RAF Church Fenton

England, United Kingdom

Latest Stories

Watch: Leap of faith as longest serving police dog retires

This happy, leaping pooch is called Dutch.

He's a Dutch shepherd dog (hence the name) and has just retired having become the longest serving general purpose dog North Yorkshire Police has ever had.

Dutch was with the force for nine years, but as you can see he's lost none of his energy or enthusiasm, especially for his handler Marc Richardson.

Imagine this kind of greeting every time you came home:

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy at times today and windy with showers and a chance of more prolonged rain in the afternoon.

Tonight, showers will ease, leaving it largely dry and clear overnight, followed by a bright morning for Wednesday:

Weather graphic
BBC

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today bright or sunny intervals will be followed by windy blustery showers.

Rain is expected early this morning and then again this afternoon.

Tonight will be windy and chilly with broken cloud and clear intervals.

Looking further ahead, Thursday could bring heavy rain.

Weather graphic
BBC

Flooding in Yorkshire: What we know now

Several areas of South Yorkshire have been dealing with flooding and its aftermath today after heavy rain earlier this week.

People in flood
PA Media

Here's what we know now:

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

After yesterday's downpours today we will see some sunny spells and just a few showers across the region.

Some of those showers will be heavy and bring a little cloud with them.

Overnight the showers should start to ease and it will be largely dry and clear with temperatures dropping to as low as -4C in places:

Rail services affected by flooding

BBC News Travel

Rail passengers are being advised not to travel after flooding across Yorkshire left several lines underwater.

Flooded railway
PA Media

Trains in the following areas have been affected:

  • Services are currently unable to run between Sheffield and Gainsborough Central/Lincoln Central;
  • All lines between Barnsley and Huddersfield are closed due to severe flooding at Shepley;
  • Trains are unable to run between Sheffield and Leeds via Moorthorpe because of severe flooding at Moorthorpe;
  • Trains are currently unable to run between Goole and Sheffield due to dangerously high river levels that are expected to peak throughout the morning;
  • Flooding in the South Elmsall and Adwick area means trains are currently unable to run between Leeds and Doncaster;
  • Due to severe flooding across the TransPennine Express network, trains are unable to run between Manchester Piccadilly and Cleethorpes;
  • Severe flooding at Rotherham Central, Moorthorpe and Conisbrough is resulting in services between Sheffield and Doncaster being suspended until further notice.

Flood warnings remain in place

There are a number of flood warnings still in place across Yorkshire this morning following heavy rain overnight.

A man with his car trapped
PA Media

A total of 21 warnings and 21 alerts were issued by the Environment Agency, including sections of the River Don, River Derwent, River Calder and River Spen.

A full list of those warnings is here.

Flooding in Yorkshire: What we know now

It's been a day of heavy rain and flooding across Yorkshire, with parts of South Yorkshire worst hit and rain expected to continue into Friday.

Sandbags at house in Whiston
BBC

Here's what we know now:

  • Flood warnings and alerts remain in place across Yorkshire due to heavy rain
  • Hundreds stranded at Sheffield's Meadowhall due to gridlock caused by flooding
  • Sheffield faced "full-blown incident", said city councillor
  • Homes evacuated at Whiston near Rotherham due to flooding
  • Sheffield Town Hall stays open overnight to help those affected in the city
  • Rail services to and from Yorkshire continue to be affected by the flooding
  • People warned to avoid Callis Bridge in Todmorden due to fast-flowing water
  • Temporary flood barriers put in place in Calder Valley as precaution

For all the latest details as events develop overnight, click here.

Watch: How much rain have we been getting?

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

With "amber" weather warnings being issued across Yorkshire, just how much rain have we been getting?

BBC Look North's Paul Hudson has the latest:

Flood alerts in place after heavy downpours across county

There are currently 16 flood warnings in place across Yorkshire as the county continues to be deluged by heavy rain.

flood sign
PA Media

The Environment Agency say flooding is expected in areas across the north, south and west of the region as "river levels have risen rapidly as a result of today’s heavy rainfall".

The flooding is causing problems on roads around the county, with several road closures already in place in Sheffield and Wakefield.

Train services through Kiveton Park are also affected while Supertram say services between Tinsley and Rotherham have been suspended.

If you have been affected by flooding in your area you can contact us here.

Electricity supply problems hit East Coast Main Line

Passengers on the East Coast Main Line running between Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London are being warned about delays.

The delays are being caused by earlier power problems, according to train operator LNER:

View more on twitter

Flood warnings issued in Yorkshire following heavy rain

Seven flood warnings have been issued in Yorkshire as a result of heavy rain across the region.

flood sign
PA Media

The Environment Agency says flooding is expected in the following areas:

It said river levels in the areas have risen "rapidly" and "flooding of property and roads and farmland is expected".

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain across Yorkshire and has issued a separate amber warning for rain across parts of South and West Yorkshire.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's a very unsettled day today with a yellow weather waning in place across much of the region and an amber warning across parts of South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

The rain is gong to be around for much of the day and it will be very heavy at times.

Temperatures will reach about 9C or 10C but it will feel cooler with the breeze.

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 generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:21 service form Leeds to Scarborough is running about six minutes late
  • The 08:34 service from York to Edinburgh is running about nine minutes late
  • The 08:40 service from Doncaster to Cleethorpes is running about six minutes late
  • The 08:42 service from Doncaster to Manchester Airport has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 from Bradford Interchane to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 09:11 service from Sheffield to Manchester Airport has been cancelled

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

Weather warnings issued as Yorkshire prepares for deluge

Two weather warnings for rain have been issued by the Met Office as heavy downpours are set to hit the county.

Map of rain across Yorkshire
Met Office

Both Yellow and Amber warnings have been issued with the possibility the weather could cause disruption to travel, including delays, road and rail closures, as well as power cuts and flooding.

Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said, “With a weather front stalling over the north of England there will be a period of heavy and sustained rainfall through Thursday.

"With the possibility of up to 100mm of rain falling on already saturated ground there could be some significant disruption."

You can see a guide to what the weather warning colours mean by clicking here.

Dales planners say 'yes' to dozens of homes, but few built

Yorkshire Dales planners have been told that 60 new homes were given planning permission in the national park last year, but only 25 were completed.

Yorkshire Dales meeting
YDNPA

A meeting of the audit committee was told there were now outstanding permissions for 600 homes, but a shortage of new affordable housing remained.

National park board member Jim Munday said: “The reason for the shortage of new and affordable housing in the Yorkshire Dales National Park lies with the slow rate of building in the park and not with any lack of planning permissions."

There is not enough investment in the sort of small-scale, affordable housing schemes that we need, in part because it’s cheaper to build on large sites outside the National Park in places like Colburn and Catterick."

Jim Munday

Wednesday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will see sunny spells and a few scattered showers.

This afternoon there'll be some sunshine with cloud increasing and the possibility of rain later.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with spells of rain:

Weather graphic
BBC

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, there's currently major disruption on the East Coast Main Line between Peterborough and Doncaster.

An incident between Grantham and Newark North Gate means trains are currently unable to run between these stations.

Services may be cancelled, delayed by up to 90 minutes or revised, according to National Rail Enquiries. Trains may be diverted between Doncaster and Peterborough.

Disruption's expected until 10:00.

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

Welcome to Yorkshire to sit out 2020 Chelsea Flower Show

Tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire won't take part in next year's prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, its new boss has confirmed.

Welcome to Yorkshire garden
BBC

Welcome to Yorkshire spent £250,000 on this year's flower show entry - more than three times its allotted budget - going on to win a gold medal and the People's Choice Award in the Show Garden category for a second year in succession.

Wakefield Council leader Peter Box, who took up his new post as Welcome to Yorkshire chairman last month, has described the tourism organisation as having "a culture of spend now, worry about it later".

Welcome to Yorkshire garden
BBC

A report into its finances showed the tourist agency would've run out of money by this month had local authorities not agreed to inject £1m.

Mr Box has now confirmed Welcome to Yorkshire will sit out next year's Chelsea Flower Show before "reassessing" its position for 2021.

I think the debate has been that it puts Yorkshire on the map, but what's it done for Yorkshire's economy? It's really important that everything's cost- effective, so I think the funding saved can best be used for a range of community events."

Peter BoxChairman, Welcome to Yorkshire

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We're in for a wet and cloudy day with a brisk north or north-easterly wind.

Temperatures will get up to about 11C in places but it will feel cooler as a result of the wind.

The showers will clear as the day goes on and it will stay largely dry overnight meaning we're in for a ground frost tomorrow:

Naheed Khan: Appeal over car

Police investigating the suspected murder of a Teesside grandmother say they need help tracing a car.

Naheed Khan, from Middlesbrough, disappeared around the May bank holiday weekend last year.

Cleveland Police is now appealing for information about a Ford Focus she may have been in around that time.

Officers seized the light blue Ford Focus last January in Acton Street, several months after Ms Khan disappeared.

Blue Ford Focus
Cleveland Police

Officers now need to work out where the car, which has a distinctive white sticker on the boot saying "Paul Walker one last ride", went between last May and January.

They are trying to establish if it was sold on to someone in Falmouth Street, or if Ms Khan was ever seen in it.

A 39-year-old man was arrested in connection with the disappearance of the 43-year-old and released under investigation while inquiries continue.

Crimestoppers is offering up to £10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the suspected murder.

HS2 review criticised by deputy chair of panel

Opponents of the HS2 high-speed railway linking London and the north of England say the government's review of the project is set to be a whitewash.

HS2 train
Siemens/PA

The deputy chair of the HS2 review panel, Labour peer Lord Berkeley, says he has been given no opportunity to influence the final report.

He is a vocal critic of the project.

The government says it has been clear no panel member would have a veto, and that it would be inappropriate to pre-empt the recommendations of the review.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast for Yorkshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be an unsettled day with plenty of showery outbreaks about this morning, some of which could be heavy.

The showers will ease as the day goes on and we may see a few brighter spells in places.

Temperatures will get up to about 10C.

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 08:54 service from Sheffield to Plymouth is running abut 11 minutes late
  • The 09:00 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 14 minutes late
  • The 09:05 service from Wakefield Westgate to Sheffield is running about 10 minutes late
  • The 09:15 service from Sheffield to Leeds is running about eight minutes late
  • The 09:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about seven minutes late

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

Yorkshire's drizzly Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

By this afternoon it should become drier, though there will still be a lot of cloud and only the odd brighter interlude.

The top temperature will be between 11-14C (52-57F).

Cloud will thicken from the south-west this evening, bringing further rain for a time tonight:

A weather graphic
BBC

'Mischief night' sparks a number of arrests

A group of about 60 youths causing a disturbance in Marton was just one of the incidents Cleveland Police responded to during so-called "mischief night.

Officer were called to 70 reports of anti-social behavior and 36 cases of criminal damage last night.

These included youngsters throwing fireworks at cars and eggs at buses.

Cleveland Police said a number of arrests had been made.

Stockton Council said its security and enforcement officers also responded to a number of reports of anti-social behavior, including a fire at Norton Recreational Park.

View more on twitter

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry morning for Yorkshire, with bright spells but also some large areas of cloud.

This afternoon will stay dry with spells of sunshine becoming more widespread for a time.

The top temperature will be about 9C (48F):

A weather graphic
Google

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be mostly dry with sunny spells and patchy cloud cover.

However, the odd light shower is still possible and there will be a moderate easterly breeze.

The top temperature will be about 10C (50F).

Weather graphic
BBC

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 08:33 Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield service has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 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:

Ex-BBC Look North presenter loses tax appeal

A former BBC Yorkshire presenter has lost an appeal against a £420,000 tax bill.

Christa Ackroyd
BBC

Christa Ackroyd, who presented Look North in Yorkshire, was found to be a BBC employee rather than a freelance contractor.

The ruling means Ms Ackroyd will now have to pay income tax and National Insurance contributions on her earnings while at the BBC between 2001 and 2013.

She was one of a number of people employed by the BBC via personal service companies.

Judges sitting in the Upper Tribunal in London ruled in favour of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) who had brought the claim.

HMRC said it welcomed the judgement, adding: "Employment status is never a matter of choice. It is always dictated by the facts and when the wrong tax is being paid we put things right."

In a statement, the BBC said: "The BBC was not party to this case but we're reviewing the details of the judgment."

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 on time.

However, due to flooding last week at Kirk Sandall, there is disruption to journeys between Doncaster and Scunthorpe/Goole. National Rail Enquiries has all the latest information.

Meanwhile, there are several cancellations to be aware of:

  • The 08:21 Leeds to Scarborough service has been cancelled
  • The 08:30 Sheffield to Hull service has been cancelled
  • The 08:37 Sheffield to Lincoln service has been cancelled
  • The 08:38 Leeds to Lincoln service has been cancelled
  • The 08:39 Leeds to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 08:42 Doncaster to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 York to Scarborough service has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:08 Doncaster to Hull service has been cancelled
  • The 09:11 Sheffield to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled
  • The 09:15 Sheffield to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:30 Sheffield to Hull service has been cancelled

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

Rare close-ups of North Yorkshire red squirrels released

Close-up photographs showing endangered red squirrels foraging for food in a North Yorkshire forest have been released.

Squirrels
PA Media/Danny Lawson

The pictures, taken in the Widdale Red Squirrel Reserve in the Yorkshire Dales, show them scampering along wooden gates and thick branches in search of sustenance.

There are fears such images could become rarer in years to come, with red squirrel populations in the UK declining.

The UK Squirrel Accord estimates there are about 140,000 red squirrels in the UK, where years ago there were several million.

Red squirrels
PA Media/Danny Lawson

Kay Haw, director of the group, said: "The greatest threat to the UK's red squirrels is competition from and disease transmission by invasive non-native greys.

"They out-compete red squirrels for food and habitat, which negatively impacts red squirrel reproduction and survival rates."

Ms Haw said grey squirrels carry but do not contract the squirrel pox virus, which they can transmit to their red counterparts with fatal consequences.

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be a cold start this morning in Yorkshire, with frost in many places.

The rest of the day will be dry and cool with long sunny periods.

Tonight will be cool with frost in some places:

Weather graphic
BBC

BT urged to keep phone boxes in rural North Yorkshire

Local Democracy Reporting Service

BT has been urged to reconsider plans to remove more than 40 phone boxes from one of England’s most rural districts.

Phone box in rural area
Press Association/Fastfoto Picture Library

The telecommunications firm wants to get rid of 43 phone boxes in Richmondshire, North Yorkshire because of a huge decline in usage.

The area covers a large part of the Yorkshire Dales which some local residents argue relies on phone boxes because of poor mobile phone coverage.

BT said it wasn't proposing to remove payphones in areas identified as suicide hotspots, accident blackspots or without any mobile coverage.

If there’s an accident, the availability of a phone box in an area where you can’t use a mobile because the signal's too weak could be the difference between life and death.”

Jill McMullonHawes councillor

Air ambulance charity celebrates birthday

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is celebrating its birthday today - 19 years after it became operational.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance
PA Media

The charity operates two aircraft across the region, moving critically ill patients to hospitals for urgent care.

Funded from donations it costs £12,000 a day to keep the aircraft operational.

Four arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over Norton stabbing

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was found with stab wounds in Stockton.

The 36-year-old man is in a life-threatening condition in hospital after being found at an address on Waterford Road, Norton, on Wednesday evening.

Cleveland Police said its investigations suggested the man was attacked in a house on Violet Close before making his way on foot to the house on nearby Waterford Road.

They are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.

The four men, aged 29, 33, 35 and 46, are in custody.

Figures show thousands of children abused

More than 9,000 sex crimes against children were recorded in Yorkshire and the Humber in the last year, according to a children's charity.

A person walking in a tunnel
Getty Images

An NSPCC report has revealed the number of child sex offences across the country has increased by 60% since 2015, reaching a record high.

The charity is calling for specialised services that work with the NHS and police to be available to victims.

Peter Wanless, chief executive office with the NSPCC, said: “These children are bravely disclosing what happened to them but in too many cases there is not enough timely, joined-up and child-friendly support.

"Instead they are shunted from overstretched service to service."

Yellow warning for Yorkshire as heavy rain forecast

Heavy rain across the region could lead to flooding this weekend, according to the Met Office.

A flood sign
Getty Images

The forecasted wet weather has led to the weather service issuing the yellow warning for Yorkshire and the Humber.

A yellow warning for rain means that there's a chance it will have some impact on people, like flooding or surface water on roads.

The "Be Aware" yellow warning is the lowest issued by the Met Office, with orange and and red warnings being issued for more severe weather.

Takeaway boss jailed over peanut allergy service

BBC Tees

A Redcar takeaway boss has been jailed after a customer with a nut allergy ended up in hospital.

Teesside Crown Court heard the woman made clear she had an allergy when ordering a beef korma at the Goa Lounge last year.

Mohammed Hadi, 39, was jailed for six months for breaching EU food safety rules.

A co-defendant was given a suspended sentence.

Goa Lounge
BBC