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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, from J52 for A6055 to J53 for A66.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on A1(M) northbound from J52, A6055 (Catterick) to J53, A66 (Scotch Corner), because of an accident.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, from J53 for A66 to J56 for B6275 Hang Bank.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed on A1(M) northbound from J53, A66 (Scotch Corner) to J56, B6275 (Barton), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Watch: Lord of the Rings garden blooms in Harrogate

    A garden featuring a Hobbit house and Gollum model from the Lord of the Rings film series has been unveiled at Harrogate Flower Show.

    Charity Horticap, which works with people with learning difficulties and teaches them gardening skills, is behind the garden.

    Their creation, complete with a working chimney, is currently on display at the annual show:

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    Video caption: A charity has made a Lord of the Rings-themed garden at the Harrogate Flower Show.
  4. The show must go on: York theatre to reopen after fire

    The Grand Opera House in York will reopen tonight after a curtain caught fire at the theatre last night.

    The Grand Opera House

    An electrical fault in the lighting is believed to have started the blaze during the rehearsals for Rock of Ages, with last night's performance cancelled.

    The damage has been assessed and the venue says it's "delighted" to announce tonight's performance of the musical will go ahead as planned.

  5. Curtain up? Doubts over theatre performances after fire

    The Grand Opera House in York says it's currently assessing the damage caused by a fire last night to see if performances can continue.

    Fire engine

    An electrical fault in the lighting is believed to have started the blaze just after 17:30.

    A curtain caught alight during a rehearsal of the musical Rock of Ages, which is in York for one week.

    There are no reports of any injuries, but last night's performance had to be cancelled.

    It's still unclear if the remaining performances of the show can go ahead, the theatre said.

  6. Fracking gas firm Third Energy sells onshore business

    The company planning to frack in Ryedale in North Yorkshire is selling its onshore operations to an American energy company.

    Fracking site

    Third Energy has announced it's signed a deal with Alpha Energy.

    The company came close to fracking a site at Kirby Misperton in 2017 but, withdrew while it awaited approval of its financial resilience from the government.

    The sale of the company to York Energy Holdings, which is an affiliated company of US-based Alpha Energy, includes the planned fracking site at Kirby Misperton, near Pickering and Third Energy's power station at East Knapton.

    Tom Reed, the chief executive of Alpha Energy, says he's looking forward to developing the group's energy and generation business.

    The deal is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

  7. Dishwasher corn snake among exotic pet rescues

    The RSPCA says it received more than 1,200 calls about the cruelty or neglect of exotic animals in Yorkshire last year.

    Cornsnake in dishwasher

    The animal welfare charity has released its annual statistics, which show in North Yorkshire 240 calls about exotic animals were received and 78 exotic pets and four exotic fish rescued.

    In South Yorkshire the organisation took 335 calls about exotic animals and rescued 75 exotic pets and 19 exotic fish.

    In East Yorkshire 184 calls about exotic animals were taken.

    The charity also rescued 41 exotic pets, a rise on the 2017 total of 29 creatures and two fish.

    And in West Yorkshire more than 487 calls about exotic animals were answered, with 101 exotic animals and three exotic fish being kept as pets rescued.

    Kingsnake

    The rescued animals included a corn snake saved from a dishwasher in Sheffield, two parakeets dumped in a bag in a hedge in Bradford and a California kingsnake, found beneath the cash machine of a supermarket in Hull.

    The RSPCA says: "We believe people may buy them with little idea of how difficult they can be to keep and the animals are sometimes neglected when the novelty wears off and the commitment hits home.”

  8. Council rubbish MP's recycling claims

    The City of York Council has hit back at claims made by a local MP, Rachael Maskell, most of the city's recycling ends up in landfill.

    Council building

    Speaking in a Commons debate on Tuesday night, Ms Maskell said: "The council has really failed the people of my city.

    "Plastics, apart from bottles are not picked up at kerbside and this weekend, doing my plastic walkabout, I learnt much of York's recycled waste ends up in landfill."

    But York's council has disputed the MP's claims, saying: "None of our waste is sent to landfill, all non-recyclable waste is sent to Allerton Waste Recovery Park.

    "Any remaining organic waste or recyclable waste not put out to be recycled is separated at Allerton Waste Recovery Park.

    "Figures for 2017/18 show our recycling rate is in the top half both regionally and nationally."

  9. Glove and spanner among objects monitored in space

    It's been revealed RAF Fylingdales is tracking over a thousand objects in space every day.

    Fylingdales

    The base, on the North York Moors, provides an early warning system of a ballistic missile attack for the Western world and monitors debris in space thousands of miles away.

    Satellite image

    Items being kept track of include an astronaut's glove and a lost spanner, just in case they crash into an orbiting satellite or even the International Space Station.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J56 for B6275 Hang Bank.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - A1(M) lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J56, B6275 (Barton), 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

  11. York MP says council failed residents over recycling

    The Labour MP for York Central claims she's discovered most of the city's recycling ends up in landfill.

    Rachael Maskell

    Rachael Maskell says a pledge to give up buying plastic for Lent has transformed her shopping habits.

    Speaking in a special Commons debate last night, she said: "The council has really failed the people of my city.

    "Plastics, apart from bottles are not picked up at kerbside and this weekend, doing my plastic walkabout, I learnt much of York's recycled waste ends up in landfill."

    The BBC has contacted the City of York Council and is waiting for a response.

    The government says it's working hard to reduce plastic waste and improve recycling rates.

  12. 'No apparent motive' for Catterick Garrison soldier's suicide

    The mother of a soldier who killed himself has said she "cannot come to any logical conclusion" as to why he would take his own life.

    Catterick camp entrance

    Highlander Alistair McLeish, 18, from Selkirk, was a member of the 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

    He was found hanged at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire on 3 July.

    The inquest was told he seemed a "happy, normal guy" and was held up as an example to his colleagues.

    In a statement read out, his mother Karen McLeish said her son had long held aspirations to join the Army and follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both of whom had served.

    Maj Frederick Macnair described Highlander McLeish as a "big character" and said he had singled him out to colleagues because of his exemplary behaviour.

    Making a ruling of suicide, coroner Rob Turnbull, said: "Whether he had been ruminating on things is not known, but there is no apparent motive for this tragic incident."

  13. Yorkshire's weather

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will become rather extensive this morning as showers spread their way north.

    Many of the showers will diminsh gradually through this evening leaving tonight with a fair amount of dry weather:

    Weather graphic
  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. Revving up for Yorkshire rickshaw speed record attempt

    A member of a team trying to set a new speed record in a tuk-tuk in North Yorkshire says he's already closing in on the record during his training.

    Tuk Tuk

    Matt Everard, from Essex, pictured above test driving at Southend seafront today, is to take on the challenge at Elvington Airfield near York next month.

    The current record for the three-wheeled vehicle is 68mph and Matt says he got his tuk-tuk up to 60mph at the weekend.

    Tuk Tuk

    Matt says he spent five months and thousands of pounds restoring his vehicle to be able to attempt to set a record in the decades-old rickshaw

    He says: "I first bought the vehicle after a boozy night online, so thought I might as well put it to good use".

  16. North Yorkshire road reopens after crash earlier today

    BBC News Travel

    A North Yorkshire road has reopened after a crash earlier today which left three people needing hospital treatment.

    The B6161 was closed between Beckwithshaw and Leathley with motorists asked to use alternative routes this afternoon.

    North Yorkshire Police say the road is now fully reopened and thanked members of the public for their patience.

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    Video caption: An 11-year-old boy who has alopecia is hoping his hair will grow back before September.

    An 11-year-old from York who has alopecia is hoping his hair will grow back before he goes back to school in September.

  18. Watch: York boy hopes hair will return before school

    A young boy from North Yorkshire hopes his hair will return before he goes back to school in September after living with alopecia.

    Ernie, from York, says he found the condition "embarrassing" - but a free cream prescribed when he lived in London helped his hair grow.

    However, since moving to Yorkshire, the family have to pay for the treatment:

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    Video caption: An 11-year-old boy who has alopecia is hoping his hair will grow back before September.