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  1. Scarborough to be affiliated with Royal Navy warship

    A Royal Navy warship is to be affiliated Scarborough to recognise the town's long-standing support for the military.

    HMS Duncan

    The Ministry of Defence says "cutting edge" destroyer HMS Duncan will make regular visits to the seaside town, which will host the national Armed Forces Day next year.

    Defence secretary Gavin Williamson made the announcement during a trip to his birth place of Scarborough.

    He said: "The ship’s new affiliation will not just honour this great town right across the world, but also pay tribute to thousands of Yorkshiremen and women who have served in armed forces."

  2. Consultation ends on Post Office move to WH Smith

    It's the last day for people to have their say on plans to move Crown Post Offices in York and Scarborough into WH Smith stores

    Post Office

    Under the plans branches including those in Beverley, Harrogate, Northallerton, Pontefract, Scarborough, Selby and York, will move into the high street retailer.

    The Post Office plans to move up to 61 more branches into WH Smith stores over the next year.

    Consultations on the idea close later today.

  3. Keep on running: Police officer's 120 marathons

    A North Yorkshire police officer is to keep on running and running to raise £500,000 for charity by completing 120 marathons in 120 days.

    Royal Baths

    Graham Wilson will take on the challenge from next March, with his first marathon taking place in Harrogate.

    He's due to hang up his badge after almost three decades with North Yorkshire Police and describes the challenge as his "retirement plan."

  4. Female farmers flourish

    More women than ever are getting into farming, according to an agricultural college in Yorkshire.

    Farm animals

    Askham Bryan College, near York, says a third of its students are now women.

    The college also said it was seeing more students coming from non-farming backgrounds.

  5. Injury hits Yorkshire rowers Atlantic challenge

    One of four North Yorkshire men attempting to row across the Atlantic is vowing he'll be back after having to give up the oars because of an injury.

    Fraser's message

    Will, Duncan, Fraser and Glyn, a Royal Engineer, an ex-Royal Marine, a civilian and an RAF Chief Technician, are known as Team Row4Victory.

    They left from the Canary Islands just under two weeks ago.

    They're rowing around the clock to Antigua, in the West Indies, in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

    However, Fraser's developed a problem with a muscle from his shin into the top of his right ankle and can't row.

    Fraser says: "Emotionally I find myself in a dark place, the lads are having to pick up the slack and boat speed is down.

    "I'm feeling like little more than self loading ballast, but the lads have rallied round to make me still feel part of the team.

    "I’m doing what I can by making sure there's always food waiting for them and their water bottles are filled, cleaning the boat and washing kit to make sure no one else goes down with an illness."

    Fraser's confident he'll be back on the oars as soon as possible to help the team complete their challenge.

  6. A64: Five taken to hospital after crash

    A crash on the A64 in North Yorkshire has left five people requiring hospital treatment.

    North Yorkshire Police say they were taken to hospital "as a precaution" after the two-vehicle collision near Sand Hutton:

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  7. 'Hazardous' 14th Century stairs at best wedding venue

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The wooden staircase of a 14th Century building in a botanical garden in York is to be replaced after fears it has become a hazard.


    The Grade II-listed Hospitium, in the city's Museum Gardens, was named the best wedding venue in Yorkshire at the English Wedding Awards this year.

    A planning application statement says: "The staircase is now defective and is increasingly a hazard, as it also functions as the fire escape stair for the upper hall."

    If the plans go ahead, the existing staircase will be removed and replaced with a "structurally sound" set of stairs, fitting the appearance of the building.

  8. York residents encouraged to quit drink for 'Dry January'

    York residents are being encouraged to give up alcohol for "Dry January" after figures showed 30% of people in the city drink more than the recommended 14 units of alcohol per week - compared to the English average of 26%.

    Bottles of wine in a supermarket

    City of York Council want people to "enjoy the benefits from having a break from drinking" and says they could "feel healthier, save money and improve their relationship with alcohol long term".

    Councillor Carol Runciman, executive member for health and adult social care, said: “After the excesses of the festive period, Dry January can help you to have a healthy start to 2019."

  9. Yorkshire's 50,000 potholes reported last year - RAC

    Almost 50,000 potholes were reported to local councils across Yorkshire last year.


    The data was complied by the RAC Foundation who say across the UK "the condition of our roads is worsening".

    Damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and distorted wheels are among the most common vehicle problems caused by potholes.

    The government said it was spending £6.5bn on road repairs from 2015-2021.

  10. Yorkshire's weather

    Today will be rather cloudy with a few spots of rain and some sunny spells possible.

    There'll be clear spells for a time overnight with one or two mist or fog patches forming.

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  11. Yorkshire rugby player swaps shorts for spandex pants

    Luke Menzies from Yorkshire played rugby league for clubs including Batley, Dewsbury and Hull Kingston Rovers.


    But at the age of 30 with a career cut short by injury he's swapped rugby shorts for spandex pants and become a big name in the US wrestling ring.

    Luke says: "I was always a fan of wrestling but never thought I’d get an opportunity.

    "Coming from a northern, rugby league playing town, rugby league took over.

    But Luke got injured and was let go by the club - an incident he says was "a blessing in disguise."

    Now, after two years fighting on the independent circuit, that dream's come true. This year he's been signed up by sports entertainment group, WWE.

    Luke says: "For a little old lad from Yorkshire to put pen to paper for the WWE it's unheard of - I think I'm probably the first rugby league player to do it.

  12. Mind the gap: Nifty chopper parking on narrow Dales road

    The narrow winding roads of the Yorkshire Dales can sometimes be a bit tricky to negotiate and pass oncoming vehicles on.

    Yorkshire Air Ambulance

    Which is why this bit of nifty parking by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is so impressive.

    The chopper was piloted by an ex-RAF officer and his Christmas Day flying skills meant a man seriously injured in a traffic accident was quickly airlifted to hospital.

  13. Check your Yorkshire train journey

    BBC News Travel

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

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

  14. York police warn about man posing as British Gas worker

    Police in York say they have received a number of calls about a "suspicious male" trying to get into people's houses by claiming he works for British Gas.

    A message, posted on one of North Yorkshire Police's Twitter accounts, warned members of the public to always check before letting anyone into their property:

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