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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 30 August 2016
  3. Yorkshire has highest cot death rate in England and Wales
  4. More people choosing to take a 'staycation' in York
  5. Gillespie to leave Yorkshire at end of season
  6. York City's winless away run to stretch to over a year

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By David Ward

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Five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire today

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Thanks for your company today, we'll be back at 07:00 in the morning.

In the meantime, let's look back at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning:

  1. The number of people plumping for a "staycation" here in North Yorkshire, rather than going abroad, is continuing to rise - according to tourism bosses in the county.
  2. Yorkshire has the highest rate of sudden unexplained infant deaths in the country.
  3. Five gymnasts from the same club in Scarborough will be representing Team GB at the European Championships.
  4. Despite announcing he's is to leave the club at the end of the season, Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie says he's open to the possibility of returning in the future.
  5. York City will have gone a whole calendar year without an away win following yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Wrexham.

So that's all from me. I'm hoping the sun continues to shine for the rest of the afternoon (as forecast by Owain), just like it has been in Scarborough. 

This pic has been sent in by one of our BBC Weather Watchers Martin Dove.


'Slow TV' comes to the Yorkshire Dales

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Did you miss BBC Four's latest slice of so-called "slow TV" yesterday evening? 

Called All Aboard! The Country Bus, it was a two-hour trip on what must be one of the most spectacular and beautiful bus routes in Britain - right here in North Yorkshire, of course.

The Northern Dalesman, as the bus on the route is called, was rigged with specialist cameras as it travelled on its journey, snaking across the iconic landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. 

The bus route began in Richmond and took viewers on a lush and varied ride, along a river valley thronged by blossoming hawthorns, through ancient mining villages and wild meadows. Take a look back here.

Departing Gillespie would consider Yorkshire return

BBC Sport

Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie is open to the possibility of returning to the club in the future after announcing his decision to leave on Sunday.

Jason Gillespie

Gillespie took charge of Yorkshire in 2011, but is returning to his native Australia to be closer to his family.

The 41-year-old took the county from the second division to consecutive County Championship titles.

"Who knows what will happen in the future? I wouldn't say no moving forward," he said.

In pictures: Bank Holiday sunset caught on camera

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Thanks to John Anderson for sending us this atmospheric picture of a Bank Holiday sunset at Fewston Reservoir near Blubberhouses.

John Anderson

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of North Yorkshire. You can get in touch and send your photos via TwitterFacebook or email.

North Yorkshire's weather: Temperatures to continue rising throughout the afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a lovely afternoon across North Yorkshire with temperatures expected to reach up to 24C (75F) in some areas.

All-in-all, the perfect afternoon if you've decided to take an extra day off work after the bank-holiday.


Your headlines this lunchtime

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Watch: From exotica to erotica at York's Fairfax House

Adam Tomlinson

Presenter, BBC Radio York

On BBC Radio York this week, we're finding out about how the Georgians pursued pleasure - from the intimate sort to the raucous bedlam of the theatre, all in the name of entertainment. 

To find out more, I've been to Fairfax House in York where a new exhibition's just been launched which takes a look at everything from exotica to erotica...

If you go along, don't be surprised at the shocking behaviour of so-called "polite" society, as the exhibition takes the lid off what polite entertainment actually was:

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Listen: Harrogate Town's unbeaten start continues

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

While York City continue to struggle to get to grips with life in the National League, there are no such problems for Harrogate Town in National League North.

In fact, things couldn't be going much better for them.

They continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 win at Halifax Town yesterday to proudly sit joint top of the table.

Understandably, manager Simon Weaver is delighted:

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In pictures: Wall-to-wall blue skies over the Valley Gardens

Thanks to Mike Edward for sending us this summery shot of Harrogate's Valley Gardens yesterday.

For once on a Bank Holiday it was wall-to-wall blue skies and sunshine beating down on visitors to the famous gardens.

Valley Gardens
Mike Edward

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of North Yorkshire. You can get in touch and send your photos via TwitterFacebook or email

Driver's 'lucky escape' on A1

North Yorkshire Police have just tweeted this shocking picture.

"Lucky escape" is probably an understatement...

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Watch: Is Scarborough the gymnastics capital of North Yorkshire?

Gareth Barlow

Journalist, BBC Radio York

Over the last few weeks we've heard quite a lot about Olympic legacy following the success of our athletes at Rio 2016 and London 2012.

Well, can you believe this? No fewer than five gymnasts from Scarborough Gymnastic Academy have been selected to represent Team GB at a European Championship event in October. One of their coaches has also been chosen to go.

I've been to their gym this morning. With skills like this, it's easy to see why it could be home to our next batch of gold medallists.

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Traffic and travel: Delays on A64 York Bypass

BBC Travel

Drivers are being warned of very slow traffic on the A64 York Bypass coastbound in Murton between Grimston Bar Interchange and Hopgrove Roundabout. 

Can Team GB help northern England rise again?

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg has called for the government to follow the model of Team GB's Olympic success and invest in the north of England.

Melvyn Bragg

He believes the region, with its history of producing industrial and creative giants, has "a magic gene pool" which could put the UK "back on track".

Bragg, whose new Radio 4 series The Matter of the North explores the region's history, says its most important resource is "the people".

"We gave British athletes the money, the training and equipment and we beat a big country like China," he says. "If we gave the same resources to the North, just think what we could achieve.

"The North is different to the rest of the country. Different in the head and the heart."

Listen: York 'staycations' on the rise

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

More now on the increasing number of us choosing to have a so-called "staycation" in York rather than a foreign holiday.

Latest figures tell us that more than 5.6m had a break in the city in 2014, a rise of 0.2m from 2011, and that figure is expected to rise again this year.

We've been talking to Kate McMullen, head of tourism at Make It York, to find out why she thinks so many people are deciding to stay close to home:

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The exchange rate is very favourable towards a staycation, people can get a bit more for their money."

Kate McMullenMake It York

Watch: Yorkshire has highest rate of cot deaths in England and Wales

Yorkshire has the highest rate of sudden unexplained infant deaths in the country, latest figures show, with the region bucking the trend nationally.

There were 212 unexplained deaths in England and Wales in 2014, a rate of 0.30 deaths per 1,000 live births. In Yorkshire, there were 30 unexplained deaths in the same year - a rate of 0.47 deaths per 1,000 live births.

To lose a child is, of course, every parent's worst nightmare. This is the heartbreaking story from young Yorkshire mum Stacey Whittaker whose baby died at just three months old:

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North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and feeling warm

Any cloud should thin and break to give some bright or warm sunny spells for most.

Brighter to the east and feeling warm.

Watch my full forecast here:

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Listen: York City's winless away run to stretch to over a year

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

A depressing stat for York City fans to wake up to this morning:

A 2-1 defeat at Wrexham means the Minstermen will not have won away from Bootham Crescent for over a year.

They last claimed all three points away from North Yorkshire back on 5 September 2015 when they won 3-0 at Newport County.

Manager Jackie McNamara says he was left frustrated with his side's second-half performance.

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Let's hope this run comes to an end when City play at Torquay in 11 days' time...

Traffic and travel: Roadworks to start on A1079 between York and Hull

BBC Travel

Advance warning to anyone who regularly uses the A1079:

Major roadworks are scheduled to start today on the westbound carriageway at Hayton, between Market Weighton and Pocklington. 

Re-surfacing work will mean a contraflow will be set up, with cars from both directions sharing the Hull-bound carriageway.

A 30mph speed limit will also be in place.

Road map

Gillespie to leave Yorkshire at end of season

BBC Sport

Yorkshire cricket coach Jason Gillespie will leave his role at the end of the season, the club has confirmed.

Jason Gillespie

The 41-year-old, who led Yorkshire from the second division to consecutive County Championship titles, is to return to his native Australia.

Yorkshire will wait to appoint the successor to Gillespie - who took over in 2011 - after the season ends.

"Jason feels the close season is an appropriate time to part company," a Yorkshire statement said.

More people choosing to take a 'staycation' in York

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

There's been a rise in the number of people taking a so-called "staycation" in York. 

Latest figures show 5.6m people from the UK took a leisure break in the city in 2014, up from 5.4m in 2011. 

It comes as tourism organisatoin Visit Britain predicts this year will see record numbers of people holidaying at home. 


We work on all kinds of partnership campaigns to get people to come and take a break here in York. We're expanding that staycation as well, so encouraging people to have a short break in York, but then also add on two or three days in North Yorkshire so it's become a staycation rather than a short break."

Kay HydeMake It York

Your headlines this morning

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

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

  • More people are choosing to take a "staycation" in York, with the latest figures showing 5.6m people from the UK took a leisure break in the city in 2014 - a 0.2m increase on 2011
  • Yorkshire has the highest rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in the country, according to figures seen by the BBC
  • York City's winless run away from home will now stretch to over a year following a 2-1 defeat at Wrexham

Traffic and travel: No reported problems on the roads or rails

BBC Travel

It's all quiet out there this morning if you're about to head off to work.

There are just the continuing long-term road works to be aware of in Tadcaster and on the Selby Bypass that could cause you problems.

On the rails it's also good news with the departure board at York Railway Station showing all trains running on time.

Diversion signs

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

David Ward

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.

Hope you had a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend. If you decided to go out and about yesterday, I bet you enjoyed the sunny weather.

Our BBC Weather Watcher Yorkshire Pudding sent in this beautiful picture looking over a lake in Helmsley.

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