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  1. Campaign to bring back closed York hospital gathers pace

    A campaign in York is calling for the former Bootham Park Hospital in the city to be opened as a mental health hub.

    Bootham Park

    The Grade-I listed hospital, built in 1777, was put on the market a year ago, to be sold for use as luxury flats or a hotel, but now the sale's on hold while York's leaders try to retain it for psychiatric therapy.

    Bootham Park Hospital was shut in 2015 after the Care Quality Commission said it was no longer fit for purpose.

    Rachael Maskell, the Labour MP for York Central says: "It's absolutely vital that Bootham Park is used as an opportunity.

    "Putting transitional care onto the site would mean we would be able to discharge people from acute wards, to help them on their way home."

  2. Two hurt after 'homophobic' attack in Whitby

    Two men have been seriously hurt in an assault in Whitby on New Year’s Eve, police say.


    Both were taken to hospital following a disturbance in Baxtergate.

    Officers say the incident was reported as a homophobic hate crime.

    Det Sgt Andy Hall said: “This was a serious incident that left two men in hospital.

    "The two men received serious but not life-threatening injuries, including lacerations and head injuries."

    A man in his 20s from the Rotherham area has been arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail while the investigation continues.

    Anyone with information about the incident, or dashcam footage, is being asked to contact the police.

  3. Man released from hospital after 'bladed weapon' attack

    A man found with suspected stab wounds in York on New Year's Day has been released from Leeds General Infirmary.

    Nunnery Lane

    Police in the city say the 27-year-old was found with serious injuries to his back, believed to have been caused by a "bladed weapon", in Swan Street off Nunnery Lane (pictured).

    A 31-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man were arrested at the scene.

    A further suspect, a 30-year-old man, was arrested later the same day in an armed police raid.

    All have since been released on conditional bail.

  4. Curtain up? York's Great Gatsby could go global

    A stage version of The Great Gatsby performed for the first time at a disused pub in York is on the verge of going global, with theatre companies around the world in talks with the show's creators.

    The show being performed in York

    The immersive theatre adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel opened to an audience of just seven in 2015, but has now been seen by more than 70,000 people around the country.

    Characters dancing

    The show, which gives the audience the opportunity to interact with the characters, is back in York this week and could soon be performed in countries such as China, New Zealand and Russia.

    Members of the cast performing a song

    Alexander Wright, who directed and adapted the play, said: "We invite our audience to come dressed up so they're already in that world even before they set foot in the building."

  5. Cash machine robbery appeal

    Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after an elderly man had money snatched as he withdrew it from a cash machine in York.

    Cash machine theft

    The victim was withdrawing cash on Fishergate when a man took his money from the machine before he could get it.

    The theft took place on 3 October.

  6. Pedestrian punched by driver in York

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was punched in the face by a driver while crossing the road in York.


    It happened near the city's Micklegate Bar last Friday.

    The woman was with her young daughter and male partner when an argument with the motorist broke out.

    Officers say the man, who was driving a black Nissan Quashqai, leaned out of his window and hit the victim in the face before quickly driving off.

    Police are urging anyone who witnessed the attack to get in touch.

  7. Watch: Yorkshire's 'slide-bottom' swaps whites for sequins

    Yorkshire cricket legend Ryan Sidebottom is getting his skates on as he prepares to make his reality TV debut.

    Sidebottom, who took more than 1,000 career wickets for Yorkshire and England, has swapped cricket whites for sequins and skates, as he takes part in ITV's Dancing on Ice, which starts on Sunday.

    He says the ice rink feels "a long way" from the famous Headingley turf.

    Here's a short film of him taking a tumble practicing in York in the run-up to Christmas.

    Perhaps for his TV skating endeavours, he should be temporarily renamed "slide-bottom"?:

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    Video caption: Yorkshire cricketer Slide-bottom in the slips
  8. Watch: Friday's weather forecast

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be fairly cloudy through this morning but it should remain dry throughout the day.

    Watch my full forecast here:

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    Video caption: It'll be fairly cloudy through this morning but it should remain dry throughout the day.
  9. Thousands in Yorkshire wait for mental health assessments

    Nathan Turvey

    BBC Yorkshire

    Thousands of some of the most vulnerable people in Yorkshire could be at risk because of delays in carrying out mental health assessments designed to keep them safe, the BBC has found.

    Man in care home

    People with conditions like dementia who live in a care home or hospital can be prevented from leaving for their own safety, if they're thought to be a danger to themselves or others, as part of what's known as a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessment.

    But research by the BBC has found that across the Yorkshire region about 12,000 assessments were not completed in the last financial year - and many are still waiting to be assessed more than a year after applying.

    The government says it acknowledges it is "a broken system" and says it's working to fix it.

  10. York councillor 'misconduct' allegations dismissed

    Allegations of misconduct by a senior councillor in York have been thrown out by a standards committee following an investigation lasting two years.

    City of York Council

    Liberal Democrat Keith Aspden was accused of taking paper copies of job applications into a pub and showing them to three other people, having a "close relationship" with one of the candidates and bringing the council into disrepute.

    A committee found him innocent of the charges, but raised concerns the applications had probably been discussed.

    Mr Aspen, who will not face any sanctions, says: "This has been an horrific two-year experience that's cost the council taxpayers of York tens of thousands of pounds and has been hugely distressing."

  11. Check your Yorkshire train journey

    BBC News Travel

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

    However, the 08:02 York to Kings Cross service has been cancelled, according to National Rail Enquiries.

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

  12. Preferred North Yorkshire fire chief announced

    The preferred candidate to be North Yorkshire's new chief fire officer has been announced.

    Andrew Brodie

    Andrew Brodie has spent the last five years working at the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

    His appointment will have to be confirmed by the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel in the next few weeks.

  13. 100 triathlon challenge remembers killed North Yorkshire PC

    A magazine editor, who is taking part in 100 triathlons over 100 days, will be in North Yorkshire to mark the anniversary of the death of a police officer.

    Andrew Bramma

    Paul Lander, who is the editor of weekly journal Police Professional, is taking on the challenge to raise money for charity.

    He's so far completed 64 triathlons.

    He will be in North Yorkshire on Saturday, coinciding with the sixth anniversary of PC Andrew Bramma's death.

    PC Bramma, 32, was killed when the van he was driving crashed into a tree near West Tanfield.

  14. Plan to raffle off £500,000 home ditched

    A North Yorkshire couple's plan to raffle their £500,000 home near Whitby has had to be called off because it's in breach of gambling rules.

    House in Grosmont

    Robert and Avril Smith say they've had to close the competition with "sincere regret and upset".

    The Smiths announced last year they were hoping to sell 60,000 tickets for £10 each, giving people a chance to win their four-bedroom home in Grosmont on the North York Moors, which includes an outdoor heated swimming pool.

    House in Grosmont

    The winner was due to be drawn today, but the Smiths say they've closed the competition after being told by the Gambling Commission it wasn't legal.

    The couple have apologised and are offering a full refund to people who've bought tickets.

  15. Bradford hospital peacock's new home down on the farm

    A peacock which had taken up residence in the grounds of a West Yorkshire hospital has been found a new home.


    Percy the blue peacock appeared at Bradford Royal Infirmary just before Christmas, but has now been moved to a local farm.

    Hospital gardener, Stefan Zajac, says the bird, which is not native to the UK, "has done well to survive."

    peacock in York

    Percy's not the first peacock to make its home in Yorkshire.

    The Museum Gardens in York was home to the birds for more than 70 years.

    It wasn't unusual, not that long ago, to see the birds wandering out of the gardens and crossing the road onto nearby streets.