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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 10 November 2016
  3. Homes evacuated in Ripon as big sinkhole appears
  4. Joint police force search launched for missing sex offender
  5. Yorkshire Museum raises £44,000 to buy Roman coin hoard
  6. York researchers seek sleeping children for new study

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By Andrew Barton

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Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

That's all we've got time for today - thanks for spending the last few hours in our company. 

We're back again with our Local Live service from 07:00 on Friday.    

In the meantime here's a summary of the main story we've been following today: the overnight appearance of a huge sinkhole, estimated to be about 50ft by 30ft wide, on Ripon's Magdalen's Road.

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Fire crews evacuated seven homes on the road at about 22:30, leaving one resident, Ben Bramley, concerned about the future.

"We're being told the house is likely to be structurally unsafe for some time. We might even be officially homeless," he says.

Meanwhile, another resident, Frances O'Neil has talked about the moment she discovered the back garden of her Ripon home has completely disappeared.

Investigations continue into the sinkhole and the safety of the homes it's affected.

We'll bring you up-to-date tomorrow, meanwhile go here for any further developments today.

Time for bed: York researchers need sleeping children

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Here's an interesting turn on getting the kids to sleep.

Researchers at the University of York are looking for volunteers aged between 8 and 12 years of age to go to sleep.

It's for a project called SleepSmart which is aimed at understanding the role of sleep in memory.

Intrigued? Victoria Knowland, from the university, has been telling me more:

Yorkshire Museum raises £44,000 to buy Roman coin hoard

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The Yorkshire Museum in York is to buy the largest Roman coin hoard of its type ever discovered in the north of England.

hoard
Yorkshire Museum

More than 1,800 Roman coins were discovered near Scarborough by a metal detector enthusiast. 

The museum has raised £44,000, which ensures the find can stay on display there.

Andrew Woods, from the Yorkshire Museum, says he's "thrilled" by the response to the appeal.

"We would like to thank every single person who gave to this appeal and has helped make sure this wonderful collection of coins will stay in Yorkshire and in public collections," he says.

Watch: Ripon sinkhole - 'The ground was moving, my steps had vanished'

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

I'm at the scene of the huge sinkhole which appeared overnight in Ripon.

Frances O'Neil is one of the residents who's been forced to leave their homes due to the hole.

She's been telling me more about the moment she discovered the back garden of her Ripon home has disappeared.

North Yorkshire's weather: Showers and sunshine this afternoon

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see sunny spells and scattered showers.

The top temperature will be about 7C (45F) with a moderate westerly wind.

Weather graphic
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Ripon sinkhole: No quick return home for affected residents

Engineers are now on site as investigations continue into the appearance of a large sinkhole in Ripon.

Engineers at Ripon sinkhole
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Meanwhile, fire and rescue teams have returned to the scene with experts to assess what the likely outcome of the sinkhole might be.

Station Manager Ben Cairns says at the moment there are no plans to evacuate any more properties in the area.

However, he's told BBC Radio York's Joanita Musisi that for the time being residents of four of the homes affected will not be able to return to their homes any time soon. 

This is what he's had to say:

Your headlines this lunchtime

BBC Radio York

The headlines from our York newsroom this lunchtime include:

Ripon sinkhole: Another view of the scene

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

Here's the latest picture of the scene on Magdalen's Road in Ripon where a large sinkhole opened up at about 22:30 last night.

This picture really gives you an idea of the scale of the gaping hole which led to the evacuation of seven properties:

Sinkhole
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Severe accident: A661 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC Travel

A661 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between A59 Knaresborough Road and A658.

A661 North Yorkshire - A661 Wetherby Road in Harrogate closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Empress Roundabout and Kestrel Roundabout, because of an accident.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Search launched for missing sex offender

A sex offender has gone missing after failing to appear in court on Wednesday to be sentenced for a number of sexual offences.

Andrew Robinson
West Yorkshire Police

Andrew Robinson, 65, failed to appear at Newcastle Crown Court and was last seen in York yesterday morning.

He's now believed to be in the Ravenscar or Whitby area and is believed to be carrying a large green rucksack.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police are assisting West Yorkshire Police in the search, and anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to get in touch as soon as possible.

Your headlines this morning

The headlines from our York newsroom so far this morning include:

Listen: Ripon sinkhole - 'The landscape's changing, it's not as flat'

BBC Radio York

I've been speaking to one of the landlords of the Magdalens Pub in Ripon, on the corner of Magdalen's Road where a large sinkhole appeared last night.

Eamon Parkin says people who'd been evacuated from seven homes affected by the sinkhole took shelter there and drank tea and coffee until the very early hours.

Mr Parkin says he's "very concerned by the opening of another huge sinkhole" and wonders where the next one will appear.

An earlier sinkhole appeared just down the road in February 2014, leading to the demolition of a house which was too severely damaged to be saved.

Mr Parkin told me he's noticed a visible change to the landscape in the Magdalen's Road area in recent years:

Going underground: The lowdown on sinkholes

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

We've been looking at what causes sinkholes this morning, after one measuring approximately 50ft by 30ft wide appeared overnight in the gardens of houses on Magdalen's Road in Ripon.

Florida, it seems, is particularly prone to such holes as the entire state has limestone underneath it.

The one pictured below opened up behind the home of Jeffrey Bush whose house had to be demolished as a result:

Sinkhole in Florida
AP

Typically, rainfall seeps through the soil, absorbing carbon dioxide and reacting with decaying vegetation. As a result, the water that reaches the soluble rock is acidic.

The acidic water causes the erosion of the soluble rock layers beneath the surface - eventually creating cavernous spaces.

There are warning signs in urban areas. These include doors and windows failing to close properly, or cracks appearing in the foundations of houses. In some cases ground movement can even be detected.

Watch: Latest pictures form Ripon's newest sinkhole

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

I'm in Ripon this morning where a 50ft sinkhole has appeared overnight on Magdalen's Road, leading to the evacuation of seven houses.  

The hole's spread across two gardens, is currently of an unknown depth, and is quite a sight to see.

Ben Bramley, one of the residents who's been forced to leave their homes due to the hole, has let me get really close to have a look and he describes the scene:

Ripon sinkhole: What we know now

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Seven homes were evacuated in Ripon last night after a large sinkhole appeared in their back gardens.

Sinkhole
BBC

Emergency crews were called to Magdalen's Road at about 22:30 after the hole, estimated to be about 50ft by 30ft wide and of an "unknown" depth, appeared.

Ben Bramley, one of the residents who had to leave their homes, says he heard what sounded like a landslip.

"It was a real mess out there. It's a huge hole that runs from our back door to the garage and it's about 20ft deep," he says.

Sinkhole
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Mr Bramley says everyone's shocked by the appearance of the hole and he's concerned he may be left homeless as the affected houses have been deemed structurally unsafe.

In February 2014, another sinkhole appeared just round the corner at Magdalen's Close which led to the demolition of one property.

According to the British Geological Society, Ripon is a well-known hotspot for sinkholes because of several underground deposits of gypsum, a highly soluble rock, which are slowly dissolving.

Fire crews and council experts are due back at the scene this morning to assess the situation.

Ripon sinkhole: More pictures from Magdalen's Road

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

We've been following developments in Ripon this morning, where a huge sinkhole has appeared very close to houses on Magdalen's Road.

The hole's believed to be 50ft by 30ft and has led to the evacuation of seven properties as it's spread across two gardens and is an "unknown" depth, according to the fire service.

Here are some more incredible pictures from the scene:

Sinkhole 1
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Sinkhole
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Hole
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How are sinkholes formed?

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A large sinkhole has appeared overnight in Ripon, but what usually causes them to appear?

This latest hole, which is reported to be about 50ft by 30ft across, appeared last night in gardens on Magdalen's Road.

That's just round the corner from a previous sinkhole which appeared in 2014 which caused severe damage to one house.

Sinkholes, or dolines, often take thousands of years to form and vary hugely in size.

Hole
AFP

The deepest is China's Xiaozhai Tienkeng (pictured above) at 2,172ft, while the Qattara Depression in Egypt is roughly 50 miles by 75 miles in surface size.  

But often sinkholes can be only a few metres in diameter.

They are usually the result of what are known as Karst processes. They happen when a layer of rock underneath the ground is dissolved by acidic water.

Ripon sinkhole: 'We might be homeless'

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

I'm in Ripon this morning where a 50ft sinkhole has appeared overnight on Magdalen's Road, leading to the evacuation of seven houses.

I've just spoken to Ben Bramley who owns the house most affected by the hole. He tells me his whole garden has disappeared. 

He says: "Last night we heard what sounded like a landslip. I went out and my neighbour was out there in her dressing gown and it was a real mess." 

Magdalen's road
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"It's a huge hole that runs from our back door to the garage and it's about 20ft deep," adds Ben.

At the moment Ben says he's shocked by what's happened and is very concerned about the future.

"We're being told the house is likely to be structurally unsafe for some time. We might even be officially homeless," he says.

North Yorkshire's weather: A cold start, brighter later

BBC Weather

Moving away from this morning's big story for a moment, the big sinkhole which has appeared in Ripon, here's a look at today's weather:

We're seeing a cold start with showers and risk of some icy patches, but it'll become brighter with sunny spells.

There is still the chance of occasional heavy, perhaps thundery, showers - particularly near the coast. 

Weather graphic
BBC

Ripon sinkhole: What we know now

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

With news that a large sinkhole has appeared in Ripon overnight, here's what we know so far:

  • Fire crews were called to Magdalen's Road at about 22:30 on Wednesday night
  • The hole was discovered to be about 50ft by 30ft wide and of an "unknown" depth
  • Seven properties were evacuated due to the hole which is spread across two gardens
  • This hole is just a short distance away from the site of a previous sinkhole
  • Fire crews and council experts are due back at the hole this morning to assess the situation

The underground history behind Ripon's sinkholes

Why has yet another sinkhole appeared in Ripon?

This latest hole, which is reported to be about 50ft by 30ft across, appeared last night in gardens on Magdalen's Road.

That's just round the corner from a previous sinkhole which appeared in 2014 which caused severe damage to one house (pictured):

Damage to house in Ripon
BBC

According to the British Geological Society website, the area is affected because of deposits of gypsum, a highly soluble rock.

A "cave" system has been created from this gypsum which, it seems, is slowly dissolving - causing the occasional appearance of sinkholes.

Listen: Ripon sinkhole 'spans two gardens'

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

I've just been talking to the North Yorkshire Fire Service about the huge sinkhole which has appeared overnight on Ripon's Magdalen's Road.

Here's what Station Manager Ben Cairns told me:

Your headlines this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The top stories from our York newsroom this morning include:   

Fire crews and council experts due at Ripon sinkhole site

A further update on the 50ft by 30ft sinkhole which has appeared on Magdalen's Close in Ripon:

Fire crews are due to return to the site at about 08:00 to assess the situation.

The hole, which appeared at about 22:30 last night and which led to the evacuation of seven properties, is also expected be examined by building experts from the council later.

Ripon sinkhole 'probably 50ft by 30ft'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Here's the latest we have on a big sinkhole that has appeared overnight in Ripon, leading to the evacuation of seven properties on Magdalen's Road.

Magdalen's rd
Google

Fire crews were called out to properties on the road at about 22:30 last night, according to Station Manager Ben Cairns from North Yorkshire Fire service.  

He's told us the area is well known for gypsum deposits and says: "It's not the first time sinkholes have been encountered in the area".

A house on Magdalen's Close had to be demolished in February 2014 after it was damaged when a 25ft sinkhole opened.

"This one on Magdalen's Road appears to be quite large, probably 50ft by 30ft," adds Mr Cairns.

Ripon sinkhole is not first in the city

The appearance of a sinkhole on Madgalen's Road in Ripon overnight, leading to the evacuation of seven properties, is not the first to appear in the city.

House affected by sinkhole in Ripon
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In February 2014, a house on nearby Magdelen's Close had to be demolished (pictured) after it was damaged when a 25ft wide sinkhole opened.

Residents of the rented property in Magdalen's Close had to be evacuated along with people in two other homes when the hole appeared.

The 100-year-old detached house was demolished after assessments by building specialists at Harrogate Borough Council.

Traffic and Travel: Roads and rail off to a good start

BBC Travel

I'll bring you more on the news about the sinkhole which has appeared in Ripon in a short time.

Meanwhile, let's take a quick look at the roads across North Yorkshire.

If you're about to leave the house and head out this morning, you shouldn't find any significant delays to disrupt you on the roads - but there are warnings of icy patches, so take care.

If you're in the Sutton Under Whitestonecliffe area, be aware there are temporary traffic lights and telecom work on the A170 near Cross Hill, which might slow your journey.

Sutton
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Meanwhile, in Harrogate on the A61, Princess Royal Way, there is a speed restriction of 30mph in both directions.

And here's the live departure board at York Railway Station, showing all services currently running to time. 

Three evacuated after sinkhole appears in Ripon

More on the news that a large sinkhole has appeared in Ripon, leading to the evacuation of several people.

This is what North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have said about the incident so far - we're hoping to get more information from them as soon as we can.

View more on twitter

Ripon sinkhole latest

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

More on the news that seven properties have been evacuated in Ripon after the appearance overnight of a large sinkhole.

Fire crews were called out late last night to Magdalen's Road (pictured) after the hole, estimated to be between 30ft to 60ft across, appeared.

No-one was injured and the area's been cordoned off. 

More to follow...

Magdelan's Road
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BreakingLarge sinkhole appears in Ripon

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Seven properties have been evacuated in Ripon after a huge sinkhole appeared in their back gardens.

More to follow...

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, weather and travel from across North Yorkshire.    

I don't think we're expecting anymore snow today, but I thought we'd start with a BBC Weather Watcher pic which shows just how much fell in parts of North Yorkshire yesterday - enough to build a family of snowmen! 

Snowman
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Thanks to George Pips for what looks to me like father-and-son snowmen.

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