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  1. Appeal to find York sex attacker

    Police are asking members of the public to help them find a man wanted in connection with a sex attack in York.

    Mohammed Samsun Ali

    Officers say the assault happened on Lowther Street in the city on Sunday 24 February.

    He is believed to be Mohammed Samsun Ali, but is known to use other names.

    Police think he may be working in the York area.

    Anyone who sees him, or has any information about him, is being asked to contact the North Yorkshire force.

  2. 'Honorary Yorkshireman' Gareth Southgate given an OBE

    England manager and "honorary Yorkshireman" Gareth Southgate has dedicated his OBE to his players.

    Gareth Southgate with his OBE

    The former footballer, who lives in North Yorkshire, received the honour from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

    He said taking the job had given him a fresh perspective on what the national side means to the country after leading England to its first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

    The OBE just about eclipses the accolade of "honorary Yorkshireman" which was bestowed upon the Watford-born manager at last year's White Rose tourism awards.

  3. Preventing lawful burial charge over York death

    A man has been charged with preventing a lawful burial after a woman's body was found in a flat.

    Fourt Avenue

    Police said the 25-year-old woman was found dead in Fourth Avenue in York on 2 July 2018.

    Daniel Heath, 35, whose last address was given as Briggs Avenue, Crewe, Cheshire, appeared at York Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

    Mr Heath was granted unconditional bail and will next appear at York Crown Court on 30 April.

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    Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, from J49 for Ripon Road Thirsk to J48 for A6055.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed on A1(M) southbound from J49, Ripon (Thirsk) to J48, A6055 (Boroughbridge), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Houses in Ripon could be made with sinkhole 'escape paths'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A new housing development in Ripon could be built with "escape paths" so occupants can get out if a sinkhole appears underneath.

    A sinkhole in Ripon

    The development, proposed for Allhallowgate and Finkle Street has been re-designed to withstand a 20-metre sinkhole.

    Harrogate Borough Council's planning committee heard that "the probability of this is very, very low but we can not discount this".

    Ripon is one of the UK's most sinkhole-prone cities because it sits above a layer of water soluble rock leading to the formation of large underground caves.

    The picture above shows the 6-metre sinkhole which appeared in 2016, causing twelve properties in the cathedral city to be evacuated.

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    Video caption: A school in North Yorkshire has so few children it might have to close

    Clapham Primary School in the Yorkshire Dales has just 28 pupils on its register

  7. Ticket row passenger said he'd get train guard killed

    A passenger on a train to York threatened to have a guard killed following a dispute over a ticket police say.

    They have now released a CCTV picture of a man they want to speak to about the incident.

    A man police want to speak to

    Police say the man "may have further information that could help their investigation" into the violent threats, made on a service from Manchester Victoria.

    British Transport Police want to hear from anyone with information about the incident at 20:00 on Wednesday 13 March.

  8. BBC's Harry Gration appointed Deputy Lieutenant

    BBC Look North presenter, Harry Gration has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant by the Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, Mrs Johanna Ropner.

    Harry Gration

    He'll assist the Lord Lieutenant in her duty as the official representative of the Queen across North Yorkshire – the largest Lieutenancy area in the country.

    Four other new appointees have been made, three men and two women.

    Harry Gration has been with the BBC for more than 40 years, initially as a sport and news reporter for Radio Leeds, through to his current role presenting Look North.

    He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to broadcasting in 2013.

    In recent years Harry's helped raise more than £1m for Sports Relief, including riding a tandem around the Tour de Yorkshire cycle route, a 139-mile three-legged walk around Yorkshire and pulling a sofa around Yorkshire.

  9. Government receives Drax petition signed by thousands

    A petition signed by more than 96,000 people will be handed in to the government this morning, calling for plans for a new gas-fired power station at Drax in North Yorkshire to be rejected.

    Drax power station

    Drax says it needs to build the plant to make the UK's electricity supply more resilient and more flexible.

    Environmental campaigners claim it will produce too much carbon dioxide - the gas that contributes to global warming and climate change.

  10. Yorkshire's season begins on Friday

    Yorkshire County Cricket club's season gets under way on Friday, with their first game away to Nottinghamshire.

    Joe Root

    The test will take place at Trent Bridge, and will see two England players go face to face.

    England captain and Yorkshireman, Joe Root, will take on international team-mate Stuart Broad in the four-day game.

  11. Railway station's share of £300m for disabled access

    A North Yorkshire railway station is to get a share of millions of pounds from the government to make it more accessible for people with disabilities.

    Selby station

    Selby station, on the Hull to London line, is among more than 70 railway stations which will share £300m of government funding.

    Urgent action to improve access at the station was called for by members of a rail users group in 2017.

    The group said wheelchair users arriving at Selby from Hull after 20:00 have to stay on the train to Leeds, then travel back again to be on the right platform to get out of the station.

    Campaigners said they wanted to see the installation of lifts.

    Transpennine Express, which runs the station, said in August 2017: "Increased accessibility at the station is a key priority", but the installation of lifts will be "dependent on funding becoming available".

    Now with a share of the government funding the Grade II listed station could see footbridges and lifts introduced over the next five years. There'll also be improvements at Northallerton.

    It was an issue raised in the Commons yesterday by the Selby Conservative MP Nigel Adams, on the day he resigned as a government minister over Brexit.

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    Severe accident: M62 North Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 North Yorkshire westbound severe accident, from J34 for A19 Selby to J33 for A162.

    M62 North Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 westbound from J34, A19 (Selby) to J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services), because of an accident.

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

  13. York post office new home in WHSmith

    Customers of York's main post office will find it in a new location from today.

    Post office pictures

    It closed after 135 years on Lendal in the city yesterday.

    It is reopening nearby in WHSmith on Coney Street.

    More than 3,000 people signed a petition to stop the post office moving, including York Central's Labour MP Rachael Maskell.

    The Post Office, which owns the building, says no decision has been made as to what will happen to it yet.

  14. Check your Yorkshire train journey

    BBC News Travel

    If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this morning, most services appear to be running to time.

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

  15. Bradley Lowery: Plans backed for Scarborough holiday home

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans have been backed to build a coastal holiday home for seriously ill children in memory of Bradley Lowery.


    The young Sunderland supporter, from Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, died aged six in July 2017 after battling the child cancer neuroblastoma.

    One of his last family holidays was to Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

    His charity aims to build on land gifted to it by Scarborough Borough Council.

    It has been recommended for approval by the authority's planning officers.

    The proposal for a five-bedroom house, on land off Burniston Road, will be considered by the council's planning and development committee at a meeting on 11 April, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.