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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 07:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 3 August 2016

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By Andrew Barton

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Five things we've learnt today

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

That's all from me for today, I'll be back at 07:00 on Tuesday with all the latest news, views, sport, weather and travel from across York and North Yorkshire.

Before I go, though, here's a look back at five things we didn't know earlier today which we do now:

I'll leave you with these shots from the Thornton le Dale Show where 15,000 visitors are expected today.

Thornton-le-Dale Show

Family fun and a bracing breeze in Scarborough

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live, Scarborough

The sun's still shining in Scarborough this afternoon - but it's also a bit windy. 

After having said that, it wouldn't be the true Yorkshire coast experience without a bracing breeze to contend with.

Despite that, Phoebe, 6, from Sheffield and her grandma, Judith, from Huddersfield, are having a great holiday here.

Judith tells me: "Scarborough is family-friendly and fun. It has everything: brilliant beaches and activities."

Judith and phoebe

Harrogate's Swain heads for Spennymoor

BBC Sport

Harrogate Town left back Louie Swain has signed for Spennymoor Town. 

The 21-year-old has decided to join the club to try and secure more regular first team football, despite being offered terms by Harrogate.

In a statement on the club's website, Town manager Simon Weaver says: "I'd like to wish the lad all the best at his new club.

Louie is a player I've always had a lot of time for, and I'm sure he'll do really well for Spennymoor."

Summer in York 2016: Eighty seven things to do in the holidays


Summer's here – and the living is easy…

Chocolate Story

Well, we’ve tried to make it at least a little easier with our one-page guide to all that’s going on around York for the six-week summer holidays. 

'Accepting abuse can never be right': Ambulance workers' union on crew attacks

BBC Radio York

The union that represents ambulance staff in North Yorkshire says people who attack crews should face tougher penalties.

It comes as BBC Radio York reveals there've been more than 50 attacks on paramedics, drivers and technicians in North Yorkshire in the past three years. 


Concussion, bites and being run over by a car are just some of the incidents that have taken place, but it's feared some attacks are going unreported.

Ray Gray, from Unison, the union which represents many ambulance and NHS staff in North Yorkshire, says staff need to be encouraged to report every incident.

There are still people in the ambulance service who accept it's part of the job and that can never be right. Any incident should be reported and if it's serious the service should prosecute those who caused it."

Ray GrayUnison

North Yorkshire's weather: Bright but breezy and risk of showers

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We'll continue to see bright and breezy conditions throughout the afternoon with prolonged spells of sunshine but are also at risk of one or two isolated showers.

Turning breezier with strong westerly winds but feeling warm in the sun with highs of about 21C (70F). 

Weather graphic

Sunshine slows Scarborough's shellfish trade

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live, Scarborough

In Scarborough, local resident Jade Binnie is at her shellfish stall waiting for the customers.

Business has been slower than normal today, she tells me - and it's all because of the nice weather.

This being Yorkshire, today's the first bit of decent sunshine we've seen for a while.

Shellfish stall
Jade Binnie

Owl be seeing you at the Thornton le Dale show

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

It's been an anxious 48 hours for the organisers of the Thornton le Dale show who have kept an eye on the weather forecast, as 15,000 visitors are expected to attend today.

However, as you can see, so far the rain's held off and the sun is shining.

Joanita with owls

This is the 97th Thornton le Dale show and organisers are already planning for their centenary in 2019.    

I snuck in before the gates opened at 09:00 and managed to lure a couple of beautiful owls from the falconry display to perch for a photo.

The little owl on the left is in fact a Little Owl called Percy and Lizzie, the bigger owl, is from Africa and is a Verreaux's Eagle Owl.

Your stories this lunchtime

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

  • The leader of North Yorkshire County Council has praised local communities for welcoming the first Syrian refugees to be resettled
  • The union representing ambulance staff in North Yorkshire says people who attack crews should face tougher penalties
  • People are getting the chance to have their say on where thousands of new homes planned for York and the surrounding areas should be built

Scarborough 'better than Dubai'

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live, Scarborough

I'm in Scarborough and I've Just met a lovely lady called Shahla - on holiday from Dubai!

She says it's "amazing" here and the weather is a "relief" from Dubai because you can breathe.

Shahla from dubai

The nature and views are another draw, she tells me: "It's so green with lovely views. Dubai has sandy beaches, yes, but also tower blocks. We don't have this kind of nature."

And she's the third person to tell me that she likes it here because of the buildings and architecture.

Plumpton Rocks re-opens after restoration work

Harrogate Informer

Plumpton Rocks near Harrogate, the renowned Grade 2* listed garden which is considered to be one of the finest 18th century landscapes in the north of England, has just completed a major restoration programme.

Plumpton Rocks
Harrogate Informer

The gardens, described by Queen Mary as "Heaven on Earth", are also making a starring role as Wild Cat Island in the BBC's new feature-length film adaptation of Swallows and Amazons which will be released next month.  

Have your say on changes to York's 15th century Guildhall

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News, Yorkshire

People are being asked for their views on the latest designs for a £12m redevelopment of York's Guildhall which have gone on show today. 

The council moved its offices out of the complex in 2013, although full council meetings are still held there.

York's Guildhall
City of York Council

The building alongside the River Ouse was originally built in the 15th century, but had to be extensively rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire in an air raid on the city in 1942.  

It's now set to become a "state-of-the-art venue for business,"  which will include offices, a cafe and a restaurant. 

The Grade I and Grade II* listed building, could suffer "permanent and irrevocable" damage if left unchecked, according to a council report. 

York's Guildhall
City of York Council

The council will need to borrow £10m for the scheme, but has said it could generate 120 new jobs.

At today's event, residents can also meet the project manager who will be on hand to provide more information about the scheme and answer any questions.

Traffic and travel: Delays on York Outer Ring Road and York Bypass

BBC Travel

A couple of travel updates for you from North Yorkshire:

Drivers are being warned of heavy traffic on A1237 York Outer Ring Road eastbound between the A19 Shipton Road junction in Rawcliffe and the Monks Cross Link junction in Huntington.  

And there's currently queuing traffic on the A64 York Bypass northbound between Grimston Bar Interchange in York and the Towthorpe Moor Lane junction in Stockton on the Forest.

Filey flowers as bloomin' judges arrive

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Britain in Bloom judges are in Filey today with the town hoping to pick up an award this year. 

A total of 72 towns and villages across the UK have entered the competition.

StayInFiley and Sandra B

The judges are also due in Harrogate later this month and the two North Yorkshire towns will find out how they've fared in October when the results will be announced.  

Surf's up in Scarborough

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live, Scarborough

Scarborough's not just about the usual seaside staples of candy floss, donkeys, fish and chips and kiss-me-quick hats.

It might come as a surprise but it's a bit of a surfer's paradise - and they're out there right now:

Surfers, Scarborough

Not sure how warm the water will be today, even though the sun is shining...

Ambulance workers assaulted whilst on duty 'deserve respect'

BBC Radio York

More now on fears ambulance workers in North Yorkshire are not reporting being attacked while on duty.

BBC Radio York has been given details of more than 50 attacks on ambulance staff over the last three years in North Yorkshire. 

Ambulances in a row

The incidents include punching, biting, kicking and even being run over by a car.

Mark Inman is the head of emergency operations for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service in North Yorkshire and he says respect should be shown to ambulance crews.

We do our absolute best to provide care in some very difficult circumstances in North Yorkshire and we need mutual respect between the people who provide the care and those who receive it."

Mark InmanYorkshire Ambulance Service

Panoramic postcard view of Scarborough

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live, Scarborough

This is my panoramic view of Scarborough this morning, from Oliver's Mount, looking north to south.

As an example of the real English seaside, it surely can't be beaten?

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Watch: York and North Yorkshire from a dog's viewpoint

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

I apologise in advance for the inclusion of any "paw" puns in the following story - that said, here we go.

The organisation which promotes York and  North Yorkshire as a tourist destination has turned to pooch power to give its advertising a new "leash" of life.

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Visit York is bringing out a series of short films starring Yorkie, a Yorkshire Terrier who we follow as he embarks on his walkies.

The trailer for the series of canine perspectives of the historic city and the county's most iconic sights was released at midnight.

We've got a canine-cam which watches Yorkie, at dog's eye level, as he walks through York."

Kay HydeVisit York

Wish you were here: Sunshine and blue skies in Scarborough

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live, Scarborough

Hello from sunny Scarborough on the north east coast of England - the country's first seaside resort.

I'm joining reporters from across the country to bring you a taster of seaside life in summer 2016.

Right now, I'm on top of Oliver's Mount - the highest point in Scarborough. This is what I can see:

Scarborough (South Bay)

From here, you can see as far as Ravenscar and Robin Hood's Bay in the north, southwards towards the Sea Life Centre (the white pyramids) at the North Bay, and round to the headland with Scarborough Castle and on to South Bay.

Watch: Diving for gold together

Tanya Arnold

BBC Sport

The Olympic Games are just two days away and Yorkshire's top athletes will be competing for medal places in Rio. 

Ripon's Jack Laugher and team-mate Chris Mears are two serious contenders in the synchronised diving competition. 

As I've been finding out, they're best mates who live, work and train together:

New housing plan for York: 'An attempt to protect its historic character'

BBC Radio York

People living in York are being invited to have their say on where thousands of new homes in the city will be built. 

The first of a series of drop-in sessions is taking place today at the council's main offices. 

Hungate building site in York

The new Local Plan is half the size of the last one, which was rejected. The council's now aiming to build about 500 homes a year instead of 1,000. 

Deputy Leader and Liberal Democrat councillor Keith Aspden says that so far people have welcomed that reduction.

Once you've taken out greenbelt sites and safeguarded land, a lot of communities recognise it's an attempt to grow York but protect its historic character."

Keith AspdenLiberal Democrat councillor

Can you identify these road signs correctly? One third of drivers couldn't

Yorkshire Post

New research on drivers has apparently revealed that more than a third of motorists are unable to identify most road signs correctly.

A survey of drivers, taken 20 years after they first passed, revealed that many could not place what the majority of road signs really mean.

Rd signs
Yorkshire Post

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and showers ahead

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy start to the day with breaks in the cloud developing throughout the morning.

We should see some good, prolonged spells of sunshine today but are also at risk of some isolated showers. Some of these showers do have the potential to turn quite heavy.

Watch my full forecast here:

Why do people holiday in Scarborough?

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

The Englishperson's lack of interest in the national seaside is so dire calls have been made for a special "tsar" to be appointed to deal with our apathy

But no matter how the issue is tackled, are we really going to flock to the grey, windswept expanses of gritty sand to frolic in icy brown ankle-deep water?


Perhaps a leaf can be taken from Scarborough's book - it's one of the few domestic beach resorts bucking the national trend and actually attracting holidaymakers and day trippers.

I've been to the east coast to find out about Scarborough's enduring appeal.

Punched, bitten and kicked: Fifty attacks on North Yorkshire ambulance crews in last three years

BBC Radio York

It's feared attacks on ambulance workers in North Yorkshire are going unreported. 

Unions say they fear crews are not speaking out when they've been assaulted on duty.

There have been more than 50 attacks on paramedics, drivers and technicians in the county in the past three years, according to figures seen by BBC Radio York.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

The incidents include punching, biting, kicking and even being run over by a car.  

Bex, from North Yorkshire, has told us she's still taking medication after being attacked in her ambulance 18 months ago:

I've been through a range of emotions, pain and upset that someone has done this. It really does have a detrimental effect emotionally and physically."

BexNorth Yorkshire Ambulance crew member

Twenty one photos of York which show city in new light


If there is a more photogenic city than York, we've yet to snap it, but if you want to take great photos of the old place where do you start and how do you ensure your pics show a different side to the city?

Yorkshire rose

Your headlines this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York this morning include:  

  • BBC Radio York has been given details of more than 50 attacks on staff over the last three years, including punching, biting, kicking and even being run over by a car
  • Fears have been raised in the Yorkshire Dales that NHS reforms could leave patients facing journeys of up to two hours to receive emergency care
  • People in York will have the chance to find out more about plans to build thousands of new houses in and around the city

Weather: Bright and sunny morning, turning cloudy and windy

BBC Weather

It'll be brightest during the morning across North Yorkshire with some sunny spells. 

It'll become cloudier and windier as the day progresses, with showers merging to give some longer spells of rain later.  

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: A good start to the day in North Yorkshire

BBC Travel

So far so good on North Yorkshire's roads this morning.

If you're in the A1079 Hull Road area of York later you'll need to allow a little more time to reach your destination, due to a diversion in place at its junction with Melrosegate, where major gas works are taking place.

Hull rd York

In the Selby area, work to resurface the A63 Selby bypass continues. The road's closed in both directions, between the Wishing Well roundabout and the Thorpe Willoughby roundabout.


Good news if you're leaving the house to get a train from York Railway Station: the departure board shows no delays at present.

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.

The weather's expected to be a little more like summer today, so we'll start with a picture from a BBC Weather Watcher.


Clive Mitchell seems to have gone out to sea to take this - that's commitment! 

You can send in your pics too, but don't feel wading or boats are an essential part of the photography process.

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