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Troubled Yorkshire tourism agency appoints new boss

A new chairman has been appointed to head Yorkshire's troubled tourism agency.

Peter Box

The leader of Wakefield Council Peter Box (pictured) will take over at Welcome to Yorkshire after local authorities agreed to inject £1m to keep the the organisation going.

Its former chief executive, Sir Gary Verity, resigned in March on health grounds, but later faced complaints about his behaviour and expenses.

Mr Box said he intended to make the agency "open and transparent".

"I'm going to try and make a difference," he said.

Free parking for East Yorkshire's Christmas shoppers

Weekend parking in the run-up to Christmas is to remain free in East Yorkshire as the county council looks to get more people shopping locally.

A car park in Beverley

Council-run car parks in East Yorkshire have been free for the four weekends up to Christmas Day for the past 11 years.

Now, senior councillors have approved keeping it that way for the next three years.

Signs will help motorists know which car parks are offering the no-charge parking.

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 on time.


  • the 08:52 service from Leeds to Newcastle has been cancelled
  • the 09:03 service from York to Newcastle is running about 13 minutes late
  • the 09:06 service from Sheffield to Adwick has been cancelled
  • the 09:18 service from York to Newcastle has been cancelled

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

Devolution deal 'critical' for Yorkshire - Council bosses

Council leaders from across Yorkshire have signed a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson supporting a devolution deal for Yorkshire by 2022.

Yorkshire flag
PA Media

The deal would give the county more control over decisions and how it spends money from central government on things like local transport.

The group of leaders from across Yorkshire say an independent economic study has shown a deal could deliver economic benefits worth £30bn a year.

In the letter from local government leaders across Yorkshire, they say: "Devolution in Yorkshire is critical to deliver our shared objectives, which cross political divides and are about growth in a post-Brexit world."

Bridlington station revamp starts

A £10m year-long project to create a new transport interchange at Bridlington railway station gets under way today.

A train in the station
Christine Matthews/Geograph

The work will see a new interchange created in front of the railway station with long and short-stay parking, as well as bus stops and a new taxi rank.

A new one-way road will also be created linking Hilderthorpe Road, the station and Quay Road.

Work on some roads has already taken place.

The aim of the project is to improve transport connectivity in Bridlington as well as giving a good first impression to visitors.

Watch: Yorkshire ice cream parlour gives dogs a 'cone'

An ice cream parlour in East Yorkshire is making dog-friendly gelato.

Neil Saunders, from Pocklington, came up with a recipe that he says is easily digestible for pooches.

It's made with chicken stock which seems to have set a few tails wagging:

HMP Hull prison officer rapist Mark Scott jailed

A "dangerous" and "sadistic" rapist who attacked five women and tried to rape a sixth has been jailed for 20 years.

Mark Scott
Humberside Police

Former HMP Hull prison officer Mark Scott, 34, targeted women he met on dating sites and nights out.

He was convicted of nine counts of rape and one attempted rape at Hull Crown Court last month

After sentencing, Humberside Police said Scott was "a vile and abhorrent sex criminal" who tried to "wriggle out of his perverted crimes".

Judge Recorder Ben Nolan QC also imposed eight years extended licence on top of Scott's 20-year jail term.

He said Scott, formerly of Daville Close in Hull, was a "dangerous man" with a "sadistic streak" and an "ingrained sense of entitlement to sex on his terms".

His crimes date back to 2005 and stretched over 13 years.

Girl, four, rescued from Hull house fire

A four-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after being rescued from a fire at a house in Hull.

Oldstead Avenue, Hull
Humberside Fire and Rescue

The girl had to be rescued from a first floor bedroom by firefighters after the blaze broke out at house in Oldstead Avenue, in Hull, at about 11:00.

Humberside Fire and Rescue said the girl's mother, who had managed to escaped the property before fire crew arrived, was also taken to hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.