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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 20 July 2016

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By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

That's all from me for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 07:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across North Yorkshire

Before I go, let's take a look at a little of what we've learned today...

1. The Labour leadership contest is being particularly closely followed by one York man - and he has a tattoo of Jeremy Corbyn to prove it

2. You should enjoy what sunshine there is - the rain's on the way, and probably plenty of it

3. If you leave your dog in the car during the heatwave, be prepared for the police to use some pretty heavy duty tools to get it out

4. Ssssh! There are a lot of secret keep-it-under-your-hat goings-on taking place at Scarborough Library just now

5. It takes a lot of button-pressing to get BBC Look North on air

And with that I'll bid you farewell for another day. I'll leave you with this image of Lexi the bulldog keeping cool on the tiles which was sent in by her owner Brian Alston in York. She's definitely got the right idea...

Lexi the bulldog
Brian Alston

Vikings v Jets is must-win match - Gillespie

BBC Sport

Yorkshire Vikings must beat Durham Jets at Headingley tonight in the T20 Blast to have any chance of qualifying for the next stage, according to coach Jason Gillespie.

Jason Gillespie
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The Australian says there can be no slip-ups now with three games left.

"The equation's pretty simple: we need to win all our games. We just need to give it our very best," says Gillespie.

"Sometimes it's easy for players to look at the end result and forget what it actually takes to win."

Watch: Dot dot dot, dash dash dash - GHCQ secrets uncovered in Scarborough

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

I feel like the James Bond theme should be playing in the background as I tell you that some of the secrets of Government Communications Headquarters - better known simply as GCHQ and which has a base in Scarborough - are on display in the town at the moment.

I've been undercover at Scarborough Library - disguised as a BBC Radio York reporter - to see the exhibition.

While there I learned a thing or two about morse code messages:

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Secrets of GCHQ on display in Scarborough

Airfield helicopter crash victims 'making good progress'

Five men injured in a helicopter crash at an airfield near Selby are "making good progress", the airfield's operators have said.

Copter crash wreckage
BBC

The men suffered head, back, chest and leg injuries in the incident at Breighton Aerodrome on Sunday.

The crash involved a former military Alouette helicopter.

The airfield owner, the Real Aeroplane Company, said it was liaising with the Air Accident Investigation Branch.

In a statement on its website the company said: "Our thoughts are with our friends who are injured and we wish them a speedy recovery".

'Great to have Greening on board again' - Tadcaster Albion boss

BBC Sport

Tadcaster Albion have confirmed that Jonathan Greening will be signing again this season.

The former Premier League player joined the club last year after leaving York City, along with City team-mate Richard Cresswell. 

Tadcaster manager, Billy Miller, says he's thrilled to have Greening back.

"He's said he'll keep going until his legs give in. He's an extremely fit lad - one of the fittest lads in the squad. So, it's great to have him on board again."

Watch: A Labour of love? York man's Jeremy Corbyn tattoo

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Now that Angela Eagle has quit the Labour Party leadership contest, two candidates remain: Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith.

One man from York is very much hoping Jeremy Corbyn wins because he has a tattoo of him on his shoulder.

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York's Kierran Horsfield says Mr Corbyn was the first thing that came into his head when getting his tattoo

Kierran Horsfield got the body art last year after being offered a free tattoo from a family member.

Kierran tells me he had it done because he "went with the theory that the first thing that comes to your mind is the best thing".

I did have it suggested that I have a sort of Mount Rushmore of Labour leaders on my back. I was tempted for a second, too. I think I'll take some time to consider my next tattoo because it probably won't be free."

Kierran Horsfield

Bring me sunshine: Deer Shed Festival to celebrate music, arts and science

BBC Radio York

Here's an inviting sight: the sun rising over Baldersby Park, near Topcliffe, this morning.

Let's hope the sun continues to shine this weekend, because it's the site of the Deer Shed Festival.

It's a music, arts and science extravaganza and BBC Radio York is due to broadcast from there this weekend. 

Deer Shed Festival
Deer Shed Festival

On Friday Jules Bellerby is bringing his show live from the festival between 16:00 until 18:30 and on Saturday Elly Fiorentini will be live on-air between 14:00 and 18:00.

Deer Shed Festival
Deer Shed Festival

We'll be keeping an eye on the weather forecast - come on the sunshine!  

Take a look around the Look North studio

Heidi Tomlinson

Journalist, BBC Look North

I thought you might like to have a sneak peek behind the scenes here at Look North. I've made a quick film to show you what happens on the studio floor and down in the newsroom.

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Take a look around the Look North studio.

If you've got any questions, I'd be happy to answer them. Drop me an email

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells, threat of rain and thunder

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We should continue to see some good spells of sunshine this afternoon with things staying largely settled, however we are at risk of seeing some thunderstorms develop

We do still have a weather warning in force until 21:00 for heavy rain as these thunderstorms could bring very heavy downpours. 

It's still feeling quite hot and humid with highs of about 26C (79F). 

Weather graphic
BBC

Soldier death: Step mother pays tribute to Catterick-based soldier

The mother of a Catterick-based soldier who died while training in Brecon, South Wales, has paid tribute to her step son.

Cpl Joshua Hoole, 26, of Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, who was serving in the Rifles regiment at ITC Catterick, died on Tuesday during training for the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course.

Cpl Hoole was due to get married later this year.

His step mother, Carol Jeffreys, posted on her Facebook page: "Rest easy soldier. My beautiful stepson. Can't believe it. Will always love you.

"So very proud of you. Thoughts with your family and fiancee."

Soldier death: Catterick-based Rifles soldier named

A Catterick-based soldier who died while training in Brecon, South Wales, has been named as Cpl Joshua Hoole, 26, of Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie.

Cpl Joshua Hoole
Wales News Service

Cpl Hoole, who was serving in the Rifles regiment at ITC Catterick, died on Tuesday during pre-course training for the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course.

Ambulances were called to Dering Lines infantry training centre in Brecon shortly before 09:00. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

Last piece in place in plans for 'world's largest' potash mine in North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The final element in plans for what's been described as "the world's biggest potash mine" in North Yorkshire has been given the go-ahead by the government.

Permission has been given for new harbour facilities to be built on Teesside, where the mineral will be sent underground from the planned mine at Whitby.   

Potash mine
BBC

Chris Fraser, managing director of Sirus, says the company is delighted to have secured this final approval for the project.

Our team is currently actively engaged in the financing phase of the project and I look forward to providing further updates in due course. We are closer than ever to delivering this world-class project."

Chris FraserManaging director and CEO, Sirus Minerals

Your headlines this lunchtime

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

Soldier death: Three years since deaths of soldiers in Brecon Beacons

The death of a Catterick-based soldier in Wales comes after L/Cpls Edward Maher and Craig Roberts died on the Beacons after suffering heatstroke during a 16-mile (26km) SAS test march on 13 July 2013.

Brecon Beacons
bbc

Cpl James Dunsby died from multiple organ failure in Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital more than two weeks later.  

A coroner ruled that neglect played a part in their deaths.

'Full MOD investigation' into death of Catterick-based soldier

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin has told the House of Commons defence committee she wants to express her sorrow at the "very sad death" of a Catterick-based soldier while on exercise in the Brecon area of South Wales.

Brecon
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The soldier, who was serving in the Rifles regiment, died on Tuesday during training.

Ms Baldwin said the Ministry of Defence "will, of course, be undertaking a full investigation".    

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it had been informed of the death of a member of the armed forces at Derring Lines in the Brecon Beacons.

A spokesman said: "Dyfed-Powys Police are leading the initial inquiries into the soldier's death and HSE will not speculate at this stage on the exact circumstances of this fatal incident."

Dyfed-Powys Police said it was working closely with the MoD, and the soldier's next of kin had been informed.

Cause of Catterick-based soldier's death unknown

It's not yet known why a soldier based at North Yorkshire's Catterick Garrison died while on an exercise yesterday in the Brecon area of South Wales.

The soldier, who was serving in the Rifles regiment, died on Tuesday during pre-course training for the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course.

Brecon
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A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said they were called to the infantry training centre in Brecon shortly before 09:00 "to reports of a medical emergency".

The Wales Air Ambulance and two emergency ambulances attended the scene.

Soldier died during pre-course infantry training

More on the news that a soldier based in Catterick has died while training in Brecon, South Wales.

The soldier, from Infantry Training Centre Catterick, was serving in the Rifles regiment.

He died on Tuesday during pre-course training for the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course, the Ministry of Defence says.

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York this morning include:

Fall in number of jobless in Yorkshire and Humber

The latest unemployment figures are out, and they show the number of people out of work in Yorkshire and the Humber was down by 16,000 between March and May - to 151,000.

Job Centre Plus sign
PA

Nationally, the UK unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9%, the lowest since July 2005, according to official figures.

The unemployment total fell to 1.65 million in the March to May period, down 54,000 from the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics says.

'Yorkshire flood envoy wasn't a luxury': York MP Rachael Maskell on axed role

BBC Radio York

The new Shadow Environment Secretary, York's Labour MP Rachael Maskell, says the decision to axe the role of Yorkshire Flood Envoy is a worrying one.

The BBC discovered the flood envoy role, held by Robert Goodwill, Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby, had been scrapped only after a journalist called the Department for the Environment to speak to Mr Goodwill and was told the role's been removed.

Rachael Maskell
BBC

Speaking on BBC Radio York, Ms Maskell said the role of Yorkshire Flood Envoy should not have been seen as an extra luxury: "Robert Goodwill's wasn't an additional cost, it was an additional person on the ground to make the case."  

If you look at the amount of money being spent in the aftermath of the floods and the clear-up operations, because the right defences weren't in place, then the cost far outweighs what would've been the cost."

Rachael MaskellYork Labour MP

Friends arrange permanent memorial to 'happy, caring' young man

YorkMix

Even while they are still in the early throes of shock and grief after his untimely death, they have crowdfunded a permanent memorial to a hugely loved young man.

Chris Palmer, 20, died after falling into the river from Ouse Bridge in York in the early hours of Sunday 10 July. He had been celebrating a friend's 21st birthday.

Chris Palmer
YorkMix

Police warning over dogs in cars

With temperatures expected to stay quite high today, dog-owning drivers in Harrogate are being reminded by police to take extra care with their canines:

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Decision due on final piece of plans for 'world's biggest' Potash mine in North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The last piece in the development of what's been described as "the world's biggest potash mine" in North Yorkshire could get the go-ahead from the government later.

Permission is expected to be given for new harbour facilities to be built on Teesside, where the mineral will be sent underground from the mine at Whitby. 

Tunnel graphic
Sirius Minerals

Sirius Minerals is hoping to start construction on the £2bn mine in September.  

Colin Sykes, who lives in nearby Sneaton, says he hopes the mine fulfills its potential.

Whether the commercial aspect of it is all they say it will be is something we'll have to wait and see, but if what they say is true it can only be good for the area."

Colin SykesSneaton resident

North Yorkshire's weather: Sun this morning, storms this afternoon

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today is getting off to a dry and bright start with broken cloud and sunny spells.

On the whole, we should enjoy a largely dry and sunny day but we are at risk of seeing some thunderstorms develop, particularly throughout the afternoon. 

Watch my full forecast here:

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Weather forecast for Wednesday

Traffic and travel: Delays on the roads in Thirsk and Selby

BBC Travel

A couple of traffic hotspots developing in North Yorkshire just now:

Very slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic is currently being reported on the A170 Sutton Road eastbound in Thirsk between the A19 junction and the Cross Hill junction.  

Meanwhile, there's queuing traffic on the A1041 Bawtry Road northbound in Barlow near Selby between the Barlow Common Road junction and the A63 junction.

Calls for reinstatement of scrapped Yorkshire flood envoy role

BBC Radio York

There are calls to reinstate the post of Yorkshire flood envoy after it was revealed the government role has been scrapped.

Robert Goodwill, Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby, was made flood envoy after the Christmas 2016 floods which badly affected parts of North Yorkshire such as Tadcaster (pictured).

Tadcaster bridge
BBC

Part of Mr Goodwill's work was to understand how flooding affects areas, keep an eye on recovery, and assess how well agencies work together.  

The BBC discovered the role had been scrapped after a journalist called the Department for the Environment to ask to speak to Mr Goodwill and was told the role's been removed.

Don McKay, the Mayor of Tadcaster, which was badly hit by the floods, has told BBC Radio York he's worried the town will suffer now the flood envoy's role has gone.

Who's going to do the job? Someone needs to move these agencies along. Having regular floods is bad for business, bad for the town and the whole economy is suffering."

Don McKayMayor of Tadcaster

Attack on woman in Scarborough sparks witness appeal

A 56-year-old woman was left with bruises on her face and leg after being attacked by another woman in Scarborough last week, police have said.

The assault, on North Marine Road at about 19:00 on Monday 11 July, has sparked a police appeal for information and witnesses.

Officers say they want people's help to determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident, and they particularly want to speak to anyone who saw the attack taking place.

Weather: Very warm with heavy, thundery showers

BBC Weather

It's going to stay very warm today across North Yorkshire today.

It'll be humid with some heavy, thundery showers, gusty winds and a chance of hail affecting some areas.

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Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York so far this morning include:

  • There are calls to reinstate the Yorkshire flood envoy after it was revealed yesterday the government has got rid of the post
  • A decision's due later over whether the last piece in the development of the "world's biggest" potash mine in North Yorkshire can go ahead
  • A primary school in York is expected to re-open later following the sudden death of its headteacher at the weekend

Traffic and Travel: No problems on North Yorkshire's roads and rails, but delays expected in Selby

BBC Travel

So far on the roads this morning across the county things are running smoothly and there are no delays on the trains in and out of York Railway Station.

In the Selby area, work continues to resurface the A63 Selby bypass, which remains closed in both directions.

A63
Google

The stretch affected is between the Wishing Well roundabout and the Thorpe Willoughby roundabout.  

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.

It's going to stay very warm today, but the sunshine might be replaced by rain, so let's start with a beautiful BBC Weather Watcher pic of the sun over North Yorkshire before it disappears for a while.

Barlby
BBC

This pic of the sunset over Barlby was sent in by Josie's Area.  

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