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Welcome to Yorkshire had 'spend now, worry later' culture

The new chairman of Welcome to Yorkshire says the tourism agency previously operated under a culture of "spend now, worry about it later".

Peter Box
BBC

Peter Box released two reports this afternoon - one looking into the organisation's finances, and another at its future.

One, dated 29 August, said without a £500,000 loan from North Yorkshire County Council and another £1m investment "Welcome to Yorkshire will run out of cash by November at the latest".

The second revealed, among other matters, it spent £250,000 on its display at this year's Chelsea Flower Show - more than three times the £80,000 it had budgeted.

Former chief executive Sir Gary Verity resigned in March on health grounds, but later faced complaints about his behaviour and expenses.

It’s clear to me, from reading both reports that governance and strategic oversight of the operations have been largely absent. Financial planning was not robust enough which led to a culture of spend now, worry about it later."

Peter BoxWelcome to Yorkshire chairman

Yorkshire river £5m scheme to go back to the wild

What's thought to be the biggest river rewilding scheme in the north of England is under way on the River Derwent.

River Derwent at Elvington
BBC

The 100-mile long river, which flows from Fylingdales Moor on the North York Moors, to the River Ouse about 20 miles south of York, marks the boundary of the East Riding for more than 20 miles.

The Environment Agency's £5m programme will see weirs and locks modified so trout and salmon can migrate up the river more easily.

Non-native plants will also be removed in a bid to help stop riverbanks eroding.

The project is expected to take five years to complete.

Man jailed over thousands of indecent images of children

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

A Teesside man with more than 177,0000 indecent images of children has been jailed for four years.

Robin Moffat (pictured), 61, of Palmerston Street, Stockton, photoshopped the face of a young girl on many of the images of abuse.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of a child, one count of possession of a prohibited image of a child and one count of possession of an extreme pornographic image and was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court today.

In a statement read out in court the victim said she felt "anxious and physically sick" when she was told how pictures of her had been used.

Investigating Officer Det Con Pete Howes of Cleveland Police's Paedophile Online Investigation Team said: "This was a unique case which required meticulous examination of a huge number of indecent images, many of which were in the worst category.

"I welcome the sentence passed today. It reinforces our message that police, the CPS and the courts will do all they can to ensure those who pose danger to children - among the most vulnerable in our society - are apprehended and brought to justice."

Robin Moffat
CLEVELAND POLICE

Paul Gascoigne train kiss trial: Star breaks down in court

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

The former Newcastle and Middlesbrough footballer Paul Gascoigne has broken down in court as he denied sexually assaulting a woman on a train.

Giving evidence before a jury at Teesside Crown Court Mr Gascoigne said he was travelling from Birmingham to Newcastle with his nephews on 20 August last year.

He said many passengers were asking for selfies or autographs from him on the train.

Mr Gascoigne said he heard another male passenger, who he couldn’t see, say about a female passenger on the train: “What do you want a photo of her, she’s fat and ugly."

Mr Gascoigne said he “automatically” went to sit next to the woman but denied that he tried to sit on her.

He said he gave her a kiss “just on the lips.”

Mr Gascoigne became emotional in the dock and had to be handed a tissue by an usher as he gave his evidence.

He said he told the woman: “You’re not fat and ugly - you’re beautiful.”

He was asked whether he meant to kiss the woman in a sexual manner. “No” he replied.

Mr Gascoigne denies sexual assault by intentionally touching and the trial continues.

Big fall in jobless total in Yorkshire and Humber

There's been a big fall in unemployment in the Yorkshire and Humber region, according to the latest statistics.

Job Centre Plus sign
PA Media

The number of people out of work in the region fell by 28,000 between June and August to 108,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Nationally, though, there's been an increase in unemployment, up by 22,000 to 1.31 million people currently out of work.

Man charged with attempted murder

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed in Stockton on Sunday.

The 31-year-old man was charged after the incident on Marske Lane on Sunday.

He is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates Court later.

The 25-year-old woman is in a stable condition in hospital.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Light rain this morning should gradually ease to leave a cloudy and dry day with some sunny spells.

This evening should continue dry with clearing skies.

Overnight it will cloud over, with outbreaks of rain pushing in from the west later in the night:

Weather graphic
BBC

Woman 'did not realise man was Paul Gascogine'

A woman has told the sex assault trial of former footballer Paul Gascoigne that she did not know it was him at the time.

The 52-year-old is accused of an "unpleasant" sex assault on the service from York to Newcastle in August 2018.

At Teesside Crown Court she said: "He kissed me full on the lips. I was taken aback, it was completely out of the blue.

"I pushed him off to say that’s not ok. I just completely froze.

"It was sloppy and it was not like a peck on the cheek, it was very full on the lips. It was a forceful kiss."

She said another passenger intervened and said it was an assault and not appropriate behaviour.

It was only a few days later, after seeing a TV report, that she realised the man was Mr Gascoigne, she said.

Mr Gascoigne denies sexual assault by touching.

The trial continues.

Paul Gascoigne kissed woman 'forcefully and sloppily'

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

The former Newcastle and Middlesbrough footballer Paul Gascoigne “forcefully and sloppily” kissed a woman on the lips while drunk on a train, a court heard.

Teesside Crown Court was told Mr Gascoigne had been noisy and shouting and at one stage tried to sit on the woman, who was on her way home from work.

Prosecutor William Mousley said the woman left the train “shocked, upset, perhaps even frightened.”

Mr Gascoigne denies sexual assault by intentionally touching in August last year.

The jury heard he was arrested in Jesmond, Newcastle and told the police he had “kissed a fat lass. “

He told them it was “a peck on the lips” and indicated he did not consider it serious.

The trial continues.

Paul Gascoigne
PA Media

Five arrested over concerns for man

Two more men have been arrested by police investigating a report of a man being forced to get into a car in in Middlesbrough.

Cleveland Police have been investigating after concerns for the man seen getting into a car in Bedford Street at about midday on Saturday.

The vehicle, a silver Ford Kuga, has been located but officers haven't yet spoken to the man involved to ensure he is safe and well.

Three men were arrested on Saturday and two today and all five are in custody.

Police have not identified the alleged victim and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Paul Gascoigne arrives for sexual assault trial

The former Middlesbrough and Newcastle footballer Paul Gascoigne has arrived at Teesside Crown Court to face an allegation of kissing a woman without consent.

The 52-year-old has already entered a not guilty plea to the single charge of sexual assault, and his trial at Teesside Crown Court is due to start later on Monday.

The ex-midfielder is accused of kissing the woman on a train between York and Newcastle last August.

At a previous hearing earlier this year, the court heard how the ex-midfielder's defence will be that he has a propensity to kiss people "in a non-sexual manner".

The trial is due to last five days

Paul Gascoigne
PA Media

Watch: Monday's weather forecast for Yorkshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're going to see heavy and persistent rain pushing its way up from the south.

The MET Office has issued a yellow warning for rain.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places:

Police raids unearth cannabis farms

Andrea MacMillan

BBC Tees

Three cannabis farms with a street value of almost £500,000 have been found in the North Ormesby area of Middlesbrough.

Police targeted addresses in Deacon Street, Thornton Street and Kings Road in the early hours of yesterday morning.

More than 360 cannabis plants and 10 kg of what is suspected to be cannabis were found in Kings Road.

Plants estimated to be worth £5,000 were seized from Thornton Street.

In Deacon Street about 50 suspected cannabis plants were recovered worth about £41,000.

A 36-year-old man was arrested in Deacon Street and charged with possessing a controlled drug of Class B.

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any early showers should clear to leave a largely dry, sunny day, with occasional showers in the afternoon.

Tonight any scattered showers will clear to leave it dry overnight with clear spells and variable cloud:

Weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However, a shortage of crews means train operator Northern will be running a reduced service on some routes today. Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised.

The Selby-Leeds, York-Doncaster and Leeds-Doncaster routes are among those expected to be affected, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Services have also been disrupted between Leeds and Doncaster/Sheffield due to an earlier incident. Trains are now returning to normal, but could be delayed up to about 08:30.

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

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However, there may be disruption between Wakefield Westgate and Doncaster/Swinton following an "incident".

Delays are expected until at least 09:00, according to National Rail Inquiries.

Also:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled

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

Police trace vulnerable Cleveland teenager

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Cleveland Police is urgently trying to trace a teenager who it describes as vulnerable

Jacob Higgins, 16, from Cleveland was last seen in Sunderland last night at about 20:20.

He's white with short ginger hair, is 6ft tall and of medium build.

He was wearing a navy hooded top, black jogging bottoms and black trainers with white detail.

Jacob Higgins
Cleveland Police

Troubled Yorkshire tourism agency appoints new boss

A new chairman has been appointed to head Yorkshire's troubled tourism agency.

Peter Box
BBC

The leader of Wakefield Council Peter Box (pictured) will take over at Welcome to Yorkshire after local authorities agreed to inject £1m to keep the the organisation going.

Its former chief executive, Sir Gary Verity, resigned in March on health grounds, but later faced complaints about his behaviour and expenses.

Mr Box said he intended to make the agency "open and transparent".

"I'm going to try and make a difference," he said.

Appeal for help to find missing bird of prey

Police are appealing for information about a satellite-tagged bird of prey which has disappeared from North Yorkshire.

Missing hen harrier
North Yorkshire Police

The most recent tag data shows the young male hen harrier spent a few days in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, before arriving near Thirlmere in the Lake District on 19 September.

It passed through Mallerstang Common that same afternoon before its final transmission was received in the Seavy Gutter area of Askrigg Common.

The bird is brown in colour and bears the ring number EA54306.

Anyone who might have seen it is being asked to get in touch with North Yorkshire Police.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However:

  • The 08:31 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:48 Leeds to Hull service has been cancelled

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

'Leaves on the line' face a chilly reception

A blast of dry ice could be the solution to the bane of all rail commuters' lives - the infamous problem of "leaves on the line", according to researchers in South Yorkshire.

A train blasting dry ice
Network Rail

Every autumn, thousands of tonnes of leaves drop onto Britain's railways tracks which can make the rails slippy and dangerous, according to Network Rail.

Currently, sand is sprayed by trains onto the track to improve grip, but research by the University of Sheffield shows that dry ice could be a better answer.

Sprayed onto the tracks, dry ice leaves behind no residue and improves traction between the wheel and rail.

Trials are currently taking place across the UK.

Yorkshire's weather: Mostly bright and breezy

BBC Weather

A sunny start for all today but a band of heavy, blustery and locally thundery showers will move in from the west, as winds strengthen.

The top temperature will be about 15C (59F).

Most of the showers will move away to the east by this evening, leaving tonight mainly dry and clear, though still relatively breezy:

Weather graphic
BBC

Leaders back Welcome to Yorkshire with £1m funding

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A panel of council leaders has agreed to continue to fund Welcome to Yorkshire (WtY) with £1m of public money, despite its recent problems.

Former Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity
Anna Gowthorpe/Press Association

The tourism agency has struggled financially since the resignation of chief executive Sir Gary Verity in March and the subsequent investigations into the company.

The meeting heard that a “managed closedown” of WtY would cost even more than helping to keep it going and new agency would need to be set up in its place.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However:

  • The 09:18 Leeds to Sheffield via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 09:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled

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

Cave and fell rescue team upgrades to new radio network

The rescue volunteers who cover both the caves beneath the eastern edge of Cumbria and the Pennine fells above, have taken on a new digital communications network.

Mike Bottomley of CRO with new handset
YDNPA

The new system was put together with the help of a £7,500 grant from the sustainable development fund run by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

The Cave Rescue Organisation was set up to help people in trouble in the labyrinth on caves in the limestone hills around the borders of Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire, but it also deals with people in trouble on the fells above.

Two men arrested after firearm dispute in Middlesbrough

The junction of Pelham Street and Princess Road, where the incident happened
Google

Two men were arrested after a dispute in Middlesbrough involving a suspected firearm.

The incident happened at 16:40 on 27 September on the junction of Pelham Street and Princess Road.

Cleveland Police officers seized the weapon and arrested two men, aged 35 and 24, on suspicion of affray and possession of a firearm without a certificate.

The pair have been released under investigation.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cool but dry start to the day with some hazy sunshine.

It'll turn cloudier this afternoon and getting windier, with rain expected this evening and tonight.

The top temperature will be about 11C (52F):

A weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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

However:

  • The 08:26 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 York to Burley Park service has been cancelled
  • The 08:56 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled

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

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However:

  • The 08:39 Sheffield to Norwich service has been cancelled
  • The 10:09 York to Liverpool Lime Street has been cancelled

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

Environment Agency monitoring flood defences

The Environment Agency says it has teams monitoring flood defences across Yorkshire as several flood warnings remain in place after the recent heavy rain.

There are still 11 flood warnings in place across the region - principally for North Yorkshire and the North and East Yorkshire coast:

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