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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 8 September 2016
  3. £12.5m for north of England flood defences
  4. Former Church Fenton airbase granted licence to run flights to Europe
  5. Police appeal after two hurt in serious collision
  6. Elvington monowheel rider speeds into record books

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By Jim Addyman

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Five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire today

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

That's all from us today - join us again from 07:00 on Friday morning. In the meantime, here are five things we've learnt about North Yorkshire today:

1. The former Church Fenton airbase, now Leeds East Airport, has been granted a licence for international charter flights.

2. Elvington is the place for motorbike speed records as a monowheel rider hits 68mph and gets into the record books.

3. The much-anticipated report into last winter's floods has been released today, detailing where the government intends to spend money on defences.

4. Crockey Hill near York is playing host to national and international championships over the next few days...but can you guess what in?  

5. Church Fenton isn't just about international airports: it's got TV studios producing international-class drama as well.

I'll leave you with this great image of a cloudless sky over the marketplace in Thirsk sent in by one of our BBC Weather Watchers Lochnessmonster.


Elvington monowheel rider speeds into record books

A man has made it into the record books for the fastest monowheel motorcycle ride after reaching a top speed of 68mph at Elvington Airfield near York.

Kevin Scott, from Lincoln, and the UK Monowheel Team broke the previous record of 57mph set by Kerry McClean in the US in 2001.

The record, included in the 2017 Guinness World Records book, was set in 2015.

Mr Scott said recording a new fastest speed was "absolutely fantastic".

North Yorkshire shows off its pulling power

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

If you're a fan of tractors then the place to be over the next few days is Crockey Hill, just south of York.

That's because it's the venue for the British National Ploughing Championships today and tomorrow. Then over the weekend it hosts the World Ploughing Championships.

While there'll also be plenty of shire horses on display because the Championships feature different ways of ploughing, my focus today has been on the tractors:  

Tractors British National Ploughing Championships

York heritage building firm goes into administration

The Press

One of the longest established names in York business could be about to disappear.

Building firm William Anelay Ltd has made 126 employees redundant as administrators were called in today following the failure of moves to rescue the business.

Take a look at Harrogate's heritage

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

Heritage Open Days are England's biggest festival of history and culture involving over 40,000 volunteers.

Every year during four days in September, people are invited to thousands of events across the country to explore treasures of every age, style and function.


It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and admission is free.  

In North Yorkshire, Harrogate is one place that will have plenty to see and do from today until Sunday. Find all the details here.

North Yorkshire's weather: A dry afternoon with sunny spells

It'll be dry and brighter again this afternoon with sunny spells and a top temperature of about 21C (70F)

Tonight it'll turn cloudy again as the breeze picks up some strength from the southwest, with temperatures only dipping to about 15C (59F).

Weather graphic

Funding boost for North Yorkshire's bio-economy

A total of £10m is being made available to help boost the bio-economy in North Yorkshire. 

It's an area of business which provides a renewable alternative to fossil fuels like coal and oil, one example being turning farm waste into fuel.

Bio digester

Now, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership says it wants to hear about projects in which it can invest.

Local Enterprise Partnership chairman Barry Dodd says: "Our area has the foundations to lead the world in this sector, and we're looking forward to receiving some exciting and highly commercial proposals for this fund."

Your headlines this lunchtime

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Watch: Church Fenton gets ready for the jet set

Did you know that North Yorkshire's getting its first international airport?

Last night the former RAF airbase at Church Fenton, near Tadcaster - now known as Leeds East Airport - was granted a licence. 

It means that from next May, people will be able to use it to fly to places like Malaga, Portugal and the French Riviera. 

Going for gold: Mikey's aiming for Rio success

BBC Sport

After a triumphant opening ceremony last night, the Paralympics in Rio are under way, with injured ex-serviceman Mikey Hall, from Richmond, hoping to bag an archery medal.

Mikey, 41, served in the 1st The Queen’s Dragoons Guards until 2000, when he was left paralysed from the chest down after an accident during a training exercise.

Mikey Hall
Getty Images

He joined the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery Programme and got involved with several sports before realising he had a real talent for archery.

He was soon talent-spotted and competed at Prince Harry's inaugural Invictus Games back in 2014. Now, he's hoping for a medal at the Paralympics.

He takes part in the Men's Individual Compound Open on Saturday night and will also take part in the Mixed Team Compound Open competition.

Queen Victoria to return to North Yorkshire

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

It may be a village with a population of only about 1,400, but the village of Church Fenton is making headlines for all sorts of reasons today.

Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria

Not only has its airport been given a licence for international charter flights, but it's also home to TV and film production studios and it's now been confirmed another season of the TV show Victoria is to be shot there.

Actors and crews will be back at the Church Fenton Studios in January 2017 after spending seven months there recently using the studios to recreate Buckingham Palace for the hit ITV series.

Region's towns and cities 'need flood action now' - MP

On the day a much-anticipated report is published into the December 2016 floods which hit parts of the north of England, a Yorkshire MP says flood defence action is needed immediately.

North Yorkshire was was one of the worst-hit areas, with the Boxing Day flooding having a devastating effect in places such as York and Tadcaster.

Today's report says a total of £12.5m is being spent on new temporary flood defences in the north of England, with £2.5bn being spent by 2021 to protect families, homes and businesses.

But Wakefield Labour MP Mary Creagh says urgent action is still needed to counter the threat:

£12.5m for north of England flood defences

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

Millions of pounds are being spent on new temporary flood defences in the north of England, after the publication of the National Flood Resilience Review.

Flooding in York

December's floods inflicted misery on parts of Yorkshire and Cumbria where, in places such as York, flood defences failed.

Thousands of people were forced from their homes over the Christmas period, with some residents still not been able to return. 

According to the report:

  • £12.5m will be spent on temporary defences such as barriers and high-volume water pumps
  • By next winter, the Environment Agency will have four times more temporary barriers than last year
  • Utilities are committed to increase protection of key local infrastructure such as phone networks and water treatment work
  • A new stress test will be carried out examining the flood risk from rivers and seas around England
  • Met Office forecasts of extreme rainfall scenarios will be linked with Environment Agency modelling for the first time to assess flood risk

Listen: York ploughs its own furrow

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, York

You might not know it but there's such a thing as competitive ploughing - and it comes to York today. 

The two-day British National Ploughing Championships take place at Crockey Hill, just south of Fulford - followed by the World Ploughing Contest at the weekend. 

It's the first time the world event has been held in the UK since 2000, with competitors and judges jetting in from as far afield as the USA, Kenya, and Australia. 

David Chappell, the current British Ploughing Champion, explains the allure:

Travel update: New Street in Tadcaster accident

BBC Travel

If you're in or near Tadcaster, New Street is partially blocked near the A659 High Street junction because of an accident.  

Your North Yorkshire sport headlines

BBC Sport

The top sport stories from our York newsroom so far today include:

  • York City Knights could secure fourth place in the League 1 Super 8s tonight if they can beat Doncaster at Bootham Crescent
  • Yorkshire will look for quick wickets on day three of their crucial Championship fixture with Durham at Headingley. The visitors resume on 205 for 4 - still trailing by 255 runs
  • York City winger Aidan Connolly says the team's confident their poor away form will soon change

Much-anticipated floods report due out

A long-awaited report into how the country can be better protected from future flooding is due out later.

The National Flood Resilience Review was set up after flooding damaged thousands of homes and businesses across parts of the UK - including in North Yorkshire - in December last year.

York in the floods
Andy Tricklebank

The review has focused on several key areas, assessing just how well towns, cities and villages stand up to severe flooding and looking at how local infrastructure such as roads, electricity substations and bridges cope.

It also examines how much money is spent, what it's spent on and where it should be concentrated.

North Yorkshire's weather: Mixed fortunes for Thursday

A bright start, soon turning cloudy with a little patchy rain in the morning.

Dry and brighter again this afternoon with sunny spells. 

Watch my full forecast here:

Police appeal after two hurt in serious collision

Two drivers have been seriously hurt in a collision near Hunmanby.

The incident happened at about 06:40 on Wednesday morning on Bridlington Road and involved a black Vauxhall Astra and a green Ford Focus C-Max.

Scene of crash
North Yorkshire Police

The driver of the Astra, a 41-year-old local man, was taken to Scarborough District Hospital with injuries to his stomach.

The driver of the Ford, a 32-year-old man, also from the area, had to be extracted from his car by firefighters. He was treated at the scene before also being taken to Scarborough Hospital.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact police.

Traffic and travel: Delays on A59 in Harrogate

BBC Travel

Slow traffic's currently being reported on the A59 Skipton Road eastbound in Harrogate between New Park Roundabout and Empress Roundabout. Drivers are warned to expect delays.

Former Church Fenton airbase set to go international

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

North Yorkshire is to get its first international airport. 

Last night, the old airbase at Church Fenton, near Tadcaster, was granted a licence and has been renamed Leeds East Airport

It means that from May 2017 there will be four charter flights a day to places like Malaga, Faro and the French Riviera.

However, some local residents in Church Fenton aren't happy with the plans. 

Parish Councillor Jo Mason has told BBC Radio York she has reservations and is upset at what she feels is a lack of public consultation:

Your headlines this morning

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

  • A long-awaited report into how the country can be better protected from future flooding is due out later
  • The two-day British National Ploughing Championships will start at Crockey Hill later, followed by the World Ploughing Contest at the weekend

Traffic and travel: North Yorkshire's roads and rail

BBC Travel

Rail services from York seem to be running on time so far this morning, according to the live departure board.

However, if you're heading to London you need to be aware that services on the East Coast Main Line between Retford and Doncaster may still be affected following damage to overhead wires earlier this week.

While all lines have now reopened allowing trains to run, journeys between Doncaster and Grantham and throughout the East Coast Main Line may be cancelled, diverted or delayed by up to 20 minutes, according to National Rail Enquiries.

East Coast Main Line trains
East Coast Trains

On North Yorkshire's roads, the Selby Bypass (A63) and Tadcaster Bridge (A659) remain closed to traffic in both directions due to long-standing road works.

And the A170 at Sutton Bank remains closed for essential maintenance work.

North Yorkshire's weather: Cloud and rain but sun returning later

BBC Weather

Some dawn brightness, but cloud will quickly increase with a band of locally heavy rain spreading eastwards during the late morning and around midday. 

Then becoming brighter during the afternoon with sunny spells returning. 

Fresher feeling with a southwesterly breeze developing later.  

weather graphic

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. 

In the news, Church Fenton's airfield - now known as Leeds East Airport - has been granted a licence to run 60-seater chartered flights. More on that story later... 

In the meantime, we'd love to see your pics like this beautiful sunset over Richmond sent in by Yvonne Alderson. 

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