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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Monday
  2. Updates on Friday 19 August 2016
  3. Sex ban man John O'Neill 'violent to all partners'
  4. Fatal Acaster Malbis crash victim named
  5. Sea defence opens between Whitby and Sandsend
  6. National Trust releases 100 water voles in Yorkshire Dales

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By Jim Addyman

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire today

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

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

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

1. York's hotels are struggling to fill job vacancies, especially for chefs - although it's part of a national pattern.

2. City of York Council is considering a 12-month trial ban on advertising A-boards.

3. The Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington has a new exhibit thanks to a generous gift from the French government.

4. Water voles have been reintroduced to the Yorkshire Dales by the National Trust.

5. .... and apparently Ripon Olympian Jack Laugher's diving medals are all down to his mum's "lucky knickers".

I'll leave you with this great pic of the North Bay at Scarborough taken by BBC Weather Watcher Lance Wardle:

North Bay, Scarborough
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Going underground: New cave discovered in Pennines

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

A new cave has been discovered on the border of North Yorkshire and Cumbria. 

Cavers are refusing to give away its exact location as they say it's not safe until underground boulders are cleared away. 

Frank Pearson is one of the people who discovered it:

Football: McNamara wants a reaction

BBC Sport

York City manager Jackie McNamara is hoping for a reaction from his players after Tuesday's humiliating 6-1 defeat at Gateshead.

The Scot says he's looking at everything from the system to his team selection, ahead of tomorrow's game at Forest Green. 

He says it's a chance to put things right but does have a few injury worries to consider before deciding on his matchday squad:

Theresa May backs Osborne's 'Northern Powerhouse'

BBC Politics

Theresa May has vowed to press ahead with George Osborne's "Northern Powerhouse" despite having fired him as chancellor.

Theresa May
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In a Yorkshire Post article, the prime minister promised to "help the great cities and towns of the North pool their strengths and take on the world".

This includes backing a bid to bring cycling's world championships to Yorkshire.

The Northern Powerhouse is the name attached to the government's bid to create a rival economy to London and the South East in the north of England.

It involves devolving new powers from Whitehall, improving transport links and creating new regional mayors to act as figureheads for their regions.

Listen: Work on Community Stadium 'to start in new year'

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

A regular part of my Mid Morning Show on Radio York is The Hot Seat where, together with listeners help, I hold the great and the good of North Yorkshire to account.

This morning it was the turn of David Carr, leader of City of York Council.

One question many people are asking is about the proposed Community Stadium at Monks Cross.

Recently the stadium was dealt another setback, with a potential legal challenge from cinema chain Vue over plans for an expanded cinema run by a rival that'll be next to the ground. 

Vue has notified City of York Council to say it intends to apply for a judicial review, so could Councillor Carr tell us when we can expect work to start?:

Child bitten by dog at Scarborough caravan park

A child was left with puncture wounds and bruising on his leg after being bitten by a dog at a caravan park in Scarborough.

The boy was taken to Scarborough General Hospital for treatment after being bitten by the dog at Cayton Village Caravan Park on 13 August.

Police are appealing for information about two dogs - a lurcher-type dog and a black sheepdog - which were off their leads in the area that evening.

Two people accompanying the dogs are described as a tall and chubby white male with long hair down to his shoulders, and a tall white female, in her late 40s, with blonde hair.

Sea defence opening on A174 between Whitby and Sandsend

A £9m sea defence scheme along a coast road with a history of landslips is due to be officially opened later.

It protects the A174 route between Whitby and Sandsend in North Yorkshire.

Sea defences
Chapman Brown Photography

Worn-out defences have been replaced along a 0.6 mile stretch of the road, a popular tourist route, where it runs close to the shoreline.

Several landslips had led to costly repairs over the years and road closures, North Yorkshire County Council said.

Sea defences
North Yorkshire County Council

Today's big issue: Marrow or courgette?

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

I cover a lot of the hot topics of the day on BBC Radio York - and today's big talking point is marrows.

When is a courgette a courgette...and when is it a marrow? I ask this because I've come in to work to find a yellow vegetable on my desk.

It's about 11ins long and I reckon it's a marrow, but some naysayers in the office reckon it's just a large courgette.

So what's the verdict? I need an expert opinion here so I turned to Beningbrough Hall gardener Mark Pethullis.

Mark's also one of the regular experts on Julia Lewis' Sunday Gardening programme and a man in the know:

North Yorkshire's weather: A rainy and breezy afternoon

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a cloudy afternoon with further outbreaks of rain, some heavy, especially at first.

There'll be a freshening breeze and  it'll feel cooler with a top temperature of  about 18C (64F).

Weather graphic
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School bus driver faces trial over Newton-on-Ouse flood rescue

A school bus driver will face trial after 26 children were rescued from flood water.

Bus stranded in flood
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Graham Jones, 43, is accused of dangerous driving after a bus became stranded between Newton-on-Ouse and Tollerton on 5 January.

The bus was transporting children to Easingwold School.

Mr Jones, of Linton Woods Lane, Linton-on-Ouse, will stand trial at York Crown Court on 8 December.

Your North Yorkshire headlines

BBC Radio York

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

John O'Neill

A man who must notify police 24 hours before he has sex told a nurse he had been violent to every woman he had slept with, a court hears.

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Born to be wild: Water voles reintroduced to the Dales

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Britain's most endangered mammal will be reintroduced to the wild in the Yorkshire Dales today. 

100 water voles will be released in to England's highest freshwater lake, Malham Tarn. 

It's thought they were wiped out there by mink in the 1960s and numbers have dropped by 90% over recent years. 

National Trust ranger Roisin Black is helping welcome the voles home:

Jack Laugher: Olympic medals 'all down to my knickers' says mum

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

What a whirlwind the last few days have been for the family of Jack Laugher, the diver from Ripon who's won two Olympic medals in Brazil.

Jack's still in Rio, but his travelling support team - mum Jackie and sister Katie together with family friend and Jack's old PE teacher Helen McKenzie - have arrived back home.

The ladies, otherwise known as The Girls from Ripon-ema, have been unpacking - including some now infamous "lucky knickers".

Jackie explained to me how they came about:

Yorkshire Air Museum gifted Cold War bomber by French

A Cold War Nuclear bomber has been donated to a North Yorkshire museum by the French government.

Mirage IVA
Yorkshire Air Museum

The 31-tonne Dassault Mirage lVA has been gifted to Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington, and is expected to go on display later this year.

Museum Director Ian Reed says negotiations to bring the plane to the museum began in 2007.

He says the 77ft-long aircraft will be the first of its kind to go on display in Britain.

"This is the first time that a strategic nuclear bomber has been gifted directly to an independent museum of a different nation, and reflects the reputation of the museum and its close connections with the French Air Force," says Mr Reed.

Girl Guides celebrate at Fountains Abbey

Gareth Barlow

Journalist, BBC Radio York

Where would you find a knight in armour, a brass band and street entertainers? Well - they were all at Fountains Abbey last night along with hundreds of Girl Guides.

It's part of a very special celebration to mark 100 years of the Senior Section of the Girl Guides.

About 750 Guides, Young Leaders or Rangers aged between 14 and 25-years-old, camped out in the Abbey's grounds and enjoyed a hog roast tea and medieval-themed activities. 

I popped along this morning to take in some of the spacehopper jousting: 

Should A-boards get the big 'E' in York?

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

As we heard earlier this week, York City Council is considering a ban on advertising boards from pavements in the city centre

A year-long trial "prohibition zone" banning the boards from pavements within the city's inner ring road could be introduced in January 2017.

I've asked some traders on Gillygate what they think about the idea and this is what they had to say:

Critics say the boards obstruct footpaths, leave little "safe space" for pedestrians to use and are a hazard for anyone with eyesight problems.  

One local newspaper though, seems to be "irony impaired" in their coverage of the issue:

York Press A-board
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Czech Masters Golf: Dyson in touch with the leaders

BBC Sport

York's Simon Dyson is one under par going into today's second round of the Czech Masters.

Simon Dyson
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Harrogate's John Parry is further back on five shots over par. England's Ryan Evans was top of the leaderboard overnight on six under.

The tournament is taking place at the Albatross Golf Resort, near the village of Vysoky Ujezd, 20 minutes from the centre of Prague.

York's hotels struggling to recruit staff

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Managers at some of York's top-rated hotels say they're struggling to fill key jobs as the whole country suffers a skills shortage in the industry

According to new research, 11,000 chefs are needed nationally over the next six years.

A number of York hotels have now joined forces to tackle the recruitment crisis, setting up careers fairs.to attract and keep staff

Graham Usher, general manager of Monkbar Hotel in York and chairman of the York Hoteliers Association, explained to me the reasons behind the staffing shortfall: 

Fatal Acaster Malbis crash victim named

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

A man who died after his car came off the road and ploughed into a hedge near Acaster Malbis last weekend has been named.

He's been identified by police as Charles Boyd Mason, 34, from Newton on Ouse. 

The crash happened at about 11:35 on Sunday morning on Intake Lane.  

An inquest into Mr Mason's death has been opened and adjourned.

The beauty of York caught on camera

It's World Photography Day today and York Council's using that, quite rightly, as an excuse to show off the city:

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Ebor Festival: Seamour likes a bit of horseplay

Joanita Musisi

The Ebor Festival continues in York today, with thousands more people expected at the Knavesmire.

All week the BBC Radio York Breakfast Show has been following the preparations of North Yorkshire-trained Seamour.

Trained at Norton by Brian Ellison, Seamour is running in tomorrow's big race, the Ebor Handicap.

I've been chatting to stable lad Stuart, who rides Seamour on the gallops every day, about his character:  

Watch: Sex ban man John O'Neill 'made homeless'

A  man from North Yorkshire who must notify police 24 hours before he has sex has said he is sleeping rough in a wood near York.

John O'Neill said restrictions over his use of communications devices - another condition of his Sexual Risk Order - had restricted his ability to work and claim benefits.

A court is expected to decide later today whether the interim order is to be extended. Mr O'Neill was cleared of rape last year.

North Yorkshire Police has said it's satisfied the order was proportionate.

Mr O'Neill has shown the Victoria Derbyshire programme his camp in the woods:

Spate of vehicle vandalism hits Scarborough

About 30 vehicles have been damaged in a spate of vandalism on four streets in Scarborough.

Vehicles on Trinity Road, Westbourne Grove, Oriel Crescent and Cromwell Terrace were targeted overnight on Wednesday, with tyres and windscreens damaged.

Police in the town are asking for anyone with information about the damage to contact police.

Your North Yorkshire sport headlines this morning

BBC Sport

Simon Dyson
BBC

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

  • Yorkshire are through to the semi-finals of the Royal London One Day Cup after a dramatic 11-run victory over Kent
  • York City manager Jackie McNamara says he's looking at everything from the system to his team selection ahead of tomorrow's game at Forest Green
  • York's Simon Dyson (pictured) is one under par going into today's second round at the Czech Masters, while Harrogate's John Parry is further back on five over par

North Yorkshire's weather: Rain on the way for the weekend

A dry start to the day across Yorkshire with a few early bright spells.

But it won't last too long, with thicker cloud building over the next few hours and we'll start to see outbreaks of rain spread towards the north east.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire holds its own in Olympic medal table

Four years ago, Yorkshire's athletes were leading Team GB to a record medal haul, and would have finished 12th if it were an individual country - ahead of Jamaica, Brazil and Spain.

Further medals in the Paralympics, including two golds for wheelchair sprinter Hannah Cockroft, capped off a brilliant sporting summer.

Four years on, and how are things looking?

With no little thanks to the efforts of West Yorkshire's Brownlee Brothers, the white rose county currently stands in 14th place - above countries such as Canada, New Zealand and even hosts Brazil:

Medal table
BBC

Cricket: Yorkshire progress to One Day semi-final

BBC Sport

Yorkshire are still challenging for silverware on three fronts after they narrowly beat Kent in their One-Day Cup quarter-final at Canterbury.

Opener Adam Lyth made 88 and England batsman Joe Root scored 45 in Yorkshire's total of 256-9.

Adam Lyth
BBC

Kent's run-chase was threatening to upset the party, but bowlers Liam Plunkett and David Willey swung the match Yorkshire's way, with the Tykes eventually winning by 11 runs. 

The Tykes now face Surrey at home in the semi-final on 28 August.

North Yorkshire's weather: A dry start with rain later

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry and cloudy start to the day, but turning wet around midday as outbreaks of rain spread northeast.

These perhaps turning heavy across the hills, before easing away from the southwest later. 

Feeling cooler than recently.  

Weather graphic
BBC

York sex ban man awaits judgement

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

A restriction on a man from York, who has to give police 24 hours notice before he has sex, could be lifted later today. 

John O' Neill says he has no prospect of forming a relationship because of the conditions.

He says he's now sleeping rough in woods near York since his Sexual Risk Order has restricted his ability to work and claim benefits.

John O'Neill
PA

The 45-year-old was cleared of rape last year but in the meantime he was made to comply with the order.

North Yorkshire Police have applied for it to be made permanent after claims he breached it by not giving police the PIN number to his phone. 

He has threatened to go on hunger strike in protest.

Your North Yorkshire headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from the York newsroom so far this morning include:

Traffic and travel: North Yorkshire's roads and rail

BBC Travel

No delays so far on the trains out of York station this morning. Check the online departures and arrivals board for more details.

On the roads, the A170 Thornton Road in Pickering is experiencing queuing traffic in both directions due to roadworks.

There are also continuing roadworks on the Selby Bypass (A63) and Tadcaster Bridge (A659) which mean both roads are closed to traffic in both directions. 

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. 

On of our top stories this morning is that a restriction on a man from York who has to give police 24 hours notice before he has sex could be lifted today. 

We'll bring you more on that and other stories from across North Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, we'd love to see your pics like this atmospheric shot taken at Filey by BBC Weather Watcher David Mark. You can get in touch and send your photos via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Filey
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