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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 July 2016
  2. Further delay to Scarborough water park opening
  3. Man 'played music so loud it caused neighbours' floors to vibrate'
  4. York to get own stop on proposed HS3 route?
  5. Flood defences paid for by villagers officially opened

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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 Friday morning. 

In the meantime, let's look back at five things we've discovered about North Yorkshire today...

  1. The team behind Scarborough's new multi-million pound water park say it will now open on Saturday after a broken pipe delayed today's grand opening 
  2. Getting online quicker will be a reality for North Yorkshire by 2019, according to North Yorkshire County Council
  3. A flood defence scheme organised and paid for by villagers in Brompton, near Northallerton has been officially opened
  4. The desire to lance-a-lot is "joust" the ticket for the Olympics
  5. And a call has gone out to York's former "jelly wobblers" to help with "choccy bashing" memories

As the sun for a lot of the county seems to have temporarily gone on holiday, let's allow ourselves to finish with a beautiful reminder of its golden warmth, provided by BBC Weather Watcher Katie Boots. 

Cayton Bay

This is Cayton Bay basking in a golden sunlit wash.

Scarborough water park will open on Saturday - council

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Scarborough's new £14m water park was originally due to open at Easter - then it was today, but the company behind what's billed as Europe's biggest water park says work is still going on and it now expects to open on Saturday.

Janet Deacon, Scarborough Borough Council's tourism officer, says the water-park "will be open on Saturday".

A broken pipe caused a domino effect and that one thing put the slide testing back. Now the slides are running perfectly and they're just finishing off some of the finer details."

Janet Deacon,Tourism Officer, Scarborough Borough Council

North Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a rather cloudy afternoon across Yorkshire, with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west.

A few eastern and southern parts remaining drier for longer. Some of this rain will be rather heavy, especially on high ground, although easing later on with further bright spells. 

Light winds, and highs of about 21C (70F).  

Weather forecast

Rain, rain go away: A wet weather welcome in Wharfedale

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

BBC Look North reporter Cathy Killick is out and about in North Yorkshire at the moment.

The weather, it seems, is not currently doing its best to impress...

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Lloyds to axe 3,000 jobs and shut another 200 branches

BBC Business News

Banking group Lloyds has accelerated its job-cutting scheme, axing a further 3,000 posts.

It has also doubled its planned branch closures, with 200 more set to vanish from High Streets by the end of 2017, although we don't know yet how many of those will be in our region.

Lloyds bank branch
Getty Images

The bank attributed the cuts to changes in people's banking habits, and the effects of interest rates remaining low in the wake of Brexit. 

York man 'played music so loud it caused neighbours' floors to vibrate'

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

A York man who played music so loud his neighbours said it made their floors "vibrate" has been fined almost £1,500.

Sean Harmon, 37, from Bishophill, also had music equipment seized.

City of York Council

The song Sweet Home Alabama was among those Mr Harmon "repeatedly disturbed neighbours with", the council says.

Magistrates in York fined him £660, ordered him to pay costs of £760 and to pay a victim surcharge of £66.

The picture above shows Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer Craig Delorenzo inspecting the seized stereo.  

Residents suffering domestic noise can contact the Neighbourhood Enforcement team on

Your headlines this lunchtime

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Garden alert: Huge colonies of invasive 'super ants' discovered in Yorkshire

Yorkshire Post

Researchers in York have discovered infestations of invasive garden "super ants" which build huge colonies, prompting concerns about the impact on native wildlife.

Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The desire to lance-a-lot: Meet former jousting world champion, Alan of York

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Earlier I posted some pics here of the jousting gear of Alan Beattie the former Jousting World Champion and chairman and coach of the International Jousting Association.

Alan lives in Thirsk  - though his "knight name" is Alan of York - and I've been to see him because a petition calling for jousting to be made an Olympic sport was launched last week by English Heritage, who say it requires similar levels of athleticism as Olympic sports.  

There are only about 20 people in the UK who joust competitively, so I was lucky to meet Alan.

In the film above, Alan takes us step-by-step through his marvellous array of armour and equipment.  

Meanwhile, as you'll see below, I couldn't resist slipping into a little mail myself and grabbing a lance. Trust me, it's very heavy!

Jo Musisi

Watch: Were you a 'jelly wobbler?' - York's Chocolate Story needs you

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Did you ever work in a chocolate factory in York like the Terry's works pictured below?

When I was young (yep, candles for street lights and all that) it seemed almost every family in York had someone who "choccy bashed" or worked on the railway.

Terrys York
Geograph/Peter Church

Anyway back to the electric-lit present...

If you did work in York's chocolate industry then Jenni Shepherd from York's Chocolate Story wants to hear from you.

She's putting together an oral history project in conjunction with York Past and Present.

Here's Jenni to explain:

York HS3 rail stop 'opens up whole of Yorkshire': High speed east-west rail link discussed

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Decision makers in Yorkshire are expected to discuss plans later for a York stop on the proposed HS3 high speed trans-Pennine rail route.

A report looking at the economic impact of the so-called Northern Powerhouse Rail service has suggested a link in York will help serve the north and east of the region. 


Andy Caton, director of the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, has told me York is "an important hub for connecting the east to the west". 

In establishing better transport through Leeds to Manchester, it's logical you also have a start point at York which then opens up the whole of Yorkshire."

Andy CatonWest and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Minstermen should be in Football League - Oyebanjo

BBC Sport

New York City signing Lanre Oyebanjo might play some part in the Minstermen's final pre-season friendly on Saturday.

City's clubman of the year back in 2014 re-joined the Minstermen earlier this week after an injury-ravaged couple of seasons at Crawley. 

And once again he finds the club battling to get out of the National League and back into the Football League. 

He's told BBC Radio York: "This club should be in the League.

"There's a good set of fans and facilities and everything you need. Hopefully, we can perform on the pitch and get them where they need to be."

Jeremy Corbyn to hold rally in York city centre


Jeremy Corbyn is bringing his fight to keep his job as Labour leader to York.

He's due to hold a rally in St Helen's Square on Friday according to the York branch of Momentum, the campaign set up to promote grassroots support for the leader and his policies.

Jeremy Corbyn

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

Watch: 'This is just the start' - Village's own flood defence scheme officially opens

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

A community group in North Yorkshire which organised and paid for its own flood defences sees them officially opened today. 

It's taken people in Brompton, near Northallerton, more than three years to come up with the scheme and raise the money to build the so-called "leaky dams".

Sue Butler, from the Brompton Flood Prevention group, told me they've met with numerous obstacles along the way:

Permissions took months and months and we had to wait for the right time for the farmer to let us fix the leaky dams. Now everything is falling into place at last after three and a half years of hard work."

Sue ButlerBrompton Flood Prevention

Cold caller warning in Skipton

Older people in Skipton are being warned by police to be "on their guard" against cold callers offering to carry out work.

The warning comes after reports of men in a white van approaching householders in Carleton and who have so far carried out work on at least one property.

Police say: "Cold callers of this nature deliberately target older residents and prey on their trusting nature and vulnerability, overcharge for work and in some cases, don’t carry out the work at all."

Local residents are being asked to keep an eye out for their older neighbours and friends and to report any suspicious callers.

'It's embarrassing and we're sorry': Scarborough water park boss's apology for delay

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

"It's embarrassing and we're sorry": that's what the company behind North Yorkshire's new multi-million pound water park says about the delay to its planned opening today.

After 10 years in the making, the opening of the £14m Alpamare Scarborough water park has been put back until Saturday. 

Doctor Anton Hoefter

Doctor Anton Hoefter (pictured), chief executive of Alpamare, the company operating the park, says: "A pipe has broken which is only available in the USA and flying the part over has caused the delay."

It is embarrasing and we have to apologise to everyone who has been looking forward to this day today."

Doctor Anton HoefterChief Executive of Alpamare

Joust a minute, there's a lance in the stable!

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Last week, a petition calling for jousting to be made an Olympic sport was launched by English Heritage who say it's one of the world's oldest equestrian sports and requires similar levels of athleticism and artistry as other official Olympic sports.  

Only about 20 people in the UK joust competitively, and amazingly one of them lives in North Yorkshire.

Not only that but he's the Jousting World Champion and chairman and coach of the International Jousting Association.

Jousting bits

I've been to meet Alan Beattie at his home near Thirsk. I'll put a film up in a little while, but for now enjoy these pics of his stable where he keeps his jousting equipment.

Bottom left is my favourite: Exercise bike? Check. Fire? Check. Fan? Check...Lance and shield? Check!

Watch: High speed broadband to reach North Yorkshire 'by 2019'

BBC Radio York

High speed broadband will reach 95% of North Yorkshire by 2019, according to North Yorkshire County Council. 

The announcement comes as part of the third phase of the council's Superfast North Yorkshire scheme

But questions are being raised about delays in the rollout of the plans, and the coverage of only 95% of premises.

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny start, rain later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry start to the day with plenty of bright spells along with some sunshine across Yorkshire. 

But things will get cloudier as we head towards the end of the morning, with outbreaks of rain reaching us by lunchtime.

Watch my full forecast here:

Appeal over designer sunglasses smash-and-grab in Skipton

Police in Skipton are appealing for help after a shop window was broken and several pairs of designer sunglasses were stolen last week.

The burglary happened between 23:50 and 23:55 on Wednesday 29 July when the window of Vision Express on Sheep Street was smashed and "numerous" pairs of Rayban and Oakley sunglasses were taken, according to police.

Anyone with information about the theft is being asked to contact police.

Scarborough's £14m water park opening delayed

BBC News England

The opening of a £14m water park in Scarborough has been put back due to technical difficulties with water temperature, the company behind it has said.

Alpamare Scarborough had been due to open today in North Bay but will now not open until Saturday.

Water park

The company, also called Alpamare, said it had delayed the opening to ensure visitors got the "best experience".

The park had originally been due to open at Easter but that was cancelled due to construction delays.

Plans for the park were first proposed in 2005 but have faced several set-backs.

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

Traffic and Travel: Problem-free on the roads and rails so far

BBC Travel

There are no major delays on the roads across North Yorkshire so far this morning and things are running smoothly on the rails too.

In York, if you're intending to pass through the Holgate Road area, then be aware there are temporary traffic lights and water main work on the A59 at Hamilton Drive East.


And there are delays expected on the A63 Selby bypass, which is closed in both directions.

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


We'll keep you updated on the situation around the county throughout the day.

Weather: A dry start followed by heavy rain

BBC Weather

Things start off nicely across North Yorkshire with a dry start, but cloud will thicken quickly.

That'll bring heavy rain through the latter part of the morning and during the afternoon, before easing a little by late afternoon. 

Weather graphic

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.

There's lots of competition in the BBC Weather Watchers inbox this morning for the best shot of last night's red sky over North Yorkshire.


It was a close decision, but in the end, after a hurried meeting of all the judges (me), Nick Rainbow's Malton pic came out on top.

Remember you can get in touch with us and compete for meteorological glory too. Send your photos via TwitterFacebook or email.