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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Tuesday
  2. Updates on Monday 22 August 2016
  3. 'Exceptional flooding' at White Scar Cave near Ingleton
  4. Files reveal approved school drug trial plans in 1960s
  5. House fire deaths in Yorkshire on the rise
  6. Dutchman hits 213mph at Elvington to break wheelie record

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Five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire today

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

That's all for today - join us again tomorrow from 07:00. In the meantime here are five things we've learnt about our county today: 

1. Home Office doctors gave the go-ahead for experimental drug trials on children at a North Yorkshire approved school in the 1960s.

2. The rain in the Dales over the last few days has led to flash floods in the Ingleton area, including at the White Scar Cave visitors centre.

3. West Heslerton could be under new ownership soon as there's been an offer for the up-for-sale village.

4. It seems Elvington is the place to be for 200mph wheelies.

5. The Olympics in Rio may be over, but for one North Yorkshire athlete training for Tokyo 2020 is already under way.

I'll leave you on this wet Monday with a watery image of Grassington sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Barrie H...


Listen: Dancers strut their stuff in York for new TV programme

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

There really was dancing in the streets in York yesterday, and it was all for a new TV documentary called Yorkshire Pride.

A number of roads in and around the city were closed while filming took place. 

I can't give away too much because all will be revealed when it's on TV in the Autumn. 

One of the people who's been taking part is Donya Keys, who's principal of En Pointe Classical Dance School in York:

Also involved in the filming were a group of, wait for it, dancing Romans!

Knaresborough railway station renovations start

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

Renovations have started on a North Yorkshire railway station and a signal box dating from the 1800s.

Knaresborough station is being made watertight and the chimney stack on the signal box is being removed and rebuilt.

Work on the platform canopy is to be carried out at night to minimise disruption, said Network Rail.

Knaresborough Station
Network Rail

Knaresborough is a beautiful station, steeped in history."

Paul BarnfieldNorthern Trains
Shelagh Sunner: "They weren't mentally sick kids- they were maladjusted kids"
Home Office doctors gave the go-ahead for experimental drug trials on children at two approved schools in the 1960s, National Archives files show. Shelagh Sunner, headmistress of one of schools, Springhead Park, gives her reaction.

Watch: Scott's got a shot at Tokyo 2020

Rio 2016 may just be over, but that doesn't mean we can't switch our attention to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and start looking for North Yorkshire's next Olympians. 

British shot putt Champion Scott Lincoln is from Northallerton and he already has his eyes set on attaining a medal:

End of the road for craft festival after 34 years

The Press

One of the Selby district's major cultural events is to come to an end after 34 years.


Cawood Craft Festival takes place every August Bank Holiday weekend, but with the retirement of the local vicar, it's uncertain whether the event can continue to use church grounds.

North Yorkshire's weather: A drizzly afternoon, clearing later

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Mostly cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle, tending to ease, with heavier rain across the Dales soon clearing. 

Maximum temperature 21C (70F). Light or moderate westerly wind.  

Weather forecast

Your headlines this lunchtime

BBC Radio York

The top stories from the York newsroom this lunchtime include:

'Exceptional flooding' at White Scar Cave

Overnight flooding has closed a show cave at White Scar Cave in Ingleton, North Yorkshire, with dramatic video taken at the scene earlier today showing water rushing through the visitor entrance and down steps to the nearby road.

Heavy rain is said to have hit the area overnight, with standing water on a number of roads, according to North Yorkshire County Council.

It's estimated 60mm of rain had fallen in the area since midnight, but staff at the caves say they're hopeful the attraction will reopen by Tuesday morning.

John Connaughton, caves manager, has told BBC Radio York that water started to flow out of the cave entrance at about 08:20 and described the incident as an "exceptional flood".

Video courtesy of @bezberesford.

I've been here for 31 years, and this is the worst I've seen it at the moment.

John ConnaughtonCaves manager, White Scar Cave

Best foot forward: Inspiring North Yorkshire's future divers

Gareth Barlow

Journalist, BBC Radio York

This morning I've been looking at the impact the Rio Olympics could have on sport in North Yorkshire.

Ripon's Jack Laugher made Olympic history, winning Britain's first ever gold medal in the diving pool

Oliver Dingley from Harrogate also took part in Rio representing Ireland. He became their first ever Olympic diving finalist.

Jack and Oliver's journeys to Rio began in the pool at Harrogate Hydro, so I went along this morning to meet some young divers of the future.

Harrogate and District Diving Club's senior diving coach, Rosie Taylor explained why it's important for the next generation of divers to have role models like Jack and Oliver: 

West Heslerton: Offer made in £20m village sale

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Earlier this year, the village of West Heslerton, near Malton, made the news as the majority of the village was put up for sale by the landowner.

On offer is a 21-bedroom mansion, pub, petrol station, 43 homes and 2,116 acres of land at a guide price of £20m although there are a number of properties in the village that are not part of the sale.

West Heslerton

The ownership of the village has been in the Dawnay family for 150 years but after Eve Dawnay died in 2011, the family decided to sell up.

Now it seems that an offer has been made by an unnamed party

Cundalls estate agents have confirmed an offer for the estate is "on the table", but will not go into any further detail.  

York City Knights: Hunslet game ends with just 11 men on the pitch

The Press

York City Knights play-off hopes took a knock after losing 33-12 at home to Hunslet in the League One Super 8s.

The Yorkshire derby was decidedly bad-tempered and the Knights ended up with just 11 men on the pitch following Mike Emmett's sending-off and a sin-binning for Tommy Saxton.

Mike Emmett gets sent off versus Hunslet
The Press

Ex-teacher's shock at drug trial revelations

BBC News England

More on the news that files from the National Archives seen by the BBC show that Home Office doctors gave the go-ahead for experimental drug trials on children at two approved schools in Yorkshire in the 1960s.

Parents were not consulted and the issue of consent was left to managers.

At Richmond Hill Approved School in North Yorkshire, housing pupils aged 15 and older, the most disruptive boys were given an anticonvulsant drug to see if it would control behaviour.

The trial of a sedative on girls at a school near Leeds did not proceed.

Bob Hammal, who taught at Richmond Hill between 1968 and 1972, has told the BBC's Sancha Berg he's appalled to learn of the drug trial at the school:

Traffic update: Problems on A64 near Copmanthorpe

BBC Travel

There are lanes closed on the A64 near Copmanthorpe following a collision.

A caravan became detached from the car towing it and has lodged itself in the crash barriers.

 Drivers are advised to use caution and be aware of slowing traffic in the area. 

There may also be a knock-on effect on the York Outer Ring Road (A1237)

North Yorkshire Police

Record-breaking Egbert gets wheelie good at Elvington

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

The airfield at Elvington was a particularly noisy place to be at the weekend, and it wasn't the usual roar of plane engjnes from the nearby Yorkshire Air Museum.

Egbert Van Poppa
Phil Evans

In fact, the airfield was playing host to the 11th Motorbike Wheelie World Championship, with the winner the rider who travelled the fastest - usually over 200mph - for 1km in the wheelie position.

This year's champion was Dutchman Egbert Van Poppa riding a Hayabusa Turbo 1300cc.

Egbert reached a world record speed of 213mph, beating the previous record of 209mph set last year by Liverpool rider Gary Rothwell.

Farmers' union starts post-EU referendum consultation

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Hundreds of people in North Yorkshire are expected to take part in regional consultations on the future of farming after the UK leaves the EU.


A total of 50 meetings are due to be held across the country starting today.

The consultation runs until mid-September.

The first meeting in North Yorkshire takes place at The Forest and Vale in Pickering at 13:00 on Friday 26 August.

A touch of South Korea in Harrogate

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Believe it or not, international football came to North Yorkshire at the weekend.

A team from South Korea is touring northern England, with games lined up against Liverpool and Blackburn among others.

On hearing of Harrogate's new state-of-the-art pitch, they arranged an extra game on this side of the Pennines on Sunday, with the South Korean XI drawing 4-4 with Harrrogate Town's Under 21 side.

Speaking to BBC Radio York, manager Lee Ji-Bum commented on the different style of football they experienced in the game at the CNG Stadium:

House fire deaths in Yorkshire on the rise

There's been a sharp rise in the number of people dying in fires across our region in the last five years, a new study shows.

A total of 133 people have died in house fires since 2011 - including 13 in North Yorkshire.

One family from Yorkshire say they're lucky to be alive after an electrical fire ripped through their home.

Maryyam, who lives near Bradford with her husband and their three children, had to flee to safety after being woken by smoke last Wednesday morning:

Traffic and travel: Delays reported on B1228

Your North Yorkshire sport headlines

BBC Sport

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

Approved school drug trial plans in 1960s

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The government approved experimental drug trials at a North Yorkshire school for young offenders in the 1960s without parents being consulted, the BBC has discovered.

The files were unearthed from the National Archives. 

A trial, at a girls' school near Leeds, didn't go ahead, but one at Richmond Hill Approved School in North Yorkshire did, with the most disruptive boys given an anticonvulsant drug to see if it would control behaviour.  

This man was a teacher at the school where the trial happened, but had no idea what was going on:

North Yorkshire's weather: Risk of heavy rain this morning

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Still looking quite cloudy but feeling mild and muggy with the potential for some more heavy rain

However, throughout the morning this wetter weather should start to ease.

Watch my full forecast here:

North Yorkshire in pictures: Robin Hood's Bay caught on camera

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Thanks to Matthew Hillier from Helmsley for sending us this fantastic picture of Robin Hood's Bay at the weekend. 

It shows the sun can shine in North Yorkshire - here's hoping it remembers how to today...

Robin Hood's Bay
Matthew Hillier

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

York City: McNamara 'disappointed' at referee

BBC Sport

York City manager Jackie McNamara has criticised referee Steven Rushton after their 2-1 defeat at Forest Green on Saturday. 

Rushton awarded a hugely controversial injury time penalty to the hosts, which was converted by Matt Tubbs, to give the points to Forest Green.

Captain Simon Heslop was earlier sent off after picking up two yellow cards, decisions that McNamara says were "inconsistent officiating":

It's hard enough when it's 10 against 11, let alone 10 against 12, and for their penalty, I've looked back at the video and their lad pulled Shaun Rooney first, but he's given them the foul."

Jackie McNamaraYork City manager

Files reveal approved school drug trial plans in 1960s

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

National Archives files show that in the 1960s, Home Office doctors gave the go ahead for experimental drug trials on children at two approved schools.

Richmond Hill school building

Parents were not consulted and the issue of consent was left to managers.

At Richmond Hill Approved School in North Yorkshire, housing pupils aged 15 and older, the most disruptive boys were given an anticonvulsant drug to see if it would control behaviour.

The trial of a sedative on girls at a school near Leeds did not proceed.

Traffic and travel: Delays on A1 southbound near Catterick

BBC Travel

One lane's currently blocked on the A1 southbound between Catterick South in Catterick and the A1(M) J51 junction in Leeming Bar because of a broken down car.

Your North Yorkshire headlines this morning

BBC Radio York

The top stories from the York newsroom this morning include:

North Yorkshire's weather: Cloud and rain giving way to sunshine

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy with spells of rain and widespread hill fog during this morning - some of the rain heavy and persistent.

Conditions should improve during the afternoon, becoming drier with some brighter spells developing.

Feeling warm and humid, especially in the east.  

Weather graphic

Traffic and travel: North Yorkshire's roads and rail

BBC Travel

No delays reported so far for trains leaving York Rail Station this morning, according to the live departure board.

Meanwhile, repair work continues on the A63 Selby Bypass between the Thorpe Willoughby and Wishing Well roundabouts and on Tadcaster Bridge (A659) with both directions closed to traffic.

There are also temporary traffic lights and delays expected on Finkle Street in Thirsk and on the A170 Thornton Road in Thornton-le-Dale. 

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. 

Our top story this morning is the discovery that Home Office doctors gave the go ahead for experimental drug trials on children at two approved schools, including one in North Yorkshire, in the 1960s. More on that story shortly.

Meanwhile, we'd love to see your pics like this great shot of Robin Hood's Bay sent in by BBC Weather Watcher MBH89. 

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

Robin Hood's Bay