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Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

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A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J56 for B6275 Hang Beck.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - A1(M) entry slip road closed northbound at J56, B6275 (Barton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Yorkshire's to stories today

Yorkshire's top stories today include:

Live news for Yorkshire will return from 06:30 on Monday.

Travel update: Six-car crash on A66

BBC News Travel

One to avoid if your in this area of North Yorkshire:

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Ruby in her new bed when it was delivered

The tough bed has no bolts or joints meaning it is effectively unbreakable, it is claimed.

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Light fantastic for York in the dark months

A scheme to illuminate York during the winter months has been hailed a success and has helped drive visits to the city.

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That's according to the council's tourism bureau, who say visitor numbers rose during November and December.

More than 160,000 LED lights have lluminated bridges, lamp columns and buildings, including the city's four 14th Century gateways.

Apparently, if the lights were laid end-to-end (why would you do that?), they would stretch for 15km.

The Winter Lights scheme will continue up to the end of February.

Delays after power switch off on East Coast Mainline

There have been delays of up to an hour on the East Coast mainline between Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London after a safety problem with overhead electrical wires.

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Virgin Trains East Coast

The train company turned the power off for two hours, causing delays at Retford, affecting trains to and from Grantham.

Delays are expected to continue throughout the afternoon.

Care improvement plan after government warning

The City of York Council says it's looking at ways to improve recruitment and a plan to improve staff skills after being named by the government as one of the worst in the country for getting people out of hospital and into care.

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It means it might lose control of some of its funding.

A letter signed by health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has been sent to City of York Council leader David Carr. It says York is in the bottom five councils for finding care places.

The council says it received the letter last December and has been working on solutions to the issues it raises.

The sky at night: North Yorkshire's infinite twinkling

A festival to celebrate North Yorkshire's celestial wonders opens today.

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North York Moors National Park

The third annual Dark Skies Festival will see stargazers gathering on the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales.

The moors are said to be one of the best places in the country to see stars, because of the low light pollution levels and clear horizons.

Government warns York Council over care places

City of York Council's been named by the government as one of the worst in the country for getting people out of hospital and into a care placement.

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It means the authority might lose control of some of its funding.

A letter signed by health secretary Jeremy Hunt and communities secretary Sajid Javid has been sent to City of York Council leader David Carr.

It says York is in the bottom five councils for finding care places, meaning the government might step in and commit a third of its Improved Better Care Fund money in a bid to reduce pressure on the NHS.

Your council is at risk of having specific conditions placed on it."

Rt Hon Sajid JavidCommunities secretary

Traffic and travel: A64 open again after crash

BBC News Travel

The A64 westbound has reopened again after a collision which completely closed the busy road earlier this morning.

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Police say several vehicles were involved shortly after 07:00 on the A64 at Hazlewood, near Tadcaster.

The crash involved a grey VW Passat, a white BMW 1 Series, a silver Mini Cooper and a bus.

No one was hurt.

The road is now fully open and traffic congestion is easing.

York council tax hike approved

People in York will see their council tax rise by 3.5% after senior politicians approved a budget last night for the next financial year.

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It will go before full council later this month when opposition parties will put forward their alternative budgets.

City of York Council is among 95% of local authorities planning to increase council tax.

Severe accident: A165 North Yorkshire both ways

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A165 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, at Prince Of Wales Terrace.

A165 North Yorkshire - A165 Ramshill Road in Scarborough blocked and stationary traffic at the Prince Of Wales Terrace junction, because of an accident involving a pedestrian.

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Watch: Yorkshire's Friday forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There'll be dry and bright conditions for most today across Yorkshire.

A scattering of showers this afternoon, some of these wintry on high levels.

Here's my full forecast:

Traffic and Travel: Latest on closure of A64 westbound

BBC News Travel

Traffic conditions on the A64 at Tadcaster are not now expected to return to normal until at least 10:30 this morning.

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Traffic England

The road remains closed westbound between the junctions with the A162 and the A659 after what police have described as a multi-vehicle incident.

Emergency services remain on the scene.

Congestion is now tailing back as far as the A1237 York Ring Road.

Traffic and travel: Big delays on A64 after accident

BBC News Travel

It'll be at least 09:15 before things get back to normal on the A64 after a multi-vehicle accident near Tadcaster, according to Highways England.

The road is currently completely closed westbound and traffic between Tadcaster and Leeds remains "severely affected", according to police.

Traffic and Travel: A64 westbound closed

BBC News Travel

There are currently big problems on the A64 in North Yorkshire.

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It's completely closed westbound at Tadcaster because of a multi-vehicle accident.

Police say travel between Tadcaster and Leeds has been "severely affected".

Emergency services are in atttendance, they add.

Severe accident: A64 North Yorkshire westbound

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A64 North Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between A659 and A162.

A64 North Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A64 westbound in Catterton between the A659 junction and the A162 junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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Listen: Rediscover Otley's famous 'Chip' off the old block

A new exhibition dedicated to one of the world's most famous furniture designers - and one of Yorkshire's most famous sons - opens in Leeds today.

Thomas Chippendale was born in Otley in West Yorkshire in 1718 and he was educated at the town's grammar school.

By the 1740s he was working in York as a cabinet maker before making his name in London, designing furniture for some of the greatest houses in the country.

Outside his work, Chippendale fathered 12 children and had two marriages before his death in 1779.

His work has now been brought together for a display at Leeds City Museum and one of the exhibition's curators, Ruth Martin, says his output was prolific:

Check your train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're catching a train today, things appear to be running pretty much to time from stations across Yorkshire at the moment.

You can check the full details for your journey here:

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

A cold start to the day across Yorkshire with a risk of ice through the morning.

Showers and some hill snow are possible.

It'll remain largely dry overnight with clear skies at times.

That'll result in a dip in temperatures, possibly down to about -3C (27F):

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York security concerns prompt £1m protection plan

Further traffic restrictions in York are to be examined in a new bid to protect people from a possible terrorist attack.

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The city council has approved a report calling for a full review of traffic access points to the city centre and York's racecourse.

Barriers were placed in front of York Minster, and on certain streets, in 2017 but the city has been advised by police that further measures are needed, with the changes likely to cost over £1m.

York receives over seven million visitors a year and councillor Ian Gillies, executive member for transport, said keeping people safe was vital.

Can you help find the Parfitts from Beverley?

BBC Look North reporter Ian White has sent out a tweet asking for help in finding a couple for an item he is working on.

They were married in 1982 and their marriage was blessed by the Pope when he came to York.

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In pictures: High sunshine, low temperatures in Yorkshire

It's been beautiful but cold and sunny for many parts of the county this week, which means an abundance of scenic shots from our BBC Weather Watchers:

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All of these were shot in minus degrees.

The top pic is from Horton in Ribblesdale.

In the middle, on the left, we have the top of the Pennines seen from Burtersett village and the frosty visage to the right is, as you'll see, self explanatory.

And along the bottom is Redmire in Richmondshire.

Listen: Plans for new anti-terror measures in York

More anti-terror measures for York will be discussed at a meeting later.

They include stepping up security around York Minster and the racecourse, and banning vehicles from more parts of the city.

It's as the UK terror threat level remains at severe.

In November last year concrete blocks were placed in front of York Minster.

Neil Ferris, York's Director for Economy and Places says York's seven million visitors each year need to be protected:

Scarborough's sweetheart pincushions commemorate war art

A project is under way in Scarborough to decorate 1,568 "sweetheart pincushions" - one for every day of World War One.

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During the war injured soldiers sent decorated pincushions to their loved ones back at home.

Now a project called Sawdust Hearts will see the making and exhibiting of 1,568 replica sweetheart pincushions, to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.

Artist Helen Birmingham says she understands how decorating the pincushions helped soldiers take their minds of their injuries.

Police want these men over pub raid

Police investigating a burglary at a Filey pub have released CCTV images of two men they want to trace.

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Money was taken from the safe and entertainment machines at the Royal Oak pub in Hunmanby.

A laptop computer was also stolen, along with more than 15 bottles of spirits – mainly rum, gin and whisky – 30 bottles of beer and alcopops and a large amount of crisps and chocolate bars.

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Police believed that thieves used a crowbar to enter the building before forcing open a fruit machine and two toy dispensing machines.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We’d urge anyone who thinks they might know them, has been offered items for sale or has any other information about the incident to get in touch.”

Listen: 'No exact science' - Increasing security in York

More bollards and road closures could be on the way to York as part of increased security measures.

They're being discussed today with a particular focus on the areas around York Minster and the racecourse.

Paul Jeffrey runs Avon Barrier which makes security devices including bollards and barriers.

He says putting up barriers is just one part of protecting people:

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Recorded sexual offences up 15% in Yorkshire

The number of sexual offences recorded by the police in Yorkshire increased by 15% last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Between April 2016 and March 2017 there was 13,136 recorded sexual offences, which is up from 11,398 the year before - 6,071 of the offences were recorded in West Yorkshire.

The number has increased by 20% in the Humberside, 20% in North Yorkshire, 17% in South Yorkshire and 12% in West Yorkshire.

It increased by 14% nationally with 121,187 recorded offences.

York children’s play area fire believed to be arson

Arsonists are thought to be responsible for a fire at a children’s play area in York last night.

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Firefighters were called to the Grange Lane Play Area, near Askham Lane, just before 19:00.

When the crew arrived they found playground equipment on fire.

A spokesperson for the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said: “The cause of fire is believed to be deliberate.”

CCTV released of bogus charity collectors

Police are looking for two men suspected of carrying out bogus charity collections in York.

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North Yorkshire Police

The pair were dressed in Cancer Research UK tabards and carrying branded buckets in Marks and Spencers on Pavement in the city.

When questioned by store staff, they couldn'tt provide the relevant paperwork required to legitimately collect in the store.

Store management then checked their ID with Cancer Research UK, but the men weren't known to them.

Police would like to hear from anyone who recognises the men.

Elderly couple rescued from North York Moors icy roads

An elderly couple have been rescued after their car left the road in icy conditions on the North York Moors.

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Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team

The incident was one of four vehicles that left the Stape to Egton Bridge road at Wheelgate Gill yesterday afternoon.

A recovery vehicle on its way to them also got stuck near Egton Bridge.

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Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team

Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team say they spent over four hours rescuing those involved.

Union criticises 'vandalism' of East Coast rail franchise

The government's being accused of "mindless industrial vandalism" over claims it could have taken back control of a failing rail franchise.

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Railscot

The RMT union says it further compounds what it calls the "shambles" over the future of the East Coast Mainline, which has its HQ in York.

The government announced on Monday that Stagecoach and Virgin would only continue running the East Coast Mainline for a few more months saying they'd "got their numbers wrong".

Labour and the RMT want the government to take over running the service as it has done previously.

But the government says it would have been a waste of money to do that, and says it "maintains a full capability to act as an operator of last resort".

Are you following us on Instagram?

Julia Bryson

Journalist, BBC Local Live

If you're on Instagram, why not give our account a follow @bbcyorkshire where we showcase the best of your photos from around the region.

If you'd like to share one of your captures, just tag is #bbcyorkshire for us to see and you could be featured on Instagram or on the BBC website.

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Listen: Council tax hike planned for York

A rise in council tax in York's expected to be approved by senior councillors later.

The authority wants to put it up by 3.5%.

City of York Council is among 95% of local authorities planning to increase council tax.

Jonathan Carr-West, from the Local Government Information Unit, which produced the figures, says councils are dipping into reserves of cash when they shouldn't be:

New anti-terror measures considered for York

Increased anti-terror measures around York Minster and the city's racecourse are due to be discussed at a meeting later,

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The new measures include tougher traffic restrictions and while the council says they are not in response to a specific threat, they would help deter would-be attackers.

Last November, a barrier of 12 security blocks was placed in front of York Minster due to the national threat of terrorist attacks.

Watch: Yorkshire's weather forecast for Thursday

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a fairly cloudy day for Yorkshire as a band of rain spreads from the north west.

Watch my full forecast here: