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  1. Updates on Friday 5 August 2016

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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 Monday morning. 

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

  1. The Yorkshire MEP Timothy Kirkhope, honoured by David Cameron, says he thinks of himself as an 'old-fogey' rather than a crony
  2. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance made a special trip to Thirsk today to say thanks for a £50,000 donation and to meet 'Egg' Sheeran
  3. North Yorkshire Under-13s cricket champs have been showing the skills that won them a national trophy
  4. We learnt the difference, thanks to shepherds at the National Sheepdog Trials at Castle Howard, between "comebye" and "gidup"
  5. And secrets were spilled about the moneymaking ways of North Yorkshire Olympic hopeful Jack Laugher - as a child he charged to show off his somersaults!

Let's head off to a hopefully sunny weekend with this BBC Weather Watcher pic taken by Juni.

Scarborough coast

This was taken from the Cleveland Way at Gristhorpe looking towards Scarborough.

Let's hope the weekend is as beautiful!

BBC Weather Watchers: I must go down to the sea again!

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The BBC Weather Watchers have been doing sterling work sending in summery seaside pics.

Here's a few of Filey and Scarborough. They make me think of "tall ships and stars to steer them by" (apologies to the poet John Masefield for butchering his work).

BBC Weather Watcher's pictures

Thanks to Rocki 1, Loki's Keeper, Studi Oneil and Barry Robson for these.

Watch: Meet a sheepdog who's a proper Chap

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

I've been to meet meet Chap the sheepdog, he's in the English National Sheepdog Trials at Castle Howard.

Being a gentleman he let shepherdess Jackie Golder do the talking.

Listen: Scarborough swim coach in Rio to judge water quality

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The first Olympic Games to be held in South America officially gets under way tonight in Rio and someone who's jetting out there is Sam Greetham, the coach of Scarborough Swimming Club.

Sam has the rather important job of deciding whether the Olympic open-water swimming competition takes place. 

He told me the water quality in Rio has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons and says some swimmers are being told "not to put their faces in the water."

With a coastline with open sewers running into the sea, you don't have to be a genius to work out the quality of the water. The locals will tell you they don't even swim there.

Sam GreethamScarborough Swimming Club

Yorkshire Air Ambulance gives thanks for an 'eggcellent' effort

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is flying into a North Yorkshire egg farm today to thank them for their £50,000 donation.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

A penny on every box of eggs sold by James Potter near Thirsk has been given to the charity. It's taken them four years to get to the their total but Adrian Potter says it's a fantastic cause.

Everyone can benefit from the air ambulance and we're very lucky in Yorkshire to have such a fantastically run organisation. I'm really proud to be involved with them.

Adrian PotterJames Potter Eggs

And judging by this pic from James Potter's Twitter feed it looks like his hens are particularly talented, one of them apparently laid Egg Sheeran!

Egg Sheeren
James Potter Eggs

An eggcellent effort all round.

How affordable is it to live in North Yorkshire: Check out the rental hotspots

BBC News England

A BBC investigation has found people spend more than a third of their disposable income on rent across large parts of England.

Analysis shows the average rent of a one-bedroom property in almost half of all districts, boroughs and cities would cost more than 30% of the median take-home salary for the area.

Rental signs

In Selby for example, the median annual gross salary is £27,378, leaving £1,815 a month after tax and National Insurance contributions. Experts recommend spending no more than 30% of this on housing, which would be £545.

An average studio flat in the area costs £316 a month and a one-bedroom property costs about £387 a month, while a two-bedroom home is about £523.

You can click here to find out how affordable it is to live in your area.

North Yorkshire's Weather: Warm, dry and sunny today

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Quite a nice warm and bright day for everyone in North Yorkshire today.

Watch my full forecast here.

Sheepdog trials fit for a Queen - even a shy one

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

It's the English National Sheepdog Trials at Castle Howard today which means the best sheepdogs in the country are in North Yorkshire.

The winners will go on to represent England at the international trials later this year. 

This is shepherd Mike Northwood, from Northumberland, with his sheepdog Queen who, as you can see, is a little camera shy!

Queen the sheepdog

Clifford’s Tower reimagined: Pictures show scale of planned changes


These pictures show what Clifford’s Tower could look like after a massive makeover.

Radical plans to make York’s remaining castle more accessible and appealing went out to consultation in January.

New plans for York's Clifford's Tower

Now the formal planning application from owners English Heritage is with City of York Council and councillors must decide whether these major changes should go ahead.

Police appeal for witnesses after 71-year-old cyclist seriously injured on A64

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

Police say a 71-year-old cyclist who was hit by a car on the A64 at York yesterday is still in a critical condition in hospital. 

The collision happened at 14:40 on the eastbound slip road at the junction with the A1237 near Copmanthorpe and involved a blue Subaru Impreza and the cyclist.

A64 Copmanthorpe

The cyclist, who is from the York area, was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary.

North Yorkshire Police say anyone who was travelling along the A64 between Tadcaster and York and saw the blue Subaru or the cyclist prior to the collision, or anyone who witnessed the actual collision, should contact them.  

Final countdown as new Yorkshire Air Ambulance prepares for take off

Oli Constable

A new £6m air ambulance is set to take to the skies next month after charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance took delivery of the helicopter.

The state of the art chopper will serve five million people across Yorkshire providing life-saving help to more than 1,000 people a year.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

This is such an exciting time, not only for the Charity, but we hope for the people of Yorkshire too."

Peter SunderlandYorkshire Air Ambulance

Listen: I'm more an old-fogey than a crony

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

David Cameron has awarded honours to 46 of his former colleagues and created 13 new Conservative peers in his resignation honours, but he has faced accusations of cronyism as a result.

The Yorkshire MEP Timothy Kirkhope, who's based in Knaresborough, is one of those on the former Prime Minister's list. 

I asked him whether he considered himself a crony.

Yorkshire v Warwickshire live commentary

BBC Sport

It's the second day of Yorkshire's County Championship game against Warwickshire at Headingley.  

Travis Head top-scored for Yorkshire at Headingley on day one. Head made 54 as Yorkshire closed the day on 252 for 9 in their first innings. 

Getty Images

It's day two of four and you can follow live text and radio commentary here.

E-fit released following sneak-in burglary in Bishopthorpe

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Homeowners are being urged to be vigilant after a sneak-in burglar targeted the home of a woman in her 80s in Bishopthorpe, near York.  

North Yorkshire Police say it happened in Acaster Lane at about 16:15 on 21 July.

The victim was gardening when a man got into her property through the back door. He stole a purse containing bank cards and cash.

North Yorkshire Police

The suspect (pictured) is described as a white male around 40 years old and of slim build. He is 5ft 8ins tall with grey stubble and grey or brown crew cut hair. 

Police say he was wearing a green sweatshirt with large white rubbery faded writing on the front and black tracksuit bottoms.

Mammoth profit awaits woman who bought 14,000-year-old tusk at boot sale

Yorkshire Post

A collector is hoping to make a big profit after picking up a 14,000-year-old woolly mammoth tusk at a Yorkshire car boot sale. Carol Cavanagh paid £650 for the three-foot long fossil which weighs 15kg.

Carol Cavanagh with the three-foot long fossil
Yorkshire Post

Listen: Fifty pence for a back somersault, Olympian's school moneymaking scheme

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

It's finally here: 10,500 athletes, 207 nations and 42 sports, tonight the Rio Olympics gets under way with the opening ceremony kicking off just after 23:30 our time.

North Yorkshire diver Jack Laugher and rower Andrew Triggs Hodge are part of Team GB. 

I've been speaking to Helen Mackenzie, who taught Jack Laugher at Ripon Grammar school. Helen told me Jack "is lovely and grounded" but she says when he was younger he was a cheeky chap who charged people to see his skills.

Click the box above to hear Helen reveal Jack's young eye for the pennies.

Sheepdogs in North Yorkshire to 'gidup' and 'comebye' at Castle Howard

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The best Sheepdogs in the country are in North Yorkshire today - it's the English National Sheepdog Trials at Castle Howard.

The winners will go on to represent England at the international trials later this year. 

AFP/Getty images

John Atkinson from Escrick is one of those competing with his dog and says there's a whole list of commands to learn.  

You have a command to send the dog to the right, 'away', one to the left, 'come bye', to stop the dog you say 'stand' and saying 'walk up' or 'gidup' tells them to bring the sheep to you.

Watch: York Cricket Club's Under-13s team crowned North of England champions

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

The test match between England and Pakistan continues at Edgbaston today and it's also the second day of Yorkshire's County Championship game against Warwickshire at Headingley.

But forget all of that because North Yorkshire now has the cricketing stars of tomorrow.

York Cricket Club's Under-13s team have just been crowned North of England champions and I've been to see them show off the skills that brought them the trophy.  

From North Yorkshire to Rio

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The countdown has begun! 

It's been four years in planning, will feature 207 teams and seats cost up to £1,000 - tonight's opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games should get us all in the mood to cheer on our medal hopefuls from North Yorkshire.


Leading the charge are Ripon diver Jack Laugher and rowers Andrew Triggs-Hodge from Hebden and former City of York club member Tom Ransley. 

After winning bronze in the men's eight four years ago, Ransley says he's aiming higher this time.

Tom Ransley

You have to put a lot of things on hold in life and make some sacrifices. You don't want to underperform, you want to try to deliver your best."

Tom RansleyFormer City of York Rowing Club member

Your headlines this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York this morning include:   

  • At the Rio Olympics there are hopes of medals coming back to North Yorkshire. Ripon diver Jack Laugher and rowers Andrew Triggs-Hodge from Hebden and former City of York club member Tom Ransley all have realistic chances
  • People living in and around 40 homes in Bridlington will be asked to leave them again this morning, over reports of illegal chemicals being stored inside a house  
  • The best sheepdogs in the country are in North Yorkshire for the English National Sheepdog Trials at Castle Howard

Weather: A sunny start with showers later

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and bright start to the day across North Yorkshire, with spells of warm sunshine. 

Although it should stay mostly dry, some cloud will build during the day and this could bring one or two showers.  

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: A good start to the day on the roads and rails

BBC Travel

A good start so far this morning on North Yorkshire's roads with nothing much to report.

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.

Selby A63

And 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

If you're leaving the house to get a train from York Railway Station, the departure board at the moment reports there are no delays so far.  

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.

Let's start with a cracking BBC Weather Watcher pic. Studi Oneil took this serene shot of Scarborough.

Cayton Bay

If you look closely you can see that it's sunny and warm at Cayton Bay, but raining out at sea.  

You can send in your pics, serene, sunny, wet or windy via TwitterFacebook or email.