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Police checkpoints target drivers on non-essential trips

Police checkpoints are to be set up on some roads in North Yorkshire, with officers set to ask drivers if their journey is "essential" during the current coronavirus lockdown.

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North Yorkshire Police says it will start setting up the checkpoints from today in an effort to ensure drivers are complying with government restrictions.

Officers will be stopping vehicles and asking motorists where they are going, why they are going there and reminding them of the message to stay at home to save lives.

Assistant Ch Con Mike Walker, said: "The new and significant restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on Monday evening spell out very clearly what each and every one of us must do to save lives. The message is clear and the warning stark. "

"These are the lives of the people we know and love. You may never be in such a position again where your simple actions will lead directly to saving lives.

"Alongside the new restrictions, the government announced new powers to enforce them. I know the vast majority of people will follow the restrictions without question, as they have done so already."

Mr Walker added that while he "sincerely" hoped officers wouldn't have to resort to enforcement action, "if people do not comply, we will".

The checkpoints will be unannounced and could appear "anywhere, any time", according to the North Yorkshire force.

Pharmacy staff report violence and abuse amid stockpiling

More than a third of pharmacy staff in North Yorkshire say they have been subjected to violence and abuse in the past few days by people stockpiling medicines.

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Community Pharmacy North Yorkshire (CPNY) say 43% of the 152 pharmacies it represents have reported incidents since Saturday.

It said its staff are also dealing with "unprecedented" demand for medicine.

A spokesperson said: "This unprecedented demand for medicines is due to patients ordering their medicines ahead of the due date, ordering medicines they haven’t had for some time ‘just in case’ and are attempting to stockpile medicines.

"Whilst working under immense pressure to ensure patients get their medication, they are also experiencing violent and abusive behaviour from a number of them."

CPNY has urged people not to stockpile and order repeated prescriptions saying there is enough to go around if people do not place extra orders.

Police issue coronavirus scam warnings

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Cleveland Police have issued details of several new coronavirus scams people should be aware of.

“Unfortunately a minority of people take advantage in the midst of a crisis and will do anything to scam people out of money," Det Insp Jim Forster said.

“It is important not to click on or open suspicious links and emails; and with more people working from home, is it vital that everyone keeps devices such as laptops, mobiles and tablets up to date with the latest updates."

One scam circulating is aimed at Blue Light Card holders which offer NHS, Emergency Services and Armed Forces with discounts both online and in stores. The email asks members and none members to update their account information, which prompts them to enter their log in details.

“Blue Light have made it clear that they would never ask someone to click a link in an email to update their information and to ignore the email," Mr Forster said.

He also warned of a text scam in which victims are sent a text message purporting to be from the government telling them they are being fined £30 for going out the house three times.

Other scams include bogus emails and a malicious website pretending to be the live map for coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University, which police are urging people not to download.

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Warning over 'excessive speed' on quieter-than-usual roads

Some drivers in North Yorkshire are taking advantage of the roads being quieter than usual due to the coronavirus outbreak and breaking the speed limit, say police.

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North Yorkshire Police is warning people to "stick to the rules of the road" after witnessing some drivers travelling at "highly excessive speeds".

Assistant Ch Con Mike Walker said: “We've seen some motorists using roads irresponsibly, with highly excessive speeds recorded on key routes and other dangerous offences, such as using a handheld phone while driving.

“These actions can have fatal consequences which tie up emergency service and medical resources at a time when they are needed most."

Road users are being told not to waste "valuable police or NHS resources by committing dangerous but preventable” offences such as speeding, handheld mobile phone use, drink or drug-driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

Warning over 'tax refund' text message scam

People are being warned not to click on links in text messages which have been sent from what claims to be Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The fake text

Text messages telling people about government refunds have been circulating - something the government has said is a scam.

During the coronavirus outbreak, scammers have looked to take advantage of people who might be unemployed or on a reduced income.

But the government says texts and emails saying people can apply for tax breaks or relief are fake.

It said: "Do not reply if you get a text message claiming to be from HMRC offering you a tax refund in exchange for personal or financial details. Do not open any links in the message."

Warning not to fly-tip as waste recycling centres close

People in North Yorkshire are being urged not to fly-tip or create extra waste doing DIY jobs following the closure of the county's waste recycling centres.

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Following the prime minister’s announcement yesterday of strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus, North Yorkshire County Council has closed all its household waste recycling centres.

The authority is now urging people to avoid creating unnecessary waste until tips can reopen.

Councillor Andrew Lee said: “We've closed all household waste recycling centres to help reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread.

"We will continually review that position and we will reopen them at the earliest practicable opportunity."

The council says people should hang on to any bulky waste until the sites reopen and is warning people not to dump unwanted materials.

Emergency services issue parking plea

Northumberland Fire and Rescue service has asked people to be considerate when it comes to parking.

It says that with more people working from home there are more cars parked up in streets and housing estates.

Residents are urged to ensure they have left enough room for emergency services vehicles to get through.

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Coronavirus: UK wakes to strict new curbs on life

The UK's woken to strict new curbs on life following an announcement by the prime minister last night of new rules imposed to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

In a televised statement the prime minister ordered people only to leave their homes under a list of "very limited purposes".

Police will be given powers to enforce measures forcing people to stay at home unless shopping for food, exercising or going out for any medical need.

Under the new rules people can also leave home to provide care for someone, or to attend essential work which can't be done anywhere else.

The restrictions are in place for at least three weeks and will be kept under constant review, the prime minister said:

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County council steps in as villages’ bus service cut

A county council says it's stepping in to save a number of Yorkshire villages left without bus travel after services were cut as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council says it will use a vehicle from its own fleet to provide a service between Newton-on-Ouse and Easingwold, taking in Linton on Ouse, Aldwark and Tholthorpe.

A second bus will run between Sproxton and Easingwold, taking in Oswaldkirk, Ampleforth and Wass.

County councillor Don Mackenzie said: “The service we are putting in place is designed to help people to buy vital supplies.

“We anticipate there will be an ongoing reduction in bus services that will leave some communities without a bus.

"Where communities would otherwise be isolated, we will do our best to provide a skeleton service, as we have in this instance," he added.

He added: "If using a bus service for an emergency situation, people should keep 2m between themselves and other people."

Laura Ashley to close 70 stores with loss of 721 jobs

Fashion and furniture chain Laura Ashley has announced it plans to close 70 stores with 721 employees set to lose their jobs.

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Last week the retailer, which has 13 branches in Yorkshire, said it would have to call in administrators after it was hit by a drop in trade linked to the coronavirus outbreak.

A host of retailers, including John Lewis and Ikea, have announced temporary store closures in the face of the pandemic over the weekend.

However, Laura Ashley is one of the first to announce permanent closures.

It said it will continue to trade from its remaining 77 UK stores, which will remain open while online operations also continue to trade.

Details of which stores are due to be closed have not been published.

Teen charged after knifepoint robbery

A 16-year-old has been charged with robbery and two counts of possessing a knife in Redcar.

It follows an incident on Friday 20 March where a man was allegedly threatened with a knife and money was taken from him.

The teenager is due before Teesside Magistrates' Court today.

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Police showered with pizza and flowers

Cleveland police took to social media to thank local businesses for donations of pizza, pastries and flowers yesterday.

Officers said the food "went down a treat" with those on duty.

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Monday's weather forecast for Yorkshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a cold start, today will be dry with plenty of sunshine with temperatures up to 12C.

Tonight will be dry with long clear spells and just some patches of cloud.

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Coronavirus: How close are we to getting a vaccine?

James Gallagher

Health and science correspondent, BBC News

Research into coronavirus is happening at breakneck speed.

There are more than 20 vaccines in development.

One has begun human trials after unusually skipping any animal research to test either the safety or the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Other scientists are at the animal research stage and hope to get the results of human trials later in the year.

But even if scientists can celebrate having developed a vaccine this year, there is still the massive job of being able to mass-produce it.

It means, realistically, one would not be ready until at least the middle of next year.

All of this is happening on an unprecedented timescale and using new approaches to vaccines, so there are no guarantees everything will go smoothly.

Remember there are four coronaviruses that already circulate in human beings. They cause the common cold, and we don't have vaccines for any of them.

Children's mental health service overhaul in North Yorks

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Children in North Yorkshire who face mental health concerns or drug and alcohol misuse problems could be seen quicker following an overhaul of services following criticism by a government watchdog.

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North Yorkshire County Council’s executive is to consider pooling the authority’s resources with the county’s NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to deliver a universal and targeted emotional wellbeing service which will be based in schools.

The changes are viewed as important as it has been estimated there are about 4,700 children in the county between the ages of five and 16 with a mental health disorder.

Estimates from 2013 suggest about 7,400 children and young people aged 16 to 24 years in North Yorkshire had an eating disorder.

The move, which will see the emotional wellbeing and specialist substance misuse elements of the service separated, is in response to a Care Quality Commission mental health review in the county in 2017 .

That showed clearer ways of accessing emotional mental health support were needed as well as early interventions.

The report also found variability in the service across North Yorkshire which “could be experienced as uncoordinated".

It also concluded teachers found it hard to access services and expressed concerns about how to manage behaviour needs and those who are awaiting autism diagnosis and that some young people felt bounced around services.

Subject to the outcome of a consultation, it is proposed the new arrangement will begin in September.

TransPennine to run reduced service from Monday

Train operator TransPennine Express (TPE) is to begin running a reduced timetable from Monday "due to the implications of coronavirus", it's been confirmed.

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The "emergency timetable" will see services reduced in a bid to "provide a reliable and consistent service for thos customers who need to still use our trains", the firm says.

During the period the timetable is in operation, TPE says it will run the following services, with additional extra services at peak times.

  • Two-hourly service between Liverpool and Scarborough
  • Two-hourly service between Liverpool and Newcastle
  • Two-hourly service between Hull and Manchester Piccadilly
  • Hourly stopping service between Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly
  • Two-hourly service between Cleethorpes and Manchester Piccadilly
  • Two-hourly service between Preston and Edinburgh

Additionally, there will be limited TPE services between Newcastle and Edinburgh, Redcar Central and York, Preston and Manchester, along with Glasgow and Carlisle, the firm says.

Liz Collins, interim managing director for TPE, said: "These are truly extraordinary times and I’d like to thank our customers who are still travelling with us."

Coronavirus: Train cancellations due to outbreak

Train operators are continuing to run reduced timetables across several routes in Yorkshire and the north of England amid a collapse in demand due to coronavirus.

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Northern and TransPennine Express services are among those affected by cancellations.

The cuts are down to a decrease in travel and an increase in staffing absence caused by the virus.

Northern apologised for any inconvenience caused but said the cancellations were due to increased staff absence.

TransPennine Express said: "It is anticipated that an increasing number of our services may be altered, delayed or cancelled for all or part of their journey as more of our colleagues are affected".

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Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

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This morning will be largely dry but with some areas of cloud.

Remaining fine in the afternoon with more in the way of sunny spells.

Moderate to fresh north-easterly wind:

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Hospice appeal as coronavirus hits fundraising events

A North East hospice has urged extra community support as the crisis caused by coronavirus threatens fundraising.

St Teresa’s Hospice needs £3m a year to provide free day, in-patient and community care for people living with life-limiting illnesses and their families in Darlington, South Durham and North Yorkshire.

But the pandemic is threatening income by limiting events and donations.

Emergency measures have already been put in place to protect the health of patients, volunteers and staff and keep open the hospice’s string of charity shops.

Chief executive Jane Bradshaw said: “This crisis is unprecedented and we fully appreciate the worry and disruption the virus is causing worldwide. But we pray, that in the melee, the community we have served for more than 30 years doesn’t wash its hands of us and helps us get through this turbulent period, so we can pay our essential workforce."

The hospice’s charity shops will remain open until further notice with staff and volunteers following official handwashing and sanitising advice.

The hospice eBay shop will be operated by staff from home and house clearances will continue.

We pray, that in the melee, the community we have served for more than 30 years doesn’t wash its hands of us."

Jane Bradshaw
Staff at St Teresa’s Hospice
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Redcar services closing today over coronavirus

Alex Metcalfe

Local Democracy Reporter

Saltburn cliff lift, libraries and Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar and Cleveland are all closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

And events will cease at the Tuned In! youth centre, in Redcar from today.

All libraries in the borough will also shut, however, a doorstep book delivery service is being rolled out.

The Flatts Lane and Guisborough Forest Walkway centres close from today, although the parks themselves will remain open.

All council organised events have been cancelled until the end of April.

Youth centres in the borough will no longer be offering evening youth club sessions from today with authority-run centres which host adult day services also closing by tomorrow at the latest.

Council bosses say alternative IT facilities to help people with benefit claims will be offered at employment hubs in Grangetown and Skinningrove alongside another, as yet unnamed, facility in Redcar.

Bosses say council staff will work from home where appropriate with public meetings of councillors also cancelled.

North York Moors aims for greater accessibility

Local Democracy Reporting Service

One of Yorkshire's major beauty spots looks set to be made more accessible to a wider range of people, if the suggestions contained in a new report get the go-ahead.

North York Moors scene
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The North York Moors National Park Authority is to consider introducing what's known as the Miles Without Stiles system to highlight a selection of routes without steps, stile and steep gradients.

It's aimed at attracting more people to the area who have limited mobility, wheelchair users, families with pushchairs and young chidren, and people with visual impairments.

The authority, which manages 1,408 miles of footpaths, has a legal obligation to remove or minimise disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristic and to take steps to meet their needs.

A report set to go before the authority next week says offering a wider range of accessible routes with a clear grading system would improve the national park for a wide range of users and ensure the authority continues to remove barriers and improve accessibility opportunities.

The move follows the government-commissioned Glover Review of national parks last year, which found a “huge appetite those faced with physical disabilities have for getting out into nature”, but it being made difficult by poorly designed countryside infrastructure.

Coronavirus: Train cancellations due to outbreak

Train operators across the north of England will be running reduced timetables across several routes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Northern said services would be affected by cancellations, while TransPennine Express said it would be operating a limited service.

The alterations are down to a decrease in travel and an increase in staffing absence caused by the virus.

Rail services in Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and Tyne and Wear will be affected, Northern has confirmed.

It apologised for any inconvenience caused but said the cancellations were due to increased staff absence:

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TransPennine Express has also confirmed cancellations as "a number of our personnel have been unable to attend work".

Cleveland force is ready to take the strain

Alex Metcalfe

Local Democracy Reporter

A senior officer says Cleveland Police has tried and tested plans to cope with rising demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Emergency laws are expected to be passed by the government next week to cope with the virus, with powers to place people in appropriate isolation facilities.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Graham said the Covid-19 outbreak was a rapidly developing situation and the force was committed to doing everything it could to provide a service the public would expect.

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger will be in post until 2021 after elections were postponed due to the virus.

He said the outbreak would take many months to overcome.

He added he would explore options for finding extra funds to cope in Cleveland.

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Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger

I will discuss the options available to us with the Chief Constable and our financial teams

Barry Coppinger,Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner

Yorkshire schools call for government clarity on closures

Schools in North Yorkshire are calling for clarity from the government after it was announced they'll be shut from Friday in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lesley Welsh, Principal at George Pindar School in Scarborough, said: "Our Year 11 students have been working so hard and it will feel like they've had the carpet ripped from under them.

"Right now, we're in a state of not knowing, so the more clarity we get, the sooner the better for them."

Trevor Burton, Executive Head at Millthorpe and York High School, described the announcement as "a bombshell".

He said: "We can manage all the other things we've been asked to manage, but the lack of clarity about exams is a real worry."

Meanwhile, Sally Kincaid, Branch Secretary of the National Education Union in Yorkshire, said cancelling exams "actually takes the pressure off".

She said: "I'm so relieved to hear GCSE and A Levels are ditched, because not knowing whether or not exams will be cancelled has caused a great deal of emotional distress over the last few weeks."

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Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Following a cold start across Yorkshire, it will be dry with spells of sunshine, especially this morning

In the afternoon, it will stay dry but cloud may push in from the south with light winds:

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, many services from our main stations appear to be generally running on time.

However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, train operators are warning that passengers do face some cancellations to services on several routes today.

Passengers are being urged to check the train operators' website for the very latest details.

So far, all these services have been CANCELLED this morning, according to National Rail Enquiries:

  • 08:19 Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley
  • 08:32 Sheffield to Doncaster
  • 08:33 Bradford Interchange to Manchester Victoria
  • 08:42 Doncaster to Manchester Airport
  • 08:53 Sheffield to Gainsborough Central
  • 09:02 Bradford Interchange to Leeds
  • 09:06 Sheffield to Nottingham
  • 09:09 Leeds to Nottingham
  • 09:12 Leeds to Manchester Victoria
  • 09:15 Leeds to Harrogate
  • 09:18 Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley
  • 09:33 Bradford Interchange to Manchester Victoria

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

Charities and schools aim to keep children fed

School kitchens in Yorkshire are among those being called on to provide dinners for children on free school meals after pupils are sent home due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Schools across England will close on Friday, except for looking after the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

The prime minister said the government will help parents by providing vouchers to those who receive free school meals.

Almost 1.3 million children, about 15% of those in England's state schools, receive free school meals because they come from low income families.

Charity Feeding Britain, which operates in several parts of the country including Yorkshire, said it was working with schools to provide meals for parents to take home.

Feeding Britain says it's working with a "core group" of schools in areas such as Yorkshire to use their canteens to produce the meals, whereas in normal holidays they would remain closed.

Its plans would see schools offer hot meals for parents to collect and take home. Others would offer "cold but nutritious meals" and in some cases "particularly vulnerable" families would have them delivered.

Other charities are planning to provide food packages to leave on the doorsteps of self-isolating families.

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Age UK amends service amid 'unprecedented' coronavirus outbreak

Age UK North Yorkshire and Darlington is making "significant changes" to its service to help deal with the "unprecedented" and "once in a generation challenge" of the coronavirus outbreak.

With immediate effect, the charity said it will be temporarily suspending all social activities, home visits and face-to-face appointments and befriending visits with its information service being via the telephone only.

It will also:

  • Expand telephone befriending services to prevent loneliness and ensure the wellbeing of self-isolating older people
  • Introduce a hot meal referral service for self-isolating over 70s and vulnerable groups aged over 50, initially limited to Darlington and parts of Richmondshire only, to provide a two course basic set menu comprising a hot main course and dessert for £5 including delivery.
  • Run a temporary free volunteer shopping service where volunteers will collect shopping for older people and drop it off at their homes
  • Launch a local rate helpline number on 0300 30 20 100 for advice and a dedicated email address for concerns at

The charity is appealing for volunteers to be telephone befrienders, shoppers and meal delivery drivers.

Nine more arrests in second day of raids

A further nine arrests have been made in a second day of raids across Hartlepool, Cleveland Police have said.

Officers tackling drugs supply and exploitation across the town have now executed warrants at 19 addresses and made a total of 22 arrests in connection with drugs offences. This morning, officers attended addresses on Wynyard Mews, Dent Street, Grange Road, Furness Street, Shakespeare Street and Charterhouse Street.

Nine people remain in police custody, 11 have been released under investigation pending further inquiries, one 39-year-old man was released without charge and a 25-year-old woman has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. Det Insp Dave Glass said: “There have been an increased number of deaths related to drugs in the Hartlepool area, which is part of the reason for this action and why it is all the more important to offer people treatment.”

Schools to close until further notice from Friday

Schools in England are to shut from Friday until further notice, the education secretary has said.

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Gavin Williamson said schools would close except for the children of keyworkers such as NHS staff and vulnerable children.

It comes after Scotland and Wales said schools would close from the same day in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

UK deaths reached 104 as the NHS said a further 32 people had died in England.

Warning over weekend rail engineering works

If you're planning to travel on Yorkshire's rail network this coming weekend, you're being warned to expect some disruption.

TransPennine Express has tweeted this reminder:

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Yorkshire national parks reach for the stars

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Bodies managing two national parks in Yorkshire are set to bid to join a family of landscapes, across the world as among the best places on the planet for stargazing.

Starry sky
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The North York Moors National Park Authority is to consider launching a separate bid to its Yorkshire Dales counterpart for recognition from the International Dark Sky Association later this year to join 16 places worldwide as a designated Dark Sky Reserve.

Other Dark Sky Reserves include the Alpes Azur Mercantour in France and the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand,

The two Yorkshire-based park bodies already work closely together on the Dark Skies Festival, which last year attracted about 8,000 people and showed an economic benefit of almost £300,000 over two weeks in the North York Moors alone.

As stargazing takes place in autumn, winter and spring, it is hoped being granted the same status as Cevennes National Park, in France, Mont-Mégantic in Quebec and River Murray in Australia will boost North Yorkshire’s economy by bringing thousands of visitors to the areas in the low tourist season months.

A report due to go before a meeting of the North York Moors authority states it has already completed many of the criteria and with funding from the Sirius Mineral’s potash mine near Whitby £100,000 of grants would be offered to tackle light pollution over the next two years.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A wet and grey day with bands of rain which should ease by the afternoon ahead of some sunny spells.

Tonight should be dry, calm and clear, with a risk of frost in some places:

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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 from our main stations appear to be generally running on time.


  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:21 Sheffield to Glasgow Central service has been cancelled
  • The 09:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 09:47 Wakefield Westgate to Glasgow Central service has been cancelled
  • The 09:53 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:58 Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 10:05 York to Liverpool Lime Street service has been cancelled
  • The 10:08 Leeds to Glasgow Central service has been cancelled

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

Yorkshire's national museums close due to coronavirus

Two Yorkshire-based national museums have closed their doors "until further notice" due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's been confirmed.

National Railway Museum

Both the National Railway Museum in York (pictured) and the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford have been shut, along with three other sites across England run by the Science Museum Group.

Sir Ian Blatchford, director and chief executive of the group, said the move followed discussions with the government and was due to the need to "focus on the health and welfare of our visitors and colleagues".

In a statement, Sir Ian added: "Given the uncertainty we are all facing together, it is not possible to say when our museums will be able to re-open to visitors.

"But we look forward to welcoming back old friends and igniting the curiosity of many more people who haven’t yet had the chance to visit us."

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Yorkshire records first coronavirus related deaths

Three people in Yorkshire have died after being diagnosed with coronavirus, the NHS has said.

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Two patients were being treated by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and one was being treated at Harrogate District Hospital.

All three patients, the first to die in the region after being diagnosed with COVID-19, had "significant underlying health conditions".

In total 67 people have died in England as a result of the virus.

A Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said: "Sadly, we can confirm that an elderly patient who was being cared for at Harrogate District Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, has died."

Meanwhile, Martin Barkley, Chief Executive of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "Sadly, we can confirm that two patients who were being cared for at our hospital sites, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died.

"Both of these patients were in their 70s and had significant underlying health conditions."

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    Official takeover of giant Yorkshire mine project

    The new owners of the world's largest potash mine officially take over the site in North Yorkshire today.

    potash mine
    Sirius Minerals

    The development, near Whitby, will be the UK's first major deep mine in 40 years.

    Plans include a 23-mile long tunnel to transport minerals to a processing plant near the former Redcar steelworks.

    A £405m rescue deal for the Sirius Minerals project by Anglo American was secured at the beginning of this month and is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs.

    Anglo’s chief executive Mark Cutifani says: "Today our commitment is to continue over the next two years, $300m a year, with a view to pressing the button to go forward in 2022.

    "Then another couple of years spending another $2.7bn and then start producing and getting product to the market place from about 2024 onwards."

    Teesside University lectures move online

    Teesside university is the latest establishment in our region to suspend face-to-face classroom teaching.

    Students have been told teaching will move online from week beginning 23 March. They've been asked to use the time until then as a reading week.

    The university's main facilities, including halls of residence and the library will stay open.

    Plans are being put in place to deliver teaching online

    Here's the email sent to students

    Teesside university

    Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    A mostly cloudy and dry day, with occasional rain and feeling mild for mid-March.

    Tonight will be dry and cloudy with some rain in the early hours which could be heavy in places:

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