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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 07:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 9 June 2016

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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 Friday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county.

We started this morning with pictures of sunsets from BBC Weather Watchers, and that's all the excuse I need to finish with one.

This spectacular shot of the sun going down over Fewston Reservoir was sent in by Fat Rascal - Weather Watchers seem to love an unusual title.

Fewston Reservoir
BBC Weather Watcher

Brayton house fire death: Victim named as mother-of-four Jo-Anne Campbell

A woman whose body was found after a house fire in Selby earlier this week has been officially named by police as 45-year-old Jo-Anne Campbell.

The body of Ms Campbell, a mother of four, was discovered after fire crews were called to an address on Moat Way, Brayton, at about 01:00 on Monday morning.

No other people are thought to have been in the house at the time of the blaze, and Ms Campbell's death is currently being treated as unexplained, say police.

An inquest into Ms Campbell's death is expected to open shortly.

Anyone with information about the fire is being urged to contact police, especially anyone who saw anything near the address between 23:00 on Sunday and 02:00 on Monday.

Alfreton's Albanian heads for Harrogate

BBC Sport

Harrogate Town have signed Albanian midfielder Andi Thanoj from Alfreton.

The 23-year-old initially came through the system at Grimsby Town. 

In a statement on the club's website, Town manager Simon Weaver says: "He's got a lot of ability and a fantastic range of passing, while at the same he's got athleticism and can dig in. 

"He's got a great appetite for training and that was central to his thoughts for wanting to join us."

York's ancient city walls to undergo £350,000 repairs

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Earlier I told you about a meeting being held to decide whether to approve funds to repair parts of York's ancient city wall.

A short time ago, £350,000 was approved to spend on the work.

York City Walls
Paul Glazzard/Geograph

The money means work can start on urgent work to three sections of the historic walls including Micklegate Bar and Monk Bar steps.

David Fraser, from York Civic Trust, tells us he's delighted:

They're valuable in terms of happiness and wellbeing. People who visit heritage sites are happier than people who don't, and most of us pass through the city walls twice a day. We should be brimming with happiness."

David FraserYork Civic Trust

North Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells, risk of showers

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Feeling much brighter across Yorkshire with sunny spells continuing to spread east this afternoon.

Feeling warm in the sun - with highs of about 21C (70F).

We are at risk of seeing the odd shower later this afternoon, but the majority of Yorkshire will see a dry and bright afternoon.   

Weather graphic

Referendum 2016: Have your say in BBC Radio York's EU debate

BBC Radio York

In the closing days of the EU referendum campaign, on the evening of Monday 20 June, BBC Radio York will hold a special EU debate in York - and we'd like you to be part of the audience. 

The live debate will be hosted by Len Tingle, BBC Yorkshire's Political Editor, and starts at 19:00.

Sandcastle with flags

The debate will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio York and filmed for social media.   

You can click here to fill in a form to submit your interest in attending, and if you're successful you'll be notified via email at least 24 hours before the debate. 

The closing date for applying for tickets is Sunday 19 June.

Headlines: Government 'failing' on flood protection; drugs gang members jailed; teenager arrested over stabbing

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

Red Arrows dropped from Whitby Regatta

We've just found out there'll be no Red Arrows at this year's Whitby Regatta.

The organisers behind the event, which is on from 20 to 22 August, say the RAF display team have had to be cancelled in the wake of last year's Shoreham Air Show crash.

Red Arrows display

The regatta's organisers are blaming the cost of new safety training and planning, but say they hope to bring the Arrows back in the "not-too-distant future".

Hot air balloon landing in York 'perfectly normal'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Following this morning's "controlled" landing by a hot air balloon in Acomb, York, earlier, Virgin Balloons have been in touch to tell us more about what happened.

This was a "perfectly normal landing following a lovely flight over York", says Maria Wilkinson.

The company's balloons are a regular sight over York and "due to their huge size, they can cause a lot of excitement, especially when they are flying low and coming in to land," she adds.

Balloon in Lowfield field Acomb
Acomb Alive

"This morning's flight took off at about 07:45 from York Racecourse and landed at about 08:30 in the former school field at Acomb, with our very experienced pilot in full control of the balloon at all times."

Hot air balloons can't be steered in a traditional sense like other aircraft. They travel in the direction the wind takes them before our pilots bring them in to land where they see a large enough, clear and open space, as per aviation law."

Maria WilkinsonVirgin Balloons

Northallerton's Nicola Wilson has Olympics in her sights

Northallerton rider Nicola Wilson is hoping to catch the eye of the British selectors at the Bramham Horse Trials. 

She has three horses entered in the event which starts today, with three from her stables having achieved the Olympic qualifying standard. 

BBC Look North's Tanya Arnold has watched Nicola doing her dressage test at Bramham this morning:

View more on twitter

Olympic squad hopes for North Yorkshire rowers

BBC Sport

British Rowing are due to name their team later today for the Olympics, with Hebden's Andrew Triggs-Hodge and former City of York rower Tom Ransley both expected to be in the squad.

They were included in the Men's 8 for the World Cup event in Lucerne last month. 

Triggs-Hodge won gold in London in the Men's 4 four years ago, while Ransley picked up a bronze with the Men's 8.  

Balloon's 'controlled landing' in York caught on camera

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Passengers in a hot air balloon walked away unharmed after a balloon made what police are describing as a "controlled landing" in York this morning.

The balloon came down in a field in Acomb, close to Dijon Avenue, at about 08:24. 

Virgin Balloons have issued a statement in which they say the landing was "perfectly normal".

The balloon's progress across York was caught on camera by several onlookers:

Balloon leaves York and lands in Acomb field
BBC/Acomb Alive

The incident surprised local residents, among them Sally Foots from the Acomb Alive traders association:

I was desperate to find out if everyone was all right. In the 30 years I've lived here we've never had them this low."

Sally FootsAcomb Alive

Sue Hunter, a City of York councillor, said she'd just gone outside to do the recycling when she spotted the balloon.

I looked up from the bins and shouted to my partner, "Quick, quick, come and look at this." He said, "It's coming down," and it then glided down slowly onto Lowfield Fields."

Sue HunterCouncillor, Westfield Ward, York

Traffic and travel: Delays on roads in Ayton and Scarborough

BBC Travel

Drivers in North Yorkshire are being warned about a couple of areas currently being affected by delays.

First of all, the B1261 Seamer Road in Ayton is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the A170 Racecourse Road junction and the Irton Moor Lane junction because of a shed load.

Meanwhile, Vernon Road in Scarborough remains closed in both directions between The Crescent junction and the Ramshill Road junction due to emergency repairs and bridge damage.  

'We've never had them that low before': Eyewitness on balloon's 'controlled' landing in York

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

More now on the hot air balloon which made what police describe as a "controlled" landing in a field in York earlier this morning.

I've just spoken to Sue Foots who lives over the road from where the balloon came down in Acomb. She took this picture which shows just how near to houses the incident happened.

Balloon near houses
Sue Foots/Acomb Alive

Sue says she was getting her daughter ready for school when she opened the door and saw the balloon in the field.

She went to the field to check everyone was OK and was relieved to find out they were.

I had a very excited five-year-old on my hands. I've lived here for 30 years and in that time we've had them very low, but never this low."

Sally FootsAcomb Alive traders association

£300,000 repair bill for York's ancient walls

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

York's ancient walls are due to get some much-needed repairs, with the go-ahead expected to be given later to a £300,000 overhaul.

Councillors are due to give the go-ahead to the work, meaning urgent repairs to three sections of the historic walls: Micklegate Bar roof, (pictured right) Monk Bar steps (pictured left), and Tower 32.   

Monk Bar and Micklegate Bar
David Dixon and Dr Neil Clifton/Geograph

David Fraser, from York Civic Trust, has told BBC Radio York the money is long overdue.  

The York City walls are what define York. It's important socially, culturally and economically - and they have to be looked after properly. This is a sign that the City of York Council is taking that seriously."

David FraserYork Civic Trust

Hot air balloon makes 'controlled' landing in York

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A hot air balloon has made what police describe as a "controlled" landing in a field in a York suburb this morning.

The balloon came down in a field in Acomb, close to Dijon Avenue, at about 08:24.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue assisted officers in gaining access to the field.

No-one was injured during the landing and nothing was hit, according to police.

Balloon in Dijon Avenue York
Acomb Alive

Thanks to the traders association, Acomb Alive, for letting us use this picture.

Man ordered to tell of sex plans accuses North Yorkshire Police of 'sour grapes'

BBC News England

A man who must give police 24 hours' notice before he has sex after he was cleared of raping a woman has said it "puts an end to your life".

The man, in his 40s, was acquitted last year at a retrial.

He accused North Yorkshire Police, which declined to comment, of "sour grapes" in applying for a Sexual Risk Order after the case.

Man walks across calendar

The order requires him to disclose any planned sexual activity to the police or face up to five years in prison.  

Speaking after an adjourned hearing at York Magistrates' Court, he said the order had devastated his personal life and "contravened his human rights".

Traffic and Travel update: Delays on Seamer road in Ayton

BBC Travel

If you're in the Ayton area your journey might be delayed a little.

The B1261 Seamer Road in Ayton is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the A170 Racecourse Road junction and the Irton Moor Lane junction, because of a shed load.  


Watch: A dull start, brighter later and showers possible

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today will start off on a cloudy note but this cloud burning back to the coast as we move through the morning.

Brightening up with some sunny spells possible and highs of about 21C (70F). 

The odd shower's possible later on this afternoon, though. Watch my full forecast here:

Traffic and Travel update: Sutton Bank open again after A170 closure

BBC Travel

The A170 at Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe has been re-opened in both directions after the successful removal of a broken down lorry.

Police in the area say traffic there is now coping well.

Watch: Government should 'learn lessons' from York flood defence failure - Report

BBC Radio York

The government needs to learn lessons from the failure of York's flood defences, a new report has found.

The Foss Barrier failed at Christmas and had to be raised, flooding hundreds of homes.

Now an influential group of MPs says something similar could happen to other ageing defences in other parts of the country unless action is taken.

Flooding is the greatest risk we face from climate change and we're concerned the government has a stop-start approach to flood defence spending."

Mary CreaghLabour MP, Wakefield

Headlines: Teenager arrested over stabbing; government 'should learn from York floods', and Bramham Horse Trials a platform for Rio Olympics

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

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

  • A teenager's been arrested after a woman's stabbing in North Yorkshire 
  • The government needs to learn lessons from the failure of York's flood defences, a new report finds
  • Northallerton rider Nicola Wilson hopes to catch the eye of the Rio Olympics selectors at the Bramham Horse Trials which start today

Weather: Another warm day, but watch out for showers in the afternoon

BBC Weather

Early cloud and any mist will gradually clear back to the coast leaving another warm day with sunshine.

Dry for most, but isolated showers will develop during the afternoon.

Weather graphic

Teenager arrested after stabbing in North Yorkshire

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

A teenager's been arrested after a stabbing in North Yorkshire. 

Armed police sealed off the village of Carlton yesterday after a woman in her 40s was found with knife wounds. 


Following a major search, a 16-year-old boy is now in custody. 

The woman is being treated in hospital.

Traffic and Travel update: Broken down lorry at Sutton Bank

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Here's the scene at Sutton Bank. Thanks to Look North cameraman Malik Walton for this.

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Traffic and Travel: Sutton Bank closed in both directions

BBC Travel

It's not a good start in the Sutton Bank area where the A170 in Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe is closed in both directions at the Sutton Bank junction, because of a broken down lorry and recovery work.  

The rest of the roads across North Yorkshire seem to be flowing smoothly at the moment, and the trains pulling in and out at York Railway Station are all currently posted as running to time.

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.

Let's begin with a couple of beautiful sunsets sent in by our BBC Weather Watchers.

Josie's Area snapped this as the sun disappeared over Barlby last night, and Nick Rainbow saw the sun say goodnight at Malton.

North Yorkshire Sunsets

You don't have to be a BBC Weather Watcher to send us your pics, we welcome all contributions.

So if you want to get in touch you can by Twitter,Facebook or email.