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Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

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A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J48 for A168 and J49 for A168.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J48, A168 (Boroughbridge) and J49, A168 (Dishforth), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J47 for A168 and J48 for A168.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - Two lanes closed on A1(M) northbound between J47, A168 (Allerton Park) and J48, A168 (Boroughbridge), because of an accident.

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

Yorkshire's top stories

The top stories from across Yorkshire so far today include:

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Appeal for help finding wanted man

A man who failed to attend court after being charged with a serious driving offence is being sought by police in North Yorkshire.

Marcin Wiczynski
North Yorkshire Police

Marcin Wiczynski, 30, of Scarborough, is wanted after magistrates in the town issued a warrant for his arrest.

He failed to attend court after he was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He is described as about 5ft 7ins tall and of average build. He has short, brown receding hair and speaks with an Eastern European accent.

Anyone who has seen him or knows his whereabouts is being asked to contact police.

Calls for rail spending assurances for Yorkshire

Spencer Stokes

Journalist, BBC Look North

There are new calls for the government to guarantee Yorkshire will get extra trains to and from London, despite the East Coast franchise being cancelled.

Train
Virgin Trains

Virgin and Stagecoach had promised new services from Leeds, York, Bradford, Harrogate and Huddersfield.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which oversees transport, has now written to the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, asking if they'll still go ahead.

The letter says: "Businesses in our region have been planning on the basis of a significant in direct services between our towns and cities and London which have now been placed in doubt.

"Part of the doubt stems from the fact that no decision has been made on who will run the trains."

Mr Grayling has said he is considering two approaches to the future of the East Coast service.

One option is to allow Stagecoach to continue operating the franchise on a short-term and not-for-profit basis until a new contract is awarded in 2020.

Alternatively, East Coast Mainline could be brought back under government control and be run by the Department for Transport through an operator of last resort.

New system costing £75m aimed at avoiding NHS drug errors

Following a study by York and Sheffield universities, £75m is being spent on new computer systems to help NHS staff in England avoid mistakes when giving out drugs.

Drugs
York University

It comes after the study found that prescription errors could contribute to 22,000 deaths a year.

Illegal gambling machines seized

Officers from HM Revenue and Customs has seized six unlawful gambling machines from five pubs in Selby.

HMRC seized the gambling machines
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The joint operation was carried out with the Gambling Commission, North Yorkshire Police and Selby District Council.

Machines were found which were unregistered and discovered duty was not being paid on them, according to HMRC. They say the unpaid tax cost the taxpayer about £19,000.

The machines were seized as well as £5,500 in cash.

Hambleton businesses gearing up for Tour de Yorkshire

Four hundred companies across Hambleton will be getting postcards telling them how to prepare for this year's Tour de Yorkshire.

The tips will include making sure staff can speak to customers about the race, dressing businesses in the Tour's colours of blue and yellow, adapting opening times around the event and working together.

Preparing for this year's Tour de Yorkshire
Hambleton District Council

Cyclists will pass through Crakehall, Bedale, Morton on Swale , Northallerton, Thirsk and Sutton under Whitestonecliffe before heading up Sutton Bank on Saturday 5 May. There'll be a sprint at Morton on Swale and a King of the Mountains stage on Sutton Bank.

The Hambleton stage will finish at Scarborough's North Bay.

Thousands turned out at Sutton Bank in 2016
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Listen: Shock as former council leader quits party

The City of York Council still has no permanent leader today after councillors failed to back Conservative Group leader Ian Gillies.

The situation arose after David Carr (pictured below) quit the Conservative party last night. He was sacked last week following a vote of no confidence.

He'll now serve as an Independent along with Suzie Mercer who also quit the Conservative Group and Party.

David Carr is now an Independent Councillor
York Conservatives

There'll be another meeting in a week to try to appoint a new leader.

Until then, Liberal Democrat Andrew Waller (pictured below) is in temporary charge:

Millions of drug errors highlighted by Yorkshire study

Research carried out in Yorkshire suggests there are more than two hundred million mistakes with people's medication in the NHS every year.

Drugs
BBC

The study from the universities of Sheffield, York and Manchester found there are more than seven hundred avoidable deaths every year as a result.

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt is due to set out measures to reduce the number of medication errors today.

Man seriously hurt in Scarborough stabbing

A man's been seriously injured in a suspected stabbing in Scarborough.

The attack happened on Ramshill Road
Google

The attack happened at about 22:25 last night near a taxi office on Ramshill Road.

The victim, who's in his 20s, was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Two men in their 20s and one in his 40s were arrested and remain in police custody.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman says officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and say there is no threat to the public.

Council tax set to rise in Selby and Ryedale

Two more local authorities in North Yorkshire have agreed how much more residents should pay for their council tax in the coming year.

Council tax bill
PA

Ryedale District Council says anyone living in an average home in the district will pay nine pence more per week, that's a 2.6% increase as it now has to deliver £4.9m of savings per year.

Selby District Council says its council tax is going up by 10 pence per average household, which is £5 for the year.

Selby District Council Leader Mark Crane says the authority's budget is a balance between continuing to make savings and doing things more efficiently.

Both authorities says everyone's total bill will include funding for Adult Social Care Services at North Yorkshire County Council.

Weather: Cold, light cloud and breezy

BBC Weather

Wrap up warm - it's going to be a chilly afternoon across Yorkshire.

Weather chart
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Do you recognise this man?

Harrogate Police want to speak to this man in connection with two incidents in the town on Friday 9 February.

Police want to identify this man
Harrogate Police

In the first one, police say A 34-year-old woman from the Leeds area was inappropriately touched by a man in the town's Revolution de Cuba bar at around midnight.

The same man then assaulted a 33-year-old man from the Leeds area, pushing him to the ground and leaving him with a cut nose, bruising around his eye and cuts to his arm.

Police are asking anyone who can identify the man to get in touch with them.

Drinkers leave pub over tumble drier fire

Pub-goers had to leave a York pub last night following a fire.

Crews from York, Acomb and Huntington used breathing apparatus and thermal imaging cameras to tackle the fire at Brigantes on Micklegate just after 20:00.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service says the fire was in a downstairs utility room and caused fire and smoke damage to the property.

It's believed it started in a tumble dryer.

Brigantes Pub
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Mayoress urges women over 70 to have mammograms

The Mayoress of the Borough of Scarborough is urging women over 70 to get regularly checked for breast cancer.

Cherry Smith arranged to have a mammogram.

Her family has a history of breast cancer.

She was diagnosed with stage three of the disease.

There were no signs that she had it.

Now she's doing a sponsored head shave for Breast Cancer Care after being diagnosed with the disease.

The head shave is taking place on Monday, 26 February at 1500 at Scarborough Town Hall.

Going with the flow

Harrogate Informer

Harrogate Water moves toward reducing the amount of plastic going to landfill sites.

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LISTEN: Former council leader quits Conservative Party

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

Turmoil at the City of York Council continued last night as former leader David Carr quit the Conservative Party and councillors failed to appoint a new leader of the authority.

It had been expected that councillor Ian Gillies would take over from David Carr, who was sacked after a vote of no confidence by his own party.

Councillor Gillies failed to get the support he needed.

David Carr accused part of his party of betrayal.

He told a full council meeting that he and fellow member Suzie Mercer will now serve as independents.

He said it was a tough decision.

Brrrr, Here's the weather forecast

Look North's Abbie Dewhurst has the weather forecast (just pull the duvet cover tighter)

TRAVEL: No major problem on the trains this morning

If you're catching a train from across Yorkshire this morning, most services are on time.

You can keep up to date by clicking on the links below.

Yorkshire's top stories

The top stories from across Yorkshire so far today include:

CCTV appeal after woman inappropriately touched

Do you know this man? Police in Harrogate want to speak to him after a man inappropriately touched a woman then assaulted another man.

CCTV
North Yorkshire Police

It happened on 9 February at the Revolution de Cuba bar in Harrogate.

A 34-year-old woman from Leeds was inappropriately touched by a man at about midnight.

The same man then assaulted a 33-year-old man, also from Leeds,.who was pushed over and left with a cut on his nose, bruising around his eye, a swollen neck and cuts on his arm.

Woman hiding in fridge among three arrested over thefts

Three people, including one woman police found hiding in a fridge, have been charged over burglary offences in Selby.

Officers say they found a number of stolen items when the three were arrested, including handbags, power tools, a horse harness, a cat carrier and this pocket watch:

Pocket watch
North Yorkshire Police

A 41-year-old man and a 31-year-old man, both from Selby, were arrested in a tent in Barlow Grange Woods earlier this week and have been charged with burglary offences.

A 32-year-old woman who was found hiding in her fridge at a house in Barlby has also been charged with similar offences.

All three have been remanded in custody to appear at court next month and police have issued an appeal to help return the stolen items to their owners.

Letter asks for help to help fix 'under siege' community

A campaigner who lives near a site earmarked for fracking in North Yorkshire is asking the county's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to help heal the community.

Fracking
BBC

Tori Winn-Atkinson, from Kirby Misperton, says her village, and others nearby, has been "under siege" from people opposed to Third Energy's fracking plans.

The firm is currently waiting for formal approval from the government before it can start fracking at the site.

Ms Winn-Atkinson says she's writing an open letter to PCC Julia Mulligan to step in - and she's now asking other villagers to sign it.

The PCC's office says it hasn't yet received the letter.

Waterborne volunteers sought for North Yorkshire ferry

How do you fancy doing something totally different this summer?

Nun Monkton Ferryboat in North Yorkshire is due to hit the water again soon and volunteers are needed to run it.

Passengers using the ferry
Nun Monkton Ferryboat

The service, which has linked the villages of Nun Monkton and Beningbrough again for the first time since 1952, was launched last August.

It's a non-profit-making community venture and carried about 600 passengers over the 10 days it was open in 2017.

The team is planning to restart the ferry on Easter Sunday and it'll run on weekends and bank holidays through to October - weather permitting, of course.

Otter know better? Creature comforts after road rescue

This baby otter is lucky to be alive after someone spotted her crossing the busy A64 near Malton in North Yorkshire:

Baby otter
RSPCA

According to the RSPCA, a man was looking out of his window last Friday afternoon when he spotted the tiny creature tumbling across the road.

He rushed outside and managed to rescue her before calling the animal charity after spotting that the tiny otter was dragging her back leg and thought it might have been clipped by a car.

Flow the baby otter
RSPCA

The RSPCA says she's no more than eight-weeks-old and its staff were surprised to see how young she was. They suspect she was separated from her mother and got lost.

Flow is eight weeks old
RSPCA

The otter, who was found to have suffered no broken bones, has been named by staff at the charity as Flow and is now being looked after at Ryedale Rehabilitation.

She's due to be moved to a specialist centre on the south coast very soon.

Hundreds turn out for event to tackle loneliness

Hundreds of people turned out for BBC Radio York's latest Cake and Cuppa event which is aimed at tackling loneliness.

The event was at Gracious Street Methodist Chapel in Knaresborough.

Listeners travelled from across the county to meet new people and make new friends.

This is the sixth event the radio station has held.

They've visited Pickering, Filey, Helmsley, York and Selby.

Cake and Cuppa event
BBC

A coach load of people from Sussex who were visiting the town heard the town crier announcing the event and popped in for cake and a cuppa.

The next venue will be announced soon.

Listen: Students demand refund over strike

Students in York are demanding compensation for teaching hours lost to strike action.

Today is the first day of 14 planned walk-outs by members of the University and College Union who are involved in a row over pensions.

Conrad Whitcroft. who studies at the University of York, has organised a petition to ask for money back on the hours that students are missing because of the strike:

Students at Sheffield and Leeds Universities are also affected.

The lecturers' employer, Universities UK, says the pension scheme has a six billion pound deficit. The University says they are working hard to draw up contingency plans that will aim to minimise the impact of industrial action.

Yorkshire sign Australia bowler Stanlake for T20 Blast

BBC Sport

Yorkshire have signed Australia international fast bowler Billy Stanlake for the 2018 T20 Blast.

Billy Stanlake
Getty Images

The 23-year-old, who at 6ft 8in is the tallest player to ever represent his country, is set to play a minimum of 12 games for the Vikings.

The paceman helped Australia win the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 tri-series against New Zealand on Wednesday.

"It'll be a great experience and hopefully an exciting few weeks," he said.

"It's a huge club with great history and tradition and I've only heard positive things from the guys who have been there in the past."

A stunning sunrise on the North Yorkshire coastline

It was a cold start to the day but it also meant the sunrise was stunning.

This was taken by BBC Weather Watcher Katie Boots from the beach at Filey.

Filey sunrise
BBC

Thieves target vans for tools

North Yorkshire Police are warning van owners not to leave tools in the back of their vehicles after six vans were broken into earlier this week.

The break-ins happened overnight on Monday.

Tools were taken from three vans in the Northstead area of Scarborough, one van was targeted in Rillington, and the other two incidents were in Muston and Filey.

£9m scheme for North York Moors Railway approved

Yorkshire Post

This is great news for the heritage railway line.

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Students across region affected by lecturers' strike

Hundreds of university lecturers are on strike across Yorkshire in a row over changes to their pensions.

Members of the University and College Union are involved in the industrial action.

Universities UK, which represents the institutions, says the changes are needed to meet the rising cost of the existing pension scheme.

Students at York, Sheffield and Leeds will be affected by today's action which is the first of 14 days of strikes.

Students James Duff and Lawrence Pople with striking lecturer David Huyssen
BBC

LISTEN: Look North presenters' Yorkshire charity sofa pull

Over the years the BBC Look North has done some mad challenges when raising money for charity.

Who can forget Amy Garcia and Harry Gration cycling Le Grand Depart ahead of the Tour de France in Yorkshire?

Or how about Harry Gration and Paul Hudson doing Three counties on three legs challenge for Sport Relief?

This year it is their toughest challenge yet, they're going to pull the Look North Sofa around Yorkshire all in aid of Sport Relief.

Here's the thoughts of Paul Hudson.

TRAVEL: Very slow traffic on A61 near Baldersby

A61 - Both directions - Hutton Conyers - North Yorkshire.

Very slow traffic on A61 in both directions at Smith Lane, congestion to A6108 Sharow Lane /Sharow Lane and to A1(M) J50 Baldersby. In the roadworks area.

Temporary traffic lights are in operation.

There is a reported closure of Dishforth Road which is making the traffic heavier than usual.

Boy missing from home found safe and well

North Yorkshire Police say a missing 10-year-old boy from Scarborough has been found safe and well.

The youngster had been reported missing from home on Tuesday evening.

Police have thanked the public for their help.