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Driver jailed over laser jammer and abusive gesture

A man who used a "laser jammer" - a device that confuses police speed vans - has been jailed after he drove past officers showing them the middle finger.

Middle finger
North Yorkshire Police

Timothy Hill, 67 of Old Mill Lane in Grassington drove past North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera vans on the A19 near Easingwold, Thirsk and Crathorne on three occasions in December.

Officers began an investigation after realising he was using the jammer.

He admitted he was the driver and he had fitted the device to his car and he was charged with perverting the course of justice, which he pleaded guilty to at court.

He was jailed for eight months at Teesside Crown Court today and banned from driving for a year for perverting the course of justice.

“If you want to attract our attention, repeatedly gesturing at police camera vans with your middle finger while you’re driving a distinctive car fitted with a laser jammer is an excellent way to do it."

Cons Andrew ForthNorth Yorkshire Police

Ben Coad leads Yorkshire to win over Nottinghamshire

BBC Sport

Yorkshire completed their first County Championship win of 2018 by 164 runs despite resistance from Nottinghamshire on the final morning at Headingley.

Ben Coad was Yorkshire's leading wicket-taker
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It took the home side 12.4 overs to pick up the two wickets they needed as Tom Moores and Jake Ball put on 66.

Ben Coad bowled Ball for 30 and ended the game two balls later when Harry Gurney edged to second slip.

Coad finished with 6-81 - and match figures of 10-130 - with Moores left unbeaten on 40 in Notts' 238.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Here's my look at the weather forecast for our part of the world in the next few days:

Call to save Yorkshire military airfield from closure

A Yorkshire military airfield is one of 15 earmarked for closure over the next six years with the potential loss of thousands of jobs.

Planes on airfield
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That's the warning from an all-party group of MPs on general aviation, members of whom have written to Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson urging him to consider keeping them open for private planes and allowing them to be brought back into military use if needed.

The government says the sites, including Dishforth in North Yorkshire, home of 6 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, will be used to help the local economy.

Lorry driver's lucky escape on A1

It looks like this lorry driver had a narrow escape on the A1 in North Yorkshire yesterday:

Lorry on fire on A1
North Yorkshire Fire Service

Emergency services came to the rescue in Boroughbridge when the wagon's refrigerated trailer full of food burst into flames.

Fire crews from Boroughbridge, Knaresborough and Ripon, using breathing apparatus, were able to uncouple the cab in time for it to escape any damage.

It's thought the fire started because of the lorry's brakes overheating.

Knife crime surge in Yorkshire - Latest figures

Knife crime has surged in Yorkshire while it's actually gone down in London, according to the latest figures.

Knives on table

The statistics, from the House of Commons Library, show there was a 45% rise in Yorkshire knife crime in the seven years to 2017. In contrast, it went down by 12% in London.

It comes as £15m has been cut from youth services in eight areas of our region since 2011.

The Department for Communities and Local Government says it's giving councils more money, more freedom and more certainty over long-term funding.

Witnesses sought after motorcyclist 'seriously injured'

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered serious injuries when his motorcycle collided with a lorry on a major route near Leeds.

Police accident sign

It happened at 09:30 yesterday morning on the A61 at Harewood.

The rider, a 21-year-old man from Leeds, suffered serious head and chest injuries and was taken to the Leeds General Infirmary.

The 47-year-old driver of the lorry, also from Leeds, escaped injury but was left shocked.

Witnesses to the collision or anyone who remembers seeing either the blue and white motorcycle or the white HGV, prior to the incident, are urged to call North Yorkshire Police.

Beyond the wildwood: Orphaned badgers and fox best of pals

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

How about this for an unlikely group of pals.

Badgers and fox
Whitby Wildlife Centre

These baby badgers and Phoebe the baby fox have become firm pals after all being rescued and then taken in by the Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary.

The orphans sleep in the same bed, eat from the same bowl and play together.

Alex Farner, founder of the Whitby Wildlife Centre, told me the badgers were found near Meltham in West Yorkshire wandering through a woodland aged just three weeks old.

The baby fox turned up in a box at a vets in Leeds.

Badgers and fox
Whitby Wildlife Centre

Alex said the people who spotted the badgers watched them for four hours, struggling on a steep bank without mum, who it's thought was killed after being hit by a car.

She says: "They were so young they didn't even have teeth."

"Foxes and badgers would never mix in the wild," she added. "But these three were wild animals without their mothers, all of a similar size and we thought we could place them together as long as we kept a close eye on them."

Whitby Wildlife Centre

Now at six weeks old the fox and badgers are happy and safe to be left playing at sleeping together, but Alex says "they'll be separated when they're older and released back to the wild."

Watch: Hotter than Honolulu!

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

How did you spend the warmest day of the year so far?

It was hotter than Honolulu in Yorkshire yesterday. Is that going to continue today?

Here's my forecast:

Fire Service hot weather water warning

There's a warning not to jump into North Yorkshire's rivers during this spell of warm weather.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue says it wants to remind people the water will be much colder than expected.

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Thieves try to outrun police in tractor

Thieves who stole a tractor then tried to outrun police yesterday.

Officers followed the tractor to the Coast Road in Redcar, where the two people in it ditched it and made off on foot.

Both were soon arrested and are currently "sobering up" in Middlesbrough Custody Office, Cleveland Police said.

The tractor

Coal free for the first time in 136 years

For the first time since 1882, the UK was - for 48 hours this week - powered without the use of coal.

Drax power station cooling towers.

Drax power station near Goole says it's "a huge step in the right direction".

The milestone was hit on Tuesday and Wednesday, after being picked up by a monitoring system.

Drax Power says it's down to the warmer weather and a growth in renewable energy and gas.

Their Chief Executive Andy Koss says they're committed to coming off coal before 2025.

PM pays tribute to BBC Yorkshire's Len Tingle

The leaders of two major parties are the latest to pay tribute to BBC Yorkshire's former political editor Len Tingle.

Len Tingle

Len died earlier this month from cancer. He was 62.

Theresa May said Len was a "wonderful advocate for Yorkshire".

Meanwhile, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described Len as "a joy to be with".

In pictures: Yorkshire's sunniest spots

Well, what a scorcher it has been today!

We thought we'd share some very nice sunny scenes with you from across Yorkshire today, starting off in Scarborough:


Last orders for landmark Yorkshire pub

One of Yorkshire's most famous pubs, the now-derelict Saltersgate Inn, is to be knocked down.

Saltersgate Inn
North York Moors National Park Authority

The building on the Pickering to Whitby road, which closed in 2007, was once a smugglers' haunt.

Built as a farmhouse in 1648, it was converted into an inn in the early 1700s.

It was known for its peat fire which burned continuously for 200 years until it closed.

Planners have today approved the pub's demolition.

A new café will be built in its place.

Police cordon after man stabbed in York city centre

An area of York city centre is still cordoned off after a man was stabbed last night.

Police tape

North Yorkshire Police says officers were called just before midnight to the incident on Walmgate.

The man in his 30s suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, and has been treated at York Hospital.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather: Sunshine all the way

BBC Weather

Most places will have a sunny and warm day with only a gentle breeze.

Staying mostly fine and rather warm into the evening.

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In pictures: You're looking good Whitby

BBC Weather Watchers

Well, they said it would be, if we're honest we all doubted it but here we are, an actual warm sunny day.

Just look at how lovely Whitby's looking today - Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher june gothika

Weather watcher

Nazi jailed for three years for stirring up racial hatred

A self-confessed Nazi who called for the genocide of Jewish people during a rally in North Yorkshire has been jailed for 3 years.

The 22-year-old from Lancashire - who can't be named for legal reasons - was found guilty of two counts of stirring up racial hatred following a trial in January.

He committed the offences in 2016 during a gathering of far-right extremists, called the Yorkshire Forum for Nationalists, and also during a demonstration in Blackpool.

During today's hearing at Preston Crown Court, he nodded his head in the dock as the Judge questioned whether he still held the same views as when he gave the two speeches

Teenagers deny plot to kill students in school

Two teenagers from Yorkshire have denied plotting to kill students at a school.

The boys - both aged 15 - have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to murder, at a hearing at Leeds Crown Court.

Neither of the defendants nor the school can be named for legal reasons.

They've been remanded in custody - and will go on trial at the start of next month.

Tears for Fears cancel forthcoming shows

Tears For Fears have postponed their forthcoming UK and Ireland tour - It was due to start in Leeds this month.

Tears for Fears

The band cited "unforeseen health concerns" and had been due to start their tour at Leeds Arena on 27 April.

In a statement released today they said they had postponed the dates due to "doctor's orders" and they have been rescheduled for early 2019.

In the statement they said: "Tears For Fears apologise to their fans and are extremely sorry for any inconvenience caused. "

Tickets for 2018 shows will be valid for the 2019 show, except for Glasgow and Birmingham where the venues have changed.

Mark Cavendish confirmed for Tour de Yorkshire

Organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire say star rider Mark Cavendish will take part in this year's event.

They say he's recovered from injury sooner than expected after a dramatic crash in Milan in March.

Mark Cavendish
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I’m delighted to have recovered sufficiently from my injuries at Milan-San Remo to be back racing sooner than I initially thought and what better way to do that than at what could be described as a home race for me, the Tour de Yorkshire"

Mark CavendishCycle racer

Food 'rotters' wanted in North Yorkshire

A campaign's under way across North Yorkshire to cut back on the thousands of tonnes of food thrown away each year.

Waste food

The county council wants to recruit more volunteers known as "rotters."

One of their jobs is encouraging people to compost waste food.

The council's also trying to cut the amount of edible food that's thrown away, by promoting the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, which helped inspire a pay-what-you-feel café in Tang Hall in York.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

There'll be large amounts of cloud this morning, but it'll stay largely dry with some brightness at times.

Cloud will disperse this afternoon leaving behind some long spells of warm sunshine.

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Yorkshire not using its reusable water bottles, poll finds

Too many people in Yorkshire are buying reusable water bottles, but then not using them.

bottle being drunk from

That's according to research published today by Keep Britain Tidy.

Their findings show six out of 10 people in Yorkshire have bought a reusable bottle, but a quarter either don't use it regularly or never use it at all.

The findings emerged from a survey in which people were asked about their attitudes to plastic waste and water consumption.

'Life-saving' nearest defibrillator app for Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service is launching a life-saving app which maps all the external defibrillators across the county.

There are more than 1,200 of them now across the region.

Phone app
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

The Save a Life app tells you the location of your nearest defibrillator and provides guidance in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest.

Curtis Randle, from Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, was walking through the Market Place when he suffered a cardiac arrest in May 2016.

By coincidence, it happened right next to the town’s very first public access defibrillator.

An off-duty GP came to his rescue, closely followed by ambulance crews.

Curtis said: “The defibrillator undoubtedly saved my life and I’m so grateful that it was there when I needed it.

“I’m really pleased the app has been launched, because it’s so important that people are made aware of defibrillators and how they really can make a difference.”

Watching the weather across Yorkshire today

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a bit blowy across Yorkshire today with quite a lot of clouds.

Here's my full forecast:

Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy morning, brighter later

BBC Weather

Any early brightness will be replaced by thickening cloud and the chance of patchy rain this morning.

This afternoon it will then turn drier and brighter.

Tonight it'll be mostly dry, although some thicker areas of cloud could give the odd shower.

Weather graphic
BBC Weather

Get the sunglasses and shorts out, it's hotting up!

BBC Weather

Take a look at this.

One word (although it's not really a word): yyyeeeeeeeeessssss!

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Warning over 'tarmac gangs' in North Yorkshire

People in North Yorkshire are being warned to be on the look out for "tarmac gangs" who claim to be from the council.

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Trading Standards officers want people who are being offered to have their drives covered or pot holes filled in to call them and report it.