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Summary

  1. Live updates on Tuesday 26 April 2016
  2. News, travel and sport updates will resume at 07:00 on Wednesday 27 April

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye and thank you

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

That's the end of our live service for today.

I'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county.

I'll leave you with this picture of two-wheeled Tour de Yorkshire preparations in Helmsley.

Let's hope the obstacles when the race starts on Friday are less precarious!

Tour de Yorkshire preparations in Helmsley
BBC

Headlines: Junior doctors strike, Hillsborough verdict and Austin Reed goes into administration

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our newsroom in York include:

  • For the first time in their history junior doctors have walked out of A and E, intensive care and maternity services. They're striking over a row about contracts which are going to be imposed on them. 
  • The 96 football fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed. That's what an inquest jury has concluded after hearing 2 years of evidence. 
  • Austin Reed has called in adminstrators, putting more than a thousand jobs and 150 shops at risk including one in York and Harrogate.

Weather: Still January then

BBC Weather

Cold with wintry showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow and of course there's a risk of thunder too!

Weather graphic
BBC

Austin Reed in administration

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

The fashion retailer Austin Reed has called in adminstrators, putting more than a thousand jobs and 150 shops at risk including one in York and Harrogate.

The business also has a customer service centre in Thirsk.

Austin Reed in York
Google

Watch: Junior doctors outside York Hospital

Jules Bellerby

Junior doctors are staging their first all out strike in the history of the NHS.

The dispute over pay and conditions has escalated after the Health Secretary ruled he would impose a new contract against their wishes.

I've been to speak to Dr Vera Mirdavoudi, who is one of a group of doctors protesting outside York hospital.

Big Wheel Keep On Turning

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Another great pic of our weird weather and a reminder of forthcoming bike race shenanigans.

I wonder which brave rider will give Sutton Bank a go on this?

Sutton Bank Penny Farthing model
BBC

Extraordinary new look planned for ‘eyesore’ Stonebow House

YorkMix

One of York’s most controversial buildings, Stonebow House, is to be reborn in gold and glass.

What was built as a concrete monument to Sixties brutalist architecture will be transformed to create a building developers say will “enhance the eastern gateway to the city centre”.

Stonebow House in York
YorkMix

Tour de Yorkshire: Great pic from The Press

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Riders must be looking forward to Friday!

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Tour de Yorkshire: bunting a-plenty

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Bunting suppliers are having another good year.

The first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire on Friday sets off from Beverley and then speeds through North Yorkshire.

As it crosses the county it'll briefly grace the market town of Pately Bridge in Nidderdale.

From these pics it looks like the town is prepared.

Pateley Bridge
BBC

Scarborough mini reptile house

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Jordan Woodhead  has been given permission to keep three more rare reptiles at his home in Scarborough.

Jordan already has a 14ft python, a snapping turtle, and a bearded dragon. 

But now he has been given a licence for another trio including an American alligator and a Siamese crocodile!

Thanks to Jordan for sending these pics.

A snapping turtle and bearded dragon
Jordan Woodhead

What's the strangest pet you've had?

I'd love to see your pictures.

You can send them via Twitter or Facebook.

Listen: Bootham Hospital, a patient's view

Georgey Spanswick

Following the news there's been more than 100 hospital admissions to Middlesbrough Hospital from people with mental health problems who would have been treated in York, one former patient told me about the impact the closure had on her and people she knows.  

Bootham Hospital closure cause long journeys

Watch: Tour de Yorkshire (by car)

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

If you dream of zooming up the steepest part of the first day of the Tour de Yorkshire as part of the cycling pack, but know you never will, why not cheat?

Sit back and enjoy this sped up film and ascend Greenhow Hill in in comfort from the inside of a car.

Wildlife persecution

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

North Yorkshire Police's Wildlife Unit have made some grisly discoveries this morning.

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Fire Service goes all Hitchcock

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

North Yorkshire Fire Service seemed to have a Hitchcock themed day yesterday.

First it got a bit Psycho as they rescued a woman from a shower.

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Janet Leigh
AP

And then a seagull on a window ledge needed help.

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A seagull
PA

But was that The Birds or Vertigo?

York Floods: Inquiry to take more than six months

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

An independent inquiry into flooding in York over Christmas will take more than six months to report back.

The inquiry is to look at how the city council and other agencies coped with the floods and how information was provided to residents.

Kings Staith York
BBC

It will be chaired by Angharad Davies, a self-employed barrister.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were flooded in the city after the Rivers Foss and Ouse burst their banks in December.

Headlines: Junior doctors strike and Tour de Yorkshire riders arrive in North Yorkshire

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

Here are the latest headlines from our York Newsroom:

  • For the first time in the history of the NHS, doctors across North Yorkshire are on strike and will provide no emergency care
  • There've been more than 100 hospital admissions to Middlesbrough of mental health patients who would have been treated in York after the city's Bootham Park psychiatric hospital closed, figures obtained by the BBC show
  • With just days to go now until the Tour De Yorkshire riders are starting to arrive in the county ahead of the event which starts on Friday

Traffic and Travel: Long delays at Ormesby Bank

BBC Travel

One to watch out for in the north of the county. 

There's queuing traffic and long delays on A171 Ormesby Bank in both directions between the A174 junction and the A1043 junction, because of an earlier broken down vehicle.  

Ormesby Bank
Google

Weather update: Snow, wind and rain - it must be April then

BBC Weather

A cold and windy day with the surprise of snow too.

Here's Kay with the forecast for the rest of today:

Riccall schoolchildren design Tour de Yorkshire T-shirts

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Excitement is building in villages along the route of the Tour de Yorkshire in North Yorkshire

At Riccall Primary School they've held a competition to design t-shirts especially for the race. 

Here are a few of the very colourful results. 

Tour de Yorkshire T shirts
BBC

The first stage of the race on Friday sets off from Beverley and enters North Yorkshire for the first time at Cawood.

It'll continue on to Tadcaster, Knaresborough, Ripley, Pateley Bridge, Grassington, Gargrave, before finishing in Settle.  

Travel update: Sutton Bank car breakdown

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Can you imagine a worse place to break down?

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Weird Weather: There's snow in them there hills

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Thanks to North Yorkshire County Council for these pictures from their road cameras which show the somewhat strange and snowy weather conditions in North Yorkshire today.

From left to right: Chopgate, Sutton Bank going down and Sutton Bank going up.

Sutton Bank and Chopgate
North Yorkshire County Council

Lost York: Photos of Ben Johnson's and RR Donnelley's

The Press

The York Press' series on lost York businesses and industries takes us to Boroughbridge Road, then on to Flaxby.  

Ben Johnsons
York Press

Listen: Doctors' strike - 'Patients should still go to A&E'

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

For the first time in the history of the NHS, doctors across North Yorkshire are on strike this morning and will provide no emergency care.  

More than 1,000 operations and appointments have been cancelled at York, Scarborough and Harrogate Hospitals. 

Doctor Daniel Pennells, who's protesting outside an NHS building in Leeds, has told BBC Radio York that patients should still go to A&E if they need to.

Weather: Is it really April?

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

It's Christmas on the North York Moors, it seems...

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'Why am I on strike? To fight the destruction of our health system'

YorkMix

For the first time in the history of the NHS doctors across North Yorkshire are on strike this morning and will provide no emergency care. York junior doctor, Veera Mirdavoudi, argues that going on strike is an act of public service by health workers.

Striking Doctors
Richard McDougal

Snow on Sutton Bank caught on camera

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Someone should tell the weather it's April...

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Send your weird weather pics by Twitter or Facebook and we'll show them to everyone else.

North Yorkshire's junior doctors join national strike

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

For the first time in the history of the NHS, doctors across North Yorkshire are on strike this morning and will provide no emergency care

The nine-hour walkout in protest at the imposition of a new contract from the summer has just begun and will be repeated tomorrow. 

More than 1,000 operations and appointments have been cancelled at York, Scarborough and Harrogate Hospitals. 

Tour de Yorkshire: Thirsk's yarn-tastic display!

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Thirsk is covered in knitted designs, in a colourful process called "yarn-bombing", ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire which starts on Friday.

About 300 volunteers have been knitting for several months to produce bunting, bollard covers and bus stop decorations. 

Here are some of the best ones. 

Yarnbombing in Thirsk
BBC

What's happening in preparation for the big race where you live?

Send us your photos via Twitter or Facebook.  

Scarborough man's mini reptile zoo set to grow

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

A man has been given permission to keep three more rare reptiles at his home in Scarborough.

Jordan Woodhead already has a 14ft python, a snapping turtle, a bearded dragon and many more. 

But now he has been given a licence for another trio including an American alligator and a Siamese crocodile! Both grow to 7ft long.

Crocodile
AP

What's the most unusual pet you've owned?

Send your pics and get in touch on Twitter or Facebook.

Traffic and Travel: Accident sparks delays on M62

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

if you're heading across to Manchester this morning, it might be wise to avoid junction 12/11 on the M62.

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Headlines: Junior doctors strike, Bootham Hospital closure latest and Scarborough man's unusual pets

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

Among the stories from our newsroom in York this morning:

  • Junior doctors are due to go on strike again later this morning - and for the first time will provide no emergency care
  • There've been more than 100 hospital admissions to Middlesbrough from people with mental health problems who would have been treated at York's Bootham Park Hospital
  • A Scarborough man who owns a 14ft python, a snapping turtle, and a bearded dragon is given a licence to own an American alligator and a Siamese crocodile

Bootham Park Hospital: Closure causes long journeys for treatment

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

BBC Radio York has discovered there've been more than 100 hospital admissions to Middlesbrough from people with mental health problems who would previously have been treated in York. 

The city's Bootham Park psychiatric hospital closed in September.

The figures come as a mental health pressure group calls on health organisations to act quickly to improve services

Bootham Hospital
Gordon Kneale Brooke

North Yorkshire's weather: More like January than April

BBC Weather

Cold with wintry showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow, affecting the east initially, with a risk of thunder.

Weather graphic
BBC

Traffic and Travel: Disruption in Tadcaster

BBC Travel

Just a reminder for you about disruption in Tadcaster due to the bridge collapse and the emergency repairs taking place.

The A659 is closed between the Kirkgate junction and the Mill Lane junction.

Tadcaster bridge
BBC

There's a diversion in operation via the A64 and a shuttle bus is in operation to take passengers from one side of the River Wharfe to the other.  

Apart from that traffic is running well throughout North Yorkshire at the moment. 

Good Morning and welcome to BBC Local Live

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome to a new live online service bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire.

I'll be with you until 14:30 with regular updates.

I welcome your contributions, so please feel free to get in touch and send your pictures.

Let's start with this beautiful sunrise over York Minster sent in by Paul Greenwood.

York Minster sunrise
BBC

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