weather map
BBC Weather

'Yes to love, no to hate': Jo Cox family pledge to continue her fight against hate

The family of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox say they're "overwhelmed and touched" by the love and support they've been shown since she was killed. 

The Labour MP's funeral took place this morning.

Tribute from family

Knowing that so many people share both our grief and our determination to take forward Jo’s legacy is a source of great strength at what otherwise feels like a very bleak time".

Jo Cox's family

Pupils from Jo Cox's old school, Heckmondwike Grammar, wore yellow ribbons today in memory of their former head girl.  

Pupils from Jo Cox's old school,

Floral tributes were left at the door of her constituency office in Batley and flowers were thrown by people lining the streets, as the funeral cortege passed through the town.

Jo Cox funeral cortege

Don't get lost in this a-maze-ing celebration

Gareth Barlow

Journalist, BBC Radio York

How's this for an interesting picture?

The man on the left, dressed as Willy Wonka, is Tom Pearcy, he owns the York Maze and the lady on the right is Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

And if you look closely at the map between them, you should spot Willy Wonka the BFG the Enoromous Crocodile and Fantasic Mr Fox.

York Maze

I've been to the York Maze, where tomorrow the gates open for the first time this summer on their newest incarnation, which has been created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of children's author Roald Dahl.

Your headlines

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom include:

  • The family of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox say they're "overwhelmed and touched" by the love and support they've been shown since she was killed
  • A man from Tadcaster has been billed £12,000 by an airline after an "outburst" led to a flight being diverted
  • It's the start of the Great Yorkshire Fringe. The county's biggest comedy festival runs over the next three weekends, with 300 performances in total

'We should all pause': York MP on her friend Jo Cox

BBC Radio York

The family of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox say they're "overwhelmed and touched" by the love and support they've been shown since she was killed. 

The Labour MP's funeral took place earlier today

She was shot and stabbed to death in Birstall near Leeds last month. 

Jo Cox
Labour Party

York's Labour MP Rachael Maskell was a friend of Jo's, she says it's a day for the family to say their goodbyes and is a difficult day for all those who knew her:

It's important that we all pause, everyone who knew her and who didn't know her, to celebrate a wonderful life but also to remember that tragic incident just four weeks ago."

Rachael MaskellYork's Labour MP

Yorkshire Dales barns become homes for local people

Some barns in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are to be converted into homes for local people after four schemes were given the thumbs up by planners.

Among the barns being converted is a traditional agricultural barn being turned into a three-bedroomed, local home at Home Farm in West Witton.

Permission was also given to convert the former Deepdale Methodist Chapel near Dent - pictured -  into a local occupancy home.

Deepdale Methodist Chapel
Alexander P Kapp

Without a local occupancy stipulation these barn conversions could well end up being sold on the open market for second homes at the expense of keeping local communities together.”

Robert HeseltineYorkshire Dales National Park

Harrogate Town goalkeeper Peter Crook handed Premier League trial

Yorkshire Post

Harrogate Town goalkeeper Peter Crook has been offered a trial at a Premier League outfit, the non league club have confirmed.

Reports had suggested Crook was being eyed up by new Leeds United boss Garry Monk and his former club Swansea City but those claims have been dismissed.

Peter Crook
Yorkshire Post

Watch: The search for Donald Cowap: My ancestor's story begins to unfold

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The fallout from my programme on BBC Radio York in France on 1 July, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Somme continues.

At the start of the week, we told this story of the medal belonging to a York soldier who'd fought in the First World War, that mysteriously tuned up in a load of turf in Reigate.

WW1 campaign medal

And now there's been a development in my search for more information on my ancestor, Donald Cowap, whose grave I found in La Neuville cemetery.

Dave Durham, from the Western Front Association in York, heard about my desire to find out more about him and got in touch.

Dave's done some research about Donald and came to the studio to tell me more, bringing with him an amazing bound folder containing Donald's war record.  

Watch: Remembering the Yorkshire MP Jo Cox

The funeral of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox is underway now.

The funeral is private, but the cortege passed through Jo's constituency first. 

Police track down child sex offender who fled to Cambodia

BBC Radio York

A paedophile who'd gone on the run to Cambodia has been tracked down by North Yorkshire Police.

39-year-old Damien Midgley didn't turn up to face child sex charges in York two years ago - he was convicted in his absence and given a six-year prison sentence. 

Damien Midgley
North Yorkshire Police

He is currently in custody in Cambodia and arrangements are being made by North Yorkshire Police, the National Crime Agency and the Cambodian authorities to have him deported to UK.    

Our officers have worked tirelessly to bring a convicted paedophile Damien Midgley to justice. Midgley clearly thought that by fleeing the UK he would be somehow immune to the sentence that the courts handed him in his absence."

Jane GuymerNorth Yorkshire Police

Developer builds new homes in York in wrong place

A housing association is facing a planning hurdle after building 55 new homes in the wrong place.

Homes on Yorkshire Housing's Hob Stone site were built out of position by as little as 11cm, reports The York Press.

The association must now apply for a Variation to a Condition order as the Acomb development does not match the plans approved by City of York Council.

Acomb homes

Yorkshire Housing said it was still working to ensure new residents could move in as soon as possible.  

Good news for shepherd's: A trio of North Yorkshire red sky delights

BBC Weather Watchers

North Yorkshire's shepherds should be basking in the afterglow of the good weather predicted by a red sky, if these three BBC Weather Watcher pics are anything to go by.

Thanks to Collo Yorkshire for the glowing train tracks in York, to TC for the dramatic rusty Harrogate sky (bottom right) and to Granny Rose for the mix of blue and red above Scarborough.

Red Skies across North Yorkshire

BBC Look North Weatherman Paul Hudson tells me a "red sky appears when dust and small particles are trapped in the atmosphere by high pressure." This scatters blue light, leaving only red light to give the sky its burning appearance.    

John O'Neil named as man who must tell police of sex plans

A man who must notify police 24 hours before he has sex can be named, a district judge has ruled.

John O'Neil, 45, from York, was cleared of rape at a retrial last year but was made the subject of an interim sexual risk order (SRO).

An order prohibiting his identity from being made public has been lifted at York Magistrates Court.

North Yorkshire Police has applied for the SRO to be made permanent after Mr O'Neil allegedly breached it.

John Oneil

The single father-of-two has said he had an interest in sado-masochism and used to visit a fetish club.

He said the order violated his human rights and meant he could not have an intimate relationship.

Watch: Unable to talk and barely able to walk, York man searching for Parkinsons cure warning to others

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

A York man who traveled to Ukraine in search of a 'miracle cure' for his Parkinson's disease wants to warn other people not to waste their money. 

James De Little travelled to Kiev two years ago to have stem cell treatment, but the result is far from what he was hoping for, or even expecting. 

Claire Bale from the charity Parkinson's UK says the organisation discourages people with Parkinson's from travelling abroad for treatment because "good treatments are available in the UK."

There are real risks attached to travelling overseas and having unproven, untested, therapy."

Claire BaleParkinson's UK

North Yorkshire man to keep Conservative MPs in line

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

As the new Prime Minister Theresa May forms her government it's been announced that the government's new chief whip, whose job it is to keep the party in line, is from Scarborough.

The appointment is a big step up for Gavin Williamson.

Gavin Williamson

David Cameron's former Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS), he also served as PPS to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

The 40-year-old Scarborian was elected MP for South Staffordshire in 2010. 

As chief whip, he will attend Cabinet meetings.

Happy Birthday Max - but whose holding the selfie stick?

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Here's a nice celebratory selfie for the birthday of police dog Max. 

Look closely at the pic and then think about what they say about dogs looking like their owners.....!

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‘Save Davo, save PE’ – Parents and children stage protest outside York school


This was the highly unusual scene in York last night as parents and students protested outside a school’s gates.

protest outside school

The group assembled at Joseph Rowntree School to voice their anger over plans to cut the number of hours of PE on the timetable and the threat to make popular teacher Bill Davis redundant. 

Traffic and Travel update: A64 at Rillington slow due to two-vehicle accident

We're getting reports of queuing traffic on the A64 Scarborough Road in both directions in Rillington, between the Sands Lane junction and the High Street junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. 


Tadcaster man banned from an airline for life and fined £12,000 after 'outburst'

A passenger on board a flight from Leeds Bradford Airport has been billed £12,000 by an airline after an "outburst" led to a flight being diverted.

Jet2 said Joshua Strickland's "absolutely unacceptable" behaviour led the flight to Larnaca in Cyprus to be diverted to Manchester Airport.

Manchester airport

The 21-year-old from Tadcaster has also been given a life ban by the company.

At Manchester Magistrates' Court, Mr Strickland denied a charge of acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or a person on board.  

Down memory lane for ex pupils of Lowfield School in York

The Press

Our nostalgia series on local schools takes us this week to the old Lowfield School in York.

Here's more than 100 photos for you to browse.

Lowfield School
The Press

Watch: She's a Lumberjill and she's okay

A new play is opening in Dalby Forest near Pickering which tells the stories of the Lumberjills - women who did vital work in Britain’s forestry trade during World War Two.

The play is set in a woodland glade, converted with log seating into a 1940s military campsite   

I went from pushing a pen to cutting down trees. They gave us an axe and a cross-cut saw and showed us how to swing the axe and make the cut on the tree, whichever way it's going to fall."

Christine ForresterWW2 Lumberjill

Your morning headlines

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York this morning include:

  • The family of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox say they're "overwhelmed and touched" by the love and support they've been shown since she was killed. The Labour MP's funeral will take place today
  • The Seamer Horse Fair takes place near Scarborough today, but many travellers, who've been arriving since earlier this week, have already left the area
  • And with 300 performances over three weekends in York, the Great Yorkshire Fringe is getting underway

'An inspiration to us all': Funeral of Jo Cox MP takes place today

BBC Radio York

The funeral of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox will take place later this morning. 

Jo was shot and stabbed to death in Birstall near Leeds almost a month ago. 

Jo Cox
Brendan Cox

This morning's service is private, but people will have a chance to pay their respects as her funeral cortege travels through the Labour MP's constituency.   

Jo's friend, Tim Dixon, has set up a memorial fund in her memory to "carry her legacy forward."

She was through and through a Yorkshire lass and was profoundly grounded. She met the world with love and an inspiration to us all."

Tim DixonFriend of Jo Cox

Weather: A dry start with rain on the way and then dry again by nightfall

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a dry start in North Yorkshire, but thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain from the west during the day, but most parts will be dry and bright again by evening.  

Weather graphic

Here's my full forecast.

Traffic and Travel: Slight delays heading south on the trains, all fine on the county's roads

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains East Coast London-bound trains at the moment, due to a broken down train between Grantham and Peterborough. 

Just click here to see the departure board at York Railway Station.

Train map

The good news is the roads across the county are all running smoothly so far this morning.  

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 and weather from across North Yorkshire.

I thought I'd start with this delightful and intriguing pic. 

There are lots of geese in York and there are often complaints about their behaviour, but look at this lot, actually using the crossing to cross the road and looking both ways as they do too.

Geese crossing rd

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Whirlow Wiz for sending that in.  

We won't tell the geese it's actually a 'Pelican' crossing.

You can share your pictures of safety conscious animals or anything else you've spotted via TwitterFacebook or email.