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Redcar council 'have stayed conspicuously silent'

Alan Woodward is professor of computer science at Surrey University.

He said of the Redcar council ransomware attack:

The council have taken an extraordinary amount of time to confirm the nature of this attack. In an information vacuum people will imagine all sorts.

The best approach is to be transparent and honest. You don’t need to give the technical details of exactly what happened but sharing the basics can help others avoid the same form of attack.

The council have stayed conspicuously silent on whether they have paid the ransom. If they have paid, it smacks of desperation, and that their backups were either corrupted or some other part of the contingency plan failed.

I would always encourage organisations do not pay up. With the sums being demanded in these recent attacks, it’s a huge risk to take.

There is no guarantee you’d get the data back anyway, plus you signal that you are a great target for other criminals to attack, as you’re more likely to pay up."

Redcar ransomware 'particularly nasty form of cyber-attack'

Joe Tidy

Reporter

It’s taken 19 days for Redcar council to admit that they are dealing with a ransomware attack.

This particularly nasty form of cyber-attack is unique and a growing problem for large targets like public authorities and companies.

Informing the public that hackers are holding the council to ransom is a key piece of information that many think people have a right to know.

It makes the situation far more serious as hackers are in control of computer systems and possibly sensitive data.

The only options are to pay the cyber criminals or rebuild from scratch or by using offline backups which is often far more costly.

In private companies the decision of whether or not to pay is often taken at board level behind closed doors but Redcar and Cleveland is a taxpayer-funded body and residents may begin to demand transparency about how public money is being used.

BreakingCouncil admits ransomware attack may hit school places

A council has admitted for the first time that its systems have been hit by a ransomware attack, and that it may affect when children are told which secondary school they have got into.

Systems at Redcar and Cleveland Council have been down since 8 February, amid fears it had fallen victim to a ransomware attack, where files are encrypted until a money is paid.

Now the authority has confirmed that is the case, and said:

Our absolute priority since the first day of the attack has been to protect our frontline services, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in our community, while rebuilding our IT systems so they can return to full functionality.

Significant progress has been made. Our staff, working alongside support from the Government, continue to work tirelessly round the clock to minimise any disruption or delays.

All frontline services have continued, payments continue to be processed as normal, and there is no evidence so far to suggest any personal information has been removed from our servers.

We have built a new server and website, and mobilised a temporary call centre. However, it may be some time before our IT capabilities are fully restored which may mean frustration for the public in dealing with us administratively.

There may be a short delay in us being able to confirm secondary school places. Our staff are working round the clock to allocate the places by the National Offer Day on March 2 but we will inform parents and carers on Friday, February 28, if there will be a short delay and when they can expect to receive them."

Mary LaniganLeader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Yorkshire issued with 27 flood warnings

The Environment Agency (EA) has 27 flood warnings in place across Yorkshire this morning.

Flooded road in Naburn North Yorkshire
BBC

There are currently 22 warnings in North Yorkshire, one in West Yorkshire and four in East Yorkshire.

The EA says the River Ouse in York peaked at 4.44m at 19:00 last night, lower than the expected 4.6m, which is below the permanent defences and the temporary ones erected in some undefended areas.

The Ouse in York is currently 4.32m above its normal level and falling, but the EA says it will remain high for several days.

Three homes and seven businesses were flooded in the village of Snaith in East Yorkshire yesterday and some properties in the village have been evacuated.

There are currently four flood warnings in the area. The council says further overtopping is expected from around 09:00.

They've been issued for Gowdall, the River Aire at Hirst and West Marsh. the River Aire at Snaith and Lidgate and at Snaith Ings.

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another cold and frosty start to the day and we can expect some wintry showers in western parts this morning.

It will stay dry for a time this evening but we will see those showers returning overnight.

Temperatures will get up to about 7C or 8C:

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 generally running on time.

However:

  • The 07:53 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 08:00 service from Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street has been cancelled
  • The 08:07 service from York to Newcastle is running about 19 minutes late
  • The 08:21 service from York to Edinburgh is running about seven minutes late

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

Labour MP shows solidari-tea with Chancellor

Labour MP John Healey has given his backing to North Yorkshire MP Rishi Sunak after an image of the newly-appointed Chancellor prompted a backlash against Yorkshire Tea.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Conservative MP for Richmond, posted a picture on social media on Friday showing him making a huge tea round for his Treasury staff.

The Twitter image led to calls by some on the left for a boycott of the brand.

In response, the Wentworth and Dearne Labour MP posted this tweet:

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Yorkshire Tea 'shocked' by backlash over Rishi Sunak photo

Yorkshire Tea has urged social media users to "try to be kind" after the popular brand became embroiled in a row involving a leading Tory politician.

Rishi Sunak
@Rishisunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who represents the North Yorkshire seat of Richmond, posted a picture on Friday of him appearing to make a huge tea round for his Treasury staff.

The Twitter image led to calls by some on the left for a boycott of the brand.

The company said it had been "pretty shocked" by the outcry, reminding people that Jeremy Corbyn had also posed with its products in 2017.

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 generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:43 service from Doncaster to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:55 service from York to Edinburgh is running about nine minutes late
  • The 09:01 service from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 09:15 service from Hull to Halifax is running about eight minutes late

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

Wintry weather warning for Yorkshire

Drivers across Yorkshire are being warned about more wintry weather forecast for the rest of the week.

An ice sign
PA Media

People across North and West Yorkshire woke up to a blanket of snow in many towns and cities this morning.

Tonight, North Yorkshire County Council says it's gritting and ploughing priority routes overnight because more snow is forecast for the region.

There is also a yellow "be aware" Met Office weather warning for ice in place until about 10:00 tomorrow.

It's in force from 20:00 tonight, affecting parts of North, South and West Yorkshire.

In pictures: Snow falls across Yorkshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Parts of Yorkshire are blanketed in snow this morning, here's a handful of photos of the wintry conditions sent in by BBC Weather Watchers in Ampleforth, Hawes, Halifax and Otley.

Dogs in snow at Ampleforth
High Lions
Snow, Hawes
RhysInHawes
Robin in snow, Halifax
Mana
Snow in Otley
Cherry Tree Crofter

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a cold and a wet start to the day with snow for many of us.

Most of the settling snow will be on the higher ground, though it may fall at lower levels; however, it will turn to rain as it clears away to the east.

This afternoon it will brighten up, though we will still see some blustery showers in places.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C or 14C:

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 generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:38 service from Sheffield to Norwich is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 08:43 service from Doncaster to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:45 service from Leeds to Manchester Airport is running about six minutes late
  • The 08:57 service from Doncaster to Southampton Central is running about six minutes late
  • The 09:00 from York to Scarborough is running about six minutes late
  • The 09:01 from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds has been cancelled

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

Flood warnings issued as snow and rain fall on Yorkshire

More than 20 flood warnings are in place across Yorkshire this morning as heavy rain and snow is falling on much of the county.

Snow in pannal
BBC

The Met Office has also issued a yellow weather warning for rain and snow for much of the region between 02:00 and 15:00.

Most of the flood warnings are for North Yorkshire, with 10 of them covering the York area.

Over the weekend, parts of Yorkshire were flooded for the third successive weekend, following Storms Ciara and Dennis earlier in the month.

However the EA says it is "quietly comfortable" about the risk of flooding

Frank Deplanter, from the Environment Agency, said flood defences were protecting about 2,000 properties in York.

He said the River Ouse would peak at a similar level seen during Storm Dennis last weekend with some flooding for the "usual suspects".

'Think big' for Tour de Yorkshire land art

People are being asked to "think big and get creative" ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire rolling into towns and villages this year.

The winking goose
Welcome to Yorkshire

TV pictures showed huge pieces of land art along the route as cyclists peddled through Yorkshire last year.

For the 2020 event, schools, community groups and businesses are being asked to come up with giant designs as part of a Welcome to Yorkshire competition.

Last year's winner, featuring a winking goose and turkey riding 70s Chopper bikes, is pictured above.

A Best Dressed award will also be given to places with "the most spectacular and eye-catching decorations".

York flood victims meet as new weather warning issued

Flood victims in York are being given the chance to tell the Environment Agency and the city's Labour MP, Rachel Maskell, what support has been like during the recent floods.

Flooded River Ouse in York
BBC

Ms Maskell, who organised tonight's meeting, says: "I hope residents will reflect on what's happened over the last few days, tell us where there are weaknesses in the council's plans and also what's not happened around flood protection since the 2015 floods.

"The Environment Agency is coming along to listen and to take those views down to Westminster to speak to government ministers about what more needs to be done."

The flood meeting starts at 17:00 at the City of York Council's West Offices.

The level of the River Ouse in York is currently 3.48m above its normal level and three flood warnings remain in place.

The Met Office has issued a warning for heavy rain and high winds, starting at about lunchtime and lasting into the weekend.

Watch: River Ouse level remains higher than usual

Pedestrians and cyclists are once again using riverside paths in York despite continuing high levels on the River Ouse.

The level on the river is rising slowly and has risen a couple of centimetres since this time yesterday.

At 09:00 this morning, it was 3.49m above its usual level. At the same time yesterday the level was 3.43m.

The Environment Agency has issued seven flood warnings for North Yorkshire.

Three are for York at St George's Field, riverside properties and Naburn Lock:

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 generally to time.

However:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:07 Bradford Interchange to York service has been cancelled
  • The 09:30 Leeds to York service has been cancelled
  • The 09:36 Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield service has been cancelled
  • The 09:45 Leeds to Kings Cross has been cancelled

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

Redcar MP pledges help over council cyber attack

BBC Radio Tees

The government will step in to help Redar and Cleveland Council pay costs arising from a cyber attack, the local MP has said.

Systems at the authority have been down almost two weeks, and there are fears it has fallen victim to a ransomware attack, where files are scrambled until a ransom is paid.

It is estimated that the bill to get computer services up and running again could run into thousands of pounds.

Jacob Young, the Conservative MP for Redcar, said: "The National Cyber Security Centre said the council couldn't have done any more when it comes to firewalls and things like that, the system was as protected as they could have been.

"The government has offered to help as much as they can in alleviating whatever fall-out there is from this.

"It's an incredibly difficult situation but the council is working flat out."

Redcar
Getty Images

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Rain is expected to move across Yorkshire this morning, turning to snow on the hills.

A bright, windy and cold afternoon will follow, with occasional showers.

The evening is expected to be chilly with rain showers:

Weather graphic
BBC

A1(M) closure: Hydrogen leak shuts road in County Durham

If you're heading north on the A1 in North Yorkshire this morning, be aware that a hydrogen leak on a broken-down lorry has closed part of the road further north in County Durham.

Traffic jam
BBC

Drivers are being warned the northbound carriageway is likely to be shut for several hours.

Police and fire services are at the scene, which has seen the road closed between junction 63 near Chester-le-Street and junction 64 near Washington.

Highways England said it was "likely to affect the morning peak travel period".

An exclusion zone has been set up around the vehicle.

Diversions have been put in place for motorists, but delays are about 60 minutes, the organisation said.

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 generally to time.

However:

  • The 09:07 Bradford Interchange to York service has been cancelled
  • The 09:30 Leeds to York service has been cancelled
  • The 09:45 Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 09:53 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled

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

UK house prices rising fastest in Yorkshire and Humber

Simon Read

Business Reporter

Property values climbed more than three times as much in Yorkshire and Humber as in south-east England, new figures show.

Estate Agent signs
BBC

Land Registry figures for December also revealed a post-election boost, with London prices rising 1.6%.

The end-of-year surge meant all regions saw a positive annual growth rate for the first time since February 2018.

UK average house prices increased by 2.2% over the year to December 2019, up from 1.7% in the previous month.

They rose 3.9% in Yorkshire and the Humber last year, but just 1.2% in the South East.

The average UK house price reached a record high of £235,000 in December 2019, £5,000 more than a year earlier.

York's flooded River Ouse falls 0.5m in 24 hours

These are the latest pictures of the flooded River Ouse in the centre of York:

River Ouse in York
BBC

The Environment Agency (EA) says the river is currently 3.7m above its normal level, which means it's fallen 0.5m in the last 24 hours.

River Ouse in York
BBC

The EA says river levels are slowly falling, but has issued a total of 18 flood warnings in Yorkshire for the Ouse, Swale, Ure, Derwent and Aire.

River Ouse in York
BBC

The Met Office is warning of more heavy rain later this week and has issued a yellow weather warning for "persistent rain" from lunchtime on Friday until 06:00 Saturday.

Dispersal order for Stockton town centre

Following a number of reports of antisocial behaviour, a dispersal order will be in place from this evening until Friday.

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Fire service may charge for false alarms

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Business owners on Teesside could be charged for false alarm call-outs to the fire service.

Cleveland Fire Brigade received more than 500 calls to non-residential properties last year when there was no fire, and false alarms account 6% of all emergency calls.

The service is considering charges to cover the £345 cost of dispatching an engine.

BreakingMurder charge over teenager’s death

A 31-year-old man has been charged with murder after a teenager's body was found at a house in Stockton.

The body of 18-year-old Taylor Black was found at the property in Ketton Road on Monday. Cleveland Police have not said how he died.

Nathan Costello, of Ketton Road, is set to appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court this morning.

Flood warnings remain amid new concerns over rain forecast

A total of 20 flood warnings still in place in Yorkshire this morning following Storms Ciara and Dennis.

B1223 Ulleskelf
BBC

They've been issued by the Environment Agency for the Ouse, Swale, Ure, Derwent and Aire.

River levels are now falling, with the Ouse in York now at 3.7m above its normal level.

However, the Met Office is warning of more heavy rain later this week and has issued a yellow weather warning for "persistent rain," from lunchtime on Friday until 06:00 Saturday.

Forecasters say the rain may lead to flooding and travel disruption during Friday daytime and Friday night.

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 generally to time.

However:

  • The 08:30 Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street service has been cancelled
  • The 08:58 York to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled

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

Police name man found dead in Stockton house

Police have named a man whose body was discovered in a house on Ketton Road in Stockton.

The body of 18-year-old Taylor Black was discovered yesterday.

Officers say he had suffered serious injuries.

Specialist officers are supporting Taylor’s family and the force says its thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.

A 31 year old man continues to be questioned on suspicion of murder.

Yorkshire must get its fair share of flood cash - York MP

A North Yorkshire MP says it's important Yorkshire gets its share of £5bn pledged by the government for flood defences over the next six years.

Julian Sturdy
Conservative Party

Current figures show a third of the money is due to be spent in London and the South East.

Conservative MP for York Outer, Julian Sturdy, says: "We have to make sure this money gets into our region as well.

"It's not just about building hard flood defences and higher walls. We've got to look at how we slow the flow, because that could have a huge impact on places like York."

Tadcaster North Yorkshire
AFP/Getty Images

The government has said it's investing "record" amounts in new flood defences which would protect about 300,000 homes in total.

It said in terms of money spent per home at risk of flooding, the north of England received more than the south.

Watchdog to investigate council cyber attack

BBC Radio Tees

A national watchdog has been brought in to investigate a cyber attack on Redcar and Cleveland Council- which is still unable to provide any online services more than a week after its systems were crippled.

As yet the council hasn't said what caused the attack.

The Information Commissioner's Office says it's "assessing the information".

The National Crime Agency said it was supporting the council and a team of experts from the UK's National Cyber Security Centre has been on site since the 9th February.

The Council has said that systems are currently being rebuilt and that it is prioritising urgent messages.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be a mixture of sunny intervals and showers.

Some of the showers will be wintry on high ground.

This afternoon is likely to be windy with rain and hill snow.

Tonight will see a mixture of clear spells, brisk winds and wintry showers:

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 generally to time.

However:

  • The 08:16 Sheffield to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:19 Doncaster to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 08:32 Leeds to Sheffield service has been cancelled
  • The 08:42 York to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 08:42 Leeds to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 09:07 York to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 09:14 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: