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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Monday
  2. Updates on Friday 12 August 2016
  3. Virgin Trains East Coast workers to strike
  4. York flood defences could still be 'overwhelmed'
  5. 'Lives put at risk' after cave rescue kit stolen
  6. Stone thefts in Skipton spark police appeal

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By Jim Addyman

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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 on Monday at 07:00.

In the meantime, here's five things we've learnt today:

1. The Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, could be transferred to prison from his secure psychiatric unit at Broadmoor within a matter of weeks.

2. As the grouse shooting season starts, it has emerged that over 80,000 people have signed a petition calling for a ban.

3. The York Bike Rescue charity project has had to close after nearly 10 years.

4.  The RMT union has announced three days of strikes affecting the East Coast main line run by Virgin Trains over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

5. You need to be particularly skilled to be a pilot on the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service.

I'll leave you with this great image of Scarborough sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Gynantonix.


Drive-in ambition: A taste of 1950s America comes to York

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Don't be surprised if the roads around York resemble a scene from the film American Graffiti tonight - a taste of 1950s America is coming to Monks Cross.

Drive-in movie in USA
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That decade was the heyday for drive-in cinemas in the USA and tonight you can re-live the experience with a screening of Pretty Woman.

Maybe you could even turn up in a Buick Roadmaster or Cadillac Coupe De Ville, drop the top and settle down with some popcorn to make the experience more authentic?

The film's sound will be transmitted directly into the vehicle's in-car audio system. 

The event is being held to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Knaresborough gets ready to hit FEVA pitch

Gareth Barlow

Journalist, BBC Radio York

Knaresborough's annual Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts (FEVA) starts today in the town.

The festival, which lasts for 10 days, features 65 different events, 16 art shows and special dishes served up by local restaurants.

The organisers have come up with lots of street entertainment and activities for the kids during the day, while in the evenings the adults can enjoy music, theatre and literary events.

A returning favourite is the Urban Beach, set up at Henshaws College.

Rufus Beckett, from the college, has explained to me why it's such a popular attraction:

Yorkshire Air Ambulance pilot's skilful landing

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service get called out to all manner of incidents, but residents in the Bishopthorpe Road area of the city must have been surprised to see it landing in a relatively narrow street.

York Air Ambulance
Kate Lock

They were called out to help after a man in his 40s collapsed in his car near the junction with Scarcroft Road and needed hospital treatment.

Despite the narrowness of the street, the Air Ambulance was able to land and take off safely.

Watch how they did it via Kate Lock's footage

A novel way to recover

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Most people, so the old adage goes, have at least one book in them and many beaver away for years without ever finishing their magnum opus.

That's not the case with Green Hammerton writer APS Daniel - or Andrea, to her friends - who not only completed her novel, but did it in hospital during chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Of Soup, Love and Revolution is set in Portugal in 1974 during the Carnation Revolution, when an army rebellion overthrew the fascist dictatorship. Interestingly, the coup was timed to start with the playing of the Portuguese entry in that year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Andrea now aims to raise more than £10,000 for breast cancer care at York Teaching Hospital and hopes 1,000 people will donate £10, for which each donor receives a copy of the novel.

She explained to me why she decided to set her novel in Portugal:  

More student accommodation for central York

The Press

Two more blocks of student flats look set to be given the go-ahead by City of York Council after a positive report to the council's planning committee.

Objectors to one scheme point out that a development could tower over the nearby Grade I-listed St Margaret's Church (pictured), home to the National Centre for Early Music.

St Margaret's Church & NCEM

North Yorkshire's weather: A bright but breezy afternoon

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A largely dry and settled afternon, but feeling quite breezy.

The top temperature should be about 20C (68F).

Weather forecast

Your headlines this lunchtime

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

'Normal Bank Holiday service during strike' - Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains says it wants to reassure customers it'll run a full timetable on the East Coast Main Line during industrial action planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Virgin Train
Geof Sheppard

The RMT rail union says its members who work for Virgin Trains East Coast will strike on  Bank Holiday Monday 29 August, as well as on 19-20 August and on 26-27 August in a dispute over jobs, working conditions and safety.

In a statement, Virgin Trains says it's given assurances on each point raised by the RMT union at the start of the dispute and passengers won't be affected by the strike action.

We have worked hard to ensure there are comprehensive contingency plans in place and I want to reassure our customers that our timetable will be unaffected during these walkouts, as well as during any subsequent strikes by the RMT."

Virgin Trains spokesperson

Yorkshire v Durham on T20 Blast Finals Day

BBC Sport

Yorkshire will face Durham and Nottinghamshire will play Northants in the semi-finals of the T20 Blast on Finals Day at Edgbaston.

Yorkshire v Glamorgan
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Yorkshire beat Glamorgan by 90 runs yesterday to complete an all-North Group teams Finals Day on 20 August.

They will face a Durham side who have never won the competition.

Northants, winners in 2013 and runners-up last year, face a Nottinghamshire side whose previous best in T20 competition was as runners-up in 2006.

Stone thefts in Skipton spark police appeal

Several homes in Skipton have been targeted by stone thieves.

Yorkshire coping stones were stolen from a number of garden walls on Raikes Road, Salisbury Street, Tarn Moor Crescent and Gainsborough Court between 1 and 7 August.

Local residents with information about the thefts are being asked to get in touch with police, and anyone with CCTV is urged to check the footage to see if they've caught any suspicious activity on camera.

East Coast rail strikes: 'RMT union won't sit back'

Three 24-hour strikes to be held by RMT union members working on Virgin Trains East Coast will involve around 1,800 workers including guards, station staff and some drivers.

Virgin train

The strikes are to be held between Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August and on Bank Holiday Monday on 29 August.

The dispute centres around jobs, working conditions and safety.

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

Virgin Trains East Coast strike dates announced

More on the news that Virgin Trains East Coast rail workers are to hold three 24-hour strikes, including one on August Bank Holiday Monday, the RMT union has confirmed.

Virgin train

Virgin East Coast rail workers last week voted to go out on strike in a dispute over job cuts, working conditions and safety.

The strikes are due to be held:

  • Between 03:00 on Friday 19 August and 02:59 on Saturday 20 August 
  • Between 03:00 on Friday 26 August and 02:59 on Saturday 27 August
  • Between 03:00 on Monday 29 August and 02:59 on Tuesday 30 August

Virgin Trains has previously said it would run a full timetable during any RMT strike action. 

BreakingVirgin Trains East Coast workers to strike

Workers on Virgin Trains East Coast - whose trains runs through York Railway Station - are to stage three 24-hour strikes, including one on Bank Holiday Monday, in a row over jobs, working conditions and safety, the RMT union confirms.

More to follow.

York Bike Rescue comes to an end after 10 years

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

York's Bike Rescue Project closes its doors today after almost 10 years of refurbishing old cycles. 

The charity repairs bikes and works with people with learning difficulties and mental health issues. 

Simon Thomas, from the organisation, says Bike Rescue is closing for a number of reasons:

Theft of cave rescue equipment 'condemned most strongly'

More on the news that rescue equipment has been stolen from Kingsdale Master Cave in North Yorkshire ahead of a major caving event there this weekend.

If undiscovered, the theft could have put lives at risk during an emergency, the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) has warned.

The equipment had been put in place ahead of this weekend's EuroSpeleo 2016 caving festival which is expected to attract cavers from across the UK and Europe.

A CRO spokesman says: "The Cave Rescue Organisation condemns most strongly the removal of this essential safety equipment, which potentially places the lives of team members and other cavers at risk."

Anyone with information about the theft is being urged to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Your headlines this morning

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom so far today include:

Will Rhodes

Essex sign young all-rounder Will Rhodes from Yorkshire until the end of the County Championship season.

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Not-so-glorious Twelfth?: Growing call for grouse shooting ban

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

As the grouse shooting season gets under way today, a petition calling for it to be banned has attracted 86,000 signatures

Campaigners claim critically endangered birds of prey are killed to preserve grouse stocks and the RSPB also wants shoots to be licensed to improve standards.

However, George Winn-Darley, who owns the Spaunton estate on the North York Moors, has told BBC Radio York that grouse moors are already second-to-none:

Your sport headlines this morning

BBC Sport

David Willey
Getty Images

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

  • Team GB have moved up to eighth in the medals table after winning another three silvers and a gold for cyclists Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes and Callum Skinner
  • David Willey (pictured) made 79 as Yorkshire cruised through to T20 Blast Finals Day with a 90-run victory over Glamorgan
  • Defender Lanre Oyebanjo will miss York City's game at home to Boreham Wood tomorrow due to injury. Danny Galbraith and Reece Thompson will also miss out 

Traffic and travel: Warning over straw fire near Brandsby

BBC Travel

Reports are coming in of a big straw fire just north east of Brandsby, near Brandsby Bank. 

Smoke is affecting the main road to Helmsley (B1363). 

Fire crews have been called out to tackle the blaze.


North Yorkshire's weather: A settled and sunny day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today is getting off to a dry start with some cloud.

It should stay settled, sunny and warm throughout the day. 

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire Ripper to move to prison from Broadmoor

BBC News England

The Yorkshire Ripper is expected to be moved to a prison in the next few weeks

Peter Sutcliffe

Peter Sutcliffe has been held at Broadmoor secure hospital for more than 30 years for the murders of 13 women and attempted murder of seven others.

The BBC understands officials have decided he no longer needs treatment for any mental heath disorder and that by returning him to the prison population, the Ministry of Justice will save £250,000 a year. 

Between 1975 and 1980 Sutcliffe preyed on women across Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. His victims were mainly prostitutes whom he mutilated and beat to death.

'Lives put at risk' after cave rescue kit stolen

Lives could have been put at risk following the theft of specialist cave rescue equipment from a system of caverns in North Yorkshire, the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) has warned.

The equipment had been put in place at Kingsdale Master Cave in case of emergency during the EuroSpeleo 2016 caving festival which is due to take place at the weekend.

Part of what's known as a "highline traverse" was stolen - a system of ropes which would be used to ensure cavers could escape in the event of major flooding in the Kingsdale system.

The theft, which is thought to have taken place between 14:00 and 16:00 on Sunday 7 August, has been reported to North Yorkshire Police, the CRO says.

Warning over York flood defences

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

Flood defences in North Yorkshire could still be "overwhelmed" in years to come - that's the message from the man in charge of environment at City of York Council.

Andrew Waller has made the comment as local authorities, the Environment Agency, and business leaders from across the county meet to discuss ways to tackle flooding.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were flooded in York at the end of last year after the Rivers Foss and Ouse burst their banks at Christmas.

Mr Waller, a Liberal Democrat councillor, has told BBC Radio York it's important everyone works together:

Your headlines this morning

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from the York newsroom this morning include:

North Yorkshire's weather: A dry day ahead with some sunshine

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.

Weather graphic

Traffic and travel: Latest updates for North Yorkshire

BBC Travel

No major delays so far with trains leaving York station, according to the live departure board.

On the roads, Gillygate, in the centre of York, remains closed both ways to traffic due to roadworks following a sewer collaps earlier this week.

Both the Selby Bypass (A63) and Tadcaster Bridge (A659) are also closed to traffic.

The A1 Southbound is closed between Scotch Corner and Catterick North until 06:00 Saturday morning due to roadworks. 

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. 

In the news today, months after North Yorkshire was badly hit by the Boxing Day floods, the City of York councillor in charge of the environment says there will always be occasions when North Yorkshire's flood defences are "overwhelmed". 

More on that story shortly.

Meanwhile, we'd love to see your pics like this dramatic shot of the sky over Boroughbridge sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Matalan.

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