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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 11 August 2016
  3. Jack Laugher and Chris Mears win historic diving gold
  4. Knifepoint robbers 'thanked victim before fleeing'
  5. Protected bird of prey shot and killed in Richmondshire
  6. £34m Bedale Bypass opened by Roads Minister

Live Reporting

By Jim Addyman

All times stated are UK

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North Yorkshire's weather: a dry day

BBC Weather

It will be a dry day with some good sunny spells, especially through the afternoon. The brisk westerly breeze will take the edge off the temperature though.

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Five things we've learnt today in North Yorkshire

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

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

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

1. Ripon's Jack Laugher won Olympic Gold in the Men's Sychronised 3m Springboard Final. It's Great Britain's first ever diving gold medal.

2. Yorkshire has the highest rate of unemployment in the country in black and ethnic minority communities. A total of 32,000 people from BME backgrounds are out of a job In the county.

3. Bedale's traffic problems should ease following today's opening of the new £34.5m bypass on the A684.

4. Beau, a singer-songwriter from Green Hammerton, will get the chance to wow the crowds on the BBC Introducing Stage at both Reading and Leeds Festivals.

5. Plumpton Rocks, the beauty spot between Harrogate and Knaresborough, is open once again to the public following a £700,000 renovation.

And there is, of course, only one image we could leave you with today: Jack Laugher with Chris Mears and those prized Olympic gold medals.

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears
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'Be vigilant' warning after knifepoint robbery

Police are warning people to "be vigilant" when using cash machines in York city centre after a 59-year-old man who'd just used a machine in Goodramgate was robbed at knifepoint.

The robbers, both with foreign accents, thanked their victim before fleeing following the incident at about 18:10 on Wednesday.

Det Con Robert Brook says: "This robbery happened in broad daylight, in a busy street in York and there will have been a lot of people around at the time. 

"It’s possible that people saw the men, but due to their “friendly” approach, and the speed with which the incident happened, passers-by may not have been aware of what was happening.

"I urge anyone using cash machines to be vigilant, be aware of who is standing around or watching you as you use the machine."

Beau peeps into a rosy future

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

There's good news for North Yorkshire singer-songwriter, Beau, who has been announced as part of the line-up on the BBC Introducing stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals

It's a huge deal for the singer from Green Hammerton, who's had a meteoric rise since his music was first played played on BBC Introducing with Jericho Keys, on BBC Radio York.

I spoke to Beau this morning and got his reaction to the news:

North Yorkshire's weather: A drier afternoon with bright spells

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After what was a cloudy damp morning, this afternoon will finally see drier conditions.

Some brighter spells gradually developing away. 

A freshening breeze and a maximum temperature of about 19C (66F). 

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Diving duo's Rio gold 'such an amazing achievement'

Ripon diver Jack Laugher and partner Chris Mears, who've made history as Great Britain's first ever Olympics diving gold medal winners, are both "genuine guys" according to a friend and team-mate.

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears dive
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Matty Lee, who narrowly missed out on qualification for Rio himself for the 10m individual, said he had to stifle his excitement over the duo's victory as he watched the action with his girlfriend's family.

Speaking at the pool in Leeds where they all train, he said: "I just wanted to cry with excitement because it's such an amazing achievement that the boys have got and I know them so well."

Your headlines this lunchtime

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Knifepoint robbers 'thanked victim before fleeing'

Two men who threatened a 59-year-old man at knifepoint and robbed cash from him in the centre of York thanked their victim before fleeing, police have revealed.

The victim had just used a cash machine on Goodramgate at about 18:10 yesterday when he was accosted by the two men, one with a knife, who both spoke with foreign accents.

Fearing for his safety, he handed over the money and the suspects then thanked him before leaving the area.

The first suspect is described as 5ft 11ins, of stocky but toned build and aged between 26 to 30 years old. He was unshaven with black hair, brown eyes, olive skin and wearing a tight gym top, black jogging trousers and trainers.

The second suspect, who was holding the knife, is of similar height with an olive complexion. He's smaller than the first man but still toned, aged between 24 to 26 and dressed in a similar manner to the first suspect.

Watch out, Bedale's about: New £34.5m bypass opens in North Yorkshire

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

A brand new £34.5m bypass on the A684 in North Yorkshire has been officially opened by the Roads Minister, Andrew Jones.

It's hoped it'll reduce traffic through Bedale, Leeming Bar and Aiskew on what's a key route in and out of the Yorkshire Dales as well as providing a boost to the local economy.

The three-mile long bypass is expected to improve the flow of traffic by taking something like half the 14,500 vehicles which travel on the A684 every day:

You can watch three entertaining time-lapse films of the bypass construction on the North Yorkshire County Council website.

Laugher strikes gold: What a difference four years makes

BBC Sport

Ripon diver Jack Laugher made history last night alongside Chris Mears when the pair became Great Britain's first ever Olympics diving gold medal winners

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears
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Laugher, who's from Ripon and who trains in Leeds, was competing in his second Olympics after a miserable experience at the 2012 Games in London.

Then 17, he was the youngest person in the 3m individual springboard event and struggled for his best form at the Aquatics Centre, culminating in terrible final dive, which he mistimed to land feet first.

"I feel like I had a point to prove here. That's why I was so emotional at the end. It was a reflection of how hard we have worked since London.

"This is the big one. To do it alongside my best friend it is beyond worth it. It is my absolute dream."

Protected bird of prey shot and killed in Richmondshire

A bird of prey has been found illegally shot and killed in North Yorkshire.

The common buzzard, a protected species, was found by a member of the public near Manfield in Richmondshire and was later recovered by the RSPB.

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The bird, similar to the one pictured, was taken to a vet in Leeds where an x-ray showed 10 fragments inside the bird which indicated it had been shot.

PC Rob Davies, of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, says: "Buzzards are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, making it a criminal offence to kill or injure them. 

"The extent to which raptors are persecuted is completely unacceptable, so I am urging anyone with any information about this incident to get in touch with me without delay."

'This isn't even our best' - Ripon's Jack Laugher on Olympic gold

Ripon's Jack Laugher and diving partner Chris Mears have become Britain's first Olympic diving champions.

Laugher, 21, and Mears, 23, broke down in tears inside the open-air Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre when their victory was confirmed.

Later, Laugher told the BBC the pair are "lucky, happy - it's ridiculous". 

Rare sheep killed in dog attack near Scarborough

A rare Soay ewe and her three lambs have died after being attacked by a dog in Scalby, near Scaborough.

The attack happened on Saturday 6 August. The lambs were just three months old and the owners of the sheep are said by police to be "devastated".

As a result, dog owners are being reminded by police to ensure their pets are kept under control at all times.

PC Helen Hardie says: "I'm urging dog owners to keep their pets on a lead, particularly in rural areas around livestock.

"Even the most mild-mannered dog can see sheep, especially lambs, as something to chase and kill. 

Officers have spoken to the owner of the dog believed to be involved.

Rio gold 'beyond worth it' - Jack Laugher

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Ripon's Jack Laugher, who's struck Olympic Gold with diving partner Chris Mears, says the medal win is "beyond worth it".

Jack Laugher
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The pair produced a fantastic display to add the Olympic title to their Commonwealth and European crowns, scoring a total of 454.32 to end China's hopes of a clean sweep of diving golds at Rio.

Jack's told the BBC it marks the pinnacle of his career: "This is the big one. To do it today is the dream.

"To do it alongside my best friend, from London to now in four years with an unbelievable amount of hard work and setbacks as well, and things I've had to give up, to get this is beyond worth it."

North Yorkshire's 'heaven on Earth' rocks a new look

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Described by Queen Mary as "heaven on Earth", Plumpton Rocks is 30 acres of lake and gardens between Knaresborough and Harrogate.

The Grade II listed man-made lake and surrounding pleasure gardens is set against a backdrop of towering rocks.

The popular tourist attraction was formed in the 1760s by creating a lake at the foot of an extensive range of weathered and contorted gritstone outcrops. 

It's also just had a major restoration costing £700,000 and I've been along for a sneak preview:

Laugher strikes gold: 'It's been a very long road' - Diver's dad

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Olympic success hasn't just happened to Jack Laugher overnight. He and his family have sacrificed an awful lot to put himself in a position to win an Olympic gold medal.

Dad Dave Laugher has explained to me what life was like for Jack growing up:

One of Jack's former diving coaches at Harrogate is Sophie Howard. She told me on the BBC Radio York Breakfast Show about spotting the potential in Jack and partner Chris Mears:

Your headlines this morning

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from the York newsroom this morning include:

  • North Yorkshire diver Jack Laugher has thanked everyone who has supported him and his partner Chris Mears after they won Olympic gold in Rio last night
  • The Bedale Bypass is due to open later this morning. It's been built at a cost of £34m and is aimed at reducing traffic through Bedale, Leeming Bar and Aiskew
  • Yorkshire has the highest proportion in the country of black and ethnic minority people who're out of work, figures show

Waste not, want not: Food leftovers app launched in York

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

A smartphone app is due to be launched in York later to help cut down the amount of food that's being thrown away in the city. 

The Olio app is already in use in other cities like Cardiff, London and Newcastle and it allows neighbours and independent shops to share surplus food before it goes out of date.

Tessa Cook is one of the co-founders of the company behind the app and she explained to me where the inspiration came from for the app:

In pictures: Laugher and Mears strike Rio gold

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

There'll be celebrations in North Yorkshire today following Jack Laugher and Chris Mears' gold medal Olympic win in Rio.

Laugher, who's from Ripon, and Mears struck gold in the Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard Final last night.

This is how it happened:

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears
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Jack Laugher and Chris Mears
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Jack Laugher and Chris Mears
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Jack Laugher and Chris Mears
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Your sport headlines this morning

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Jack Laugher and Chris Mears
AP

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

North Yorkshire's weather: Rain clearing, brighter later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A wet start to the day as we see the dregs of any overnight rain but today is an improving picture

Throughout the morning, we should see things brightening up from the west as this rain moves off into the North Sea, however remaining quite cloudy. 

Watch my full forecast here:

Laugher strikes gold: 'I cannot believe it!'

From Ripon to Rio, Jack Laugher's gold medal at the Olympics with diving partner Chris Mears is topping the headlines. 

This is Jack's reaction - the capital letters and multiple exclamation marks probably say it all:

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Yorkshire tops BME unemployment league

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

Yorkshire has the highest proportion in the country of black and ethnic minority (BME) people who're out of work.

According to figures seen by the BBC, there are currently 32,000 people from BME communities looking for jobs.

It comes as a group of MPs says the government must address the inequalities in employment faced by Muslim people in the UK.

Maria Millar, Minister for Women and Equalities, has been looking into the problem:

Laugher strikes gold: 'Well done to Jack, well done to Britain'

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Ripon's Jack Laugher and his diving partner Chris Mears have made history overnight as the pair won Britain's first ever Olympic Gold in diving.

The pair produced a sparkling display to add the Olympic title to their Commonwealth and European crowns. 

Helen Mackenzie taught Jack at Ripon Grammar School - she's out in Rio with his mum Jackie - and recorded this for BBC Radio York, straight after the historic win:

Traffic and travel: A65 Skipton Road closed at Hellifield

BBC Travel

The A65 Skipton Road is currently closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the Thornview Road junction in Hellifield and the Church Street junction in Gargrave.

This is due to a vehicle striking railway bridge. Diversion in operation - via Bell Busk.

Your headlines this morning

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from the York newsroom this morning include:

  • Ripon's Jack Laugher, together with Chris Mears, have won Great Britain's first ever diving medal at the Rio Olympics
  • The Bedale Bypass is due to open later this morning - it's been built at a cost of £34m
  • According to figures seen by the BBC, Yorkshire has the highest proportion in the country of black and ethnic minority people out of work

North Yorkshire's weather: A rainy start to the day

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain will continue through the morning. 

Rain will become more patchy later with some sunny intervals expected in the east. 

Winds will be fresh or strong, and gusty over the hills.

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Traffic and travel: North Yorkshire's road and rail

BBC Travel

Trains from York Station are running on time so far this morning, according to the live departure board.

Gillygate (A1036) in York city centre remains closed in both directions due to repair work on a collapsed sewer.

The Selby Bypass (A63) and Tadcaster Bridge (A659) are also closed due to repairs.

Meanwhile, the Bedale Bypass on the A684 is due to open at 11:00 today.

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. 

Ripon's Jack Laugher and his diving partner Chris Mears won Great Britain's first ever Olympics diving gold medal in the Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard Final last night. 

I'll bring you all the latest reaction to this fantastic news from Rio.

Meanwhile, we'd love to see your pics like this one of the Museum Gardens in York sent in by June Gothika. 

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

Museum Gardens
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