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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:

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
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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:

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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
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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
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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:

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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.

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.

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Friday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be largely dry, but there is the risk of some patchy rain this afternoon.

Rain will move in from the North Sea through the course of this evening and overnight.

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Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day with sunny spells, but there will be areas of cloud and it'll be cooler than yesterday.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A fine sunny start this morning.

This afternoon it will remain dry and sunny, but some cloud will build.

The cloud is expected to become more extensive through tonight and will thicken enough to give some light showers:

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Whitby is the only Yorkshire beach to get Blue Flag status

Whitby is the only beach on the Yorkshire coast to be given a top award for cleanliness.

Whitby
Geograph/David Dixon

It was among 71 beaches around the country to meet the high environmental and safety standards needed to receive the international Blue Flag.

Whitby, which is managed by Scarborough Borough Council, was also among the 137 beaches around the country which have been presented with a Seaside Award.

A number of beaches which the authority manages were also given Seaside Awards, they are Filey, Runswick Bay, Cayton Bay, Sandsend, Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough North Bay.

Whitby
Geograph/Gordon Hatton

The following East Riding of Yorkshire Council beaches also got Seaside Awards: Bridlington North and South, Wilsthorpe, Fraisthorpe, Hornsea, Withernsea and Flamborough's Danes Dyke and South Landing.

Keep Britain Tidy announced the awards, which they say "means beach-goers can feel more relaxed in a setting that is environmentally considerate".

Unit identifies scores of paedophile suspects in one year

A total of 71 suspected paedophiles were arrested last year by a new specialist Regional Organised Crime Unit working in Yorkshire, police have revealed.

Police
BBC

The job of the unit, created a year ago and based in Yorkshire, is to "identify those who use the internet to contact children for sexual purposes and to safeguard victims and potential victims", according to police.

Members of the team use social media channels, instant messaging apps and other online platforms where it's known children can be groomed.

Det Insp Jonathan Best said: “Our ability to identify those posing the greatest risk to children in the region has been significantly advanced by this unit.

“The overwhelming evidence gathered has meant so far every single person arrested and who has subsequently gone through the court process has been convicted.

"Last year the unit’s officers identified and protected 74 vulnerable children."

Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry, fine and warm day ahead with lots of sunshine.

Watch my full forecast here:

First passengers for new East Coast high-speed trains

A brand new type of train for the East Coast Main Line will carry its first paying passengers later.

Azuma train
LNER

It's claimed the Azumas, built by Hitachi, the same firm which made Japan's Bullet Train, will speed up journeys between Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London.

They replace others trains that are more than 30-years-old.

Rail company LNER says it will offer extra services to Harrogate, Hull, Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield as a result of the introduction of the 65 new trains.

The new trains are set to begin operating on the East Coast Main Line five months later than planned.

Plans to introduce the trains in December were abandoned after the electric-diesel locomotives were found to interfere with trackside signalling equipment.

Yorkshire's warm Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and fine with lots of sunshine.

This evening it will remain fine with plenty of late sunshine.

Through tonight it will remain dry with long clear spells, but there could be some patches of mist and fog forming too:

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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 07:18 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:

Five arrests in Stockton following disturbance outside of pub

Five men have been arrested in relation to an incident in Stockton which is reportedly linked to the funeral of a member of the Travelling community.

Tom Harker, 68, was killed in a five-vehicle crash on the A66 near Sadberge last month.

Tom Harker
Family Photo

Officers attended a disturbance outside the Queen Victoria Public House at around 13:15 this afternoon, with some outlets reporting that a car was attacked by men with machetes before the arrival of the cortege.

Police could not confirm what the men had been arrested on suspicion of.

Five men arrested after disturbance in Stockton

Five men have been arrested in connection with an incident on Yarm Road, Stockton.

Queen Victoria
Google

Police say a disturbance took place outside the Queen Victoria Public House at 13:15.

Officers remain in the area.

We are asking Cleveland Police what the men have been held on suspicion of.

New fall in Yorkshire jobless figures

Unemployment in Yorkshire has fallen again, according to the latest official statistics.

Job centre
BBC

Figures show there was a drop of 12,000 people without jobs in the region between January and March, to 130,000.

The Office for National Statistics report shows the number of people out of work nationally now stands at 1.3 million people.

That's 119,000 fewer than a year earlier and 914,000 fewer than five years previously.

On track: Final tests for new East Coast high-speed trains

A fleet of high speed trains for the East Coast Main Line will be put through their final tests today before carrying their first passengers later this week.

Azuma train
LNER

It's claimed the Azumas, built by Hitachi, the same firm which made Japan's Bullet Train, will speed up journeys to London.

Rail company LNER says it will offer extra services to Harrogate, Hull, Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield as a result of the introduction of the 65 new trains.

The new trains are set to begin operating on the East Coast Main Line five months later than planned.

Plans to introduce the trains in December were abandoned after the electric-diesel locomotives were found to interfere with trackside signalling equipment.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine and warm with a light breeze.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's sunny Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any early mist patches will soon lift to leave a dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine.

It'll be fine this evening with late sunshine, then dry overnight with mainly clear skies:

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