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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates on Tuesday 9 August 2016
  3. Virgin East Coast rail staff vote to strike
  4. Sinkhole closes York's Gillygate for rest of week
  5. Renovation work starts on flood-hit Jorvik museum
  6. Warning over long transgender clinic waiting times in Yorkshire

Live Reporting

By Jim Addyman

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Thanks for being with us today. We'll be back at 07:00 on Wednesday morning.

In the meantime here are five things we learnt about North Yorkshire today...  

1. Transgender people in North Yorkshire are waiting an average of 18 months before getting a first appointment, instead of 18 weeks.

2. Ripon is the place to head to for competitive croquet.

3 ...And it's also home of the stars at the moment as a new BBC historical drama is being filmed at Thornton Watlass Hall.

4. From small holes...grow large traffic headaches. Buses in York are re-routed as a collapsed sewer shuts Gillygate for the week.

5. Always check the small details: A Thirsk greengrocer was quite pleased with a £2.50 win on a scratch card - he was even more pleased when he realised he'd actually won £250,000.

I'll leave you now with this great pic of Holgate Windmill in York, sent to us by BBC Weather Watcher June Gothika.

Holgate Windmill
BBC

North Yorkshire rowers go for gold at Rio

BBC Sport

North Yorkshire will have three rowers in the finals at the Rio Olympics after both the men's eights and women's eights won their heats yesterday.

GB rowers
Reuters

The men's eights include Andy Hodge from Hebden near Grassington, and Tom Ransley, whose rowing career started at York Rowing Club, while the women's eights include Zoe Lee from Richmond. 

Hodge says there's more to come from his crew: "We've been working really hard these last few months. We've got a lot to turn around from where we left the World Cup Series.

"We finished off with a good race, but we're all confident we have something more."

Listen: Behind the scenes of the Moonstone mystery

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

If you live in the Ripon area, you may have seen a TV crew filming a major new BBC TV adaptation of the Wilkie Collins book The Moonstone.

I've been down to one of the locations, Thornton Watlass Hall, to find out what it really takes to make a period drama.

While I was there, I managed to grab some time with production designer, Richard Drew, to see how he recreates Victorian England for the screen:

The Moonstone stars John Thomson (Cold Feet, The Fast Show) and Sarah Hadland (Miranda, The Job Lot) and is being made by King Bert Productions, a production company set up by Miranda Hart and David Walliams.

The story is generally considered to be the first detective novel in the English language and was originally serialised in Charles Dickens' magazine, All The Year Round.

HS3 vs HS2: Which is more beneficial?

BBC News England

An influential think tank has said that a high-speed rail link between major northern cities should take priority over the HS2 line between London and the Midlands.

Artist's impression of HS2 train
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The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) said HS3, between Leeds and Manchester, would cut journey times and help drive economic growth in the north.

Another earlier report has called for HS3 to build links to Bradford and York.

Greengrocer thought he’d won £2.50 on lottery, not £250,000

Yorkshire Post

A retired greengrocer from Thirsk has won a £250,000 top prize on a lottery scratch card

Betraying a hint of the type of misplaced punctuation for which greengrocers are renowned, Mike Skipsey, 80, said he initially thought the figure was wrong.

Lottery scratch cards
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Alcohol: Is there a safe level of consumption?

BBC News Health

There's a warning for people in our region not to drink to excess despite a new survey suggesting we think that alcohol guidelines need to be relaxed. 

A survey carried out on behalf of the Campaign for Real Ale shows 61% of GPs feel moderate alcohol consumption can form part of a healthy lifestyle. 

The government's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has stated previously there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

Doctor Richard Vautrey, a Yorkshire GP and deputy chair of the British Medical Association, warns us that we do need to be aware of the dangers: 

North Yorkshire's weather: Heavy showers but sunny intervals

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see a few rather heavy showers across Yorkshire this afternoon.

Bright and sunny intervals will continue between these showers, and feeling pleasant enough in the sunshine. 

Light to moderate westerly winds, and highs today of about 18C (64F).  

Weather graphic
BBC

Your headlines this lunchtime

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Virgin East Coast strike vote

More on the news that Virgin East Coast rail workers who are members of the RMT union have voted to go on strike in a row over job cuts, working conditions and safety.

Virgin train
PA

The two sides are in dispute over staffing changes, which the company says would have no impact on safety and no compulsory job losses. 

RMT general secretary Mick Cash says: "RMT will not sit back while nearly 200 members' jobs are under threat and also conditions and safety are put at risk by a franchise which is clearly in financial trouble."

David Horne, managing director for Virgin Trains East Coast, says if a strike does go ahead, services won't be affected. 

We have worked hard to ensure there are comprehensive contingency plans in place. I want to reassure our customers that the timetable will be unaffected, should any strike go ahead."

David HorneManaging director, Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin East Coast staff to strike

Virgin East Coast rail workers have voted to go out on strike in a dispute over job cuts, working conditions and safety, the RMT union has said.

Virgin East Coast train
PA

In the ballot, 84% backed walkouts, with nine out of 10 supporting other forms of industrial action.

The two sides are in dispute over staffing changes, which the company says would have no impact on safety and no compulsory job losses. 

The RMT says a package of cuts was being "bulldozed through" by Virgin East Coast.

City's play facilities in spotlight

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

Young people in York are being asked how they would like to see play facilities in the city improved in a new consultation by City of York Council

The council has £300,000 to spend on parks such as Rowntree Park (pictured), and a special taskforce will meet for the first time tonight to discuss how to use the cash.

Rowntree Park
Peter Church/Geograph

By understanding what young people really want, we'll be able to use this funding to provide what matters to them."

Cllr Keith AspdenDeputy leader, City of York Council

Gillygate hole: Road will stay closed for rest of week

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

We've been telling you about the hole in Gillygate which suddenly appeared yesterday morning.

Here's a shot of it today:

Gillygate hole
BBC

It turns out it was caused by a collapsed sewer - and thanks to that the road's going to be closed for the rest of the week as repair work's carried out.

A reminder that if you're a bus user and heading for the hospital, a special free shuttle bus service is being put on while other bus services are being re-routed.

Traffic and travel: North Yorkshire's current hotspots

BBC Travel

There are a couple of problems on North Yorkshire's roads at the moment:

It's being reported that there are currently people on the road on the A1(M) southbound between J51, A1 (Leeming Bar) and J50, A61 (Baldersby). Approach with care.

And there's very slow traffic on the A64 coastbound in Scarborough between the B1261 junction and the B1427 Queen Margaret's Road junction.

Hoop dreams: Top croquet contest under way in Ripon

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

For the 22nd year running, the prestigious Yorkshire International Open Croquet Tournament is under way in Ripon.

Three days of competitive action starts today, with strong local representation through homegrown Ripon members Maggie Cowman and Christine Wood. 

The tournament is organised by The Croquet Association and the current champion is Amr El-Ibieri from Egypt.

I've been along to the Ripon Spa Hotel today for a few tips:

String of distraction burglaries sparks police appeal

Cash and jewellery has been stolen in a series of distraction burglaries from elderly residents in North Yorkshire.

The burglaries took place between 1 and 3 August in Filey, Scagglethorpe, Malton, Boroughbridge, Scarborough, Great Ayton and Whitby.

The technique used by the thieves is to knock on the door of elderly residents, telling them their ball has been kicked into the victim's back garden. 

When the home owner takes one of the men to get the ball, the other man searches the house and steals property.

Anyone who's seen anything suspicious in the affected locations, or who has any information, is being urged to contact North Yorkshire Police

Renovation work starts on flood-hit Jorvik museum

Work has started on rebuilding the Jorvik Viking Centre in York which was badly damaged by floods in December. 

The basement, which featured a reconstruction of Viking York, has been stripped out and dried. Luckily some original 9th century items, including a sock, bowls and tools were rescued.

Jorvik Centre
Jorvik

In February, the popular tourist attraction launched a campaign to raise £2m to help it re-open.

The York Archaeological Trust plans to open the revamped museum, which attracts 400,000 visitors a year, in February 2017.

North Yorkshire in pictures: Knaresborough at night caught on camera

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Thanks to Paul Cresswell for sending in this fantastic picture of Knaresborough at night.

Knaresborough
Paul Cresswell

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of North Yorkshire. 

Why not email or tweet your photographs to us?

Your headlines this morning

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom so far this morning include:

Bryan Adams does it for all of us in Scarborough

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams kept his North Yorkshire fans happy last night with a sell-out gig at Scarborough's Open Air Theatre.

Bryan Adams
Cuffe & Taylor

His set list featured many of his most well-known hits including Run To You, Summer of '69, Heaven, You Belong To Me, 18 Til I Die, Everything I Do (I Do It For You) and Can’t Stop This Thing We Started.

Your sport headlines this morning

BBC Sport

Nile Wilson
BBC

The top sport stories from our York newsroom so far this morning include:

  • North Yorkshire will have rowers in the Olympic finals after wins in both the men's and women's 8's heats yesterday, including Andrew Triggs Hodge and Zoe Lee
  • Yorkshire's Nile Wilson (pictured) missed out on a medal in the gymnastics team competition as GB finished fourth
  • There's football action tonight with home games for both York City and Harrogate Town, with York hosting Macclesfield while Boston United are visitors to the CNG stadium

North Yorkshire's weather: A sunny morning

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright start to the day across Yorkshire, and we'll enjoy plenty of sunny spells this morning.

Feeling rather chilly first thing, and we will see a little more in the way of cloud as we head towards the end of the morning. 

Watch my full forecast here: 

Traffic and travel: Delays on North Yorkshire's roads

BBC Travel

There are a couple of traffic hotspots in North Yorkshire:

There's queuing traffic on the A19 northbound between the A61 junction in South Kilvington and the A684 junction in Ellerbeck because of an accident. 

And there's also queuing traffic on the A170 Westgate in both directions in Pickering between the Potter Hill junction and the Eastfield Road junction in the roadworks area. 

York sinkhole: Gillygate closed for the week

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

I brought you details yesterday of the sinkhole that appeared in Gillygate in the centre of York. It emerged later that the hole is due to a collapsed sewer.

The knock-on effect is that one of the busiest roads into the city centre will be fully closed for the rest of this week.  

If you're a bus user and heading for the hospital, a special free shuttle bus service is being put on while other bus services are being re-routed.

Mark Bichtemann, from the First York bus company, has told BBC Radio York more about the temporary changes:

Watch: Warning over long transgender clinic waiting times

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

A national charity which helps transgender people says waiting years for a first appointment in Yorkshire means lives will be lost. 

The Gires charity, which sponsors research and education on gender identity, says it wants to see the introduction of a project to provide mentors for people across Yorkshire who are on long waiting lists. 

The NHS says people with gender dysphoria should be seen within 18 weeks, but the nearest gender identity clinic for people in North Yorkshire is in Leeds and currently the average wait is 18 months.

Jackie, from York, has told BBC Look North about her experience:

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells but threat of showers

BBC Weather

A dry start, with sunny spells but with some showers developing through late morning and into the afternoon and bright or sunny spells in-between. 

Light to moderate winds, a little fresher towards Scarborough and the coast, with a top temperature of about 18C (64F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Your headlines this morning

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The top stories this morning from the York newsroom include:

Traffic and travel: What to look out for in North Yorkshire

BBC Travel

According to the departures board at York Railway Station, trains are currently running on time.

Meanwhile on the roads, work goes on at the A63 Selby Bypass and the bridge in Tadcaster (A659). 

The sinkhole in Gillygate in the centre of York (pictured), due to a collapsed sewer, is also having knock-on effects on traffic flow and bus services.

Sinkhole in Gillygate
BBC

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jim Addyman

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. 

We'll be finding out why transgender people in North Yorkshire are currently having to wait 18 months for an appointment at the regional gender identity clinic in Leeds.

We'd also love to see your pics like this picture of the river at Aysgarth sent in to us by Dave L.

You can get in touch and send your photos via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Aysgarth
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