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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 25 August 2016
  3. Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe moved to prison
  4. Tadcaster parking charge plan sparks business fears
  5. Decision due on York advertising board ban
  6. CCTV appeal over Harrogate town centre violence

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By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learnt in 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. Some businesses are warning that introducing parking charges in Tadcaster's council-run car parks could be the "death knell" for the town
  2. A decision is due to be made today on whether to remove all the advertising boards from York's pavements
  3. A group of young Scarborough gymnasts are delighted to have been picked to represent Team GB in the European Championships
  4. An expert speaking on BBC Radio York has warned people about new TV licensing rules which means you need a licence to watch programmes on your computer
  5. Two sore-footed cricket fans have completed their walk from Leeds, to the match between Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, in Scarborough - raising more than £1,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research on the way

I'll leave you with a pic I took at Brimham Rocks, near Harrogate, last night: 

Brimham Rocks
BBC

My mind almost melted as I tried to imagine how much time must have passed, as water and wind gradually eroded the rocks, leaving the marvellous shapes sitting there now!

Leeds Festival checklist: Ten things you must pack

Yorkshire Post

Are you ready to join the crowds at Leeds Festival? Our seasoned festival experts have put together a list of what you really must remember!

Leeds festival
Yorkshire Post

York flash flood report reveals more than 4,000 blocked drains

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

A new report into flash flooding in York in June says almost half the gulleys investigated were blocked with debris. 

The review, by City of York Council, blames "lack of maintenance of the city's drainage system, sometimes made worse by poor design", making them difficult to clean.

Drain
BBC

On two days in June this year there was heavy rain, and over 90 flooding complaints in the city. 

Officials have since investigated 8,000 gulleys and found more than half are blocked and won't work properly until "significant civil engineering work" is carried out. 

The council  says it is providing extra funding to tackle the problem.

North Yorkshire's weather: A cooler afternoon with threat of showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon will see some misty low cloud along the coast, this drifting a little further inland.

There'll be a few heavy, thundery showers possible later on. 

The top temperature will be about 19C (66F). 

Weather graphic
BBC

CCTV appeal after knifepoint theft

A man has been threatened at knifepoint and robbed near Harrogate town centre.

The theft took place at about 21:30 on Sunday 21 August as the victim was walking from the Stray side of Walkers Passage towards the town centre.

He was approached by a man on a bicycle who blocked the victim's path before threatening him with a black-handled kitchen knife which was about 8ins long.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged 20-25 years old, with a thin build, clean shaven with short dark hair and who spoke with a local accent. He was wearing dark trousers and a light coloured top and was riding a mountain bike with a light coloured/yellow bike frame.

A man matching the description close to where the offence took place in the minutes prior to the theft was caught on CCTV.

CCTV image
North Yorkshire Police

Your headlines this lunchtime

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

York University prostate cancer treatment boost

Some good news today for the team working on the treatment of prostate cancer at the University of York: they've been given a total of £536,000 towards their resarch.

The money has been awarded by Prostate Cancer UK as part of the charity's new £2.6m Research Innovation Awards scheme. 

Professor Norman Maitland.
Prostate Cancer UK

The team will spend the money on research trying to determine which treatments work best for individual patients.

The department is headed by Professor Norman Maitland (pictured) who says he hopes to show it's possible to predict which treatment combinations will be most effective for an individual man, based on a sample of his own cancer grown in the lab.

It'll allow us to put prostate cancer on a personal basis, so that every man's cancer can be typed individually."

Professor Norman Maitland.University of York

Listen: 'My feet are in a terrible state' - Cricket fans walk from Leeds to Scarborough

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

On Tuesday, we told you about a couple of cricket fans who were walking in their cricket whites all the way from Headingley to Scarborough cricket ground

Mark Sugden and Daniel Hill hoped to visit more than 18 clubs during the walk as they raised money for Yorkshire Cancer Research in tribute to family and friends who lost their lives to cancer.  

Well the good news is - they made it:

Mark says his feet are in a "terrible state" and are "covered in blisters", but he reckons they've walked more than 95 miles and, have so far raised more than £1,000.

Traffic and travel: Trains returning to normal at Northallerton

BBC Travel

Trains on the East Coast Main Line are returning to normal after a problem near Northallerton.

Northallerton train station
Google

A train manager reported the train he was on was moving strangely on the track. 

Network Rail say they've checked the line and found no problems.

Young Scarborough gymnasts representing Team GB in the European Championships

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

It was wonderful earlier in the week to hear from some of the young divers in Harrogate who have been caught up by the excitement of the Olympics.

To my delight, after BBC Radio York's Breakfast show on Monday, I got an email from 13-year-old Damien, who lives in Scarborough.

Scarborough Gymnastic Academy
Nicola Marie Walker

Damien wanted to let me know he and some of his friends at the Scarborough Gymnastic Academy have been chosen to represent Team GB at the European Championships.

They're being held in Slovenia in a few weeks time. He sent these great pics too.

What a great achievement. Go Team GB, go Scarborough!

Watch: New rules for 'catch up' TV

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Do you know what your TV licence allows you to watch or listen to? 

If you only listen to the radio you don't actually need a licence, and if you're aged 75 or older you can get your TV Licence free.

But then there's the business of watching "catch up" TV programmes on your computer, your smartphone or your tablet.

At the moment you don't need to pay for that, but from next Thursday that's all going to change.

Matt Thompson, from TV Licensing, explains how new rules mean you'll need a TV licence to watch programmes on your computer, your phone or tablet:   

Traffic and Travel update: Delays on the A1(M) and trains slow at Northallerton

BBC Travel

If you're travelling north today you might be in for a delay.

There are queues on the A1M because of a lorry fire just north of Scotch Corner. One lane is closed at junction 58. 

And trains are on a go-slow through Northallerton because of a safety inspection of the track. The delays are getting longer - we are now told they are around one hour.

Traffic and travel update: Delays on trains northbound at Northallerton

BBC Travel

There are currently delays of up to 25 minutes on Virgin Trains East Coast northbound at Northallerton due to a safety inspection of the track. 

The inspection of the track means trains have to run at reduced speed on the northbound line. 

Virgin Trains East Coast say this is also affecting CrossCountry and First Transpennine Express services.   

Suspected fraudster sought by police in North Yorkshire

A man suspected of portraying himself as a wealthy businessman with high-profile contacts to obtain money from a woman for a non-existent business deal is being sought by police.

Jeremy Scott
North Yorkshire Police

Jeremy Scott, 50, who's believed to use the name Jeremy Fulton, is wanted on suspicion of fraud by false representation and is believed to be in York, Harrogate or Easingwold.

He has previous convictions for defrauding vulnerable people, mainly women, out of thousands of pounds, according to police.

Anyone who recognises him, or has any information about his whereabouts, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Listen: Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire - day three

Yorkshire are on a roll in their match against Nottinghamshire at the 130th Scarborough Cricket Festival at North Marine Road. 

It's day three today and Notts need to win in order to stay up in the Premiership division, while Yorkshire are chasing a third championship win, not seen since the 1960s.

Tim Bressan
Getty Images

Tim Bresnan (pictured) took three wickets yesterday. Let's hope his cracking form continues today. 

Find out if it does by following live ball-by-ball BBC commentary by simply clicking here.

Watch: Parking charges 'will be death knell for Tadcaster'

BBC Radio York

There are concerns that charging to park in Tadcaster could hinder the town's recovery following the serious flooding there at Christmas.

At the moment, parking in the town is free but Selby District Council says it wants to try and stop people using the free parking but not shopping in the town.

Your headlines for North Yorkshire

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest stories from our York newsroom this morning include:  

Yorkshire Ripper moved from Broadmoor to prison

Peter Sutcliffe has been moved from Broadmoor, the Prison Service has confirmed.

Earlier this month medical experts ruled him mentally fit, meaning that he would no longer need treatment at Broadmoor psychiatric hospital.

Peter Sutcliffe
Getty Images

It's understood he has been transferred to Frankland Jail in County Durham. 

In 1981, he was convicted of 13 murders and seven attempted murders and given 20 life sentences.  

The BBC understands that transferring Sutcliffe to a prison could save up to £250,000 a year.  

BreakingYorkshire Ripper moved to prison

Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe - known as the Yorkshire Ripper - has been moved from Broadmoor to Frankland Jail.

More to follow.

D-day for 'A'-boards in York

A ban on advertising boards - or "A"-boards -  from pavements in York city centre could be given the go-ahead later.

If the ban goes ahead, a new prohibition zone within the city's inner ring road would be put in place for a 12-month trial period from January. 

"A"-boards
BBC

City of York Conservative councillor Ian Gillies says the advertising boards on the streets of York cause a lot of distruption.

I think a ban would make the streets safer. It'll stop people moving off pavements on to the roads and it may well make people take more notice of what's in the shop windows."

Ian GilliesConservative councillor

North Yorkshire's weather: A cool, cloudy and rainy day

A much cooler and cloudier day across Yorkshire with outbreaks of heavy rain for a time.

This rain clearing, with some bright spells developing by mid-morning. 

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire skittle Nottinghamshire for 94 to take control

BBC Sport

Second-placed Yorkshire boosted their hopes of a third successive title by skittling Notts for 94 at Scarborough.

Ryan Sidebottom, Tim Bresnan and Jack Brooks took three wickets each to earn their side a 188-run lead.

Acting captain Gary Ballance declined to enforce the follow-on and openers Adam Lyth (41) and Alex Lees (30) extended the lead with a 72-run stand.

Ballance then helped himself to an unbeaten 75 as Yorkshire reached the close on 200-4, 388 runs ahead.

CCTV appeal over Harrogate town centre violence

CCTV footage of a violent disturbance in Harrogate has been released by police as they appeal for witnesses and victims to come forward.

The fight happened at about 02:50 on Friday 12 August 2016 outside Bambinos takeaway in Kings Road.

It involved a large group of men who began fighting, resulting in a number of men being knocked to the floor, including one who appears unconscious on the CCTV footage.  

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No victims have yet come forward and police are appealing for anyone who was present and was either assaulted or saw the fight to come forward.  

Officers stress not everyone shown in the footage is a suspect and they could be "vital" witnesses to what went on.

A 34-year-old man's been arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail.

Tadcaster parking charge plan sparks business fears

The introduction of parking charges in Tadcaster's car parks could hit the town hard as it tries to recover following the Christmas floods, some businesses are warning.

At the moment, council-run car parks are free in the town, but Selby District Council is considering introducing charges next spring.

Parking meter
Yevgeny Kanevsky/BBC

Officials say they hope charges will stop people parking all day, freeing-up spaces for others to come in and spend more.

David Bewley, who runs a shop in the town centre, says he understands why charges could be brought in, but wants to see some free parking:

Two hours free would allow time for occasional shoppers to visit every shop in the town and keep the town going and its traders in business."

David BewleyTadcaster shopkeeper

Your headlines this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this morning include:   

  • There are concerns the proposed introduction of charges at council-owned car parks in Tadcaster could hinder the town's recovery following flooding last Christmas
  • Decision makers in York will decide later whether to ban advertising boards from pavements in the city centre
  • Thousands of people are starting to arrive for this year's Leeds Festival - the biggest live music in the north which takes place this weekend at Bramham Park near Wetherby

North Yorkshire's weather: Cool and cloudy with rain spreading northwards

BBC Weather

North Yorkshire will be much cooler and cloudier than Wednesday, with rain spreading northwards.

It'll possibly turn heavy, persistent and thundery during the afternoon.

Weather graphic
BBC

Traffic and travel: Roads and rail running smoothly but partial closure of A64

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.  

If you're going to be in the Leeds area today, you need to bear in mind that thousands of people are expected at Bramham Park near Wetherby for this year's Leeds Festival. 

A64
BBC

As a result part of the A64 between Leeds and York is closed eastbound for the whole day between the Fox and Grapes pub to the junction with the A1(M) at Bramham.

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.  

As we'll see in the weather update soon, today is going to veer more towards autumn than summer, so let's begin by hanging on to a dream of blue skies and beach days with this pic of Robin Hood's Bay, sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Michiko Sunshine. 

Robin Hood's Bay
BBC

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