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Heavy rainfall causes police HQ leak

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Alex Metcalfe

Cleveland Police’s new £20m headquarters has sprung a leak.

Persistent heavy rain has fallen on Teesside for the past 48 hours, and the sheer volume took its toll on the Community Safety Hub in Hemlington yesterday.

It is understood the leak is only minor and has not affected any operational activities.

The state-of-the-art headquarters officially opened last summer after the force moved out of its 1970s office block on Ladgate Lane due to soaring running costs of about £1m a year. It sold the land near Marton for almost £17.8m to help pay for the new hub.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service understands the direction of rainfall was a factor in the leak and that patching repairs will be carried out by contractors today.

BreakingFather and daughter die in car crash

A father and daughter have been killed in a car crash in Guisborough.

Michael Liddell, 68, from Moorsholm died in the crash at the junction of Middlesbrough Road and the A171 at about 12:00 yesterday.

He was in the back of a black Hyundai being driven by his daughter Sarah Liddell, 41, from Marske.

She was seriously hurt and died in hospital this morning.

The 18-year-old man driving the other car, a blue BMW, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Cleveland Police is appealing for witnesses.

Sarah Liddell
Family photograph

Huge fire rips through former Middlesbrough hotel

Investigations have begun into a large fire which engulfed a well-known former Teesside hotel last night.

Cleveland Fire Brigade was called to Marton Hotel and Country Club, south of Middlesbrough, just before 19:00.

At the height of the blaze 40 firefighters were at the scene trying to save the building, which has been empty since 2017.

Duty officer Joe Flounders said it was too early to say what caused the fire but "at this point we suspect that it's a deliberate act".

Fire
Cleveland Fire Brigade

No-one was reported hurt but nearby homes had to be evacuated.

The A172 Stokesley Road is still closed this morning.

Yorkshire's wet Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and wet start with persistent and heavy rain in places.

Rain should gradually ease and clear during the day, with some sunny spells expected this afternoon.

Any lingering daytime showers should clear in the evening to leave a dry, clear, night:

Weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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

However:

  • The 08:04 Leeds to Sheffield via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 08:21 York to Kings Cross service is cancelled

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

Rain, rain go away?

If you're keen to know how long the summer sun is going to soak us in its warming glow today, look no further.

Here's a handy graphic, kindly supplied by the Met Office, of the heavy rain forecast to move across Yorkshire today:

The Environment Agency has a number of flood warnings and alerts in place.

You can check to see if there are any where you are by clicking here.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with rain for much of the day, but the afternoon may see the rain starting to ease in some areas.

Rain will continue to ease tonight and it should become largely dry for a time.

Another area of rain is likely to arrive after midnight, with a cloudy and wet end to the night expected:

weather graphic
BBC

Whirlpool told to recall dryers in 'unprecedented' move

The government is to serve a recall notice on Whirlpool over concerns about the safety of its tumble dryers.

Engineer
BBC

The "unprecedented step" means the company will have to recall hundreds of thousands of appliances over fears they pose a fire safety risk.

It comes after 5.3 million dryers under Whirlpool's Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands required modifying after several fires, including a tower block blaze.

Whirlpool said safety was its "number one priority".

The company estimates that between 300,000 and 500,000 faulty products could still be in UK homes, three years after the first safety notice was issued - although there is no definitive register to judge the accuracy of the estimate.

Last year, the BBC's Watchdog Live consumer programme uncovered cases in which machines had caught fire even after being fixed.

And in April, the Office for Product Safety and Standards published a report, urging Whirlpool to improve its risk management, and"reach affected consumers in more creative ways"to minimise the risk of faulty machines still being in people's homes.

The recall notice was announced in the Commons by business minister Kelly Tolhurst after former Conservative minister Andrew Griffiths raised "great concern" over Whirlpool's "straightness".

Warning of 'heavy persistent' rain issued

A Met Office weather warning for heavy rain is in place across Yorkshire.

Map of rain
Met Office

It's a Yellow warning which means spells of "heavy and persistent rain have the potential to bring flooding and disruption to transport in places".

The Met Office says: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings."

At the moment the warning is in force until lunchtime tomorrow.

Yorkshire's wet Wednesday weather

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy today with rain becoming persistent and heavy at times.

It'll stay wet this evening with a brisk breeze making it chilly for the time of year.

The rain will continue throughout the night:

weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However, the 08:04 Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley service has been cancelled.

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

Head-on death crash motorcyclists named

Two motorcyclists who died in a head-on crash in North Yorkshire have been named by police.

Paul Dee, 63, from Redcar, and 56-year-old Graham Bowen, from Stockton, were travelling in opposite directions on the B1257 when they collided near Chop Gate on Sunday morning.

Both died at the scene.

The family of Mr Dee, a retired police officer, described him as a "loving husband, father, stepfather, father-in-law, granddad and brother".

Cleveland Police Chief Constable Richard Lewis said he was a "much respected and loved officer".

He added: "He worked in a number of roles including firearms, traffic and was also the sergeant responsible for the motorbike section.

“I am visiting [Paul's family] to offer my condolences in person.

"We have also offered additional support to any of our colleagues that are impacted by the loss.”

Paul Dee (left) and Graham Bowen
Family photo

North Yorkshire Police has appealed for witnesses to the crash at about 11:50 on Sunday

Police discuss crackdown on birds of prey killings

Police from around the country are in North Yorkshire today for a special training day in a bid to crack down on bird of prey killings.

A red kite
Getty Images

Wildlife crime officers from England and Wales have gathered at the North Yorkshire Police HQ in Northallerton for a workshop aimed at tackling "raptor prosecution".

More than 100 officers are attending the event, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

North Yorkshire has previously been named the worst area in the country for attacks on birds of prey, with 54 attacks reported in the county between 2012 and 2016.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be very wet today, with frequent spells of heavy rain.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's wet Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A very wet and breezy day today, with prolonged spells of rain.

It will remain wet for much of the night, but rain will gradually turn lighter through the early hours:

Weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However, there is currently disruption to services between West Yorkshire and Manchester Piccadilly due to urgent track repairs on the line near Stalybridge.

Services affected are:

  • Northern services between Huddersfield/Marsden and Manchester Piccadilly
  • TransPennine Express services between York and Manchester Airport
  • TransPennine Express services between Hull/Huddersfield and Manchester Piccadilly

Disruption is expected until about 10:00, according to National Rail Enquiries.

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

Uninsured driver plays the name game

It's probably always best before leaving home each day to decide what name you're going to go by.

Especially if you're driving an uninsured vehicle in North Yorkshire...

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Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Rather wet through today and tomorrow, with some persistent and heavy spells of rain.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's wet Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A wet day as persistent rain spreads from the south, turning rather heavy at times.

The rain is forecast to continue through the night, with just a few drier interludes possible:

Weather graphic
BBC

'I now feel a million times better'

A County Durham woman has been given a new lease of life thanks to a pioneering operation at James Cook University Hospital.

Debbie Richardson, from Bishop Auckland, was left in agony after losing her sternum, which is the a breastbone down the middle of the ribs, because of a post-surgery infection.

At the time she was told nothing could be done.

But medics on Teesside decided to contact experts in America and together using Debbie's scans they came up with a 3D model.

Costing more than £18,000, it is created by reconstructing the sternum via titanium and turning it into a mesh that is filled with bone marrow.

In the months before her operation, Debbie said: "I don't have a life at the minute.

"I don't and can't go anywhere because of the pain."

The operation at James Cook University was a success and Debbie says she now feels "a million times better".

Debbie with her doctor
BBC
Sternum model
BBC

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a dry and bright start but cloud will build as the day goes on and rain will begin to move in.

The showers will continue overnight and in to Saturday with the possibility of thunder storms in places:

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry and bright start, but rain will gradually move in leading to a wet afternoon.

It'll feel breezy and cool for most of the day.

This evening will continue to be wet, breezy and cool with winds strengthening to bring further showers later:

Weather graphic
BBC

Used car, one careful owner...?

The daily encounters of Yorkshire's emergency services often make eyebrow-raising reading.

This particular encounter most likely raised one or two on traffic cop Andrew Ingram's face:

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Multiple drugs seized during Teesside raids

Three people have been arrested following drug raids on Teesside, police have said.

Multiple kilograms of brown powder, thought to be heroin and cutting agent, as well as a small quantity of cocaine, and a total of £5,500 in cash were seized after the raids in South Bank and Thornaby.

A quantity of cannabis was also found hidden in a child’s toy.

Two men and a woman were arrested and have been released while investigations continue.

Seized drugs
Cleveland Police

MP's call for Yorkshire mayor to boost post-Brexit trade

A West Yorkshire MP's made a fresh call in the Commons for a directly-elected mayor for the whole of Yorkshire in order to boost international trade after Brexit.

Labour MP for Keighley John Grogan
UK Parliament

The idea, which is supported by the government, hasn't come to fruition because of a split among councils in the region.

But the Labour MP for Keighley, John Grogan (pictured), said it would help promote Yorkshire overseas.

"Will ministers say a word of praise to the work of the Yorkshire and Humber International Trade team based in Barnsley?", he asked in the Commons earlier.

"Would they not be more effective if they were accountable not to Whitehall, but to a directly-elected Yorkshire mayor?"

Responding, the International Trade Minister Graham Stuart - the MP for Beverley and Holderness - said he couldn't say whether it would happen.

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today there'll be a mix of sunshine and some heavy, but well scattered showers with top temperatures reaching 19C in places.

Those showers will drop away later though meaning it'll be much cooler overnight with temperatures down to 6C.

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 to time so far.

However;

  • The 08:27 service from York to Leeds is cancelled
  • The 08:42 service from Doncaster to Manchester Airport is cancelled

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

Yorkshire's Thursday Weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today there will be spells of sunshine, with cloud building to bring a few scattered showers by the afternoon.

Any showers this evening will fade away, leaving some late sunshine followed by a dry clear night:

Weather graphic
BBC

Tribute to passenger killed in collision

A woman who died after being involved in a crash in Dormanstown was "funny, caring and would give anyone her last penny", her family have said.

Joyce Siddaway, 78, died after the car she was a passenger in collided with a Vaxhuall Insignia on Broadway East on 30 May.

Her family said she was was "loved by everyone who met her because she was funny, caring and would give anyone her last penny – a totally amazing person”.

The 70-year-old driver from the Suzuki is still in hospital being treated for a broken pelvis and collarbone.

Cleveland Police have appealed for witnesses.

Joyce Siddaway
Cleveland Police

Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a fine and dry day across much of the region with temperatures reaching 19C (66F) in some areas.

Overnight the cloud will build in places and there could be some showers in eastern parts:

BreakingMGT Power protests: Man arrested

A 44-year-old man has been arrested at the scene of an unofficial protest at MGT Power on Teesside.

The man from Middlesbrough is in police custody and was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance.

Cleveland Police is at the scene of the demonstration and say they hope to keep all roads open.

The action has brought the area around Tees Dock Road to a standstill during rush-hour four times in recent days.

MGT Power protests: Police focus on criminal offences

Workers at MGT Power are ontinuing their unofficial action today which has brought parts of Teesside to a standstill.

Cleveland Police is advising drivers to avoid the Grangetown and Tees Dock Road areas where possible.

Ch Supt Dave Sutherland said: "The policing operation is now focused on any criminal offences that have and are being committed by obstructing the highway and causing a public nuisance.

"Protestors have been warned about criminal action, as we will be seeking to identify people to prosecute them for these offences."

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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 to time so far.

However;

  • The 7.59 service from Doncaster to Leeds is cancelled
  • The 8.08 service from Hull to York is cancelled
  • The 8.28 service from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds is cancelled

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

Trust in 'mission to eradicate' litter in canals

People in Yorkshire are being urged to help clean up the region's waterways.

Litter in canal
Canal and River Trust

The Canal and River Trust has launched a campaign asking people not to drop plastic waste into rivers or canals.

The charity estimates more than half a million items of plastic reaches the world’s oceans each year through its waterways.

It says with the help of local communities this figure could be drastically cut.

The charity said it was "on a mission to eradicate plastic" from its waterways and urged people to pick up any rubbish they find.

It said if every visitor picked up one piece of plastic, the canals and rivers could be plastic-free in a year.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather

BBC Weather

Today will be mostly dry with plenty of cloud at first, but through the day the cloud will turn more patchy and allow some brighter spells.

Tonight will be largely dry with a few showers towards dawn:

weather graphic
BBC

East Coast Main Line revamp to cause major disruption

"Significant disruption" is expected on the East Coast Main Line later this year as a £1.2bn upgrade is carried out, passengers are being warned.

LNER TRAIN
BBC

The revamp, the first of its kind in 20 years, will allow 10,000 extra seats for passengers and faster services, according to Network Rail.

There will be a reduced service running across 13 and 14 July, and over the bank holiday weekend on 24, 25 and 26 August.

Train operators Grand Central, Great Northern, Hull Trains and LNER will be affected.

Passengers hoping to travel from Doncaster, Leeds, York and Wakefield into Kings Cross are being advised to avoid using the route on those weekends.