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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 July 2016
  2. Body found in Aire and Calder Navigation near Selby
  3. York train engine fire sparks evacuation
  4. Salaries in Yorkshire lowest in country, new figures show

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By Andrew Barton

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Five things we learnt today in North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

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

In the meantime, let's look back at some of the big stories from the day and other things we've discovered about our beautiful county...

  1. A body has been found in the Aire and Calder Navigation near Selby
  2. Yorkshire workers earn the least of any in England
  3. More than 50 passengers and crew had to be evacuated from a train near York Railway Station after a fire broke out in one of its engines last night
  4. As Yorkshire's cricketers take on Nottinghamshire in Scarborough, batsman Jack Leaning says the team can push for all-out success this season
  5. And a collection of old postcards has revealed a white whale was once caught in the river Ouse near York

Let's finish today with this dramatic shot of Towton sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Yorkie's Patch.


Stumped by a bar queue: Thirsty work watching cricket

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

It's thirsty work watching the cricket at North Marine Road where Yorkshire are taking on Nottinghamshire, in the one-day Royal London Cup match.

This is the queue for one of the bars! Sadly I'm not in it...


You can listen to BBC local radio commentary here.

York Mystery Plays go under the spotlight

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

If you're a fan of the Mystery Plays in York then you might be interested in a new exhibition all about the plays which has opened this morning at York Minster.

I've been to see The Mystery Plays: Under the Spotlight which opened this morning at the Minster and includes costumes and props from the York Minster Mystery Plays.

Mystery Plays Under the Spotlight exhibition

Vicky Harrison, head of collections for the York Minster Historic Collections Team, told me the idea of the exhibition is to "look at what can be learnt from these stories, some of which have been told for over 3,000 years."  

The 50 things outdoor-loving children must do before turning 11-and-three-quarters

Yorkshire Post

In the age of iPads, games consoles and mobile phones children have all kinds of entertainment at their fingertips.

But with a new survey warning that today's youngsters are spending just half the time playing outside that their parents did as children, the National Trust is launching a new drive to get them to reconnect with nature - and they insist the only handheld device a child needs to unlock their imagination is the humble stick.

Yorkshire post
Yorkshire Post

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and warm this afternoon

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We should continue to see broken cloud and sunny spells throughout the afternoon.

Feeling pleasantly warm in the sun with highs of about 21C (70F). 

Overnight, this dry weather continues with things staying relatively clear - temperatures getting down to about 13C (55F).   

Weather graphic

Your headlines this afternoon

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Body found in Selby canal

A body has been found in a canal near Selby.

Police were called by a member of the public to Beal Lock on the Aire and Calder Navigation (pictured) at about 08:45 this morning.

Beal Lock
Alan Murray-Rust/Geograph

The nearby area was cordoned off and a nearby road was temporarily closed while police divers recovered the body.

Insp David Hunter says: "It appears the body has been in the water some time and enquiries are under way with neighbouring forces to help identify the person.

"At this early stage, we do not believe it relates to any North Yorkshire Police missing person cases or investigations."

People are being urged by police to stay away from the scene until further notice.

Yorkshire fans undeterred by prospect of damp start to proceedings

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Yorkshire's cricketers are back in Scarborough today for their latest one-day match in the Royal London Cup against Nottinghamshire.  

I'm there for BBC Radio York and can see about 5,000 fans have made their way to North Marine Road to sit under ominous looking clouds.

Scarborough cricket ground

Yorkshire's Joe Root is the complete modern cricketer

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

England's 330-run win over Pakistan in the second Test was mightily impressive, but the performance of Yorkshire's Joe Root was even better.

Joe Root
AFP/Getty Images

He scored 254 and 71 not out, took four catches and even claimed a wicket in his only over as England wrapped up victory with a day to spare to level the series. He can do no wrong.

We have long since known Root is a top-class batsman - he would comfortably make mine or anyone else's world XI - but the way he played at Old Trafford was not far short of perfection.

A whale of a time in York's river Ouse: Old postcards capture some rare old sights

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Earlier I told you about an amazing collection of old postcards of York up for auction in Malton today and I promised a gallery for your closer perusal.

Here it is - including a remarkable pic of a white whale caught in the river Ouse near York.


Here's a closer shot of the whale caught near York. It's so remarkable I thought it deserved a place of its own:


'Life-changing injuries or death' - Warning to Yorkshire children to keep off rail tracks

Young people in Yorkshire are being warned to stay off the region's railway tracks after a rise in trespass cases.

Over the past 10 years, almost 170 young people in the UK have lost their lives after trespassing on the railway.

Data from British Transport Police shows that just under half of those killed were under the age of 25.  

The video below from British Transport Police shows CCTV footage from across the UK of trespass incidents.

WARNING: This video contains scenes some viewers may find upsetting.

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Parents should remind their children if they're on the railway, they're on dangerous ground. It may seem like a good idea to take a shortcut, or to play on the tracks, but it can result in life-changing injuries or death."

Vicki BeadleCommunity Safety Manager, Network Rail

Listen live: Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire

BBC Sport

Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan
Getty Images

Yorkshire's cricketers are back in Scarborough today for their latest one-day match in the Royal London Cup against Nottinghamshire.

You can listen to BBC local radio commentary here.

Is this the way to treat Yorkshire royalty?

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Our first class presenter Harry Gration, on the way to Scarborough... 

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Watch: Wish you were here - Old postcards of York go under hammer

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

In this world of instant communication, when was the last time you sent or received a postcard? 

Today, an event in Malton harks back to a time when news of holiday adventures took days to arrive - sometimes even arrived after the holiday was over. 

A huge collection of old postcards of York is going under the hammer at an auction being held at the Milton Rooms.

I'll add a gallery of close-ups in a little while so you can get a closer look at these wonderful reminders of days when we composed on paper or card, with a pen, and we never imagined one day our correspondence would be a series of plastic clicks and an instant send.

Hurray for Yorkshire Day! York plans to party all day and night


Frankly, we don’t think one measly day is enough to celebrate our great county, but it’ll have to do until we stage a coup, make York the new capital and decree that every day is Yorkshire Day.

Yorkshire Day

In the meantime, Lord Mayor Dave Taylor has teamed up with Martin Witts, organiser of the Great Yorkshire Fringe, to ensure the celebrations last all day – and long into the night.

York train engine fire sparks evacuation

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

More than 50 passengers and crew had to be evacuated from a train near York Railway Station after a fire broke out in one of its engines last night.

Crews were called out to the stricken TransPennine express service just south of York station at about 22:40 on Tuesday evening, North Yorkshire Fire Service says.

York Railway Station

A total of 54 passengers and four staff were helped from the train and on to a replacement service, according to a fire service spokesman.

"The fire was in the rear engine. It was extinguished by the train's own fire prevention system," he added. 

"However, the decision was made to assist with the evacuation of 54 passengers and four staff on to a second train and transport them back to York rail station."

No-one was injured during the incident, the fire service says.

'Yorkshire can push for all three competitions': Jack Leaning's high hopes

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Yorkshire's cricketers are back in Scarborough today for their latest one-day match in the Royal London Cup.

They play Nottinghamshire at Scarborough and seem to be on a roll with some great results in the T-20 and then on Sunday an emphatic victory over Leicestershire in the Royal London Cup.

Jack Leaning
Getty Images

I've been talking to the man at the heart of that win, York's Jack Leaning. He scored 131 not out.

Jack told me he loves playing at Scarborough and says he's hopeful for a good finish to the season, with high hopes for the County Championship, the one-day cup and the T20 Blast.

The lads are flying high right now and If we can carry on playing the way we are there's no reason we can't push for all three competitions."

Jack LeaningYorkshire player

'Pay a decent wage for a decent day's work': TUC on low pay in Yorkshire

BBC Radio York

More now on the news that new figures show salaries in Yorkshire are the lowest in the country

The BBC's found a typical worker in our region earns about £21,000, that's below the national average.

According to the Department for Work and Pensions in 2014 - 2015, the average income before housing costs reached £473 per week - about £24,600 a year.


Bill Adams, from the TUC in Yorkshire, has told BBC Radio York people need to be paid more because "over 20% of the workforce are reliant on state benefit".

For the economy to get going and be effective people need to spend money, so it's about getting more money into the system and you can do that by paying people a decent wage for a decent day's work."

Bill AdamsYorkshire TUC

Recovering from floods: York's Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Art UK

On Boxing Day 2015, the Merchant Adventurers' Hall in York was flooded.

More than a metre of water deluged the 14th Century Guildhall.

Flooding at Merchant Adventurers' Hall
Lauren Marshall

Read more on Art UK, an online home for art found in every public collection across the UK, about what happened and how the hall is open but "remains a work in progress".

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy start, sunshine to follow

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today starts on a rather cloudy and damp note with one or two spots of drizzle and some mist and murk over higher ground. 

Throughout the morning, though, this thick cloud should start to thin and break revealing some good spells of sunshine.

Watch my full forecast for Wednesday here:

Harrogate Police continue clampdown on dangerous off-road bikes

Harrogate Informer

Police have issued a number of images of people they would like to talk to about the unsafe use of off-road bikes in Harrogate.

Last week, officers urged residents in the town to get in touch whenever they witnessed mini-moto and trial bike riders putting themselves at risk.

Harrogate Informer

Appeal over driver who failed to stop after collision with woman

A driver who failed to stop after colliding with an elderly woman pedestrian who was knocked to the ground is being sought by police in Scarborough.

The incident happened in Westwood at about 14:30 on Friday 8 July and involved a dark coloured vehicle, police say.

Anyone with information, especially a person who stopped to help the victim, is being asked to contact police.

Watch: Yorkshire workers earn the least of any in England

Workers in Yorkshire earn some of the lowest wages in England, BBC Research has found.

A typical worker in North Yorkshire earns about £21,000, figures show.

For York, it's just slightly higher, but both figures are still below the national average.

Over the past five years, the typical worker in England has seen a 6% rise in gross annual earnings, according to the Office for National Statistics.

However, there are pockets of the country like Yorkshire where instead of growth, wages are some of the slowest to increase.

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

  • New figures show that salaries in Yorkshire are the lowest in the country
  • An urgent warning's gone out to parents in Yorkshire to keep their children away from the region's railway lines as figures show a 25% rise in trespass cases
  • The new Northern Powerhouse minister is due in Yorkshire later his first official tour of the county

Weather: A grey wet start leading to a bright warm day later

BBC Weather

It's a cloudy and damp start across North Yorkshire today but the outbreaks of rain will clear to the south through the morning.

Weather graphic

Things should get better as the day goes on, and by the afternoon most places will be dry and warm with bright or sunny spells.  

Traffic and Travel: Roads and rail looking good so far

BBC Travel

Its a clear run on the roads across the county at the moment and there are no trains showing as delayed on the departure board at York Railway Station.

If you're in the Malton area you need to be aware that there are temporary traffic lights and water main work on the A169 near Outgang Road.


And in the Selby area you can expect delays due to the resurfacing of the A63 bypass, which is closed in both directions.

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


That's how things are looking for now - we'll keep you updated as the day progresses.

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, sport, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire.

As it's a damper start to the day than of late, I thought I'd start with this BBC Weather Watcher pic which, to my mind, combines a sense of summer with the hint of rain to come - and that's apt because, as we'll find out shortly, that's pretty much the weather scenario today.


Thanks to A bit of Sky (yep, another quirky weather watcher handle) for the shot of Huby.

Is it just me, or is there something of a John Constable about this lovely pic? (Maybe if you squint!)

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