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  1. Live updates have finished on Thursday 7 July 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 07:00 on Friday

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By Jim Addyman

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

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. I'll leave you today with this great pic we featured earlier of a dog in a deerstalker ...

dog in a deerstalker
York Theatre Royal

Battle of Kohima commemoration

Veterans of the Second World War Battle of Kohima laid wreaths in York today to remember the fallen in what has been described as one of the greatest battles in history. 

The ten Kohima veterans, now in their nineties, along with others from the Burma Campaign, each laid a wreath of poppies assisted by soldiers from 2 Signal Regiment. 

The was held in the Dean's Gardens adjacent to York Minster with the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Dave Taylor in attendance.

HQ Headquarter Company December1944 Johat India.

The battle of Kohima in North East India (now part of Bangladesh) was fought from 4 April to 22 June 1944. 

Nearly 4,000 British and Indian soldiers lost their lives when Allied Forces halted the advance of the Japanese army in Asia. This battle was ultimately to prove to be the turning point of the Burma Campaign.

Timmy Mallett - master painter?

Yes, I mean that Timmy Mallett!!

The broadcaster, famed for his colourful glasses, loud shirts and foam mallet, has been building a reputation in quite a different medium.

Timmy Mallett

You may not be aware but for years he's been creating impressionist paintings of day-to-day Britain.

He’s bringing his work to Whitewall Galleries in York tonight when you can meet the man himself in a private viewing between 6pm and 8pm.

Watch: Ambulance trains

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Earlier today on the BBC Radio York Mid Morning Show I told you about the new Ambulance Trains exhibition at the National Rail Museum.

It follows the story of how the railways developed ambulances on rails to ferry the injured away from the front line.

BBC Radio York reporter Joanita Musisi went along to find out more... 

Choc a block

Today is World Chocolate Day, a celebration that marks 466 years since chocolate was introduced into Europe.  

It's obviously on the mind of Australian author, Fiona McIntosh, whose new novel 'The Chocolate Tin' is inspired by York’s chocolate heritage. 


In 1915, the gift of a tin of Rowntree’s chocolate was sent from the City of York to all of its men serving in the forces.

In researching her novel, Fiona was able to call on the expertise of local historian Alex Hutchinson, York Cocoa House and York’s Chocolate Story to make sure she got the details right.

York’s rich chocolate history has inspired my novel and it was a pleasure to meet everyone in York connected with its chocolate heritage. Everyone I spoke to has offered me amazing stories and insights into York’s chocolate making past."

Fiona McIntosh


BBC Radio York

The latest headlines from our newsroom

  • Campaigners claim the decision to allow fracking at a site in North Yorkshire is unlawful and say they're going to court to challenge the decision
  • Nearly 1,000 parents across North Yorkshire have been fined for taking their children out of school during term time.
  • York Art Gallery's missed out on being crowned Art Fund Museum of the Year - and £100,000 pounds of prize money

York poet branches out into "street theatre" in play of beggars' tales

The Press

Peter Walls died four years ago. A schizophrenic and an addict, he spent 30 years busking poems on the streets of York and was regularly arrested for begging.

"He always maintained that he was simply reciting poetry, for which people spontaneously offered small change," says his father, Don Walls, the York poet. "The police saw it differently."

Unlike his many homeless friends however, Peter had a home to sleep in every night: "He lived with me here, but he spent every day out on the streets of York," says Don.

Don Walls
Don Walls

"He couldn’t get a job. People didn’t realise how his mental illnesses affected him, so to ordinary people he just looked like a down-and-out."

Don's 75-minute verse play, The Beggars Of York, will tell Peter's story in the York Theatre Royal Studio on Tuesday 12 July and Wednesday 13 July.  


BBC Weather

A rather cloudy day with some spells of rain, these mainly across the Pennines whilst remaining drier across eastern areas.

Chance of some brighter spells here too. Rather warm with light southwesterly winds.  

weather chart

North Yorkshire golfers in Scottish Open

BBC Sport

North Yorkshire golf fans have extra reason to keep an eye on the leaderboard at the Scottish Open which starts today at Castle Stuart near Inverness.

Simon Dyson

York's Simon Dyson tees off his first round at 1.20pm.

Harrogate golfer, John Parry started his round just before 9am and after 11 holes he is three shots over par. 

Missing Harrogate man found in Flamborough

BBC News England

Yesterday we featured an appeal for a missing man from Harrogate, Paul Whing, whose car had been spotted at Flamborough Head

Paul was found safe this morning at Flamborough by officers from Humberside Police who were assisting the search. 

Paul Whing
North Yorkshire Police

Listen: "Unaccustomed as I am...."

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Standing up in front of a group of people and speaking to them - giving a speech or presentation - is something which some people thrive on, while others really struggle.

Ask most adults the thing they'd least like to do and it's not visit the dentist - do a bungy jump or fight a lion - it's having to make a speech in public.

In York last night some of the City's young people put the rest of us to shame in a public speaking competition organised by York Civic Trust

It was for children in the last couple of years of primary school and the winners came from St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School.

10 year old Beau and 9 year old Ellen, spoke - without notes - on the subject of Roman soldier or Viking warrior: who would be victorious?

York MP joins Shadow Cabinet

BBC Politics

The Labour MP for York Central, Rachael Maskell, has been welcomed in the Commons as the new Shadow Environment Secretary.

She replaces Bristol East MP, Kerry McCarthy, who resigned from the post last week. 

Rachel Maskell MP

Rural primary school closure

Governors of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Bishop Thornton, on the fringes of the Yorkshire Dales, have asked North Yorkshire County Council to begin formal consultation to close the school at the end of the current school year.

Only 13 children are currently enrolled with no new children due to start in September.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Bishop Thornton
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Bishop Thornton

The school is designed to accommodate up to 60 pupils. The school’s budget requires between 20 and 23 pupils to break even.

It faces a budget deficit before the end of the next academic year with little or no prospect of an improvement in the school’s financial position since funding is based on pupil numbers.

Travel: Night-time roadworks in Scarborough

BBC Travel

Advance warning: The A171 Scalby Road, between A170 Stepney Road and Whin Bank/Manor Road, will be closed in both directions from 7pm tonight until 2am tomorrow morning (8th July).

Road closed sign

Scarborough gets its first 'Digital Neighbours'

Scarborough UK

Twenty five volunteers and support staff representing 17 community groups across Scarborough and Whitby have become the borough’s first Digital Neighbours.

The volunteers successfully completed their training through the area’s Adult Learning and Skills Service.

Woman using computer
VT Freeze Frame

The newly-created two-day course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, techniques and confidence to be able to coach others how to use the internet.Volunteers can now pass on the digital skills that are relevant in their community settings and paves the way for their groups to put in a funding bid through North Yorkshire County Council’s Stronger Communities programme for up to £4,000 to ‘supercharge’ digital learning in their local peer groups.    

Elementary my dear Rover!

York Theatre Royal have come up with a novel way of promoting their upcoming production of 'Hound of the Baskervilles'. 

The classic adventure written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (... or should that be Sir Arthur Canine Doyle?!) sees legendary detective Sherlock Holmes drawn to mysterious Baskerville Hall on the trail of a supposedly murderous hound.

dog in a deerstalker
York Theatre Royal

The theatre are asking people to take a photo of their dog in a deerstalker and then post the photo to their Instagram and Twitter accounts using the hashtags #DogsInDeerstalkers and #Sherlock.

They will be sharing the best photos and there is a chance the dogs will even be shown on the screens in the theatre foyer!

Beer festival to raise funds for charity commemorating tragic musician

The Press

A beer festival will be held this weekend to raise funds for a charity set up in memory of Liam Miller.

The Ham & Cheese at Scagglethorpe is hosting the event to support LIAM (Laughter, Inspiration, Art, Music) which aims to make grants to support underprivileged young people going to college to study art and music.

Liam Miller

Liam from Terrington, near Malton, studied music and art at York College before going to university to study graphic design. 

A talented guitarist, he played in a local band, Nocebo.

The charity was established with the support of Liam’s family after the 20-year-old died following a stabbing in York last July.

Rail exhibition on WWI ambulance trains opens

So much coverage on the news and in the papers over the last week of the one hundredth anniversary of the battle of the Somme.

This day - one hundred years ago - July the 7th 1916 - was the day the biggest ever number of injured and wounded soldiers were evacuated from the front line.

Injured soldiers in WWI
Willis collection

It's been marked today by the opening of a new exhibition at the National Railway Museum.

Ambulance Trains shows how the railways were vital in getting injured soldiers away from the front line and off to hospital for treatment.

York Design Awards


Eleven of York’s newest buildings and open space developments have been rewarded for their commitment to good design in the 2016 York Design Awards.

Shadow House on Belle Vue Terrace

Held in the University of York’s Ron Cooke Hub, a previous winner, the ceremony celebrated a diverse range of projects from across the city.

Plaudits and prizes went to various projects from small home extensions to high profile new buildings.

Travel: Sutton Bank

BBC Travel

The A170 at Sutton Bank is experiencing disruption in both directions.

This is due to a broken down lorry.

a lorry
VT Freeze Frame

Keep up to date with all the latest information on the roads on the BBC Travel pages.

Chilcot Inquiry: Former York MP responds

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War has said the case for war was overstated.

Sir Hugh Bayley was the Labour MP for York Central at the time of the Iraq war and voted FOR going to war - something he now regrets:

The report revealed that Saddam Hussein posed no immediate threat, peaceful options hadn't been exhausted and the planning for the aftermath of the war was ''wholly inadequate''. 

The Prime Minister of the day - Tony Blair - acknowledged mistakes had been made, but insisted he'd made the right decision at the time.

Sport: York City's National League debut to be televised

BBC Sport

York City manager Jackie McNamara believes having their first game televised will give his players extra incentive to do well. 

Their opening game at Maidstone United will now kick off at 12.15pm on 6 August, after being selected to be shown live on BT Sport. 

Meanwhile, McNamara says the challenge of playing on an artificial pitch in that game won't phase them.

Jackie MacNamara

It's not something that we've not done before and the Harrogate game will be good preparation for us. "

Jackie MacNamaraYork City

Watch: Campaigners ask for a judicial review on fracking in North Yorkshire

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

Campaigners are to try and overturn a decision to allow fracking at a site in North Yorkshire. 

Friends of the Earth and Frack Free Ryedale are going to court to ask for a judicial review. 

We spoke to some people who support the decision to ask for the review:

County councillors approved plans to frack at Kirby Misperton, near Pickering, in May. They say all the facts were properly looked at.

Weather: Cloudy with a possibility of rain

BBC Weather

A rather cloudy day with some spells of rain, these mainly across the Pennines whilst remaining drier across eastern areas. 

Chance of some brighter spells here too. Rather warm with light southwesterly winds.  

Abbie Dewhurst has more details for our area and the rest of Yorkshire:

Abbie Dewhurst has the weather for today

Travel: No problems so far on road and rail

BBC Travel

No significant delays on the railways and North Yorkshire's roads are clear although remember there are still delays in Tadcaster around Bridge Street and on the A63 Selby bypass. 

Headlines for North Yorkshire this morning

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The latest headlines from our newsroom in York include:

Environmental group Friends of the Earth say the decision to allow fracking in North Yorkshire was unlawful and have asked for a judicial review.

York Art Gallery has missed out on being crowned Art Fund Museum of the Year. It was one of five shortlisted attractions up for the largest museum prize in the world.

Yorkshire's County Championship match against league leaders Middlesex ended in defeat at Scarborough. The Tykes were all out for 167 in their second innings in reply to Middlesex's 577.

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jim Addyman

BBC Radio York

I'll be with you until 14:30 with all the latest news, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire. 

There is controversy as Friends of the Earth say the decision to allow fracking in North Yorkshire is unlawful.

It's a cloudy start to the day (especially for Welsh football fans!!) but we'd love to see your pics. You can get in touch and send your photos via Twitter, Facebook or email.