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  1. New police and fire boss election result expected

    North Yorkshire's newly elected Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) is expected to be announced today.

    Mr Allott

    A PFCC is not a serving member of the local force but they are voted for by the public, to hold the police forces and fire services to account.

    Voting took place yesterday to replace Philip Allott (pictured), who resigned after his comments about the murder of Sarah Everard, who was from York, led to a vote of no confidence by the county's crime panel.

    Mr Allott had been in post for five months when he resigned.

    Voter turnout figures for today's election have been released.

    • Craven: 15.36%
    • Hambleton: 15.28%
    • Harrogate: 15.56%
    • Richmondshire: 13.38%
    • Ryedale: 13.38%
    • Scarborough: 12.24%
    • Selby: 13.88%
    • York: 12.74%

    Five candidates stood in the election.

    The new PFCC is expected to be announced this afternoon.

  2. Friday's Yorkshire and Lincolnshire weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    This morning will be very breezy with a mix of sunshine and showers.

    This afternoon will turn largely dry and fine, but it will remain quite windy with strong gusts in places.

    Tonight winds will become very strong from the north reaching gale or even storm force in places:

    Weather graphic
  3. Police ask public to 'avoid' restaurant blaze scene

    People are being asked to avoid the scene of a serious fire at a famous North Yorkshire restaurant while an investigation into the blaze takes place.

    Destroyed Star Inn restaurant roof

    The restaurant at the 14th Century Star Inn at Harome has been "reduced to ashes" after its thatched roof caught fire last night, owner Andrew Pern said.

    Mr Pern said the building's straw roof was "perfect" fuel for a fire, and the building "didn't stand a chance" once it had taken hold.

    A police cordon is in place following the blaze with officers asking people to avoid the area for the time being.

    At its height, 45 firefighters tackled the blaze, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said, adding that all occupants had safely left when crews arrived.

    Firefighting operations have now ceased, but some officers remain at the scene to carry out investigations, the service said.

  4. Fire service warning as Yorkshire braced for strong winds

    People are being advised to secure garden furniture ahead of expected high winds at the weekend.

    Weather graphic

    North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue warned people to secure large items like trampolines, tables and seating following a weather warning for Yorkshire issued by the Met Office.

    Both amber and yellow warnings have been issued for different parts of Yorkshire on Saturday.

    Amber means it is quite likely that bad weather will affect people, possibly including travel delays, road and rail closures and power cuts.

    A yellow warning means means the weather is likely to have some impact, for example travel disruption.

  5. Firefighting effort at destroyed restaurant 'scaled back'

    An investigation into a blaze which destroyed the a 14th Century thatched roof of a famous North Yorkshire restaurant has been "scaled back," the fire service says.

    Star Inn roof

    Crews were called to The Star Inn at Harome, near Helmsley, at about 22:15 on Wednesday.

    About 45 firefighters tackled the blaze at its height. No one was hurt in the incident.

    Writing on social media Tony Walker, station manager for York, Selby & Tadcaster, said: "An investigation into the fire's cause has begun and the operation is now being scaled back to three appliances."

    Owner Andrew Pern, said: "The roof is probably three or four feet deep of straw, so if you're a fire it's perfect, a great place to be, but not for me at the moment looking on.

    "With straw and beams which are 800 years old, it didn't stand a chance really."

  6. Fire-hit restaurant faces year of disruption

    The owner of a top North Yorkshire restaurant has said it could face disruption for up to a year following a blaze which destroyed a 14th Century thatched roof.

    Damaged roof

    Firefighters were called to The Star Inn at Harome, near Helmsley, at about 22:15 on Wednesday.

    About 45 firefighters tackled the blaze at its height, as of 07:30 this morning seven fire engines remained at the scene. No one was injured in the incident.

    Owner Andrew Pern, said: "The roof is probably three or four feet deep of straw, so if you're a fire it's perfect, a great place to be, but not for me at the moment looking on.

    "We don't know how it started, it's still burning now nine hours later."

    Mr Pern added: "I think we'll probably be out of business for about a year for the main dining area.

    "The new part should be ok, so we'll be able to function in a fashion, somehow."

    He also praised his staff and local helpers saying :"The staff did a brilliant job, grabbed a hose from the cellar, but with straw and beams which are 800 years old it didn't stand a chance really.

    "Anybody and everybody has done as much as they can do, even the local farmers are here shifting all the straw away to make the roads clear."

  7. North Yorkshire PFCC: Polls open in by-election

    The polls have opened in the by-election for North Yorkshire's next Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

    Ballot box

    Five candidates will contest the race to replace Philip Allott.

    Mr Allott resigned from the post after his comments about the murder of Sarah Everard led to public complaints and a vote of no confidence by the county's crime panel.

    Polls close at 22:00 and the result is expected to be announced on Friday after votes are counted.

    The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

    • Hannah Barham-Brown (Women's Equality Party)
    • James Barker (Liberal Democrat)
    • Zoe Metcalfe (Conservative)
    • Emma Scott-Spivey (Labour)
    • Keith Tordoff (Independent).
  8. Top North Yorkshire restaurant destroyed by fire

    Firefighters are still tackling a blaze at a 14th Century Michelin-starred inn in North Yorkshire.

    Pub on fire

    The Star Inn at Harome, a thatched inn on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors owned by chef Andrew Pern for the last 25 years, is thought to be one of the finest in the UK.

    Crews were called to the blaze just after 22:00 last night.

    At its height, nine fire crews from Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside and Pickering along with the aerial ladder platform from Huntington were called out.

    It's the second time one of Andrew Pern's restaurants has been severely damaged by fire.

    In November 2018, a fire at the Star in the City in York destroyed the building's roof.

  9. Thursday's Yorkshire and Lincolnshire weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Today will be a largely dry and fine day with some sunshine, but feeling cooler than of late.

    Tonight will start largely dry with mostly clear skies, but some isolated showers are possible in places.

    It will turn wet and cloudy later in the night as a band of heavy rain moves in from the west:

    Weather graphic
  10. Famous North Yorkshire restaurant 'reduced to ashes'

    Firefighters are continuing to tackle a blaze at a famous North Yorkshire restaurant.

    Crews were called to the 14th Century Star Inn at Harome just after 22:00 last night.

    Writing on social media, the owners of the restaurant said: “It’s been a long night so far."

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    The tweet adds: "I’m afraid we won’t be open for a while as we are reduced to ashes with The Star on fire and still burning.”

    At the peak of the blaze, nine fire appliances were on scene.

    Fire crews from Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside and Pickering along with the aerial ladder platform from Huntington were called out.

    A North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "All the occupants of the property were out on the arrival of crews.

    "The incident was scaled back to seven fire engines and the aerial ladder platform at around 05:45.

    "The incident is still ongoing and crews are still working to extinguish the fire in the roof."