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Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

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A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, before J44 for A64.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A1(M) northbound before J44, A64 (Bramham), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

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A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J50 for A61.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - A1(M) exit slip road closed, severe delays and queuing traffic southbound at J50, A61 (Baldersby), because of accident investigation work. Travel time is 1 hour and 10 minutes.

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

Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

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A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J51 for A6055 Leeming Lane and J50 for A61.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - Severe delays and queuing traffic on A1(M) southbound between J51, A6055 (Leeming Bar) and J50, A61 (Baldersby), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 1 hour and 10 minutes. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

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A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J50 for A61.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - A1(M) exit slip road closed and slow traffic southbound at J50, A61 (Baldersby), 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 J50 for A61 and J51 for A6055 Leeming Lane.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J50, A61 (Baldersby) and J51, A6055 (Leeming Bar), because of an accident. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 10 minutes.

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

Today's top stories

The top stories from across Yorkshire so far today include:

Updates on breaking news will continue across the weekend.

Dales landslip-prone road to reopen

A road closed since May because of movement in the carriageway is on course to open on Sunday.

Road work at Kex Gill
North Yorkshire County Council

The A59 at Kex Gill, between Skipton and Harrogate, has a history of landslips to the west of Blubberhouses.

North Yorkshire County Council say extensive ground investigations were necessary to find the cause of the problem and to devise a remedy.

The council said work to stabilise the wall below the road has gone to schedule and vehicles should be able to use it again by late Sunday, providing load testing over the weekend shows it's safe for public use.

The stabilisation work involved drilling steel rods into the wall to attach a reinforced mesh, then spraying concrete on the face to bind everything together.

The repair has required a complex operation, but council officers and contractors have worked continuously to put this solution in place for the benefit of all who use the road.”

Don MackenzieCounty Councillor

Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J44 for A64 and J45 for A659.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on A1(M) northbound between J44, A64 (Bramham) and J45, A659 (Boston Spa), because of an accident.

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

Bus company positive ahead of World Cup match

If you've been getting the bus around Harrogate this week then you might have noticed something a little patriotic on your ticket:

Bus ticket with 'It's coming home' written on it
@LovattLouise

It's Coming Home has been printed on all the tickets.

The phrase has been shouted and sung across the country by football fans watching England, having been made popular initially in 1996.

We just hope it's not a return ticket.

Multi-million investment in Yorkshire Ambulance Service

The ambulance service in Yorkshire is to get more than 60 new ambulances as part of the NHS 70th birthday funding.

Ambulance
BBC

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service is being given £7.5m from the Department of Health and Social Care to buy 62 ambulances.

The funding will also go towards ambulance vehicle preparation services at sites in Leeds and Huddersfield.

The Department of Health and Social Care say: "This will enable staff to quickly re-stock, refuel and clean ambulances, getting them back on the road faster."

The introduction of more resources through this announcement will give extra support as we prepare for the cold season.”

Stephen BarclayHealth Minister

Watch: Smallest of Nelson's fleet docks in Whitby

Thousands of people are expected in Whitby this weekend to mark 250 years since Captain Cook first sailed to the South Seas.

The famous sailor used to live and work in the town and learnt to sail there.

Maritime adventurers will be able to climb aboard the tall ship Atyla to experience life at sea throughout the weekend.

Enthusiasts can also retrace Captain Cook's life by stepping aboard the replica HMS Endeavour and visit a replica of the smallest ship in Nelson's fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Here's HMS Pickle making landfall in Whitby earlier:

Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

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A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J49 for A168 and J50 for A61.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - A1(M) partially blocked and heavy traffic northbound between J49, A168 (Dishforth) and J50, A61 (Baldersby), because of an accident.

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

Army tests hospital staff with mock terror attack

Staff at York and Scarborough hospitals have been put through a mock terror attack to test their plans for dealing with a major incident.

Mock terror attack
BBC

The event saw replicas of their Accident and Emergency departments built by the army at a training centre north of York.

mock terror attack
BBC

More than 400 members of staff took part in the exercise, with victims of the mock-attack played by actors.

Mock terror atttack
BBC

Lt Richard Chadwick, from the army's medical training centre in York, said: "The exercise was about putting NHS staff and military personnel together in teams and stressing control of the hospital.

"When a major incident occurs that's very difficult to replicate.

"This allowed them to train in those areas in a safe environment."

£400,000 bill to convert ex-prison to plant nursery

About £400,000 is to be spent by Scarborough Council to convert a former prison into a nursery site to store plants, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Scarborough prison
Betty Longbottom/Geograph

The Grade II listed Dean Road jail opened in 1866, but closed 12 years later. It's now used for tours and art installations.

An application to move plant growing and storage facilities there have been approved, meaning the demolition of several storage buildings and a joinery workshop which used to be a sanitorium.

In order to make the Dean Road site usable for nursery purposes,about £400,000 will be spent decontaminating the land on the site.

Despite new greenhouses being proposed for the depot, the council will now buy-in the majority of its plants rather than growing them.

The cost of buying-in plants is estimated by the borough council to be about £65,000, compared to the current price of £182,000 per year for the council to grow its own.

Five banned in drink- and drug-drive crackdown

Five people have been banned from driving for a total of 12 years after being stopped during a month-long campaign by North Yorkshire Police.

Breathalyser
PA

The force's summer drink- and drug-drive campaign started in mid-June to coincide with the World Cup.

Some of those caught have been given driving bans of up to four years and police say one person was more than three times the drink-drive limit.

So far, about 80 drivers have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-drive offences.

Officers have said the results are "shocking" and they say they have a warning for people who drive while under the influence: "We're determined to catch you."

Watch: Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Low cloud at first, but this should soon thin and break with growing amounts of sunshine developing.

Watch my full forecast here:

Teenage girl arrested over Sherburn school blaze

A teenage girl's been arrested in connection with a major fire at a North Yorkshire school earlier this week.

Sherburn school
BBC

Dozens of firefighters were called out to Sherburn High School, in Sherburn-in-Elmet, just before midnight on Monday.

At its height, firefighters from six stations across North and West Yorkshire tackled the blaze which caused one building to collapse.

North Yorkshire Police launched a full inquiry and have been checking CCTV footage.

The girl, who was arrested on suspicion of arson, has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

BreakingTeenage girl arrested over school blaze

A teenage girl has been arrested following a major fire at a North Yorkshire school earlier this week.

More to follow...

Severe disruption: M62 East Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 East Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J35 for M18 and J34 for A19 Selby.

M62 East Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J35, M18 (Langham) and J34, A19 (Selby), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A168 North Yorkshire both ways

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A168 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between A6055 and Limebar Lane.

A168 North Yorkshire - A168 in Minskip blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between J48 Boroughbridge and the Limebar Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Yorkshire's weather: Sunny and warm

Large areas of low cloud should soon thin to allow growing amounts of sunshine this morning with a warm afternoon to come.

It will remain dry and warm tonight.

Weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire today, most services seem to be running pretty much to time at the moment.

However, the 06:46 Doncaster to Southampton Central is delayed, the 06:57 Doncaster to Leeds service is cancelled and the 07:26 Wakefield to Leeds service is also cancelled.

For all the latest live updates from Yorkshire's main railway stations, click on the links below:

North Yorkshire school reopens after 'suspicious' fire

The headteacher of a North Yorkshire school closed for several days following a suspicious fire says staff are looking forward to getting on with teaching as it reopens later.

Sherburn school fire
NYP OPERATIONAL SUPPORT UNIT

Dozens of firefighters were called out to Sherburn High School just before midnight on Monday.

North Yorkshire Police have launched a full inquiry into the blaze and officers are checking forensic analysis and CCTV.

A fundraising website's been set up, with more than £1,000 raised already.

Today's top stories

The top stories from across Yorkshire so far today include:

'Unprecedented' level of 999 calls prompts police appeal

Police in North Yorkshire are appealing to people calling them to think before they dial as the number of 999 and 101 calls has reached "unprecedented levels".

The force says the number of calls they received on one Sunday in June was equivalent to what they'd expect for New Year’s Eve.

In June, 999 calls averaged 250 a day, a 4.25% increase on the same month last year.

Officers say non-emergency calls are following the same pattern, with an average of 670 a day.

The force has produced a series of animations showing when people should contact them:

The ongoing demand shows no signs of slowing. We now regularly receive more than 300 emergency 999 calls and 700 non-emergency 101 calls a day."

Ch Insp Charlotte BloxhamNorth Yorkshire Police
James Husband (left) and Gary Dobbie (right)

Two former teachers at a Christ's Hospital School in West Sussex had denied sexually abusing pupils.

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Severe disruption: A1039 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1039 North Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between Hunmanby Street and Mount View.

A1039 North Yorkshire - A1039 West Street in Muston closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Hunmanby Street junction and the Mount View junction.

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

East Coast line blocked after overhead line damage

If you're traveling on the East Coast Main Line this afternoon, expect delays to services after minor damage to the overhead line.

London North Eastern Railway says the delays could last until 16:00.

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Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J51 for A6055 Leeming Lane and J52 for A1.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on A1(M) northbound between J51, A6055 (Leeming Bar) and J52 A1, because of a vehicle fire.

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

Pied crow with Yorkshire accent filmed in Knaresborough
The crow was filmed greeting visitors to Knaresborough in North Yorkshire with a “Y’alright love?”.

York's 'ancient' florists are blooming marvellous

A four-day festival to mark the 250th anniversary of the Ancient Society of York Florists starts today.

Forest in church
BBC

It's called Bloom and will see more than 100 events across the city.

One of the highlights of the festival is a "forest" inside a church (above), complete with birdsong sound effects.

Viewing lawn
BBC

There’s also a Wimbledon viewing lawn and big screen.

The Ancient Society of York Florists is the oldest floral society in the world and was founded in 1768.

Watch: Eeh Bah Gum! Yorkshire racehorse's success

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

A North Yorkshire racehorse is making a big name for himself after winning four races in a row.

The achievement by Malton-trained colt Eeh Bah Gum is quite incredible in the racing world - and even more so as he's only three-years-old.

He's won at Catterick, Beverley and twice at Redcar and, as you'll see in the video below, he's pretty quick:

Police hunt man asking teen for hugs

Police are trying to find a man who approached a teenage girl and asked her for a hug.

Holme Lane
North Yorkshire Police

It happened late afternoon on 27 June at Seamer, near Stokesley, in North Yorkshire.

The man approached the 14-year-old girl, who was wearing her school PE kit, close to the duck pond where Stokesley Road meets Holme Lane, at about 17:15.

Police say he tried to engage the teenager in conversation before asking her for a hug.

Officers say: "The girl felt unnerved by his behaviour and wisely walked away."

Seamer
North Yorkshire Police

The man, who police say spoke broken English, is described as having a dark skin tone, aged about 50, 5ft 10in tall, chubby build, short dark hair and a “gormless” expression.

He was wearing a burgundy-coloured jumper, black office-style trousers and black shoes.

Anyone with information which could help to locate the man is being asked to contact police.

Eighty arrested for drink and drug driving

Eighty suspected drink and drug drivers have been arrested by North Yorkshire Police in just three weeks, as part of a summer campaign to make the county's roads safer.

Officers have said the results are "shocking" and they have a warning for people who drive while under the influence: "We're determined to catch you."

The campaign, which began on 14 June and runs for a month, coincides with the 2018 World Cup:

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Listen: 'Grandma was first NHS patient' - York doctor

A special service is taking place at York Minster later to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

It was launched in 1948 to provide a free health service for all.

One man with a special reason to celebrate is George Diggory, a junior doctor at York Hospital.

He has two very significant family links to the NHS - he is married to Labour Prime Minister Clement Atlee's great-granddaughter and his grandmother (pictured) was the first NHS patient:

Pheasant stuck between a rock and a car place

A pheasant, which was hit by a car and got wedged in the front bumper grille, survived a 25-mile journey and is now back in the wild roaming the countryside.

Officer with pheasant
RSPCA

The driver discovered the bird stuck in the grille and alive when he got back to his home in the Tang Hall area of York on 23 June.

He'd driven home from Brimham Rocks, near Harrogate, back to the city.

Broken car grill
RSPCA

He called the RSPCA and animal collection officer Helen Martindale responded.

“I went along and was able to carefully remove the bird from the front bumper and, amazingly, she didn’t seem to be injured," she said.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire today, most services seem to be running pretty much to time at the moment.

For all the latest live updates from Yorkshire's main railway stations, click on the links below: