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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 7 September 2016
  3. Drax 'boosts economy and provides thousands of jobs' - report
  4. Scalby man in court over burglary bid at Wayne Rooney's home
  5. Major disruption on East Coast Main Line
  6. North Yorkshire paralympians go for gold in Rio

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By David Ward

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire today

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

That's all for today - thanks for your company for the last few hours. We'll be back again with your BBC Local Live service on Thursday morning at 07:00.

In the meantime, here are five things we've learnt about our great county today:

  1. A Scarborough man has appeared in court charged over the attempted burglary of the mansion of footballer Wayne Rooney.
  2. Two North Yorkshire athletes will be among those hoping to claim gold at the Rio Paralympics when the Games begin tonight.
  3. Great news for Yorkshire cricket supporters and Scarborough Cricket Club after it was confirmed North Marine Road will continue to host two County Championship fixtures from next season
  4. The company which owns and runs Drax power station put an enormous £493m into the Yorkshire and Humber economy in 2015, new research suggests
  5. After a £0.5m project to repair it, Selby Abbey has got its organ back.

With that, I'll bid you farewell for today and leave you with this fantastic picture of low cloud over the hills near Hawes and Muker this week sent in to us by Rob Ramsden.

Low cloud over hills near Hawes and Muker
Rob Ramsden

'Championship cricket is jewel in the crown' - Scarborough Cricket Club chairman

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Good news for cricket lovers on the North Yorkshire coast. 

Scarborough Cricket Club is to keep its two Yorkshire County Championship matches, despite the reduction of fixtures in the 1st Division from next year from 16 to 14.

However, one-day cricket will not return to North Marine Road following a vote by Yorkshire members to decide which they would prefer to see.

North Marine Road, Scarborough
BBC

Bill Mustoe, chairman of Scarborough Cricket Club, told me on BBC Radio York: "We're delighted. I didn't have to use too many magic words. 

"For the last three years Scarborough has delivered the largest Championship crowds in the whole country including Lords. Now isn't that incredible?"

Watch: Walking With The Wounded veterans taking to four wheels

Richard Edwards

BBC Radio News

In November, four war veterans will take part in the famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it? Well, it's maybe not that easy when they have to do it in one of the beauties shown in the video below. 

It's a 1903 Clement and firstly the veterans have to learn how to drive it. Today they're out practicing in the Yorkshire Dales.

Craig Wheatley, who served for 11 years with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, is one of those taking part. 

After leaving the army his mental health began to deteriorate resulting in his relationship breaking down and ending up homeless. He's been telling me more:

Dougie Lampkin reveals bike for TT course wheelie attempt

BBC Sport

Skipton trials rider Dougie Lampkin has unveiled the bike on which he will attempt to continuously wheelie around the 37-mile Isle of Man TT course.

Dougie Lampkin
BBC

Multiple world champion Lampkin will need to navigate more than 200 corners on his back wheel and climb 1,385 ft above sea level. 

Lampkin and his team of engineers have spent six months developing a specially modified machine for the challenge, saying it would not be possible on a standard trial bike. 

Lampkin's engineering team, led by Francesco Romani and Blackie Holden, have based the machine on a Vertigo Combat Ice Hell - 300cc fuel-injected single cylinder two-stroke machine. 

The team have made modifications to the breaks, suspension, fuel consumption and gear box.

Watch: Scarborough's new RNLI lifeboat house nearly ready to open

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

The children might have gone back to school, but the lovely summer weather continues.

That means plenty of people in the sea at places like Scarborough - and unfortunately the possibility that the RNLI will be busy.

I've been to their base on the South Bay to find out how they're getting along with the redevelopment of their new lifeboat station.

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and very warm

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see bright or sunny spells coming through.

It'll stay dry with highs of 24C (75F).

Tonight, it'll be mainly cloudy for the first half, with clearer skies later with the breeze starting to pick up.

Weather graphic
BBC

Final public meeting into York's Christmas floods

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The last in a series of public meetings about the Christmas floods in York is due to take place in the city later. 

City of York Council has set up an independent inquiry to get a much clearer picture of what happened and what improvements could be made in the future. 

The panel's findings are expected before the end of the year. 

York floods
PA

Your headlines this lunchtime

BBC Radio York

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Scalby man in court over burglary bid at Wayne Rooney's home

A Scarborough man has appeared in court charged with the attempted burglary of Wayne Rooney's home as the footballer played his testimonial match.

Wayne Rooney
PA

Robert McNamara, 24,of Newby Farm Crescent, Scalby, stood in the dock at Cheshire Crown Court during a brief appearance.

The alarm at the England captain's property in Prestbury was reportedly triggered on 3 August as the charity tribute game took place at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Rooney's first club Everton.

Mr McNamara was bailed until a further hearing on 27 October.

Traffic and travel: Continuing disruption on the East Coast Main Line

BBC Travel

The delays affecting services on the East Coast Main Line will now continue until at least 14:00, Virgin Trains East Coast has confirmed.

Engineers are continuing to try and repair overhead wires damaged yesterday between Doncaster and Retford.

Initial suggestions this morning we're that it could be done by 09:00, but clearly it's taking longer than first expected.

Train
National Rail

Services are still running, but all are subject to delay or cancellation so well worth checking before you set off.

Listen: Richmond archer Hall seeks 'pinnacle of career' at Rio

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

We've already heard from one of our ParalympicsGB athletes from North Yorkshire. Let's now hear from the other.

Mikey Hall, from Richmond, is a former soldier who was paralysed after an accident on an assault course 16 years ago.

He competed in the Invictus games in London a couple of years ago and is now in Rio ready for the start of the games tonight.

He's been helped along the way by Help the Heroes and the staff at Phoenix House in Catterick and has been speaking to our reporter Nick Hope:

We can do anything we want, doesn't matter if we're in a wheelchair, legs missing."

Mikey HallParalympicsGB

Scarborough to continue to host two County Championship fixtures

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Yorkshire cricket supporters will still be able to enjoy two County Championship matches at North Marine Road in Scarborough from 2017, the club has confirmed.

The future of fixtures there has been the subject of much conjecture since the England and Wales Cricket Board announced the number of Division One fixtures was to be cut from 16 to 14 from next year.

After a ballot of members, 84% agreed with the club that two fixtures should continue to be played there - rather than one Championship fixture and two One-Day matches.

It means there should be plenty more scenes like these from the 2016 season in the years to come:

North Marine Road, Scarborough
BBC

Scarborough is the jewel in the crown for Championship cricket in this country, let alone Yorkshire."

Mark ArthurChief executive, Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Appeal after lead stolen from Skipton shop roof

Lead has been stolen from the roof of a shop in Skipton town centre.

The theft took place overnight between Monday and Tuesday from the roof of the VIP Electric Cigarette shop on Sheep Street.

Police are appealing for information about anyone or any vehicle seen acting suspiciously on Sheep Street between the night of 5 September and the morning of 6 September.

Listen: 'Great night' as Harrogate Town go joint top of National League North

BBC Sport

Is this the year when Harrogate Town finally get promoted to the National League?

That's the question being asked by many supporters after they watched their side beat FC United of Manchester 3-1 last night to extend their unbeaten start to the season to nine games.

The win also took them level on points with AFC Fylde and Salford City at the top of the table.

Afterwards BBC Radio York's Barry Parker spoke to Town manager Simon Weaver.

Yorkshire in action against Durham at Headingley

BBC Sport

Yorkshire are in action against Durham right now on Day Two of their County Championship clash at Headingley.

Yorkshire v Durham
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Keep up-to-date with all the action with our live scorecard and live BBC local radio commentary.

Watch: £0.5m project to restore Selby Abbey organ is complete

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

I was in Selby Abbey recently and while there I realised there was someone in a blue boiler suit on his hands and knees soldering something into the back panel of one of the organ consoles.

It turned to be none other than Geoffrey Coffin from a firm of York organ restorers who was putting the finishing touches to a two-year, £0.5m project to bring the Abbey's splendid organ back into shape.

Geoffrey and his team have restored organs all over the country, in fact all over the world, from the organ in York Minster to organs in schools, parish churches and private houses.

What a magnificent instrument it is, but don't take my word for it. This is what Geoffrey has to say:

Drax 'boosts economy and provides thousands of jobs' - report

The company which owns and runs Drax power station in Selby contributes £493m to the Yorkshire and Humber economy and supports about 4,500 job locally, a new report suggests.

Drax power station
Drax Group

Energy business Drax Group also contributes about £1.2bn to the UK economy and supports 14,150 jobs country-wide, researchers from Oxford Economics conclude.

Drax power station provides about 8% of the UK's electricity, with half of the generating units at the site in Selby currently being upgraded to use biomass instead of coal.

The new report shows the firm has been "the catalyst for rejuvenation across the UK", according to Drax Group CEO Dorothy Thompson.

"Drax is now the UK's biggest single generator of renewable power," she adds.

North Yorkshire's weather: A dry and warm day with sunny spells

Alina Jenkins

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud slowly breaking today with bright or sunny spells coming through.

Staying dry with highs of about 24C (75F).

Watch my full forecast here: 

Your sport headlines this morning

BBC Sport

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

East Coast Main Line delays to continue through the morning

Delays for passengers travelling on the East Coast Main Line are expected to continue until at least midday, it's been confirmed.

It had been hoped that delays on the route following extensive damage yesterday to the overhead wires (pictured) between Retford and Doncaster would be over by about 09:00.

Overhead wires and train
National Rail

All lines have now reopened allowing trains to run, but disruption is expected to continue until about 12:00, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Journeys between Doncaster and Grantham and along the East Coast Main Line route as a whole are subject to delay and cancellation as services return to normal.

Some trains from London towards Doncaster will not call at Retford. Passengers for Retford are to change at Doncaster for a returning service to Retford.

Pedestrian killed on A19 named as Richard Grainger

 A pedestrian who was hit and killed by a car in North Yorkshire has been named by police.

Richard Grainger
North Yorkshire Police

Richard Grainger, 43, from Brayton, was struck by a Vauxhall Corsa on the A19 near Brayton, Selby, on the morning of 28 August. He died at the scene.

A passenger in the vehicle remains in a serious condition at Leeds General Infirmary.

Two men, including the driver, who were arrested in connection with the crash have been released on bail.

Traffic and travel: Delays on A19 southbound

BBC Travel

One lane's currently closed on the A19 southbound between the A684 junction in Ellerbeck and the A61 junction in South Kilvington because of a broken down vehicle.  

Listen: Northallerton paralympian rower goes for gold in Rio

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The Paralympic Games get under way in Rio tonight and here in North Yorkshire our medal hopes are with two athletes.

Mikey Hall from Richmond will compete in the archery while Laurence Whiteley from Northallerton takes part in the trunk and arms mixed double skull with partner Lauren Rowles.

Laurence has an amazing story to tell. He told us on BBC Radio York that he got into the sport after recovering from bone cancer as a teenager, which left him with limited use of his right leg.

If you work hard enough and you want something badly enough, you can strive to achieve it."

Laurence WhiteleyParalympicsGB

North Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy but dry and warm day to come

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

Although we won't have wall-to-wall sunshine across North Yorkshire today, the clouds that are around at the moment will start to break as we go through the morning.

There'll be spells of sunshine, with a top temperature in York of 24C (75F).

Make the most of the heat today if you like it warm because from tomorrow, the temperature will start to slowly drop off.

Weather
BBC

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this morning include:

  • Two North Yorkshire athletes are in Rio hoping to claim gold medals at the Rio Paralympic Games that get under way tonight
  • Half of councils across Yorkshire and the Humber expect they'll have to start charging for park services
  • Yorkshire will continue to play two County Championship fixtures in Scarborough from 2017 despite a cut in the total number of matches each year from 16 to 14

Traffic and travel: Major disruption on the East Coast Main Line

BBC Travel

If you're planning on using the East Coast Main Line first thing this morning, the news isn't great I'm afraid.

Engineers are still trying to repair the overhead lines that came down between Doncaster and Retford yesterday.

It means that all journeys travelling south will be delayed by at least an hour until 09:00 at the earliest, as your train is diverted via Lincoln.

Of course, that means there will also be knock-on delays to journeys from the capital too, with Virgin Trains East Coast telling us that no northbound electric trains will call at Retford today.

Train
BBC

On a much brighter note, there are currently no reported problems on North Yorkshire's roads, with just the on-going diversions due to roadworks in Tadcaster, on the A170 at Sutton Bank and on the Selby bypass.  

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.

Unfortunately, if you're planning on travelling down to London on the trains this morning, there are major disruptions on the East Coast Main Line. More on that to come shortly.

But first, let's start this morning with a picture taken just over 24 hours ago by our BBC Weather Watcher Westy over Scarborough as the sun rose.

If you saw a similar one when you opened the curtains this morning, please feel free to send it in to me via TwitterFacebook or email.

Scarborough
BBC