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  1. Live updates on Tuesday 17 May 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel update will resume at 07:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Barton

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

That's the end of our live service for today. I'll be back from 07:00 on Wednesday, with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county.

We'll end with a selection of BBC Weather Watcher pictures, in case, over the next few days, we need reminding of what spring weather is like, punctuated, like some bin bags in Scarborough, by squabbling seagulls.

Thanks for the pics go to rocki1 (top left) for the dramatic sky above Great Ouseburn and to Gary Hornby for his pic of Fountains Abbey.

Thanks also to june gothika (bottom left) for her pic of Whitby and to gerrywatch, for the beautiful reflections at Temple Newsam.


That's all for today folks, see you tomorrow.

North Yorkshire Police response to worries rural areas 'vulnerable to terrorist attack

North Yorkshire Police have responded to claims that officers could be at risk if terrorists targeted rural or coastal locations. 

The Police Federation of England and Wales says it's worried armed units wouldn't be able to reach incidents quickly enough. 

Armed Police

But the man in charge of special operations at the North Yorkshire force says: "Authorised firearms officers undergo a rigorous selection procedure and 14-week initial course, as well as ongoing training programmes to regularly test physical ability and tactical skills."

North Yorkshire is a very safe place, firearms incidents are rare. However, following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, it was determined nationally more armed officers were needed to meet the escalation of the terrorist threat."

Supt Dave HannanHead of Specialist Operations, North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire's weather: A fine and sunny afternoon

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be fine, bright and warm with sunny spells

The top temperature will be about 19C (66F) with light or moderate southwest wind.  

Weather forecast

North Yorkshire community awards: Holding on for a hero 'til the end of...May!

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Do you know someone who is an unsung hero for a community in North Yorkshire?

If you do, and you want them to receive the credit you think they deserve, then you might want to nominate them for North Yorkshire County Council’s annual community awards.

Awards presentation 2015
North Yorkshire County Council

There are four categories in the awards:

  • Best Community Project
  • Best Community Group
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young People Volunteering Award

The closing date for nominations is 31 May 2016. Nomination forms can be completed online at the council website.  

Gull-tastic plastic: Council introduces seagull-proof sacks to protect rubbish

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

New "seagull-proof" bin bags are being brought in to Scarborough to try and stop birds ripping them open, leaving rubbish all over the streets.

Scarborough Borough Council says: "Where sacks have to be used for practical reasons, such as the narrow streets in Whitby and Scarborough, bags left out for collection are being attacked by gulls."

The council says the new sacks, which will be issued free to each home and business within seagull "hot spot" areas, will have a "high resistance to pecking and tearing".

Other measures to combat the problems caused by birds, including a poster campaign to educate people not to feed the gulls, are also being promised by the council.

I am delighted these sacks will be in use. While for some people no visit to the seaside would be complete without seeing and hearing seagulls, for others they are a genuine nuisance and I think anything we can do to reduce the problems can only be a good thing."

Councillor Andrew JenkinsonScarborough Borough Council

Headlines: Recruitment crisis 'to blame' for supply teacher numbers, rural areas 'vulnerable' to terrorism and teenager sets up swimming club for young disabled

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York this lunchtime include:

North Yorkshire fracking decision-makers visit proposed site

BBC Radio York

The people who'll decide whether fracking should go ahead in North Yorkshire are due to visit the proposed site today. 

An application to frack for gas near Kirby Misperton, Pickering, was lodged in May 2015.

Fracking site

Last week, North Yorkshire County Council planners recommended permission should be granted, but it's councillors who'll make the final decision. 

County councillors are due to meet on Friday to decide on Third Energy's application to frack.

'Amazing achievement' of Tadcaster teen who set up swimming club for young people with disabilities

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

A 15-year-old student at Tadcaster Grammar School has set up a new swimming club for young people with disabilities.

Called Stingrays, the club has been recognised by the Amateur Swimming Association who have included it on their website.

Teenager Jemima has told me she set up the club to enable young people with disabilities to fulfill their potential.

BBC Weather Watchers: Making hay while the sun shines on North Yorkshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Our BBC Weather Watchers have been making the most of what's forecast to be the last sunny day for a while.

Thanks go to TC, who sent in (top left) the window view of fine weather in Harrogate. This nestles next to Janey's pic of blue skies over Church Fenton, which sits above the lovely beach view of Cayton, sent in by katieboots. 

To the left of Cayton is Rambling Rose's Grassington and below that is the rippling waters of Hemingbrough, sent in by Grandadscott.

The wonderful wall of weather pics is completed (bottom right) by the gentle rolling hills of Burnsall, sent in by julieb.

Weather Watchers montage

University of York reveals suicide attempt call-outs

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, Education Correspondent

Half of all ambulance call-outs to the University of York this year have been for incidents of self-harm or suicide attempts.

Those stark figures are included in a report from the university's student mental ill-health task group. 

Between 1 January and 8 February 2016, there were 12 emergency call-outs for self-harm or suicide attempts, 50% of the total. 

In the previous full calendar year, there were 134 such call-outs to the university, with suicide attempts or self-harm accounting for 32%.    

In 2014, there were 158 ambulance call-outs, with 14% because of self-harm or suicide attempts. Read more here.

Watch: Big bill for supply teachers in North Yorkshire

David Rhodes

BBC Yorkshire

More now on one of the stories we've been looking at this morning.

New figures reveal the huge bill for supply teachers in North Yorkshire schools.

In Yorkshire in the last year, £75m was spent on supply teachers, £14m of that was paid out in North Yorkshire.

And a school in Scarborough paid out more on supply teachers in our region than anywhere else in Yorkshire.

County Championship: All the latest from Somerset v Yorkshire

BBC Sport

It's day three of Yorkshire's latest County Championship match with Somerset at Taunton.

Adam Lyth
Getty Images

Adam Lyth (pictured) is 80 not out with Yorkshire closing on 127 for one in reply to Somerset's first innings 562 for 7 declared.

Get all the latest with our live commentary and keep up-to-date with the live scorecard.

Headlines: Cost of Yorkshire supply teachers, fracking decision-makers visit proposed site and rural areas 'sitting ducks' in terror attack

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

Two men injured in serious crash near York

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Two men have been injured, one seriously, in a collision near York which left a car upside down in a field.  

Police accident

The collision occurred at about 17:00 on Monday on Wheldrake Lane, near Crockey Hill and involved a blue MG ZR, which was travelling from Wheldrake towards Crockey Hill, when it left the road and came to rest upside down in a field.

Both occupants of the car were taken to Leeds General Infirmary - the passenger by air ambulance - suffering from serious injuries.

I want to hear from any witnesses who saw the blue MG ZR as it travelled on Wheldrake Lane between the village and Crockey Hill, or the collision itself."

Traffic Constable Mark PattersonNorth Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group

Blink and you'll miss it: Flying Scotsman returns to York

If you happen to be anywhere near the East Coast Main Line today, you might have a treat in store as the world famous Flying Scotsman is due to be speeding along the route from Edinburgh to York. Catch it while you can...

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Traffic and travel: Delays in Scarborough on A165

BBC Travel

Slow traffic's currently being reported on the A165 Burniston Road in both directions in Scarborough between the Peasholm Gap junction and the Hillcrest Avenue junction.

The delays are due to roadworks.

World premiere of latest play from Torben Betts in rehearsal at Stephen Joseph Theatre

Scarborough UK

The world premiere of the latest play from leading British playwright Torben Betts is in rehearsal at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre. 

The National Joke will open the theatre’s Summer Festival on 8 June.

Scarborough UK

Torben's other plays include Invincible (currently touring) and the recent adaptation of Get Carter, which was a huge hit for Newcastle's Northern stage.     

More spent on supply teachers in Yorkshire than anywhere outside London

BBC Radio York

BBC Radio York has discovered that schools in Yorkshire spend more per child on supply teachers than anywhere else outside London

Across Yorkshire that was £75m for the last school year, with £14m of that spent in North Yorkshire.

Chris Head from the NASUWT union in North Yorkshire says the reason behind the high numbers is a recruitment crisis in teaching.

The government's been unable to find graduates to take up teaching for the last four years."

Chris HeadNASUWT union in North Yorkshire

A school in Scarborough spent more on supply teachers than anywhere else in Yorkshire.

Graham School, which has recently come out of being in special measures, paid out more than £0.5m. 

Finding permanent staff is a challenge, however if we're not able to recruit we try to get the best long term supply we can, until we can recruit a good quality teacher."

Helen McEvoyHeadteacher, Graham School

Bempton puffins enjoy a room with a view - well, a nest at least...

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The roar of the sea...and the smell of the seabirds!

Thanks to Neil Machen for this puffin pic and rugged coastal view at RSPB Bempton Cliffs near Filey.


If you've got any of your own nature snaps from across North Yorkshire, you can send them in by emailTwitter or Facebook.

Awards haul for Yorkshire and England batsman Joe Root

BBC Sport

Yorkshire and England batsman Joe Root won three awards at the England and Wales Cricket Board's awards dinner last night.

Joe Root with awards
Getty Images

The 25-year-old player won both Test and one-day international awards and was also voted Player of the Year by England supporters - the second year in succession he's won the England men's award.

Root told BBC Sport: "It is nice to get recognition for a pretty pleasing 12 months. More importantly, it is great to be involved with this group of players.

"As long as I can keep banging out some runs and we keep winning, I'll be happy."

Watch: Weather - plenty of sunshine from the word go!

BBC Weather

Enjoy today's sunshine while you can - it's starting to go down hill a bit from tomorrow.

Here's Owain with the full forecast for today, and a look at the worsening week ahead.

Sport Headlines: Day three for Yorkshire v Somerset, Knights coach still confident and Taddy loyalty to current squad

BBC Sport

  • It's day three of Yorkshire's match against Somerset at Taunton, after yesterday saw the batsmen in control with Adam Lyth 80 not out and Yorkshire closing on 127 for one in reply to Somerset's first innings of 562 for 7 declared
  • York City Knights coach James Ford is confident his team will find form again soon after not being at their best in their last two games, including Sunday's draw at home to Crusaders
  • Tadcaster Albion will speak to current squad members before trying to bring in players from outside, with manager Billy Miller wanting to talk to those who helped earn the club promotion before looking elsewhere

Easingwold peanut death: Court hears owner of Indian Garden restaurant 'not to blame'

A North Yorkshire restaurant owner accused of killing a customer who died from an allergic reaction to a curry "was not to blame" for his death, a court has heard.

Paul Wilson, 38, suffered a severe anaphylactic shock in January 2014 after eating a takeaway from the Indian Garden in Easingwold.

Indian Garden restaurant

Mohammed Zaman, 52, of Aylesham Court, Huntington, denies manslaughter.

Teesside Crown Court heard Mr Zaman was not on the premises when the curry was ordered and did not know what happened.

Headlines: North Yorkshire's £14m spend on supply teachers, fracking decision-makers visit proposed site and Harrogate charities invited to bid for grants

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our York Newsroom include:

  • £75m was spent on supply teachers in Yorkshire in the last year, £14m of that here in North Yorkshire, figures obtained by the BBC Show
  • The people who'll make the decision over whether fracking can be carried out in North Yorkshire are due to visit the proposed site later 
  • Charities and community groups in Harrogate are being invited to bid for a share of £30,000, with the Borough Council saying the small grants fund can award up to £3,000 per project

Weather: A fine, dry day for North Yorkshire with plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a warm day with plenty of sunshine.

It should remain dry until the evening - a few outbreaks of rain are then possible.

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: Everything running smoothly at the moment

BBC Travel

Traffic on the roads across North Yorkshire are all running smoothly at the moment and so far there are no problems on the buses or the trains.

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, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire.

It's yet another beautiful, sunny, start to the day in North Yorkshire, so let's begin with a picture which emits serenity and calm.

This beautiful moment of stillness at Studley Roger was sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Andy

Studley Roger

You can get in touch with your own sweet, captured moments of a tranquil North Yorkshire by email, Twitter or Facebook.