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Theresa May to resign as prime minister

Theresa May is to quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving way for contest to decide new UK prime minister.

Theresa May
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In an emotional statement in Downing Street Mrs May said she had "done my best" to honour the EU referendum result.

It would remain a matter of "deep regret" that she had been unable to deliver Brexit, she added.

BreakingTheresa May to quit as leader on 7 June

Prime Minister Theresa May says she will resign as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday 7 June.

Theresa May
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Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Gillian Brown

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It should be dry and fine today, with light winds and a good deal of sunny spells.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire trio ready for England World Cup role

Three women from Yorkshire are set to represent their country in the Fifa Women's World Cup, with preparations well under way.

York's Lucy Staniforth, Harrogate's Rachel Daly, Whitby's Beth Mead
PA

York's Lucy Staniforth, Harrogate's Rachel Daly and Whitby's Beth Mead are all heading to France for the tournament.

Their first game is against Scotland on 9 June, with coverage on the BBC.

Yorkshire weather: Sunny start and staying warm

There will be a good deal of dry, warm and sunny weather today, with some patchy cloud likely to develop.

One or two showers may also form this afternoon, although these will be isolated.

Any showers will fade this evening, to leave it dry overnight with clear periods and perhaps one or two mist patches:

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BBC

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 to time so far.

However, the 07:42 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service is reported to have been cancelled.

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

Emergency services looking forward to York Pride

North Yorkshire’s emergency services are gearing up to take part in York Pride next month.

Emergency service logos
North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue will have vehicles in the York Pride parade on Saturday 8 June.

A fire engine
North Yorkshire Police

The vehicles, which are decorated with rainbow flags, will also be taking part in the Harrogate Pride in Diversity parade on Saturday 15 June.

A police van
North Yorkshire Police

This Sunday, North Yorkshire Police is holding an event on York's Parliament Street to promote inclusion and diversity within emergency services, between 12:00 and 16:00.

Silver plate, keys and sherry stolen in York church raid

Thieves who broke into a church in York stole a silver plate and chalice from the communion box, various keys, including one to the front door, and a bottle of sherry.

St Wulstan's
Google

The theft happened at St Wulstan’s Church, Fossway, sometime between 18:00 on Monday and 07:30 yesterday morning.

The North Yorkshire force says it needs help from the public "to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident".

Anyone with information is being asked to get in touch.

Thousands of bags of litter cleared in roads spring clean

More than 5,000 bags of litter have been collected from Yorkshire's motorways over the last two months in a big spring clean, Highways England has revealed.

Litter pickers
HIghways England

The organisation's "litter champion", Tim Calvert, says: "Staff found settees, microwaves, a carpet and even a mattress dumped at the side of the M1 and M18."

Rubbish bags
Highways England

Nationally, about 200,000 bags of litter are collected from UK motorways every year, according to Highways England.

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be dry and fine with sunny periods and just a little patchy cloud.

Watch my full forecast here:

Watch: Harrogate food fit for bellies not bins

A pay-as-you-feel community cafe is aiming to reduce food waste in Harrogate.

The people who've set up Resurrected Bites say their aim is to give food new life rather than letting it go to landfill.

Many local food suppliers are helping the project, which is based at St Mark’s Church on Leeds Road.

The environmental project uses food past its sell-by date, but checks it's ok to use first:

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and fine with sunny periods and a little breezy.

Tonight will be dry and the winds will ease.

There will be lengthy clear periods, with occasional misty patches:

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BBC

European elections 2019: Polls held across Yorkshire

Voters across Yorkshire and the whole of the UK are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.

Polling station sign
EPA

Seventy-three MEPs will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population - ranging from three MEPs in the North East and Northern Ireland to 10 MEPs in the South East.

Polling stations in the UK will be open until 22:00.

Results will not be announced until all EU nations have voted over the next three days - with the whole process completed by 22:00 on Sunday.

Check you 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 06:53 Sheffield to Plymouth service is delayed
  • The 06:47 Wakefield to St Pancras service is delayed
  • The 07:28 Sheffield to St Pancras service is delayed
  • the 07:42 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service is cancelled

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

Homemade 'speed camera' found on lampost

An unknown anti-speeding vigilante appears to have been creative in the workshop in an attempt to slow down motorists in North Yorkshire.

It probably looked quite convincing to those on the move, but on closer inspection...

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North Yorkshire residents asked to comment on A66 plans

People who live by the A66 in North Yorkshire are being urged to have their say on £1bn plans to dual the road, which connects one side of the Pennines to the other.

The A66
Geograph/Graham Robson

A public consultation is under way over work on the six sections of the road which are still single carriageway, including the junction on the A1M at Scotch Corner.

Highways England says the work will improve journey times and contribute to the future economic growth of the north of England.

Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine - but a little cloud too.

Watch my full forecast here:

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 07:54 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled.

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

Five 'county lines' arrests in one week in North Yorkshire

Police cracking down on drug gang activity in North Yorkshire say they've made five so-called "county lines" arrests In the past week.

Handcuffed suspect
BBC

County lines is the name given to gangs and organised crime networks in urban areas exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs in rural areas.

The North Yorkshire force says it's also made 30 welfare visits to victims of "cuckooing", a practice where drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for drug dealing.

Tributes paid to stabbed Middlesbrough dad

The family and friends of a Middlesbrough man who died after being stabbed last week have paid tribute to him.

John Lewis, 32 died following an incident on Crescent Road in the town last Tuesday.

His partner, Keighley Waghorn, said words couldn't describe what he meant to his family and added: "We will never forget you".

A 28-year-old-man has been charged with Mr Lewis’ murder and court proceedings are ongoing.

John Lewis and family
Family handout

North Yorkshire specialist school staff in strike ballot

Staff at two specialist schools in North Yorkshire are holding a ballot over possible strike action.

The Grove
Google

Members of the National Education Union at The Grove in Harrogate (pictured) and Craven Pupil Referral Service say the row is over funding cuts to their budgets.

If there's a vote in favour of industrial action, the union says its members could walk out for one day next month.

The pupil referral services work with students who've been excluded from mainstream schools.

Flower power as Yorkshire stars visit gold canal garden

The gold medal-winning Yorkshire canal garden at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show has been attracting some of the region's most famous faces.

Judy Dench
Welcome to Yorkshire

Designed by Mark Gregory, the display brings Yorkshire to the heart of London by incorporating a canal lock built from reclaimed York stone, a lock keeper's cottage, authentic lock gates and a meadow.

Ian McMillan
Welcome to Yorkshire

York's acting royalty, Dame Judy Dench (top), visited in an aptly floral dress and the Bard of Barnsley, poet Ian McMillan (above), who wrote a poem about the garden, did some pensive pondering amid the tranquil scene.

Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton
Welcome to Yorkshire

Meanwhile, Harrogate's Jim Carter (Downton Abbey's Carson) and wife Imelda Staunton appeared ready to help out should an errant canal boat appear...

In pictures: Cable damage delays East Coast trains

If you're travelling on the East Coast Main Line this morning, this is the reason why you may well have been affected by long delays and slow progress:

Overhead cable
LNER

Train company LNER has released this image of the damage caused to an overhead cable between Retford and Newark North Gate.

The damage means the southbound line of the East Coast Main Line is currently blocked.

Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and London trains are affected and may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes, according to National Rail Enquries.

The company says it doesn't know yet what caused the damage. Disruption is expected until 12:00.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day with some sunshine and it'll feel pleasantly warm.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire garden wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

A garden celebrating Yorkshire's canals and industrial heritage has won a gold medal at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.

Canal gates in garden
Welcome to Yorkshire

The garden, by tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire and designed by Mark Gregory, features genuine canal lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

It's the 10th time Welcome to Yorkshire has entered a garden at the famous Royal Horticultural Society competition and was described as its "most ambitious to date".

Reacting to the news, Welcome to Yorkshire said it was "amazing news" and that it was "over the moon".

Yorkshire's sunny Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be warm, dry and sunny today.

It will remain dry tonight with light winds.

However, there is the chance of mist developing in some areas:

Weather graphic
BBC

Cannabis and cash recovered in Hartlepool

Cannabis with an estimated street value of more than £500 and a large sum of cash have been recovered in Hartlepool.

Police stopped a grey Mercedes on Thursday evening on Blake Street in the town and found the cannabis and approximately £2,000 in cash.

Further cash and drugs paraphernalia were then recovered during a search of an address on Jones Road in the town.

Two men, aged 34 and 39, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.

Both have been released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Shop assistant threatened with air pistol

A man has been arrested after a shop assistant was threatened with an air pistol during an attempted robbery in Dormanstown, Teesside.

It happened around 07:10 yesterday at the RSK Convenience Store on Staithes Road.

A 46-year-old woman suffered minor injuries after confronting the man but didn't need medical treatment.

The suspect fled empty handed along Staithes Road in the direction of Broadway East on a green bike.

A 37-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and is in custody.

Staithes Road
Google

Can lock gates open floodgates on flower show success?

It's hoped that two canal lock gates will help raise the level of Yorkshire's chances at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show today.

Lock gates
BBC

The canals of West Yorkshire are the inspiration for East Yorkshire designer Mark Gregory's garden representing tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire.

It features two genuine lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

About 170,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors from across the world are expected at the London show.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will see sunny spells and slow-moving showers - with showers most widespread this afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here:

New summer train timetable: Check before you travel

If you've got a train to catch in Yorkshire today it might be a good idea to check the timetable before you set off as it's the first working day of the new summer timetable.

Train departure board
Getty Images

Train companies say they are making every effort to avoid the chaos, disruption and cancellations which happened at this time last year.

Network Rail says it's learned the lessons of last summer's disruption when a more extensive shake-up led to weeks of chaos on the Northern network and on Govia Thameslink.

Train operators say they will monitor the latest changes carefully and respond quickly to any problems.

Monday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

There should be some sunny spells today, but along with the sun, some showers.

The showers will be most widespread this afternoon when some will be heavy and thundery.

The rain will slowly die away this evening, leaving it dry overnight with clear periods:

Weather graphic
BBC

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 running to time so far.

However:

  • The 07:06 Leeds to Brighouse service has been cancelled
  • The 07:30 Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield service has been cancelled
  • The 07:38 Leeds to Lincoln service has been cancelled

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

Julia Mulligan criticised over anti-bullying measures

Local Democracy Reporting Service

North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has been hit with fresh criticism with claims she failed to implement measures to prevent bullying in her office.

Julia Mulligan
BBC

Julia Mulligan had been given a series of recommendations to follow after a panel ruled she had displayed "bullying behaviour" towards members of staff.

But seven months on, members of North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Panel say they are disappointed she by her response to their “recovery plan”.

A meeting at County Hall in Northallerton heard that in November, she had agreed with the panel to follow-up on its six recommendations.

She was supposed to respond within 21 days to the recommendations, which included surveying staff over bullying in the workplace, undertaking a management course and appointing a mentor.

The commissioner received reminders in January and April but did not reply and it was only last week, just hours before the meeting, that the panel received brief responses.

Deputy chairman, Cllr Peter Wilkinson told her: "I have to express disappointment on behalf of the sub-panel that we issued this report in October and the first time we have had a meaningful response to the recommendations was yesterday evening."

After being asked about the delay, the commissioner replied that with senior officers now in place in her office, there were now suitable staff to progress the recommendations.

Public urged to help fight drug crime

People in North Yorkshire are being urged to help the police in their fight against drugs.

White lines
Getty Images

The call, by North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, follows the death of 15-year-old Leah Heyes in Northallerton at the weekend after she was believed to have taken ecstasy.

Meanwhile, police in Scarborough yesterday launched a new operation to try and stop what's called "county lines" drug dealing in the area, where criminals get children and young people to deal drugs for them.

Later in the day a woman was arrested in Ripon after suspected Class A drugs and drug paraphernalia were sized.

Police and other organisations in Harrogate and Skipton have also been working together to try to tackle the growing problem.

Ms Julia Mulligan said: "If you see something that is suspicious, which you think is related to drugs, let the police know.

"I so often get people telling me, 'We've seen this, we've seen that' and I say have you told the police and they say, 'No we haven't'.

County drugs battle a 'major concern' - Commissioner

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The battle against drugs in a county which boasts the lowest crime rate in England and Wales has been laid bare, just days after the death of a schoolgirl who police believe had taken ecstasy.

Drugs
BBC

North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said there had been an alarming rise in drug-related concerns ahead of the death of 15-year-old Leah Heyes in Northallerton at the weekend.

A meeting of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel heard that girls as young as 13 were being drawn into drugs and over the past few years there had been a significant rise in dealing “in places you wouldn’t think”, such as in villages.

Mrs Mulligan made her concerns known to the panel after Northallerton councillor Peter Wilkinson asked her if she believed North Yorkshire Police were being successful in tackling drug dealing in the county and whether drug dealing was a major issue.

Mrs Mulligan said: “I am, and the chief constable is extremely concerned about drugs in the county at the moment.

“We have seen a whole range of nasty tactics being used around things called cuckooing, exploiting young people to be mules for drugs.

"We’ve seen violence on the streets because we’ve got external gangs coming in fighting with local drug dealers. It's an area of major concern.”

Will Naylor, the deputy commissioner, added: “We think the scale is probably bigger than is understood currently by the police.”

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A largely dry morning and the risk of some patchy rain this afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here: