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Heavy rain falls in Yorkshire

As any weather forecaster will tell you, it's pouring down in Yorkshire this afternoon.

So far, the Environment Agency have issued flood alerts for areas around Ripon, Halifax, Weatherby and Leeming.

There have been reports of localised flooding, like here in Rotherham where Brightside Lane meets the Meadowhall turnoff:

Flooding
Victoria Roberts

A flood alert is the lowest level of warning the Environment Agency uses and means flooding could be possible.

We'll keep you posted if the situation changes.

New police boat brings a touch of Miami Vice to Yorkshire

It might look like something out of Miami Vice, but this new £220,000 police boat is set to patrol the waterways of Yorkshire.

The new police new boat
Humberside Police

The 10-metre long catamaran will be berthed at King George's Dock in Hull.

It will be used to police the rivers and the coast of Yorkshire.

Underwater teams will also be able to dive from the side of the boat, which has been named the Cheetah Marine.

The boat in action
Humberside Police

It has been paid for by all four regional forces and will be operated by the Yorkshire and the Humber Marine and Underwater Search Unit.

It will allow the team to work longer hours in much more challenging environments, keeping them safe while they go about their duties."

Insp Rob GrunnerYorkshire and the Humber Marine and Underwater Search Unit

Northern announce three further strike days

Workers on Northern trains will strike on three more days next month it has been announced.

Northern train
BBC

Members of the RMT union are already walking out on 22 and 29 September in a row over whether guards will continue in their traditional role on the company's services.

The have now announced they will also be staging a further three 24-hour strikes on 6, 13 and 20 October.

Acas talks between Arriva, who operate Northern, and the RMT broke down yesterday with no resolution over the issue of driver-only trains.

Northern have described previous strikes as "disappointing and frustrating".

Storm Ali brings down power lines in North Yorkshire

Thousands of people were left without power in Yorkshire yesterday because of Storm Ali's high winds.

This is just one of the reasons why engineers at Northern Powergrid were kept busy yesterday after this power line came down west of Ripon:

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Heavy rain and winds to bring 'unpleasant' journey home

Oh dear...

Looks like it's going to be a damp and windy commute home tonight:

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Man sets sights on stone skimming championship

A North Yorkshire man will compete in the World Stone Skimming Championships in Scotland this weekend.

A stone skimming across the water
BBC

Lee Kettlewell, from Arkengarthdale, will travel to the island of Easdale to skim stones across a disused slate quarry.

He started skimming stones as a child, he said.

Lee says he usually gets between 20 and 25 skims at his "secret training camp" on Aysgarth Falls.

He added he was inspired to enter the competition as it seemed likely that it was the only world championship he had any chance of taking part in.

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Georgina Burnett

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dry with clear periods at first but cloudy later, with rain in places.

Watch my full forecast here:

Police 'called out to 81 weather incidents in four hours'

Over 80 weather-related problems were reported on North Yorkshire's roads in just four hours yesterday as a result of the windy conditions, police say.

Car crashed into tree
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service/Martyn Hughes

Between 12:00 and 16:00 on Wednesday, North Yorkshire Police officers were called to a total of 81 incidents, including fallen trees and signs, roofs being blown off and damaged power cables.

This morning, a number of areas in the county are still affected by power cuts, mainly in remote parts of the Dales, Harrogate and the Northallerton area.

Captain Cook's HMS Endeavour might have been found in US

The hunt for the final resting place of Captain James Cook's HMS Endeavour may soon be over - in time for the 250th anniversary of its voyage to Australia.

HMS Endeavour
Science Photo Library

The Endeavour, then known as Lord Sandwich II, was sunk with 12 other ships off Rhode Island, in the US, in August 1778, but no-one was sure where.

Now, following a 25-year archaeological study of the area, the search has been narrowed to just "one or two" sites.

Experts are now hopeful it will be definitively identified by 2020.

That would be just in time for the anniversary of Capt Cook - who had strong connections with Whitby in North Yorkshire - arriving in Australia, following a two-year voyage of discovery.

Yorkshire's weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be mostly dry with spells of sunshine for some.

However, rain will move in this afternoon, becoming heavy and persistent.

Staying very wet overnight with further heavy and persistent rain.

weather graph
BBC

'Lack of accountability' led to rail timetable chaos

A report on rail chaos which caused delays and cancellations on services across Yorkshire earlier this year has identified who was to blame.

Train
BBC

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) blamed a lack of "responsibility and accountability" for the problems and said passengers were "badly treated".

Network Rail, the Department for Transport and rail operator Northern are all accused in the report of making mistakes which contributed to the collapse of services.

The ORR says hundreds of trains were cancelled following the introduction of a new timetable in May, made worse by over-running maintenance work.

Its report concludes that engineering and planning concerns were put ahead of passengers, while Northern failed to provide accurate information when disruption occurred.

Andrew Haines, boss of Network Rail, said: "A whole system approach to timetable planning must be the way ahead and we have already started on that path."

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However there are also several delays and cancellations to be aware of:

  • The 06:54 Doncaster to Kings Cross service is running about 10 minutes late
  • The 07:01 York to Kings Cross is running about 30 minutes late
  • The 07:10 Leeds to Reading service has been cancelled
  • The 07:18 York to Manchester Airport service is delayed
  • The 07:23 Wakefield Westgate to Reading service has been cancelled
  • The 07:37 York to Kings Cross service is delayed
  • The 08:17 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service is running about 15 minutes late

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

High winds bring damage and disruption to Yorkshire

Windy weather has caused disruption across Yorkshire's roads and damage to homes - in South Yorkshire a roof has been blown off and into the street below:

Roof blown off
BBC

In North Yorkshire police have dealt with more than 80 incidents in four hours.

Those included a very large For Sale sign blowing into the road.

North Yorkshire Police say they have been called to 81 incidents of highway disruption between 12:00 and 16:00 today, with fallen trees and signs.

A car that crashed into a tree
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service/Martyn Hughes

The force says if people come across fallen trees they should contact their local council, not the police, unless there is a significant risk to others, or there has been a collision involving injuries.

The weather has also caused a number of power cuts and caused rail disruption:

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Rail strike talks breakdown

Talks to try to resolve strikes on Northern rail have broken down without reaching agreement.

Northern train
PA

The company and representatives of the RMT union have been at ACAS for discussions about the dispute over whether guards should be used on services in the future.

No further talks are planned and another 24-hour strike is due to take place on Saturday.

An Acas spokesperson said: “Following a second day of Acas talks, Arriva Northern Rail and RMT were unable to make any progress in resolving their dispute."

Yellow weather warning issued for tonight

A yellow "be aware" weather warning for strong winds has been issued for across Yorkshire by the Met Office.

The yellow weather warning
Met Office

Large parts of the country will be affected this evening by "potentially very strong winds" reaching up to 50mph.

There is a chance buildings could be damaged by the weather and people should be aware of the potential dangers the wind might cause, the Met Office says.

Missing 16-year-old could be in North Yorkshire

A missing 16-year-old boy from Northamptonshire could be in North Yorkshire, police say.

Officers have been searching for Dorel Owens since he went missing from his home in Northampton on 8 September.

North Yorkshire Police have now shared a missing person appeal on Twitter, saying he might be in the county:

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Homeschooling on the increase across North Yorkshire

The number of children being homeschooled in North Yorkshire has increased by 45% in the past year.

A woman home schooling children
BBC

Figures for the North Yorkshire County Council area show 551 children are being educated at home, a rise of 171 in the past 12 months.

However, the council says this is less than 1% of all school-age children, and that they proactively monitor and support those who are taught at home.

New Northern trains on track

Train nerds and commuters prepare to rejoice, Northern's new trains are on their way:

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North Yorkshire's police boss to face complaints committee

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is due to face a grilling later by a complaints committee, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Julia Mulligan
BBC

Julia Mulligan will appear before the Crime Panel Complaints Sub-Committee at County Hall in Northallerton, but the public and the media have been barred from attending the hearing.

Although the nature of the allegations against her have not been disclosed, it's understood they relate to Mrs Mulligan's conduct and members of staff or former members of staff.

A spokesman for the commissioner has said there is little that can be said at this stage as it might interfere with the process.

Should the committee find against Mrs Mulligan, the panel cannot impose formal sanctions on her as it does not have the power to do so.

However, it can publish a report or a recommendation.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

A dry and bright start to the day with some sunshine.

Cloud will increase with patchy rain before it brightens again.

Very windy with gale force southwest winds:

Weather graphic
BBC

Talks due in Northern rail dispute

Talks are expected to take place later to try and resolve the row which has led to a series of strikes on trains run by operator Northern.

Northern train
PA

The disagreement over the role of guards has lasted for more than a year and has led to strike action on services across Yorkshire.

The union says passenger safety will be put at risk by getting rid of guards and extending driver-only services.

The rail safety regulator says driver-only trains is safe - a position that has been supported by the government.

But rail unions disagree, saying the on-board conductor or guard has a much better view of the doors and can stop people getting trapped.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However:

  • The 07:28 Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 07: 47 Doncaster to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled

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

Travel update: Lorry fire closes A1M

BBC News Travel

A lorry has caught fire on the A1M northbound near Leeds.

Traffic officers have held traffic while they deal with the blaze:

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Marine mums' seafaring success inspires Yorkshire sailors

A team of four men from Yorkshire are preparing to compete in a race across the Atlantic, hoping to replicate the seafaring success of a team of York mums.

Rowers
BBC

Three members of the Row 4 Victory team are servicemen and they're raising money for military charities to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

They're due to start the challenge in December in La Gomera in the Canaries and plan to row 3,000 miles to English Harbour in Antigua.

Map
Google

They say they've been inspired by the four North Yorkshire women (pictured below) who rowed the Atlantic in 2016, becoming the oldest all-female crew to complete the challenge.

women rowers
Ben Duffy

The women rowers, who became friends after taking up rowing at a club in York, encountered a hurricane, power failures and seasickness en-route.

They also had to row naked after running out of clean clothes during the crossing.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A mild start with some outbreaks of rain before it becomes drier and brighter this afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here:

Thirty-nine crime gangs identified in North Yorkshire

Thirty-nine organised crime groups are currently working in North Yorkshire, with over half of their activity focused on drugs, a new report suggests.

Cocaine
Getty Images

The report is by the county's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) into "county lines", a term referring to the phone lines used by gangs to sell drugs in small towns using vulnerable children.

The National Crime Agency defines a typical "county lines" scenario as a network between an urban hub and a county location into which drugs, primarily heroin and crack cocaine, are supplied.

The PCC's report says there are nine such operations currently active in North Yorkshire, including four in Scarborough and three in York. All are currently under investigation.

The report will be discussed at a Police and Crime Panel meeting on Thursday.

Yorkshire's weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be mostly cloudy this morning and windy with spells of rain at first.

This afternoon will be mainly dry with spells of sunshine breaking through.

Overnight rain will clear to leave it mainly dry during the early hours.

Weather graphic
BBC

Wind warning for Yorkshire tonight

Just a reminder that a yellow warning of wind has been issued by the Met Office from tonight until tomorrow evening across Yorkshire.

Wind
Getty Images

The warning comes into effect from 21:00 tonight and lasts until 18:00 tomorrow for the entire region.

Forecasters are warning that damage to trees is possible, which could lead to large branches, or even whole trees, falling in some places.

Women would not have died if not for police dog bite

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

An inquest into the death of a woman has heard that she would not have died had she not been bitten by a police dog.

Irene Collins, 73, allowed police officers to search her garden when they were looking for a suspected drug dealer in the Park End area of Middlesbrough in July 2014.

Irene Collins' house
BBC

A police dog called got into her house after being released to look for a suspect and bit her more than once.

The grandmother was taken to James Cook hospital but died four days later.

An initial post-mortem examination found that she died as a result of lung disease, but the pathologist said she would not have died when she did had it not been for the dog bite.

Coroner Karin Welch told the jury that the purpose of the inquest is to establish the facts about Irene Collins' death and not to attribute blame.

The inquest continues.

Cleveland Chief Constable apologises after misleading officers over mobile phone damage

Cleveland Police Chief Constable Mike Veale has apologised after misleading officers over damage to his work mobile phone while at Wiltshire Police.

He told colleagues the phone had been dropped in a golf club car park and run over by a vehicle.

Mr Veale subsequently told the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) that the damage was in fact caused when he swung a club at his golf bag in frustration after playing a poor shot.

They began an investigation in January after receiving anonymous allegations that Mr Veale deliberately damaged his mobile phone to hide contact with various parties over Wiltshire Police's investigation into historical abuse allegations relating to former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

The IOPC found no evidence that the irreparable damage to the phone had been caused deliberately or with the motive to conceal any information.

IOPC director Catrin Evans, who oversaw the investigation, said: "Mr Veale volunteered to our investigators that he was embarrassed by his behaviour over a momentary loss of self-control on the golf course, at a time of personal and professional stress.

"However, chief constables are expected to promote ethical values, lead by personal example and act as ambassadors for the standards of professional behaviour.

"That Mr Veale chose to give a different account to the truth, both verbally and in writing on several occasions and for some time, in our view amounted to a case to answer for misconduct relating to honesty and integrity."

Mike Veale
PA

The IOPC agreed for the issue to be dealt with by a management action plan put in place by Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.

In a statement Mr Veale said he gave an inaccurate account to avoid "sensationalist" coverage in the media.

He added: "I regret that I gave any account at all as to why the damage was caused as there was no reason to do so as this was simply an accident.

"I want to take this opportunity to apologise for not handling this matter differently."

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: "...having now had the chance to witness the work of Chief Constable Veale at close hand for some months, there is no doubt in my mind that he is the right person to drive forward the process of transforming Cleveland Police so that our officers and staff can focus on their continuing programme of hard work and proudly keeping the public of Cleveland safe."

Met office warning of wind for Yorkshire

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of wind for the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Yellow warning map
Met Office

The yellow be aware warning says the remnants of Storm Helene, heading across the Atlantic towards the UK, will bring a spell of strong winds to the region, with gusts of up to 50mph.

The Met Office said there is the possibility of "large branches or trees falling in a few places."

It added there could also be some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

The warning is in force from 21:00 tonight until 18:00 tomorrow evening.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A fairly cloudy day with some sunny spells and a few showers possible.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's weather forecast for Monday

BBC Weather

A bright start with a few misty patches with cloud building through the day.

Some evening sunshine is expected to develop for a time

Overnight cloud will build from the southwest, with the threat of rain at times:

Weather graph
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However:

  • The 08:00 Bradford Interchange to York service has been cancelled
  • The 08:02 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled.

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

Veg grower cleans up with washing machine-sized cabbage

Meet Ian Neale...

He clearly knows his onions after winning three categories in the vegetable competition at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, entering a cabbage the size of a washing machine in the contest.

Ian Neale standing in the distance with his giant cabbage in the foreground
Danny Lawson/PA

It was a "turnip for the books" when he wowed judges with his 66.6lb cabbage, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.

Mr Neale, from Newport, South Wales, also picked up prizes for his 42.5lb beetroot and a 9.5lb carrot, before being told, er, "that's shallot".

If you want to take a leaf out of his book and grow a giant cabbage, Mr Neale says it's easy: all it takes is time, patience and a little bit of cash.

Ian Neale pushing a cabbage in a wheelbarrow
Danny Lawson/PA

He said: "There really is no secret. It's just about having the right seed and the right growing conditions and you have to put in plenty of time.

"You do need a little bit of money - for compost and fertiliser - but that's it."

Northern strike to go ahead tomorrow

A strike by workers at rail operator Northern who are members of the RMT union will go ahead tomorrow.

A Northern train
PA

This is the latest strike action by Northern workers in their long-running dispute about the role of guards.

The union says passenger safety will be put at risk by getting rid of guards and extending driver-only services.

Talks aimed at resolving the row are due to be held at conciliation service Acas between the RMT and Northern next week, it's been confirmed.

Prison officers across the region staging protest over jail violence

The Northern Echo

Newspaper

Prison officers across the region have begun protest action "until instructed otherwise", their union has said.