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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Tuesday
  2. Updates on Monday 15 August 2016
  3. Foss Barrier 'had problems two years before 2015 floods'
  4. Boulby Potash mine announces 140 job losses
  5. Appeal for witnesses to fatal collision in Harrogate
  6. Jack Laugher starts campaign for second Rio gold

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By Jim Addyman

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learnt in North Yorkshire today

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

That's all for today - thanks for being with us. We'll be back at 07:00 on Tuesday morning.

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

1. Maintenance records show that problems with York's Foss flood barrier were highlighted two years ago.

2. North Yorkshire has been getting in on the gold medal action in Rio with Andy Triggs Hodge.

3. The NFU wants to hear how North Yorkshire farmers see their future as we head towards Brexit.

4. Local residents in Harrogate can find out about plans for 1,000 homes in Flaxby Park

5. City of York Council has some novel new ways of dealing with the goose problem in Rowntrees Park.

I'll leave you with lovely pic of Bolton Bridge sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Moorsider:   

Bolton Bridge
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Fleshing things out at York Art Gallery

YorkMix

Flesh - human and animal, alive and dead, familiar and strange - it's always been a major subject for artists - sometimes educational, sometimes provoking. Now it's the subject of a major new exhibition at York Art Gallery.

Geograph
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Scarborough's Civil War siege re-staged by Sealed Knot

Scarborough Castle underwent a trip back in time at the weekend as The Sealed Knot, the oldest re-enactment society in the UK, relived the Great Siege of 1645.

The siege was a major conflict for control of one of England's most important stone fortresses during the English Civil War.

It saw Parliamentarians lay siege to Scarborough Castle for five months, bombarding it until the keep was all but destroyed.

Just over 370 years later, and thanks to the re-enactors, it's taken place all over again:

Sealed Knot at Scarborough Castle
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Sealed Knot at Scarborough Castle
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Sealed Knot at Scarborough Castle
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More redundancies at Boulby Mine

Yorkshire Post

A total of 140 jobs are to be lost at the country’s only potash mine at Boulby, near Staithes, in the North York Moors National Park. 

The news comes less than a year after the announcement of 220 redundancies and the removal of 140 contractor posts.

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City council take a gander at geese problem

The Press

Council officials hope they have found a short-term solution to combat geese mess in a popular York park, trialling a new piece of equipment to clean up goose droppings in Rowntree Park.

Canada Geese
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York City: McNamara wants to up the tempo

BBC Sport

York City will "work to get the fear out of their play", according to manager Jackie McNamara. 

He's looking for his team to play with more pace, after seeing them draw 1-1 with Boreham Wood on Saturday at Bootham Crescent.

McNamara's told BBC Radio York: "They're fighting and the spirit's there."

North Yorkshire's weather: A fine afternoon with sunny spells

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and fine afternoon with patchy cloud and warm sunny spells

A light south-easterly wind, feeling warmer than yesterday for most with highs of about 23C (73F) inland. 

Weather graphic
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Your headlines this lunchtime

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Future of Flaxby golf club site under scrutiny

Harrogate Informer

The future of the former Flaxby Park golf club site, near Harrogate, may become clearer at a public meeting tonight.

A property development company,  Flaxby Park Ltd, bought the 280-acre site adjacent to the junction of the A59 and the A1, from liquidators.

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It's though the new plans will include the building of a small community of about 1,000 homes.

The golf club closed its doors in March 2015 after its parent company collapsed.

Holding back the years? Simply Red's Scarborough sojourn

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Manchester's soulful popsters Simply Red were the latest big name act to play Scarborough's Open Air Theatre on Friday.

Simply Red
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Led by flame-haired mainman Mick Hucknall, they played a procession of hits including A New Flame In Town and Something Got Me Started.

The band also played an acoustic version of Holding Back The Years with Hucknall playing guitar.

Foss Barrier: Environment Agency denies neglect

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The reliability of the pumping station at York's Foss Barrier was rated at just 59%, instead of the standard 95%, in 2014 and 2015, BBC Radio York has discovered.

Hundreds of homes alongside the Foss were flooded in December 2015 when the river burst its banks and repair work on the flood defence will be ongoing until November 2017

The Environment Agency says the rating refers to the difficulty of replacing ageing equipment - but does not mean the barrier was unreliable.

Tony Andryzewski, flood defence engineer with the Environment Agency and manager for the repair of the Foss Barrier, explains more here:

Man dies in car crash near Acaster Malbis

A 35-year-old man's died after the car he was driving hit a hedgerow near Acaster Malbis at the weekend.

The crash happened at about 11:35 on Sunday morning as the man, who was alone in the vehicle, was driving a yellow MG Midget car on Intake Lane.

He lost control, left the road and collided with the hedgerow, police believe.

As a result, the man, from the Hovingham area, was fatally injured.

Jack Laugher and the search for Rio gold: Easier second time around?

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

It appears that, thanks to the Olympics, Britain is suddenly a nation of winners, as opposed to the more usual gracious losers or the "It's not the winning it's the taking part" mantra.

But what's going on and what's changed? 

Doctor Andrew Hill, an Associate Professor of Health and Life Sciences at York St John University, specialising in sports psychology, has told me he believes winning is contagious.

Doctor Hill says that's something which will help Ripon's Jack Laugher in his quest for a second diving gold at the Olympics:

A riot of colour in Harrogate for Britain in Bloom judges

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Harrogate always looks good - but there'll be an extra sparkle today.

That's because Britain in Bloom judges are in town. They'll be taken on a tour to see the area. 

I've also been in town to check out what Harrogate in Bloom have in store for the judges - and it's safe to say things are looking good out there:

Harrogate In Bloom
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Cricket: Roses match, Day Three

BBC Sport

Yorkshire are currently striving to get back on terms with Lancashire in the County Championship at Old Trafford.

After an even contest on Saturday, Lancashire's lower order put them in a powerful position on Sunday with Arron Lilley hitting 45 from just 39 balls.

Jordan Clark was unbeaten on 84 not out as the Red Rose county ended their first innings 494 all out.

In reply, Yorkshire will resume play at 11:00 on 136 for 2, with Alex Lees (pictured) 62 not out.

Alex Lees
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NFU wants farmers' post-referendum views

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Farmers in North Yorkshire are being urged to give their views on the future of British agriculture following the Brexit vote. 

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is launching one of the largest consultations in its history

NFU president Meurig Raymond (pictured) has described it as an historic opportunity.

Meurig Raymond
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Thousands of farmers are expected to share their views on how the industry should move on after the result of the referendum. 

Its senior officers will be chairing more than 50 meetings up and down the country as part of the consultation which ends on 14 September.

North Yorkshire in pictures: The view from the lighthouse

Thanks to Andy G for sending us this fantastic picture from the top of the newly-restored and reopened Whitby lighthouse at the weekend.

View from Whitby lighthouse
Andy G

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of North Yorkshire. Why not email or tweet your photographs to us?

Two women hurt in Scarborough attack

Two women have been left with serious injuries after being attacked in Scarborough

The attack happened on Queen's Parade at about 21:30 on Sunday evening. 

Both victims were taken to hospital for treatment.

Three people, a man and two women, have been arrested.

Anyone who witnessed the attack, or who has any other information, is being asked to contact police.

Listen: Andy Triggs Hodge's golden moment

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The weekend was full of gold medals for Team GB at the Rio Olympics.

One of those celebrating on Saturday was, of course, North Yorkshire rower Andy Triggs Hodge.

Andy, from Hebden near Grassington in the Dales, was part of the crew that won the Men's Eights race alongside former York City rower Tom Ransley.

Typically modest, Triggs Hodge praised his team mates:

Your North Yorkshire sport headlines

BBC Sport

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

North Yorkshire's weather: A dry and bright day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We should enjoy plenty of fine, dry and bright weather today.

We'll see warm sunny periods and light south-easterly winds.

Watch my full forecast here:

Appeal for witnesses to fatal collision in Harrogate

A woman's died following a collision between two cars in Harrogate at the weekend.

The incident happened at about 07:00 on Sunday when a blue Ford Fiesta and a blue BMW 1 Series collided at the junction with Cold Bath Road.

The driver of the Ford, a local woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Three men in the BMW have been arrested in connection with the collision on suspicion of drink-driving and causing death by dangerous driving. They remain in custody.

Anyone who saw the collision, or who saw either of the vehicles involved before it occurred, are being asked to contact police.

Traffic and travel: Delays on A173 in Great Busby

BBC Travel

Queuing traffic and heavier than usual traffic is currently being reported on the A173 eastbound in Great Busby between the A172 junction and the B1292 junction.

Watch: Questions over Foss Barrier maintenance

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Major problems with York's Foss Barrier were highlighted two years before the devastating Boxing Day Floods, according to official documents seen by BBC Radio York.

Maintenance records show the reliability of the pumping station in 2014 and 2015 was rated well below standard:

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

  • A 35-year-old man dies after his car came off the road near York. It happened just after 11:30 on Sunday morning near Acaster Malbis. 
  • Three people are arrested after two women were left with serious injuries during an attack in Scarborough

North Yorkshire's weather: A cool start, becoming warmer

BBC Weather

After a cool start generally with some cloud near coastal districts, Monday should develop into a warm and fine day for all parts.

Temperatures higher than over the weekend in lengthy periods of sunshine and in light winds.

Weather graphic
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Traffic and Travel: North Yorkshire roads and rail

BBC Travel

Trains from York Rail Station are currently running on time, according to the live departure board.

On the roads, Selby Bypass (A63) and Tadcaster Bridge A659) remain closed because of roadworks.

Meanwhile, Gillygate (A1036) in York is finally back open after last week's closure to repair a sinkhole.

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 this morning, BBC Radio York has seen official documents suggesting major problems with York's Foss Barrier were highlighted two years before the devastating Boxing Day floods.

More on that shortly. 

Meanwhile, we'd love to see your pics like this one of the lovely countryside around Brandsby sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Davester. 

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

Brandsby
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