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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Monday
  2. Updates on Friday 22 July 2016

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By David Ward

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Five things we learnt today in North Yorkshire

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Thanks for being with us today, we'll be back at 07:00 on Monday morning.

In the meantime, let's look back at five things we maybe didn't know when we woke up this morning...

  1. Rugby league fans in North Yorkshire are in mourning after the county's biggest club, York City Knights, prepares to fold mid-season
  2. North Yorkshire Police is trying to improve diversity in its ranks by recruiting officers from West Yorkshire
  3. It seems the people of Tadcaster won't be beaten by the flooding as the sense of community continues to grow
  4. One of York City's "Wembley Twice" winners is expected to make a return to the club at some point over the next couple of days
  5. It may called the Deer Shed Festival, but we've yet to see any of our four-legged friends at North Yorkshire's biggest music, arts and science spectacular

Have a good weekend everyone. To finish with here's a lovely pic of two smiling faces ready for it all to begin at Baldersley Park!

Deer Shed

Forty eight shades of colour: Your chance to decide how Mansion House should look

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Now here's a quirky one for you...

Since being built in 1732, the front of York's Mansion House has seen many changes.

Now, once again, it's in need a lick of paint as part of City of York Council's huge restoration project for the building.

York Mansion House

I say "again" because historians have discovered 47, yes 47, layers of paint on it.  

So get your thinking caps on: consultation on what shade it should be begins on Monday.

Traffic and Travel: Delays travelling north on the rails

BBC Travel

A couple of problems to make you aware of if you're going up towards Newcastle and Scotland on the trains.

The departure board at York station currently shows delays on services to Edinburgh and Inverness.

Train delays
National Rail

Listen: 'The players will be distraught' - Former Knights player and coach

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

More reaction now to the news that York City Knights rugby league club is to close.

Former Knights player and assistant coach Mick Ramsden has been speaking to BBC Radio York about the probable sudden closure of the club.

He told Alex Hall that it's a huge blow to everyone associated with the club:

Former player and coach Mick Ramsden can't believe what's happened

It came as a massive surprise. It's a huge blow for the city."

Mick RamsdenFormer York City Knights player and assistant coach

We have asked City of York council for a response to the situation facing the York City Knights but they so far haven't got back to us.

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells, some showers this afternoon

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Another warm and humid afternoon with variable cloud, some bright, even sunny spells.

There will also be some showers breaking out which could be very heavy, thundery and slow moving. 

A light breeze and a maximum temperature of 23C (73F). 

Weather graphic

Watch: 'Temporary' York flood cafe closes after seven months

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

A "temporary" cafe set up to help people clearing up after the Christmas floods in York is finally due to close this weekend. 

Fossys Flossys was set up in Huntington Road to help people with no cooking facilities, or who were involved in the clear-up, to get hot food in return for a donation.

I've been to see owner Michaela Robinson to find out more:

Michaela Robinson tells me it'll be "a sad day" when she finally shuts up shop

North Yorkshire Police 'must get better at diversity' - Police and Crime Commissioner

The North Yorkshire Police force is recruiting more officers from neighbouring West Yorkshire in a bid to improve diversity, it's emerged.

Police trainees
Getty Images

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, says the force wants to boost the number of black and minority ethnic (BME) trainees in its ranks.

Previously, it's been criticised by former Home Secretary and now Prime Minister Theresa May for not having a single black officer.

Ms Mulligan agrees the North Yorkshire force needs to do better, but she's told BBC Radio York it's unfair to describe it as completely white.

"We do have officers from different BME backgrounds. There are people of Asian heritage and people of mixed race. But, that said, we do need to get better at increasing the diversity," she says.

Your headlines this afternoon

BBC Radio York

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Thousands raised for Tadcaster flood victims

Adam Tomlinson

Presenter, BBC Radio York

For people like me who live in Tadcaster, we'll never forget Boxing Day 2015.

That was when the River Wharfe broke its banks with devastating effect. Homes were flooded, businesses were flooded, the medical centre was flooded, and the bridge fell down.

Even now, there are people still waiting to get back into their homes, the doctors are still not back to normal, and the bridge won't be completed for another five months, hopefully.

In the middle of all this doom and gloom, however, the sense of community has been astonishing - so much so that the sale of special edition pin badges to help victims has exceeded all expectation and has now raised nearly £9,000.


In fact, they've been so popular, that they've now sold out. 

It was the idea of Gillian Hainsworth, a teacher at the town's Grammar School, who enlisted the help of jeweller Adrian Buckley.

It seemed like such a small gesture to help the local people."

Gillian Hainsworth, Tadcaster Grammar School teacher

Gillian's fundraising efforts haven't just stopped there. She also organised a concert which raised a further £3,000.

'We've got our work cut out for us' - Yorkshire Vikings' Lyth on Steelbacks clash

BBC Sport

Yorkshire Vikings can edge closer to a place in the quarter finals of the T20 Blast with a win over Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Headingley tonight.

Yorkshire achieved their highest ever T20 total with 213 for 7 in the win over Durham on Wednesday.   

Adam Lyth
Getty Images

But Adam Lyth (pictured), from Whitby, says tonight's opponents will be a tough test: "We'll have our work cut out for us, but you never know, if we keep playing like this we won't be too far away."

Remember if you can't make it down to the home of Yorkshire cricket, we'll have ball-by-ball commentary here.

Listen: Knights news 'brought tears to my eyes' - BBC commentator Andy Atkinson

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

We've been getting reaction to the news York City Knights are to fold with almost immediate effect.

On our Facebook page, Stephen Leonard simply writes "very sad", while Paul Thompson calls for "everyone to get together and support the club".

We've also heard from BBC Radio York's Knights commentator and fan Andy Atkinson. 

This is what he told Adam Tomlinson on BBC Radio York's Breakfast programme earlier:

BBC Radio York's rugby league commentator Andy Atkinson gives his reaction

I'm shocked. I just hope and pray that the Rugby Football League can keep the Knights going."

Andy Atkinson, BBC Radio York commentator

Watch: Around the Deer Shed in 30 seconds

Andrew Barton

Deer Shed Reporter, BBC York

If you're heading across to Baldersley Park for this weekend's Deer Shed music, arts and science festival, you might want to know what you can expect when you get there.

Being the kind fellow that I am, I've been for a look round and then condensed it all into one short film.

Apologies if you feel a bit dizzy afterwards - it's much more thorough than the one my colleague Joanita posted earlier!

A 30-second taster from the site of the Deer Shed Festival at Baldersley Park

Ex-detective wins crime novel award at top festival in Harrogate

BBC Entertainment and Arts

A former police officer's debut novel has won the £3,000 main prize at one of the UK's top crime-writing festivals which is being held in Harrogate.

Val McDermid and Clare Mackintosh

Clare Mackintosh (pictured right) said it was "a dream come true" to see I Let You Go named best crime novel at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

She beat five authors, including Robert Galbraith - the crime-writing pseudonym of Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

Author Val McDermid (pictured left) was also honoured with an outstanding contribution award at the festival she helped to set up.

York Station jobs: Changes 'put customers at heart of operation' - Virgin Trains

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Yesterday we told you about a warning of possible strike action at York station over changes to travel centre staffing there.

Virgin Train at York Station
Geof Shepard

Virgin Trains have now responded to the comments by the TSSA union, who said there could be job losses at stations up and down the East Coast Mainline

Proposed changes at our travel centres are part of plans which put the customer at the heart of all our operations.

Virgin Trains

A spokesman from the operating company adds: "We have big plans for the East Coast franchise with £140m of investment aimed squarely at making the customer experience the best it can be.  

"Where any changes affect our travel centre colleagues, we will be consulting fully with them and the TSSA in due course."

Right-back Oyebanjo set for Minstermen

BBC Sport

York City hope to tie up a contract with former full-back Lanre Oyebanjo (pictured) over the weekend.

Lanre Oyebanjo

The right-back, who moved to Crawley two years ago, has been back with the club over the last week, but he's been struggling with an injury. 

City manager Jackie McNamara has told BBC Radio York he hopes to get something sorted with him - and a goalkeeper - very soon.

Teesside to North Yorkshire stretch of England Coastal Path opens

A further stretch of a 2,700-mile chain of footpaths around the English coast has opened - this time in North Yorkshire.

Coastline between Filey Brigg and Whitby North Beach
Natural England

The 68 miles of signposted trail will give walkers access to the coast from Filey Brigg to Middlesbrough, through Scarborough and Whitby.

Natural England says it showcases stunning views. The government agency is aiming to have England's Coastal Path fully open by 2020.

Work is under way on approximately 60% of the scheme.

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York newsroom this morning include:

'No surprise' that Vale of York CCG put into special measures

Elly Fiorentini

York reporter

Reaction continues to come in following the news that Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - the body that buys health services in York, Selby and Easingwold - has been placed into "special measures"

NHS England said leadership, finances, planning and performance at the CCG, which last year had a deficity of £6m, were "inadequate".


Since yesterday's anouncement, its boss, Doctor Mark Hayes, has stepped down.  

Conservative councillor Paul Doughty, who acts as City of York Council's health watchdog, tells me he's "reassured NHS England are now intervening directly to resolve some of the issues we have faced.

"We [now] have an opportunity to look again at how we bring in the right people to lead the CCG through its current difficulties."

While it is disappointing that Vale of York CCG has been placed into special measures this sadly comes as no surprise."

Councillor Paul Doughty

On your marks, get set, Go!: Police's PokeTips for Pokemon fans

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

It's the craze that's taking over the country, so much so that even North Yorkshire Police want a bit of the action and are issuing advice about Pokemon Go!

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Watch: Deer Shed Festival set to start

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

The final preparations are being put in place this morning for North Yorkshire's biggest music festival.

The Deer Shed Festival, at Baldersby Park near Topcliffe, boasts of being "the family-friendly music, arts and science festival". 

I've been for a quick look round the site before the crowds descend:

The Deer Shed Festival takes place this weekend

Sport: Knights' 'deep sadness' at decision to close

BBC Sport

More now on the sad news for rugby league supporters in York that York City Knights are to fold.

A club statement says the decision to quit part way through the season has been taken with "sincere regret".

York City Knights sign

It blames declining revenues caused by playing at Bootham Crescent, home to York City Football Club, as one of the major contributing factors to the decision.  

The Knights were part of the much-delayed community stadium project, a project that should see a new ground built on the site of their previous home at Monks Cross. It would have been home to both clubs.

Construction on that scheme is scheduled to start in the next few weeks but won't be ready until summer 2018.

The board of directors now have no alternative and have been forced to make this very difficult decision."

York City Knights

The decision to fold comes after a row with City of York Council over the use of Bootham Crescent for a game against Doncaster on Sunday.

Watch: Yorkshire's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Let me give you a bit more information on what we can expect from the weather gods over the next couple of days.

Warning: It's not as good as it has been, but it's not too bad...

Owain Wyn Evans with the forecast for the next 24 hours

Traffic and travel: Delays in Barlow

BBC Travel

Queuing traffic's currently being reported on the A1041 Bawtry Road northbound in Barlow between the Barlow Common Road junction and the A63 junction.  

'Inadequate' Vale of York CCG put in special measures

Elly Fiorentini

York reporter

Patients are being reassured this morning that health services in York, Selby and Easingwold won't be affected after the group which buys them was put into special measures. 

Yesterday, NHS England said leadership, finances, planning, and performance at the Vale of York CCG were inadequate.

York Hospital

The CCG, which was formed in 2013, has always struggled to balance its books. 

Last year its deficit was over £6m.

It will not have an impact on the treatment and care of patients."

John Letham, GP and member of Vale of York CCG's governing body

Weather: Cloudy but warm across North Yorkshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We may not see as much sunshine today as we've become accustomed to this week, but it will still feel very humid out there.

It's a rather cloudy start with the chance of outbreaks of light rain or drizzle. 

We will hopefully see a few bright and sunny spells as we head towards the afternoon, but there is the chance of further showers later. 

Some of these could be rather heavy and persistent, and could lead to tricky travelling conditions.


The best advice? Maybe take an umbrella with you when you leave the house.

York City Knights to close

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Very sad news for sports fans in York this morning. 

The city's rugby league club, York City Knights, is to close.

The team, which was formed back in 2002 after its predecessor York Wasps also folded, was riding high in League One and looking for promotion to the second tier of rugby league.

The club cites financial difficulties caused by the Community Stadium project as the reason it can no longer continue.

York City Knights

The financial situation shows no promise of improving with a move to the new stadium"

York City Knights

We'll have more on this story throughout the day.

Traffic and Travel: All quiet out there on the roads and rail

BBC Travel

If you're up early this morning to get to work, you'll be delighted to know that it's looking fine on the roads so far.

Just the long-term diversions in place around Tadcaster and Selby Bypass to be aware of.

Road map

The departure board at York Station is also showing that all services running through the city are currently running to time.

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

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

Are we set for another day of sunshine across North Yorkshire? We'll find out in a few minutes...

But to keep you going, here's a picture of the scene across Whitby yesterday, sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Garry Hornby.

Garry Hornby

If you're out and about today you can do the same. Get in touch and send your photos via TwitterFacebook or email.