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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates on Tuesday 23 August 2016
  3. Harrogate NHS body 'faces £8m funding shortfall'
  4. Ripon Olympian Jack Laugher back in UK after Rio success
  5. Warning to A64 drivers over Leeds Festival traffic
  6. York City goalkeeper suspended with 'immediate effect'

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By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire today

Andrew Barton

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.  The 130th Scarborough Cricket Festival, currently in full flow, is expected to bring more than £4m to the town and up to 10,000 people are due at the ground each day
  2. Speaking of the cricket festival, two avid fans are making their way there from Leeds - on foot!
  3. Let's finish in Olympic-style now: Yorkshire's athletes have again shown they're winners - coming 13th in the final medals table
  4. The poet Pam Ayres has shown that she cares. She's come up with some verse to celebrate our stars
  5. Two of those celebrated in those lines are, of course, diving partners Chris Mears and Ripon's Jack Laugher. Here they are showing off their gold medals (and Laugher's silver) on their return to the UK earlier today:
Chris Mears and Jack Laugher

CCTV appeal over theft at Malton supermarket

Police in Malton have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the theft of a trolley full of goods from a supermarket in the town last month.

CCTV images
North Yorkshire Police

The theft took place on Tuesday 5 July at the Morrisons supermarket on Castlegate.

A man was captured on CCTV filling a trolley with groceries, alcohol and electrical items as well as several other goods before leaving the store without paying.

When challenged by a member of staff, the man ran away leaving the goods behind.

North Yorkshire in pictures: Sixty seconds to shine

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher Nick has excelled today with these two pics of the sunrise over Filey this morning.

The top pic was taken at 06:28 and the bottom one just 60 seconds later, says Nick.

Sunrise over Filey

More pics from early birds like this are always welcome. 

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The volunteer army fighting Selby’s austerity cuts

Richard Bilton

BBC Panorama

Selby is a tidy market town sitting in the flat, open countryside south of York.

Wander through the tight streets and it's hard to see that anything is different - it looks and feels the same as it always has - but a silent revolution is under way.

Aerial view of Selby

Since 2010, national spending on local government has halved and all of our communities are having to make do with less.

In Selby, the police cells and magistrates court have closed, CCTV and bus services have been cut back, street wardens axed and many of the street lights turn off at midnight. 

And, as I've been finding out, a voluntary army is at work in the town...

Look moos talking! (if you like puns)...Or Look! Moos talking (if you want facts)

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

He "talks to the animals, learns their languages"...

Looks like BBC Radio York farming reporter Gareth Barlow has been listening in on calf conversation again:

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North Yorkshire's weather: Hot with sunny spells and mostly dry

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We should continue to see plenty of sunny spells

It'll feel hot this afternoon, mostly dry with a few heavy thundery showers.

The top temperature should be about 27C (81F). 

Weather graphic

Lucky for some: Yorkshire comes 13th in Olympic medals table

Over the past few weeks, we've been paying close attention to how Yorkshire's athletes have been faring in the Olympic medals table.

Remember, just four years ago Yorkshire's athletes led Team GB to a record medal haul, and the county would have finished 12th if Yorkshire was an individual country - ahead of Jamaica, Brazil and Spain.

Further medals in the Paralympics, including two golds for wheelchair sprinter Hannah Cockroft, capped off that brilliant sporting summer of 2012.

Four years on, it's been another hugely successful year for Team GB as a whole - and Yorkshire's athletes have again shown they're winners - coming 13th in the final medals table:

Medals table

York charity finds mothers' pay lags far behind men

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

New research for a York-based charity says once working women have children they earn even less than their male counterparts. 

The study for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found the gender pay gap gets worse for women when they start a family.

POund coins

A report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation by the Institute for Fiscal Studies says the wage gap between men and women becomes steadily wider in the years after babies are born.

Women miss out on promotions and accrue less experience than men, which holds back their earning power, it adds.

During the subsequent 12 years, the gap grows to 33% of men's hourly pay rates.

Harrogate health body faces 'difficult choices'

The NHS body responsible for planning health services in Harrogate is warning of "difficult choices" ahead as it tries to deal with what it says is an £8m funding shortfall.

The Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says "increasing demand for access to health services" is to blame for the shortfall.

Proposals being discussed include no longer providing over-the-counter medicines like paracetamol which last year cost the NHS locally £260,000 to prescribe, the CCG says.

Rick Sweeney, from the CCG, says: "We are reviewing all areas of spend including the services we purchase, the medicines prescribed, outpatient appointments and operations."

Your headlines this lunchtime

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Traffic and Travel update: Coastal traffic building and Knaresborough street partially blocked

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A64 bypass coast bound, between the A166/A1079 Hull road and the A1237.

The congestion is thought to be due to people heading for the coast to make the most of the sunshine.

A64 traffic

Another hot spot at the moment is the A59 York Place in Knaresborough, which is blocked due to an accident at the B6163 Gracious Street/Park Row.


Listen: Ball-by-ball Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire

BBC Sport

The highlight of the 130th Scarborough Cricket Festival currently under way at North Marine Road is Yorkshire's County Championship match against Nottinghamshire.  

Notts need to win in order to stay up in the Premiership division and Yorkshire are chasing a third championship win, not seen since the 60s.

Cricket at Scarborugh
Getty Images

The action started at 11:00 and you can follow live ball-by-ball commentary by simply clicking here.

Watch: Pam Ayres pays tribute to Team GB Olympians

BBC Radio York

Team GB athletes have arrived home from Rio today, and there's still no end to the feelgood factor surrounding the Olympics.

With that in mind, we asked Pam Ayres to write a poem to mark how Team GB cheered us up with success after success. 

This is what she came up with:

York City goalie suspended with 'immediate effect'

BBC Radio York Sport

York City Football Club say they have been notified by the Football Association that Scott Flinders has been suspended with "immediate effect" from all domestic club football for five first team competitive fixtures.

The Football Association has also confirmed that the player will receive a fine in conjunction with the five-game suspension.

Scott Flinders

York City Football Club says it will make "no further comment or statement" until receipt of further communication from the Football Association detailing the charge.

The Football Association has confirmed the decision is subject to appeal.

Harrogate CCG 'faces £8m funding shortfall'

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The NHS body responsible for planning health services in the Harrogate area has warned it's facing a shortfall of more than £8m this year. 

The Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has blamed its financial problems on growing demand for services.

The organisation says it is working to identify where savings can be made, which may ultimately lead to changes in the way some services are provided. 

Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning CCG was rated as "outstanding" last month by NHS England, placing it in the Top 10 of more than 200 CCGs.

Laugher's 'crazy' reception at Heathrow

It's always annoying having to do the baggage bit when you get off your flight...

Especially when all the bags are the same!

Welcome back Jack!

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He's coming home: Ripon Olympian Jack Laugher back in UK

Diver Jack Laugher, the gold and silver medal-winning Olympian from Ripon, is back on home turf after his success at the Rio games.

This is the moment he arrived at Heathrow a little earlier this morning alongside about 320 other Team GB athletes on a Boeing 747 with a gold nose cone and "victorRIOus" livery.

He even got a pat on the back from the pilot!

Mark and Daniel are set fair for Scarborough

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Today's the first day of the Scarborough Cricket Festival as Yorkshire take on Nottinghamshire in the County Championship.

But two avid Yorkshire cricket fans won't be arriving in Scarborough to watch the clash until tomorrow - despite having set off to see the match way back on Sunday. 

That's because Mark Sugden and Daniel Hill are walking there all the way from Headingley.

Mark Sugden and Daniel Hill, from Leeds
Yorkshire Cancer Research

Mark and Daniel are both keen players and also coach junior teams at Rodley Cricket Club in Leeds - and they're wearing their cricket whites for the 80-mile journey. 

The pair are hoping to visit more than 18 clubs during the walk as they raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research in tribute to family and friends who've lost their lives to cancer or are currently undergoing treatment.

Watch: 'Huge day' for Yorkshire at Scarborough

Gareth Barlow

Journalist, BBC Radio York

I'm here at the 130th Scarborough Cricket Festival, where over the next four days, 40,000 visitors are expected to bring more than £4m to the town. 

The highlight is Yorkshire's County Championship match against Nottinghamshire.

Here's the chairman of Scarborough Cricket Club, Bill Mustoe, to set the scene:

Warning to A64 drivers over Leeds Festival traffic

Drivers in North Yorkshire are being warned the A64 will be closed to all through traffic travelling eastbound near the site of this weekend's Leeds Festival from late on Wednesday until the early hours of Friday morning.

Biffy Clyro

Increased levels of traffic are also expected near the festival, which is being held at Bramham Park, on Monday 29 August as people leave the event, Highways England warns.

Festival traffic will use the A1(M) to Junction 44 (A1(M)/A64 Bramham Interchange) where traffic will exit and continue on the A64 westbound towards Leeds.

Traffic will use both lanes on a one-way system on the A64 and turn right into the festival car parks.

As a result, the A64 will be closed to all through traffic travelling eastbound from midnight on Wednesday until about 05:00 on Friday.

Team GB Olympians come home

Great Britain's record-breaking Olympics team are preparing to land in London on a special flight from Rio.

Olympians on plane
Getty Images

Britain is the first country to improve on a home medal tally at the following Games, collecting 67 to beat the 65 from London 2012.

Ripon diver Jack Laugher is among the North Yorkshire success stories, coming home from Rio with a gold a silver medal.

Some team members have returned home already, but 320 athletes and support staff are on British Airways flight BA2016 scheduled to land at Heathrow.

The Boeing 747 has a gold nose cone and a "victoRIOus" livery.

Traffic and travel: Current problems on North Yorkshire's roads

BBC Travel

The A64 High Street in Sherburn is currently partially blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions between the St Hilda's Street junction and the Station Road junction because of an accident involving three cars.  

Meanwhile, the A19 in Osmotherley entry slip road is partially blocked southbound at the A684 junction because of a broken down vehicle. 

Persimmon profits up amid 'robust' demand

BBC Business News

York-based housebuilder Persimmon has reported a 29% jump in first-half profits and says customer interest since the Brexit vote has been "robust".

Persimmon building site

Pre-tax profits in the six months to the end of June were £352.3m.

The company says its private sale reservation rate since 1 July was 17% higher than at the same time last year.

The result of the EU referendum had increased economic uncertainty, it adds, but since then, visitors to its sites were up 20% year on year.

No need to be 'stumped' after the Olympics for your sporting fix

Gareth Barlow

Journalist, BBC Radio York

What are we going to do now the Olympics is over?

Well, I'm coping this morning by watching the cricket in Scarborough at the 130th Scarborough Cricket Festival.

Scarborough pics

Over the next four days, visitors to the festival are expected to bring more than £4m to the town and up to 10,000 people are due each day.

The highlight is Yorkshire's County Championship match against Nottinghamshire, which gets under way later this morning.   

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and getting hot

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today's an improving picture, with any cloud thinning and breaking throughout the morning with sunny spells developing

It'll feel hot this afternoon, mostly dry with a few heavy thundery showers. 

Watch my full forecast here:

Watch: White Scar Cave due to re-open after flood

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A tourist attraction in the Yorkshire Dales is expected to re-open today after major flooding on Monday.

This mobile phone footage below shows the extent of the flooding, with gushing water raging through the visitor centre at White Scar Cave in Ingleton yesterday morning.

Heavy rain hit the area on Sunday night, but staff at the caves say the attraction will re-open today.

Cave manager John Connaughton said Monday's flood was "exceptional": "I've been here for 31 years, and this is the worst I've seen it at the moment."

White Scar Cave includes the 295ft-long Battlefield Cavern, which is one of the longest cave chambers in Britain. 

Video courtesy Thomas Beresford

North Yorkshire's weather: Warm and sunny after a cloudy start

BBC Weather

It'll be generally cloudy at first, with perhaps a little rain across North Yorkshire.

It'll become dry and sunny through the morning, becoming hot inland, while coastal areas will be cooler and also becoming breezy.  

Weather graphic

Your headlines this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this morning include:  

Traffic and Travel: All clear on North Yorkshire's roads and rail

BBC Travel

The roads are running smoothly across North Yorkshire at the moment and there are no delays reported on trains leaving York Railway Station, 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

Andrew Barton

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.

I think it's due to be a sunny summer day later, once the weather wakes up, so let's start with this optimistic BBC Weather Watcher pic.

Scarborough beach

Thanks to Bobbie for this sunny shot of sand in Scarborough.

More pics are always welcome and remember you can get in touch and send your photos via TwitterFacebook or email.