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Yorkshire transport spending a third of London's - Report

Yorkshire's transport system is set to get less than a third of the money the government plans to spend on London's, new research shows.


The figures show that out of the 12 regions making up the UK, Yorkshire is one of the worst funded overall.

The research by IPPR North claims Yorkshire will receive £321 a year on transport for each person. In London the figure is more than treble that, standing at £1,023.

The think tank says the imbalance is holding back the North's economy and devolving power away from Whitehall is the best way forward.

But the Department for Transport says the figures are misleading.

Weapons including suspected petrol bomb recovered

A number of offensive weapons, including a machete, a knife, CS spray, a hammer and a suspected petrol bomb,have been recovered by police following a disturbance in Billingham last night.

Officers were called to Quenby Road at about 22:15 after reports of a dispute involving a group of males.

When police arrived a majority of the group had dispersed, but a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon in a public place and remains in custody.

Witnesses are being asked to contact police.

suspected petrol bomb

Monday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

A bright and breezy day is expected, with some good spells of sunshine.

Occasional heavy showers may turn thundery at times.

Any daytime showers will fade through this evening:

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Yorkshire Water flood prevention tree planting scheme

Yorkshire Water has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by planting more trees across the county.

Tree planting

Several water companies have agreed to plant 11 million trees over the next decade.

Work has already started in the Calder Valley to plant 200,000 young trees near Hebden Bridge.

The area was one of the worst hit in Yorkshire during severe flooding in December 2015.

The company says it hopes this will help prevent future flooding in the area.

Countryfile 'can't apologise enough' for traffic delays

Organisers of Countryfile Live at Castle Howard say they "can't apologise enough" for traffic problems getting to the event in North Yorkshire yesterday.

Castle Howard

They say a change to the traffic plan appears to be working today and have advised motorists to avoid the A64 where possible.

They introduced the new plan after some motorists complained it was taking them up to five hours to get to the event on Thursday.

Frustrated drivers tweeted about their "horrendous" experiences stuck in long traffic jams on the A64 and the road leading up to the stately home.

Site manager Tim Filmer says: "We had a good number of challenges yesterday and that's an understatement.

"On behalf of everybody at Countryfile, sincere apologies for all the delays that happened. We can't apologise enough."

Yorkshire's wet Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Showery rain is expected to clear for a while, to then be followed by further rain through the afternoon.

A few scattered showers are possible overnight, but on the whole it will be largely dry and clear:

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Dispersal zones after youth gang disorder

BBC Tees

Neighbourhood officers are urging parents to keep a closer eye on their children after a rise in anti-social behaviour in Redcar.

It follows reports of groups of up to 40 youths gathering on the Ings Estate.

Residents say stones have been thrown at cars and homes, with verbal abuse and aggressive behaviour towards anyone challenging them.

Dispersal orders have now been put in place, which cover the the area bounded by Redcar Lane and Greenstones Road, including the Embleton Court shopping parade.

A 14-year-old youth has been arrested after refusing to leave the area - it is a criminal offence to return for up to 48 hours after a dispersal notice is issued

Castle Howard awash with wellies as Countryfile arrives

Thousands of people are expected to descend on a North Yorkshire stately home today as it plays host to Countryfile Live.

Countryfile presenters

About 15,000 are predicted to visit Castle Howard over the next four days to see presenters of the BBC show, including John Craven, Ellie Harrison and Matt Baker.

The arena at Castle Howard, widely recognised from the TV adaption of the Evelyn Waugh novel Brideshead Revisited, has taken three weeks to build.

Castle Howard

Organisers are advising people to arrive early to avoid traffic delays

They say: "The show opens from 08:30. We have a dedicated traffic management plan for when you leave the A64, so please follow the AA signs."

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Gillian Brown

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There will be a few showers around this morning but they will clear away quite quickly and it'll turn dry and bright day for most.

Temperatures could get up to 21C in places:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be running to time, however:

  • The 08:55 service from York to Edinburgh is running about 24 minutes late
  • The 09:01 service from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds is running about 24 minutes late
  • The 09:15 service from Doncaster to Leeds is running about 15 minutes late
  • The 09:35 service from Doncaster to Sheffield has been cancelled

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

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A few scattered showers are possible through the morning, but for most places it should be largely dry with clouds breaking through the morning to allow a good deal of sunshine.

Tonight will start dry and clear, but cloud will build quickly ahead of heavy, showery rain moving in from the west:

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Middlesbrough cannabis farm seized

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A cannabis farm believed to be worth about £120,000 was discovered at a property in Middlesbrough.

The farm was found after a warrant was executed at the address in Lothian Road.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of production of class B drugs and remains in custody.

This search was part of Cleveland Police’s Operation Phoenix, a summer long operation to improve public service, help vulnerable people, tackle serious violence and prevent crime.

Care for older patients enhanced with ward refurbishment

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A ward at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital has had a £1m revamp, which will enhance care for older patients

The ward 11 refurbishment was funded by the trust’s PFI contract.

The improvements, which have taken six months to complete, provide a bright and modern ward for older patients with a range of needs.

Bay areas have easily accessible oxygen points, the floor is refurbished in grey, not blue, so that patients with dementia do not mistake it for water. There is extra space with more rooms, enabling improved discretion for difficult conversations that need to be had. The most significant change is the increase in bathrooms on the ward and disabled wet rooms"

Samantha Roberts,Ward 11 manager

Improvements will now begin on ward 12 and the programme will see seven other wards being refurbished.

Vulnerable man hurt in 'despicable' attack

An attack on a vulnerable man on a Hartlepool street has been branded "despicable" by police.

The 63-year-old was approached by a man and woman on Duke Street who asked him for a cigarette, between 23:00 and 23:30 on Sunday.

When he said he did not have one he was punched and hit, suffering injuries to his face, back of the head, chest and wrist.

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “This is a despicable attack on a vulnerable man who was left with some nasty injuries.

"I’d like to appeal for anyone with any information regarding the man and woman who may be involved, and would urge anyone who may have private CCTV around the area of Duke Street to get in touch.”

Duke Street

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a cloudy day with very heavy outbreaks of rain, especially in southern Lincolnshire.

Temperatures will get up to about 18C:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, there are a large number of delayed and cancelled services due to a points failure between Newcastle and Durham and overrunning engineering works near Mirfield.

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

Yorkshire's wet Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain are possible in places this morning and this afternoon with dry intervals.

Through the evening and overnight cloud cover will tend to be extensive and further outbreaks of rain may move in from time to time:

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Toilets and cricket are among 'top' Yorkshire experiences

A toilet in East Yorkshire has made it onto a list of the UK's top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems.

Hull toilets
Peter Williams

Spending a penny at Hull's Victoria Pier toilets scraped in near the bottom of the list at number 483 on the tourism guide published by the Lonely Planet.

Other attractions sporting fewer tiles and less porcelain included the Yorkshire Dales National Park (number 18), Robin Hood's Bay (26) and, in at number 30, York Minster.

Dales/Robin Hoods Bay/York Minster
Geograph/Peter Church/Pauline E/BBC

Birdwatchers will be pleased that Bempton Cliffs, an internationally important nature reserve at Flamborough Head in East Yorkshire, made it on to the list at number 136.

And Saltaire, a grand social experiment in West Yorkshire, is listed at 224.

Sir Titus Salt, who made his fortune in the textile industry, built Saltaire mill near Bradford and an adjoining village for his workers.

The village has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site.

RSPB/David Dixon/Geograph

Other Yorkshire wonders in the top 500 UK experiences include the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield and Middleham Castle in Wensleydale.

And also making it onto the eclectic list is cliff-top cricket watching in Sewerby:

J Thomas/Geograph

In all, 40 of Yorkshire's enticing attractions were included on the list of the best British experiences.

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be mostly dry and bright today but there could be a few isolated showers in places.

Temperatures will get up to 19C:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

  • The 09:06 service from Sheffield to Adwick has been cancelled
  • The 09:31 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds has been cancelled

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

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry day with sunny spells with occasional showers and gentle westerly winds.

This evening and overnight is expected to remain dry with long clear spells and a gentle breeze:

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Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Rain may linger for a time this morning, together with low cloud.

The afternoon should be brighter with the chance of a few sharp showers.

Showers are expected to continue through the evening and overnight:

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Flood alert in area of North Yorkshire hit last week

A flood alert has been issued is an area of North Yorkshire hit by flash floods last week.

Flooding last week

The Environment Agency says the River Swale is rising because of heavy rain in the Yorkshire Dales this morning and warned that there is a risk of "flooding to low lying land and roads".

While Reeth, Low Fremington and Arkle Beck are at risk any possible flooding isn't expected to be as severe as last week's.

'Spike in crime?' Police officer helps injured hedgehog

A police officer in North Yorkshire has been helping to nurse an injured hedgehog back to health.

The hedgehog
North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police today shared a picture on Facebook of the "spikey little fellow" saying he was "lookin' sharp".

Eight arrested over Vietnamese teen's disappearance

Eight people have been arrested as police search for a 15-year-old Vietnamese tourist who has been missing from York for three days.

Linh Le
North Yorkshire Police

Linh Le, aged 15, who speaks no English, went missing from her tour group in York on Tuesday afternoon.

She was last seen with an Asian man on the city walls above Station Rise at about 16:40 on Tuesday.

Police say they are "increasingly concerned" and the girl "could be anywhere in the country".

She was wearing a white Ariana Grande jacket, shorts and a white rucksack when she was last seen.

Yorkshire's wet and windy Friday weather forecast

There will be some rain at the start of the day, this heavy in places, but it should clear during the morning.

The afternoon will have sunny spells and showers and it will become increasingly windy.

It will become increasingly windy this evening and tonight, with strong south-westerly winds expected by morning.

There will be a chance of showers overnight, some of them heavy and perhaps thundery:

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Yorkshire rainy and windy weather warning issued

Warnings for rain and wind are in force across nearly all of the UK - including Yorkshire - today with unseasonal weather expected to cause some disruption.

A flood sign
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Several festivals and events have been cancelled across the country as forecasters warned of strong wind and heavy rain.

A yellow "be aware" weather warning is in place for much of Yorkshire, with lots of rain expected today and windy weather at the weekend.

The Environment Agency says its staff are ready to respond to any problems caused by the heavy rain that's forecast.

Ben Lukey, who's one of the agency's flood duty managers, said flood alerts and flood warnings will be issued if needed.

He's urging people to stay away from any swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water, as just 1ft of flowing water is enough to move a car.

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.


  • The 09:30 Doncaster to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 10:14 Bradford Interchange to York service has been cancelled

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

Police pesticide warning after red kite poisoning

A warning about illegal pesticides has been issued in North Yorkshire after a red kite died as a result of pesticide abuse.

Red Kite

Police say a landowner found the dead bird in Nidderdale in October last year and was concerned criminal activity took place on his land.

An x-ray showed there were two pieces of shot in the bird.

A post-mortem examination found the injury caused by one piece of shot was old and had healed. The damage caused by the second piece was recent but was not a fatal injury.

Toxicological tests then found several poisons in the bird and a report concluded the kite died as a result of the abuse of several pesticides.

North Yorkshire Police say: “The test results suggest someone has access to two illegal poisons and is also placing them, along with a legal pesticide, so that a wild bird has been able to consume them."

Watch: Avoid A64 after serious lorry crash - Police

Police are warning people to avoid the A64 near Malton in North Yorkshire after a serious accident involving two lorries and a car:

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Three men arrested in Stockton firearm investigation

A further three arrests have been made after the front door of a house in Norton, Stockton, was shot at.

The men, aged 21, 22 and 43, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life.

They remain in police custody.

Six people have been arrested so far, including a 16-year-old boy, and two men aged 19 and 20, who have been released under investigation.

Inquest opens into fatal North Yorkshire helicopter crash

An Inquest into the death of North Yorkshire's former Lord Lieutenant is due to begin later.

Helicopter wrekage

Barry Dodd died in May 2018, when the helicopter he was piloting crashed into a field at Aldborough, near Boroughbridge.

He was the only person onboard the aircraft.

Investigators described the weather conditions at the time as challenging.

No evidence of a pre-existing defect with the helicopter was found.

The inquest will be held at Selby Civic Centre and is expected to last two days.

Smoke-free play areas scheme for Ryedale

Smoking in children's play areas across part of North Yorkshire has been banned as part of a push to stop children thinking it's normal to see parents with cigarettes.


Public health officials are backing the plan to make nearly 20 playgrounds in Ryedale smoke-free.

The district has the third highest number of deaths from smoking in North Yorkshire.

Michael Cleary, chair of Ryedale District Council, says: "It's a push to say actually it's not normal to smoke anywhere.

"Play areas are supposed to be fun and healthy places for our children, spaces where they can enjoy being active, outdoors in the fresh air.

"As local communities, we have to pull together to protect these precious places for our children, and to reduce the likelihood young people will start smoking in the first place.

"This campaign is the first step towards achieving this.”

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and cloudy in the morning, followed by a sunny afternoon with gentle to moderate winds.

After a mostly fine evening, cloud will thicken bringing heavy rain in the early hours:

Weather graphic

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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


  • The 09:08 Doncaster to Hull via Selby service has been cancelled
  • The 09:40 Sheffield to Liverpool Lime Street service has been cancelled

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