York’s Bloom! Festival will not go ahead this year – but will be back next summer

The Fountain Garden outside York Art Gallery during Bloom! 2018. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Make It York has today announced that Bloom! – York’s festival of horticulture – will not go ahead this summer.

The event was planned to take place across the city from 20-28 June, but has been cancelled due to the escalating uncertainties surrounding the impact of Covid-19.

MD of Make It York Sean Bullick said:

  • It is with deep sadness that we have made this decision, but ultimately it is the right thing to do given the uncertainties that we all face as a result of the ongoing coronavirus situation.

    We have had discussions with our festival main sponsor, York BID and our other valued partners and sponsors across the city and we are all in agreement that this is, unfortunately, a necessary step we must take at this time.

The BID and Make It York are now looking at how to bring Bloom! back in 2021.

Further details will be announced later in the year.

More cases of coronavirus confirmed in York

A woman wears a face mask near Shambles in York last week. Photograph: Richard McDougall

The latest official figures show that the number of cases of coronavirus in York has risen again.

As of today (Saturday, 21 March) there are now eight confirmed cases in the city.

That is a rise of two on the figures from yesterday. It means the number has doubled since Wednesday.

Meanwhile the total in North Yorkshire stands at 16 – two more than reported yesterday (Friday).

Nationally the coronavirus death toll in the UK has reached 233 after NHS England said a further 53 people had died in England after testing positive.

It comes as Fiona Phillips, City of York Council Assistant Director for Public Health, shared some advice for people on maintaining your wellbeing.

York health group closes two doctors’ surgeries

York Medical Group's Monkgate surgery is still open. Photograph: yorkmedicalgroup.co.uk

York Medical Group has updated its working arrangements to adapt to the new circumstances.

It has closed its Water Lane and Woodthorpe surgeries. All doctor’s appointments will be changed to telephone consultations.

All nurse appointments have been cancelled for now. Nurses will contact patients to discuss rebooking appointments.

But it says:

  • If you need same day care our service is still running. Please call as normal and a GP will advise the best course of action.

It is locking the doors at all surgeries – they “will only be opened for those patients that have appointments, this is to keep staff safe so we can keep surgeries working”.

The group asks people not to visit the surgery to drop off a prescription. The advice”

“Please sign up for the NHS App or ring the surgery and verbally sign up for online services via the query lines.

“If you cannot access these services please can you post your prescription to the surgery.”

Full details on the York Medical Group website.

York council issues statement on school closures

Inside Huntington School. Photograph: school website

City of York Council have just issued this statement following the school closures announcement today:

City of York Council would like to reassure schools, early years and childcare providers, parents, carers and families that it’s continuing to support all education settings following today’s government announcement that schools and early years’ settings in England will be closing as of Friday afternoon until further notice.

The council is currently working through the details of today’s government announcement, particularly how we support schools to provide education settings to vulnerable young people and children of key workers. We continue to look further at how we can continue to support schools to provide children and young people with learning and development opportunities throughout this difficult time.

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, said:

  • We understand this is an incredibly difficult time for all schools, early years and childcare providers, parents, carers and families.

    Throughout the outbreak, we have been communicating and working with all education settings to keep them updated and help them prepare as best as they can.

    The council will work through the detail of the government’s announcement immediately. Making sure support is in place for children and families in the coming days in our priority and this includes exploring how we support the provision of free meals too.

For more information on school closures visit york.gov.uk/schoolclosures.

For more details about coronavirus visit york.gov.uk/coronavirus

Bridge cleared after rush hour accident

The three-vehicle collision on Clifton Bridge is now clear.

Police and ambulance crews went to the accident, which was reported at 7.50am. It was described by police as “very minor”.

The scene was clear by 8.35pm.

York crews tackle three fires and one water leak overnight

Photograph: YorkMix

Fire crews from York were called out to four incidents overnight.

At 5.33pm a York crew went to a report of water leaking from a first floor flat in Bootham and into a commercial property below.

They entered the flat through an unlocked window and isolated the leak on a shower unit.

At 9.05pm a Huntington crew put out a fire in a large metal wheelie bin on Huntington Road. It is believed to have been started deliberately by youths.

A few minutes later at 9.14pm, crews from York and Acomb were alerted to a fire in a home on Farrar Street.

It was in the fuse cupboard, and caused fire, heat and smoke damage. Firefighters carried out an inspection and left the incident in the hands of the landlord and Northern Powergrid.

And at 11.07pm a crew from Acomb responded to a smoke alarm going off in a commercial property at Tockwith west of York.

On arrival they discovered a fire in a commercial kiln, which resulted in damage to wooden staging. They put out the fire. The cause is believed to be accidental.

Accident on York bridge causing delays

Reports are coming in of a crash on Clifton Bridge in York.

York Travel tweeted at 7.57am:

  • Reports of a road traffic collision on Clifton Bridge, queuing traffic both ways.

It is understood three vehicles are involved in the collision.

Traffic is building up in the Water End area and people are being asked to take alternative routes.

Police warn fraudsters are exploiting coronavirus to scam money

Fraudsters are exploit coronavirus concerns to con people from their money, North Yorkshire Police has warned.

The force wants people to be aware that these scams are on the rise.

Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified 21 reports of fraud where coronavirus was mentioned in Britain, with victim losses totalling over £800k.

Ten of these reports were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers.

Fraudsters are also sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.

Fraudsters, purporting to be from legitimate organisations affiliated with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organisation (WHO), are contacting potential victims over email.

They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin

Firefighters work with paramedics after two elderly people collapse

Shortly after midnight this morning (Monday) firefighters were called out to assist an ambulance crew to help two elderly people in distress.

A fire crew from Acomb were called out to gain access to a property on Langholme Drive in York to treat the two occupants who had collapsed.

They used specialist tools to enter the house, enabling the medics to treat the couple.

Family of river victim fear he might have been murdered

Dame Judi Dench Walk was sealed off as emergency services recovered Joe Rainham's body. Photograph: Richard McDougall

The family of Joe Rainham, whose body was recovered from the River Ouse in October, have voiced their fears that he might have been murdered.

His brother Brighton and aunt Media have spoken to the York Press about their concerns over how he died.

Joe, a chef from Wilton Rise, was 33 when he died. Family members are convinced that his body was dumped in the river after he had died elsewhere after suffering from foul play.

Media told the Press:

  • If he had suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of the shock from falling into the river, he would have ingested water. Therefore, he must have suffered the arrest previously – unless it happened on the bank and he then fell in.

    But he was fit and healthy, and he hated water and never went near the river.”

They are campaigning for an inquest into his death. The coroner has said a decision about that would be made this week.

Car hits a wall in York

Clifton Green in York. Photograph © Google Street View

A car left a busy junction and hit a wall in York today (Sunday).

It happened on Clifton Green at about 2.30pm.

Police and fire crews from Acomb and York stations attended the crash, which involved only one car.

No one was trapped or injured. But the accident did cause traffic delays for a while.

Shared Earth sales up despite poor weather

Shared Earth on Minster Gates. Photograph © Google Street View

Shared Earth sales are up – despite the challenges of the weather.

According to a report in The Parliamentary Review, the Fair Trade company’s premises in York have been affected by floods caused by the recent storms.

Nevertheless its sales increased by 50 per cent for the 11 months of the year ending March 31 2020, according to Shared Earth managing director, Jeremy Piercy.

He told The Parliamentary Review:

  • This growth follows an average 30 per cent increase in sales every year for the last six years, confirming the huge trend towards eco products in particular and the fast-growing awareness of the climate crisis.

    The big increase in sales this year, when many other gift businesses are struggling, reflects the surge in awareness [of climate change] in the last year alone.

Police disperse youths after anti-social behaviour

Police have called on parents to keep tabs on what their children are doing after anti-social behaviour in Acomb.

The York South Twitter channel revealed that they had issued a ‘direction to disperse’ to youths in Front Street after reports of bad behaviour last night (Tuesday).

Officers tweeted:

  • PARENTS if you believe your children are in the area of Front Street and Foxwood please ring them and ask what they are doing.

    It’s not just our responsibility!

Crews tackle car fire on the A64

Fire crews from Acomb and York were called out last night to a car on fire off the A64.

It happened at about 7.45pm on a slip road leading to the A64 at Copmanthorpe.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire. The cause is believed to be an electrical fault.

Police appeal after man, 22, dies in Sherburn in Elmet collision

Police are appealing for witnesses and dash-cam footage after a 22-year-old man died in a collision near Sherburn-in-Elmet.

It happened on at about 9.15pm on Sunday (1 March) when a red Mini Cooper travelling along Fenton Lane towards Church Fenton, left the road and came to rest in a field.

The driver and sole occupant of the car, a 22-year-old man from the Tadcaster area, sustained serious injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where he sadly died.

Anyone who saw the Mini travelling along Fenton Lane, or saw the vehicle leave the road, including any dash-cam footage, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Traffic Constable Michael Rowan or email Michael.Rowan465@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

Please quote incident number 12200036516 when calling.

Roadworks start on Fishergate and Castle Mills Bridge

Castle Mills Bridge
Five weeks of disruption start today as roadworks are brought in on Castle Mills Bridge.

The bridge will be down to one lane in both directions to allow for the work, which includes repairs and maintenance.

These restrictions are in place around the clock, and are expected to cause delays.

Bus catches fire in York

A bus caught fire on Tadcaster Road in York this morning.

The fire in the engine compartment had spread to the passenger area.

Fire crews from York and Acomb were called out at 9.38am. The fire was out when they arrived, and the driver and passengers were safely off the bus.

Serious accident closes the A19 at York

Photograph: Lewis Clarke on Geograph

Police, fire and ambulance crews are at an accident that has closed the A19 near York.

The crash took place near the Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel on Shipton Road. Reports say an HGV has collided with a car.

Fire crews are using cutting gear to rescue a female passenger.

Police are asking motorists to avoid the area, and buses are being diverted:

Pictures of the river at its peak last night

These pictures showing the River Ouse pretty much at its 4.4m peak yesterday are from photographer about town, the very talented Lewis Outing.

They include an image of the Peckitt Street pump working hard to keep the waters at bay.

The river levels are now set to gradually fall.

Photograph: Lewis Outing
Photograph: Lewis Outing
Photograph: Lewis Outing

Tuesday flooding update – the roads affected

Skeldergate today. Photograph: YorkMix

The river level remains high and is affecting a number of roads in and around York.

As at Tuesday (25 February):

  • Skeldergate is closed.
  • Tower Street is open.
  • A19 at Germany Beck – pumps are in place to deal with any surface water. We expect that the road will continue to stay open.
  • Fordlands Road is closed. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is providing a shuttle service for residents.
  • B1222 Naburn Lane is closed.
  • Main Street, Nether Poppleton is closed.
  • Acaster Lane is closed.
  • Millennium Bridge is closed.
  • Knavesmire Road is closed.

Here are the bus routes affected by the floods

This table, from iTravel York, gives details of which bus routes are affected by floods.

As a guide, at 5pm today (Tuesday, 25 February) the river level was 4.45m.

River level*Roads closedBus routes affectedDiversion
3.55mMain St. (Nether Poppleton)10Dikelands Lane, Ebor Way
3.90mAcaster Lane21Appleton Road
3.90mB1222 Naburn Lane42A19
4.00mSkeldergate3, 3A, 4, 59, ZAPNunnery Lane, Bishopgate St.
4.00mSkeldergate45, 46, X46Rougier St, Station Rd, Nunnery Lane
4.3mFordlands Road25, 26Terminate services on Fulford Main St.
4.80m pA19 Selby Rd7, 18, 36, 42, 415A64, Hull Road
4.80m pTower St.3, 3A, 4, 59, ZAPTerminate at Rail Station
4.80m pTower St.7, 42, 66, 415Piccadilly, Merchantgate
5.45mClifton Green2, 2A, 19, 29, 30, 31XA1237, Boroughbridge Rd.
5.45mA19 Shipton Rd2, 2A, 29, 30, 31XA1237, Boroughbridge Rd.
5.45mSalisbury Road2, 2A, 10, 19, 29, 30, 31XPoppleton Rd.
5.45mHamilton Drive16York Rd.

Here’s the river level – live and updated

This live gauge showing the River Ouse level at Viking Recorder, is from Gauge Map.

It is updated hourly.

Keith Aspden responds to Fordlands Road flooding concerns

Keith Aspden in front of a flooded Fordlands Road. Photograph: York Lib Dems

We reported yesterday on the concerns of residents in Fordlands Road in Fulford, about the flooding they are suffering.

Council leader Keith Aspden – who also happens to be the Liberal Democrat councillor for Fulford and Heslington – has now responded. He said:

  • Residents in Fulford should not have to suffer from the flooding on Fordlands Road and Fordlands Crescent. This is an issue I and many local residents have long been campaigning on.

    Although it’s welcome that volunteers, additional Council staff, pumps and tankers have been deployed today, with Yorkshire Water, the concerns of the local community must be taken on board.

    What is most important here is to ensure flood protection for the wider community, including Fordlands Road, Fordlands Crescent and the A19.

    A flood defence scheme developed in isolation, for example, just to protect the A19, would not be acceptable to the community.

He said having secured £500K from the council, “agencies including the Environment Agency, must now urgently bring forward a plan and consultation.

“It is time to challenge partners to develop a joined up flood plan for Fulford.”

Cllr Aspden has launched a petition calling for just that.

He has also been talking to David Dunning of Minster FM about the situation.

River could peak as high as 4.72m tomorrow

A road underwater off Skeldergate in York on Tuesday. Photograph: YorkMix

In the words of Sir Alex Ferguson, we could be approaching squeaky bum time.

The latest forecast from the Flood Information Service is that the River Ouse could peak at 4.72m.

It is predicted to reach that level at 11pm tonight (Tuesday, 25 February).

City of York Council have consistently said the city’s flood defences will hold water up to 4.8m, so it’s getting close.

Skeldergate remains closed today.

Skeldergate in York

‘Nothing’s been done to help us’

“All this flooding since 2000 – nothing’s been done to help us whatsoever.”

Residents at Fordlands Road in Fulford have been explaining their frustrations to David Dunning of Minster FM.

River levels – Monday gallery

Here are some pictures showing the River Ouse at around 1pm today.

York city centre remains mostly unaffected by the localised flooding, and is very much open for business.

River level is falling in York

It looks like the River Ouse has peaked.

The last recorded level for the river in York was 4.44m at noon today (Monday).

That was a fall from the high at around 6.30am of 4.48m.

The snow and rain has now cleared, and there’s very little rain in the forecast for the next few days.

Monday morning update: River due to peak by 9.30am

Source: The Flood Warning Information Service
The River Ouse has now surpassed its previous 2020 peak and at 8am on Monday was recorded at 4.47m.

It is due to rise for the next hour, with a forecasted peak reached at 9.30am of 4.61m.

That’s very high, but comfortably under the 4.8m required to breach the flood defences.

It is then due to start falling, down to a predicted 4.16m by 7am tomorrow (Tuesday 25 February).

According to the latest Met Office weather forecast, the snow and rain this morning will stop by lunchtime.

The there is little rain in the forecast until the end of the week.

Firefighters wade in to rescue people from car stuck in floodwater

The rescue at Naburn. Photograph: Station Manager Tony Walker on Twitter

Firefighters have rescued two people stuck in a car in floodwater at Naburn.

Station Manager Tony Walker tweeted out pictures of the rescue which took place this afternoon.

Crews from York and Acomb were called to the scene and were more than knee-high in floodwater when they reached
the Volvo near Naburn marina. They brought a man and a woman to dry ground.

He said firefighters responded because the safety and wellbeing of the driver and passenger were at risk.

The flood was clearly signposted.

Mr Walker said: “The driver ignored the obvious sign and visible flooding. We will not recover vehicles! Do not drive through flood water!”

He added that he had offered them some “sound advice”.

‘It’s very hard to keep positive when this keeps happening’

Another business owner struggling to stay positive in the face of the ongoing bad weather is Becky Wensley.

She runs Tower Vue Café on Tower Street, and says trade has been badly hit this half term.

Speaking to David Dunning of Minster FM Becky said:

  • We’re very tired after the week that we’ve had, plus the worry about the river.

    You need to be open because there have been visitors to York. But it’s very hard to keep positive when this keeps happening.

She estimates the café has lost between £1,000 and £1,500 this week. And the cancellation of the Battle Spectacular finale to the Jorvik Viking Festival also hit business.

  • This week is normally one of the busiest weeks we have.

    It always has been because of the Viking Festival… This Saturday and Sunday was supposed to be our main weekend – and it just went flat.

Flood hit businesses in York tell of their anguish

Open for business – Plonkers on Cumberland Street. Photograph: Plonkers Winebar on Facebook
Sunday newspaper The Observer has been reporting in York as part of its flooding coverage.

You can read the full story on the Guardian website here.

But here are a few quotes which shows how difficult these past weeks have been for riverside businesses.

Plonkers owner Leann Williams says that a pump system means the bar is still open during the floods, but people assume it’s closed when they see water at the end of Cumberland Street. She said:

  • I’ve had this business for 30 years, and I have flooded nearly every year.

    I’ve listened to every story and every solution and every promise, and nothing will get done, it just stays the same.

    This street is known as the flooded street, so we’re the one that’s classed as closed. It’s half-term and it’s just awful. It’s horrendous.

    I get really emotional about it because it’s 30 years and I’m at the point now where I’ve had enough, I want out. For 30 years I’ve provided jobs in this city. I’m done, I don’t want to do it any more. It’s heartbreaking.

Dyls Café Bar on Skeldergate Bridge is another on the frontline. Malcolm Dyl has spent about £80,000 on flood barriers and water pumps to keep the business safe, he told the Observer’s Jessica Murray:

  • We’re suffering extremely badly at the moment.

    When the water is up, somebody has to sleep here all night because the electric could cut. If the electric cuts we have to put a generator on – it costs money.

    What if this time it does come up over the barrier? It’s very close to. It will wipe our business out completely.

    Our trade is down by 80% this February compared to last year, so you can imagine our cash flow. Our budget has gone out the window. Everybody I speak to, I just don’t get any help.

York sandwich shop gives away free sausages after Storm Dennis ruins trade

Photograph: Shambles Kitchen
A York sandwich shop is giving away sausage sandwiches to homeless people after the storms ruined trade this week.

Shambles Kitchen says in a Facebook post:

  • We need your help. Storm Dennis has ruined trade this week so we have loads of sausages left.

    Help us get the message out to the homeless or anyone else in York in need of a feed.

You can go down to their stall near Pret in Parliament Street for a free Bratwurst if you’re in need, or it’s £3 for those that can afford to pay to help cover wages and rent.

They’ll be serving till about 4.30pm.

York river level set to surpass last week’s peak

The York flood warnings map on Sunday morning

The latest flood forecasts suggest the River Ouse in York will rise higher than it did last Monday.

On that day it reached a little over 4.4m. But the latest forecast from the Flood Warning Information Service says levels will rise to 4.65m by 7.15am tomorrow (Sunday 24 February).

York’s river defences can hold the water to a level of 4.8m.

As of 8am the recorded level was 4.24m.

There are currently ten flood warnings in and around York:

Saturday evening – River level update

The River Ouse just before 6pm on Saturday, pictured on the Farson Digital Water Cam

The River Ouse is rising, and may reach the levels of last Monday.

You can read our main story about this here.

In York on Saturday evening the river had reached 3.62m. If it does peak at 4.5m or less tomorrow, as expected, the defences should hold.

Four flood warnings are in place right now:

Full details on the Flood Warning Information Service.

Roads affected

  • Clementhorpe has a flood defence closing the road just after the junction with River Street
  • the B1222 in Naburn and Acaster Lane is closed due to flooding
  • Main Street, Nether Poppleton is now open, but may flood again.

Council staff are carrying out additional inspections of the highway and preparing to repair potholes, caused by flood water.

Yellow warnings for rain in York added for Monday

The yellow warnings for rain issued by the Met Office for Monday, 24 February

The Met Office has issued rain warnings covering York this Monday (24 February).

There is already a yellow warning for rain in effect for today (Friday) at midday which runs into tomorrow at 6am.

That has been joined by two yellow warnings for rain on Monday, from midnight to 3pm.

The forecast is likely to raise concerns about the River Ouse rising again, but there is no projection as yet of it getting as high as it was at the start of the week.

The latest flood level forecast runs till 9.15am tomorrow, when it is predicted to rise again to 3.54m.

Here are the latest weather warning and river level forecasts for York

The yellow weather warning for rain from the Met Office for Friday, 21 February

More rain is on the way and the York river levels are expected to rise.

The Met Office has put out yellow weather warnings for the next two days which cover York.

The warning runs from Friday (21 Feb) @ 12pm-Sat (22 Feb) @ 6am, and says: “Persistent rain, heavy over hills, may lead to flooding and travel disruption during Friday and Friday night.”

As of 9am today (Thursday, 20 February) the River Ouse in central York was 3.42m, down a full metre from its peak.

But it is forecast to rise to 3.91m by 7am tomorrow, and the City of York Council are asking residents to keep an eye out for the latest Environment Agency info and alerts.

There are six flood warnings still in place in and around York:

The clean up operation has begun after the floods

Work has begun to clean up after the riverside flooding post-Storm Dennis.

City of York Council’s clean-up operation started yesterday (Wednesday, 19 February), but flood defences are staying firmly in place to continue protecting the city as heavy rain is expected this weekend.

Council leader Keith Aspden said:

  • As our clean-up operation starts, you’ll see our front line teams sweeping and cleaning paths and cycle routes across the city from today. We’ll also be carrying out additional inspections of our roads to repair potholes.

    York remains vibrant and exciting as usual, offering lots of activities and events for residents and visitors over this half-term.

Two drivers clocked at more than 90mph on A64

Photograph: North Yorkshire Police Traffic Bureau on Twitter

Two drivers were clocked travelling at more than 90mph on the A64 last night.

This was in spite of poor driving conditions.

North Yorkshire Police Traffic Bureau posted this picture on Twitter and said:

  • A64 last night and despite the poor weather conditions, two drivers thought it was acceptable to travel in excess of 90mph.

    The risks and stopping distances increase in poor weather. Please Slow Down and Stay Safe.

Bridges to be checked for damage as flood waters recede

Ouse Bridge in York on 17 February. Photograph: YorkMix

Now that the water levels are dropping thoughts are turning to safety and recovery.

YorkMix reader and photographer extraordinaire Anthony Chappel-Ross asked an important question about the state of the bridges in the wake of the flooding.

We’ve asked the question to City of York Council – and the answer is, yes.

This is from James Gilchrist, assistant director for transport, highways and environment:

  • Currently there are no signs of any serious damage as a result of the recent stormy weather.

    However, as is responsible we will be checking our roads and bridges as part of the recovery work, which will take place in the coming days.

Theft from a York taxi – Do you recognise him?

The man police want to talk to
North Yorkshire Police appealing for information after man failed to pay taxi fare

The incident happened on 28 December 2019 between 8am – 9am when a male took a taxi from York Train Station. He travelled to Selby in the taxi, before returning to Riccall Business Park in York. He then left the taxi without paying his fare.

Officers are asking members of the public to get in touch if they recognise the man in the image as they believe he will have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Paul Orange or email paul.orange@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12190236571 when passing on information.

Ten flood warnings remain in place

Even if the immediate danger from major flooding has thankfully receded, ten flood warnings remain in and around York.

They are:

The flood warnings page for York is here.

Video: Flood defences stay in place to protect York

Water levels are dropping, but York’s flood defences are staying firmly in place.

The River Ouse peaked at 4.43m on Monday – the highest it has reached since the 2015 floods – but the defences did their job.

Since then levels have fallen and at noon today (Wednesday, 19 February) it was at 3.7m.

City of York Council continues to work closely with the York and North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, which includes police and fire services as well as North Yorkshire County Council, Met Office and Environment Agency.

Skeldergate reopened today after the waters receded. That follows Fetter Lane, Baille Hill, Knavesmire Road and Fordlands Road reopening.

Leader of the council Keith Aspden said teams were visiting residents in flood-risk areas “to assess their needs and give the latest advice and information and I would like to thank residents for their patience and support as the city deals with storms on consecutive weekends”.

Another York road closed by floodwater

City of York Council says that Knavesmire Road is now closed to traffic by floodwater.

These pictures by David Dunning show the water covering the road.

Knavesmire Road

York firefighters called to car stuck in floodwater

A timely reminder from the fire service.

Some pictures of the river as it peaked today

Looking over to the Kings Arms. Photographs: Richard McDougall

These pictures of the River Ouse were taken today by YorkMix photographer Richard McDougall.

They were taken around the time the river hit its peak. Hopefully it’s all downhill from here.

This high and no higher… Dame Judi Dench Walk shortly before 11am on Monday
The Grand Opera House took precautions but escaped the floodwaters
Woodsmill Quay and the Lowther
The flood barriers do their job

Flood level forecast lowered – ‘We’re really relieved’ says council leader

It looks more and more like York has dodged a bullet.

The latest prediction for the peak level of the River Ouse is 4.6m, below the level that would overcome the city’s defences.

City of York Council leader Keith Aspden said:

  • We were really relieved to hear from the Environment Agency this afternoon the revised prediction for the river level to 4.6m.

    And the city’s defences are 4.8m.

He said the council had done all it could over the weekend to prepare. Now it was time to recognise that the floodwaters are still here, “but also looking to the future in terms of making a case to government and the Environment Agency for more certainty”.

  • With climate change it can’t just be about flood defences to stop the water.

    We’re going to have to look at reducing the amount of water. So for example, work upstream, landscaping, as well as flood defences.

    For the Environment Agency the big challenge is you need to spend the money that you’ve been given by the government. But you also need to help individual householders.

    For too long a lot of this work has been too slow. This is another big reminder about why in cities like York we need to speed up that work.

Four roads remain closed in York

Underlining the fact that York is very much O4B (open for business) is that only four roads are closed by the flooding. They are:

  • Skeldergate
  • B1222 Naburn Lane
  • Main Street, Nether Poppleton
  • Acaster Lane.

Millennium Bridge now inaccessible

The Millennium Bridge is out of bounds for the time being.

At 8.46am Kate Ravilious from the York Cycle Campaign tweeted that it was no longer accessible to pedestrians and cyclists:

That means all of the riverside walking and cycling paths are out of bounds for now. This is from Is it flooded?, the footpath guide created by Richard Lane that we reported on yesterday.

‘If it goes above 4.8m some areas will experience flooding.’

Cllr Paula Widdowson

City of York Council executive member for the environment Cllr Paula Widdowson was on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning.

She told presenter Justin Webb: “The city of York is at the confluence of two rivers. We’re used to flooding – it floods two, three, four times a year in our city.

“We have all of our operations in process. All of the pumps, the flood defences, are all up and running and have been since two or three days before Storm Ciara.

“And the city is well and truly open for business.

“In fact we’ve had significant numbers over the weekend enjoying our Viking Festival.”

He asked her if she was concerned about what happens next.

  • Of course we’re concerned about later today. The Environment Agency are forecasting that the river will get up to 4.8m.

    At 4.8m our defences hold. If it goes above 4.8m there are some areas where we will experience flooding.

    We are very prepared to cope with it. You know the stories from York – and we have learned all of our lessons from York.

    Our operations teams have absolutely worked wonders. They’ve been working 24/7 for nearly ten, 12, days now. And they’ll continue to do so.

Rachael Maskell: ‘The barriers are holding, which is good news’

York Central MP Rachael Maskell at Tower Gardens this morning. Photograph: YorkMix

York Central MP Rachael Maskell was out early this morning looking at the river levels.

She told YorkMix: “We think we’ve got about another half metre for the river to rise through the day.

“But the barriers from what I can see are holding, which is good news.

“People obviously need to keep themselves safe. That river’s incredibly dangerous. It’s contaminated as well. So don’t go near near the river.”

She described this morning as “that moment of anticipation. It’s waiting to see what happens later in the day.”

As regards the River Foss, the Foss Barrier and other defences were working “so people in that catchment should have a sigh of relief today”.

People are very stressed
Ms Maskell has been talking to residents in high-risk areas. “People are very stressed – the anticipation not knowing what’s coming,” she said.

“Some of the communications were a bit lagging – people were out buying pumps and sandbags, and then to find that a barrier appeared at the end of the road. So I think we can learn from some of that.”

She said people were rightly angry that resilience measures had not been put in place, four years after the Boxing Day floods.

  • My job when I go back is to put the pressure on government again. Things like insurance still needs sorting out for leaseholders and businesses.

    And there are other things that need putting in place – not least the upper catchment management, which will really stop the amount of water coming downstream in the first place.

And the MP praised York for working together during a tough week.

“I think the city’s come together incredibly well. The council, the Environment Agency, the police and other agencies working very closely, looking out for vulnerable individuals at this time.

“So I would say it’s been a good operation. And most importantly, the residents themselves, they’ve come out and supported one another and worked together in their communities to make sure everyone else is safe.”

There are currently 10 flood warnings in and around York

An update on the flood warnings. As at 7.55am, the Flood Information Service had issued 10 flood warnings in and around York.

A flood warning means, ‘flooding is expected – immediate action required’.

They are:

There are also six flood alerts – ‘flooding is possible’ – which you can see here.

BBC Breakfast report from city with York Rescue Boat

BBC Breakfast’s Jayne McCubbin has been reporting live from York this morning.

She talked to David Wilson from York Rescue Boat about his team’s readiness to help should the flooding get worse.

He told Jayne:

  • The river’s got another half metre to rise throughout the day.

    We’re concerned for some of the low-lying properties but, all the rest of it, York’s still open for business.

It’s looking hopeful that York will escape major flooding

Sources: Flood Information Service

The latest update issued at 8am by the Flood Information service shows:

  • the River Ouse level in the city centre is at 4.38m
  • it is expected to peak at 4.5m at 10.45am today (Monday, 17 February).

You can see our picture gallery of the river this morning here.

Floods transport latest 2: Bus operators accept each others’ tickets

Photograph: YorkMix

Bus operators in York have teamed up to accept each other’s tickets from Monday (17 February) to help people hit by disruption caused by flooding in and around the city.

The scheme will cover all routes within the York A1237 ring road until Tuesday evening, when it will be reviewed against information and updates from authorities, the Environment Agency and weather forecasters.

The operators are: Arriva Yorkshire, York Pullman, Reliance, Transdev York, Connexions, East Yorkshire Buses and First York.

Speaking on behalf of the York Quality Bus Partnership, MD of First York Marc Bichtemann said:

  • All operators have agreed to this initiative, which is a great example of how we can work together to help customers.

    It is very likely that flooding will affect a number of routes and this is simple and sensible action we can take together to help people deal with adverse conditions on the roads around York.

All ticket types will be accepted including digital products on smartphones and pre-paid smartcards.

“In agreeing to do this all operators are also able to support the huge efforts of our drivers, who often go above and beyond in already difficult conditions,” said Marc Bichtemann.

Floods transport latest 1: The York roads that are closed

According to City of York Council these are the roads affected:

  • Clementhorpe has a flood defence closing the road just after the junction with River Street
  • Peckitt Street is now a dead end due to the defences.
  • The B1222 in Naburn is now closed with signage in place, due to floodwater. The no42 Arriva bus service will now be diverted.
  • Skeldergate has been closed this afternoon (Sunday 16 February) for several hours while the EA deploys additional sandbags to the area. This will reopen as soon as possible
  • Main Street in Nether Poppleton will close this afternoon (Sunday 16 February) due to river flooding. The no10 First bus service will be diverted.
  • Millennium Bridge will be closed as water levels rise, and will be monitored closely

The council added:

  • Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are asked not to enter or travel through flood water.

    We have tankers on standby for any surface water flooding incidents that occur this evening. We cleared several fallen trees yesterday and pumped clear some surface water.

Council update: 4,000 sandbags deployed, York open for business

The council has pumps in place at Tower Gardens, Clementhorpe and Fulford. Photograph: City of York Council on Twitter

City of York Council has issued an update on the flood defence situation in the city.

It reiterates that the Environment Agency says levels on the River Ouse in York are set to peak on Tuesday afternoon (18 February) with current forecasts showing a potential river level of up to 4.8 metres.

These forecast levels may continue to change as the impact of overnight rain makes its way into water channels.

So far the council has:

  • deployed a total of 4,000 sandbags and 200 one tonne sandbags across the city to help protect the most vulnerable properties
  • worked with communities at Naburn to build defences and provided 480 sandbags and 21 one tonne sandbags
  • spoken to residents and built a new defence at Butcher Terrace, Cameron Grove and Terry Street in Clementhorpe
  • Clementhorpe defences have been raised (staffed 24/7 with additional sandbags provided if needed)
  • worked with the communities around Alma Terrace and Holly Street in Fishergate
  • put all flood defences in place and, since Storm Ciara the council has created new flood defences at Bishopthorpe and strengthened the Peckitt Street and Tower Gardens defences (Tower Gardens is being staffed 24/7 with additional sandbags provided if needed)
  • additional pumps and defences have been placed at the A19 and Germany Beck junction.

Council leader Keith Aspden said:

  • We’ll continue to spend the weekend strengthening our flood defences to protect as many homes and businesses as possible.

    York is very much open for business and as we move into half-term week, we’re encouraging everyone to visit our fantastic city, which always has much to offer.

More pictures of York’s flood defences

Rachael Maskell MP inspects the flood defences on Clementhorpe, York. Photograph: Cllr Jonny Crawshaw on Twitter

Cllr Jonny Crawshaw has been out and about around South Bank today.

He took these picture of the flood defences in Butcher Terrace, Clementhorpe and Cameron Grove.

Environment Secretary visits York to assess the flood defences

Environment Secretary George Eustice at the Foss Barrier. Photograph: Defra on Twitter

The new Environment Secretary visited York today (Sunday), to see the efforts being made to minimise flooding.

He met residents, councillors and Environment Agency staff to talk about tackling flooding. He also visited the Foss Barrier, such a key component in York’s defences. The chair of the Environment Agency Emma Howard Boyd accompanied the minister.

Mr Eustice, appointed by Boris Johnson in the last Cabinet reshuffle, also talked to York Central MP Rachael Maskell.

“He came to York to learn about what’s been happening across the city – obviously concerned with Storm Dennis and the impact the flooding’s going to have across the city,” she told Minster FM’s David Dunning.

“We were reflecting what’s happened over four years back to him, and the fact that a lot of the resilience measures we were expecting haven’t been put in place.

“But we obviously praised the Foss Barrier, the fact that it’s working well this evening is good news.”

Ms Maskell said she had arranged a futher meeting with Mr Eustice in Westminster.

Videos: More flood defences arrive

Minster FM head of news David Dunning has been out and about in the city centre.

He’s captured the latest from the front line of York’s flood defences.

Urgent appeal for sandbags to protect RSPCA animal home in York

The RSPCA Animal Home on Landing Lane. Photograph: RSPCAYork / Facebook

The next victim of the floods in York could be the RSPCA Animal Home.

The rescue kennels are next to the River Ouse on Landing Lane. All donations will be warmly welcomed.

If you can help, take sandbags to the home. All the contact details are on the home’s website.

Live flood gauges for the River Ouse and Foss

Here are the live gauges for the Foss and Ouse from the Gauge Map website.

They show the river levels and are automatically updated every hour.

River could peak at 5m

The River Ouse is now being forecasted to peak between 4.8m and 5m.

In a Tweet the Environment Agency said:

  • We are expecting the River Ouse in York to peak around 4.8-5m on Tuesday morning. Floodgates are closed in York and the #FossBarrier is operational.

    We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths and roads near local rivers

Work continues on York flood defences

Work on the flood defences. Photograph: Gwen Swinburn on Twitter

This picture was taken by Gwen Swinburn at about 1.30pm today.

More work is underway to bolster the city centre’s flood defences as the river moves towards a predicted peak of 4.8m on Tuesday morning.

2pm update on York river level

This from the Flood Water Information Service regarding the River Ouse in York city centre:

Latest recorded level 3.64m at 2:00pm Sunday 16 February 2020.

Cycle and footpath guide

Based on people’s experiences shared on Twitter Richard Lane has created a guide to which walking and cycling routes are open and which are closed in York.

Click on the link in the Tweet to see it.

Multi-agency team managing response to Storm Dennis

The response to Storm Dennis in York and North Yorkshire is being managed via the area’s Local Resilience Forum.

Led by North Yorkshire County Council, it also includes North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, City of York Council, Northern Power Grid, the Environment Agency, the Met Office, Mountain Rescue teams and the Coast Guard.

Superintendent Sam Millar of North Yorkshire Police said:

  • By sharing real time information and the latest forecasts and impacts we have helped communities to be prepared and it’s inspiring to see how they have responded. Sandbagging, offers of loans of 4×4 vehicles, contingency planning and community spirit have been evident in many areas.

    We are not out of the woods yet so please continue to help us by looking after yourself, your property and your communities and keeping up to date with the latest information.

    Particularly important is the need to adhere to road closed signage. We are still getting reports that some people are driving past them or removing them.

Drivers urged to stay out of flood water after North Yorkshire rescue

Photograph: North Yorkshire Police

The emergency services are urging drivers not to chance flooded roads.

Several roads in the county remain underwater.

Group manager at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Lee Smith, said:

  • There may be a view that because the rain is easing away the problem is over – that’s not the case and the impact of the rainfall will continue to become apparent over the next hours and days.

    We appeal to the public to continue to stay safe and to heed all warning signs and messaging.

It comes as Tadcaster fire crews were called to an incident at Cattal this afternoon:

Latest forecast puts predicted peak of River Ouse at 4.8m

The Flood Warning Information Service issued an update at 11.45am today (Sunday).

This put the River Ouse level at 3.55m.

And the good news in – the forecasted peak has been reduced. It is now expected to reach its peak on Tuesday morning, at 4.8m – this from Cllr Jonny Crawshaw:

Here’s a Sunday morning update

The levels at 9am. Image: Flood Warning Information Service

Here’s an update of what we know so far about Storm Dennis and the possible impact on York.

City is open
At the moment the flooding is still limited to the river banks.

The city centre is unaffected and open for business with lots of half term activities to enjoy.

River Ouse levels to rise
City of York Council set out an update on Saturday night to say that the heavy rainfall had caused the Ouse to start rising again.

This means:

  • a potential river level of up to 5.2m
  • a worst-case level of 5.4m – matching the all-time record of November 2000
  • the Ouse is expected to peak on Monday evening (17 February)
  • as at 9am on Sunday the river was at 3.42m.

The council has deployed more than 1,000 sandbags and is focusing this morning on the highest risk properties in Naburn, Clementhorpe, Fishergate and Bishopthorpe.

Updated weather warnings
There’s an updated yellow warning for wind for Yorkshire and Humber, from 10am today (Sunday) to 11am tomorrow. Gusts of 50-60mph are likely.

An amber warning for rain remains in force over York till 3pm today. The forecast is for a largely dry afternoon between 2pm and 6pm, with some showers in the evening.

9.30pm update: River could peak at 5.4m

The council issued an update shortly before 9.30pm this evening.

It said:

The Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed levels on the river Ouse in York are forecast to be close to the levels in 2000. Current forecasts from the EA are showing a potential river level of up to 5.2metres and a worst case level of a potential 5.4metres.

The EA expects the river to peak on the evening of Monday 17 February. Conditions remain unsettled with further rain forecast over the next 48 hours which could result in changes to the levels and peak timings. The Environment Agency river forecasters will continue to monitor the situation 24/7 and provide further updates.

You can read our full story here.

Video: Floodwaters cut off Cawood Road

Here’s one road that is impassable – the video was taken by York Dweller @jbrownridge on Twitter and posted shortly before 6pm on Saturday (15 February).

There’s signage in place about 50m before this stretch.

According to North Yorkshire County Council: Cawood Road is closed Stillingfleet (at crossroads of Church Hill, Stillingfleet) to Cawood Bridge and also from Mount Pleasant Farm to Kellfield.

You can see the full list of the county’s road closures here.

The River Ouse is rising

Confirmation that the River Ouse is on the rise:

Video: The river’s high but the city centre is fine

Minster FM news editor David Dunning is out and about in York city centre this afternoon.

His video shows that the River Ouse is certainly high but contained. The rest of the city is fine, if a little wet and blustery.

Council workers are shoring up York’s defences

York council workers shoring up York's defences. Photograph: Gwen Swinburn on Twitter

Here are some of the City of York Council frontline team working to make sure York’s defences are ready for Storm Dennis.

The pictures come from Gwen Swinburn on Twitter.

They show Lee, Mark and Dave working on Tower Street on Saturday lunchtime.

Photograph: Gwen Swinburn on Twitter

MP tells national radio ‘York still doesn’t have the flood defences it needs’

York MP takes to the national airways to berate city flood defences

York Central MP Rachael Maskell was on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning talking about the city’s flood defences, four years after the Boxing Day floods.

She told the programme:

  • Four years on, we still don’t have the defences our city needs. That’s unacceptable.

    We haven’t seen the government putting the upper catchment management in place, slowing the flow of the river.

    I have already challenged the government last week after Storm Ciara about their failure to address those areas which flood.

Met Office issues new yellow warning for wind affecting York

The Met Office weather warnings map issued 15 February

The Met Office issued an updated weather alert at 10.19am which affects York.

The update is to the existing yellow weather warning for wind in the area, running from 10am on Sunday and noon on Monday.

It is in addition to the amber warning for rain in our area.

The update reads:

Storm Dennis will bring some very strong winds and transport disruption during Sunday and into Monday morning.

What to expect

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
  • Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
  • It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves

Rail services affected

Here’s the latest from the rail companies in our area:

Speed restrictions will be in place across the network on both days. As a result, extended journey times, short-notice delays and cancellations are expected.

LNER expect services to be extremely busy throughout the weekend, so they are encouraging customers with LNER tickets dated for travel on Saturday 15th February or Sunday 16th February, to defer travel to Monday 17th February where possible. Please travel as close to the original time as stated on your ticket.

Details of cancelled services can be found here.

Grand Central
A normal service is expected to run this weekend, however some trains may experience delays due to the forecast weather conditions.

Disruption is expected across much of the Northern rail network this weekend as Storm Dennis is set to arrive on Saturday afternoon. Northern customers are asked to check before travelling and to allow extra time for journeys this weekend. From 17:00 today until 10:00 tomorrow the line between Hebden Bridge and Rochdale will be closed. Customers are advised NOT TO TRAVEL on this route. More here.

TransPennine Express
If you are planning to use the rail network this weekend, we strongly advise that all customers check the status of your service before travelling and be prepared for delays. Full details here.

Current flood warnings and alerts

The two flood warnings in place on the morning of 15 February. Image: Flood Warning Information Service

There are currently two flood warnings and four flood alerts around York.

Flood warnings (flooding is expected – be prepared):

  • River Ouse at Naburn Lock (7.44am): “Further rain associated with Storm Dennis is forecast on Saturday and Sunday 16.2.20 which will cause levels to rise again. Access roads into Naburn are affected. We are closely monitoring the situation and our Area Incident Room is open. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.”
  • River Ouse at York – riverside properties (7.48am): “Floodgates are closed in York and the Foss Barrier is operational. We are closely monitoring the situation and our Area Incident Room is open. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.”

Flood alerts (flooding is possible – be prepared):

York City game is OFF

Bootham Crescent. Photograph: YorkMix

Today’s game at Bootham Crescent has been called off.

York City FC announced on social media this morning that the 3pm fixture with Hereford FC was being postponed due to Storm Dennis.

The decision was taken after the club reviewed league guidance and was taken with “travelling supporters’ and players’ safety in mind”.

It does mean that Bootham Crescent is likely to host one more ‘final’ game under the floodlights.

Here’s some reaction:

The rain is here and atmosphere pressure is dropping

Here we go again…

Pressure is dropping fast and the rain is coming down – Storm Dennis is in town.

We’ll keep updating this blog with news from in and around York.

Here are some weather updates to start us off…

Motorbike caught fire outside house in York

Firefighters were called to a motorbike fire early today (Friday, 14 February).

Crews from York and Acomb were called out at 2.05am to the vehicle outside a house in York.

They extinguished using knapsack sprayers and buckets of water.

Level crossing barrier gets stuck

A level crossing barrier in York got stuck in the down position this morning, causing delays for motorists.

Both the Reliance and First York bus companies reported the problem with Millfield Lane automatic level crossing in Poppleton, at about 8.30am this morning (Tuesday).

It was reopened by 10.20am.

The River Ouse is due to peak early on Tuesday

The River Ouse on Monday. Photograph: Richard McDougall

The River Ouse is set to peak tomorrow (Tuesday), below its all time high.

According to York Central MP Rachael Maskell, the Ouse now expected to peak at 5am to the level of 4.2m.

She tweeted that this is the level it reached in early December 2015 with Storm Desmond. The one that brought the devastating Boxing Day floods that year was Storm Eva.

Graphic: Flood Warning Information Service

Her tweet at 2.19pm came shortly after this graphic from the Flood Warning Information Service, suggesting a peak at 5.45am of 4.42m.

Ms Maskell wrote: “The incident room at the Environment Agency is open. I thank the staff for their hard work over the weekend.”

Large tree in Acomb felled by Storm Ciara

The tree down on Acomb Green. Photographs: Gavin Aitchison

Here’s another victim of Storm Ciara.

The high winds have felled a large mature tree on Acomb Green.

The tree, thought to be an oak, was photographed by Gavin Aitchison this morning (Monday).

Travel disruption continues – trains cancelled, buses diverted

The weather is still causing transport disruption today.

It is causing problems on the trains, with a number of cancellations. Here’s where you can find the latest:

Grand Central says all there services are running, but are likely to be packed:

First York have a diversion on the no 10 route:

But Skeldergate is open, although this may change:

A round-up of the latest news is now live

Bright sunshine on Shambles right now, but it is pretty gusty and more rain is forecast.

On the main news site we have posted an update on the impact of the inclement weather today, which has closed Shambles Market among other places.

It also has links to all the flood warnings for York at the moment.

Sandbags deployed in three York locations as rivers set to rise to the highest levels since the 2015 floods

Photograph © Canislupus / Pixabay

More on York readying its flood defences, first mentioned at 4.55pm.

City of York Council has issued a statement outlining the latest safety measures in the light of rising river levels.

“With river levels predicted to rise to the highest levels seen since the 2015 floods, the council has been putting in defences to protect those areas most affected,” it says.

That means putting sandbags in place at:

  • Clementhorpe
  • Tower Gardens
  • and Tower Place, which also gets a pump to clear water.

Flood boards have been installed at Peckitt Street.

Further measures like the closure of St George’s Field car park and Rowntree Park are likely to happen in the early hours of tomorrow, although plans will be revised if the forecasts change.

The River Ouse in York tonight. Photograph: Farson Digital Watercams
Councillor Paula Widdowson, executive member for climate change, said:

  • We’re expecting the river to reach high levels tomorrow afternoon, so a flood warning is now just a matter of when rather than if.

    As a city, we’ve spent a lot of time and effort preparing for flood risk so we can protect people and property so, by and large, we should be able to get on with daily life.

    We’re putting place the local and citywide flood defences, and any residents or businesses at risk of flooding should also put their own flood plans in place.

    It’ll be business as usual for York tomorrow, just take extra care on the roads and remember that riverside paths and cycle ways are likely to be affected as river levels rise.

Two useful websites – the council’s flood advice page, and the national flood warnings site.

Flood alert issued for River Foss catchment

Image: Environment Agency

Unsurprisingly, we have more flood alerts from the Environment Agency.

It issued an alert for the River Foss catchment at 6.46pm.

The agency said:

  • River levels have risen and are likely to remain high overnight. Avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses.

    We are monitoring the situation closely.

There are now five flood alerts around York, concerning:

York readies its defences as flood alert issued for River Ouse

Sandbags out at the entrance to Tower Gardens in York. Photograph: jaynetheunicorn on Twitter

A flood alert has this afternoon (Sunday) been issued for the upper River Ouse.

And City of York Council says it is ready with its flood defence plan.

The flood alert was issued by the Environment Agency at 4.40pm, after the heavy rain brought by Storm Ciara. It says:

  • There has been widespread heavy rain accompanied by high winds throughout Sunday 09/02/2020, and we expect further patchy rainfall throughout the coming week. River levels are rising and are currently 1.8m at York Viking recorder and rising.

    We expect levels to rise above 4.5m mid-afternoon tomorrow Monday 10/02/20 and remain high into next week along the River Ouse catchment.

    Avoid using low lying footpaths near local water courses. We are monitoring the situation closely and expect to operate the Foss barrier.

City of York Council tweeted out: “With all this water around from #StormCiara, river levels are rising.

“We’re working with partners to monitor our rivers, and are ready to put in place our flood defence plans to protect our communities as the needs arise.”

More updates from around the city and beyond

Here are some more of the impacts of Storm Ciara near us, which has closed everything from cycle paths to museums and made driving treacherous. The worst of it appears to be in Pateley Bridge which has a severe flood warning.

Car hit by falling tree in York

The aftermath of the fallen tree in St Hilda's Mews, Tang Hall. Photographs: Kelly Maughan

These pictures show how a falling tree caused serious problems on a street in Tang Hall, York, earlier today.

The tree, brought down by Storm Ciara, hit a car on St Hilda’s Mews.

It struck a white Nissan Juke, causing damage to its roof and door. The car was being driven at the time. A witness said the driver was shocked but appeared otherwise unhurt, but had to be checked out by medics.

The tree blocked the road for some time but it has now been cleared away and the road is passable again.

Thanks to reader Kelly Maughan for the photos.

Fallen tree cleared from Stockton Lane

A council worker clears the tree that was blocking Stockton Lane. Photograph: YorkMix

You can now get through on Stockton Lane.

A tree had fallen close to the mini-roundabout near the stray and was all but blocking the road.

But a City of York Council worker has done a great job of cutting back the tree and clearing the road.

Videos: It’s a bit blowy out

This from York Twitter user Martin Hetherington:

And this from Ian at Money Alive:

Meanwhile the York Press‘s Daniel Willers is braving the city centre:

As Minster FM’s Ben Fry is seeing his garden transformed:

Fallen tree blocks Stockton Lane

A fallen tree is causing problems on Stockton Lane in York.

It was reported by Coastliner buses at 11.42am. The service is being diverted.

According to Twitter user Genius & Me it is blocking three quarters of the road.

Fulford Road closed due to flooding

Flooding has closed a key York road.

Fulford road is impassable at Germany Beck at the moment. Buses are being diverted.

Storm Ciara: Emergency services inundated by calls

Flooding on the A684 near Hawes. Photograph: Thomas Beresford on Twitter

Gale force winds and torrential rain are battering North Yorkshire today as Storm Ciara hits our neck of the woods.

North Yorkshire Police say their Force Control Room is being inundated with calls.

There is widespread flooding, particularly in the Skipton and Craven areas, trees are blocking roads and it’s generally not particularly safe out there.

North Yorkshire Police say:

  • No corner of the county has escaped today’s bad weather, and our Force Control Room and frontline officers have dealt with a large range and high volume of weather-related incidents.

    We’re working closely with other organisations including North Yorkshire’s Highways team to keep routes as clear as possible and divert motorists if absolutely necessary.

You can read the full story here.

We’ll keep updating our live blog with any news from York and around.

Serious accident in York city centre

Library photograph: jf01350 on Flickr

Several roads have been closed in the city centre this morning (Sunday) following what police are describing as a serious accident.

Road closures are in place on Station Road, Lendal Bridge & Rougier Street.

Traffic can turn left out the rail station to access Leeman Rd only.

North Yorkshire Police first tweeted about the accident at 5.18am.

The closures will be in place until around 9am – please find alternative routes.

Two cyclists taken to hospital after serious accident near Strensall barracks

Strensall Road near the barracks. Photograph © Google Street View

Two cyclists have been taken to hospital after an accident on Strensall Road this morning (Saturday).

They were in collision with a car near to the army barracks. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called to the scene. It took a male casualty to hospital, and a woman was taken to hospital by road ambulance.

The road is closed as investigations continue.

Bus services have set up diversions.

Burst water main is causing queuing traffic in York

A burst water main is causing disruption at a busy York junction.

There’s standing water on the Eboracum Way/James Street junction, and the traffic lights are out.

Temporary lights are in place, but queues are building up. Probably best to avoid for the time being.

Power cut hits York city centre shops

York shops have been hit by a power cut this morning (Thursday).

The electricity went off at 10.34am to properties in the postcode YO1 8SE – which includes Parliament Street.

A Northern Powergrid spokeswoman told YorkMix:

  • We have a fault on our network which is currently affecting three shops in the centre of York.

    We have an engineer on site who is liaising with our customers and working to restore supplies.

    Our current estimated time for restoring power is 12.30pm.

    We thank the stores and shoppers for their patience.

The Grand Opera House also reported an outage this morning:

York mental health champions mark Time to Talk Day

Cllr Carol Runciman met the Time to Change champions this morning as they were preparing to take to the streets. Photograph: City of York Council

It’s Time to Talk Day (Thursday, 6 February) and York’s mental health champions are out and about.

Throughout the day, the champions will be visiting cafés, restaurants, bars, community organisations and venues across the city to talk about Time to Change. They have been delivering coasters and spreading the word about the support available in York.

Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how people think and act about mental health problems and aim to tackle the stigma around mental health.

City of York Council is supporting a local Time to Change hub in the city to help raise awareness of and challenge stigma around mental health.

Time to Change York coordinator Emma Williams said:

  • No one should feel ashamed to talk about their mental health.

    We all have mental health and as Time to Change community champions in York, we use our personal experiences of mental ill health to have conversations with residents and visitors of York to help dispel myths and to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

    There are no ‘entry requirements’ or a need to have a formal diagnosis of a mental health condition to be a Champion. Anyone with a lived experience of mental illness can get involved!

To find out how, contact timetochange@yorkcvs.org.uk.

Gun salute and parade in York today to mark Queen’s 68 years on the throne

Lots of military pomp and pageantry in York today (Thursday), to mark the Queen’s accession to the throne.

The British Army will sound a 21-gun salute in Museum Gardens at noon today, after a parade through the city with the band from Catterick garrison.

Here are the timings if you want to go along:

10:45am – band starts to march through streets
11:30am – band marches into Museum Gardens
11:40am – guests arrive at Yorkshire Museum
12:00pm – Royal Salute
12:05pm – National Anthem
12:20pm – guests depart while band continues playing
12:30pm – event finishes.

Here’s a flavour of what to expect, from the last gun salute to mark the Prince of Wales’ birthday…

Firefighters prevent chip pan fire in York

Fire crews managed to avert a chip pan fire in York overnight.

Crews were called out to Bishopthorpe Road at 6.16pm on Wednesday (February 5) to help a man who’d locked himself out of the flat with the pan heating on the stove.

Firefighters got into the flat using a door enforcer and took the pan off the hob before fire broke out .

The fire service was called out to these other incidents:

7.19pm – Gale Lane: helped police and council officials get into a property so paramedics could treat a collapsed resident.

7.57pm – Hamilton Drive East: again, Acomb firefighters gained entrance to a property so an ambulance crew could treat someone inside.

9.56pm – Holgate Road: Fire crews from York, Acomb and Huntington responded to a report of a fire in the oven of a flat. The fire was out when they arrived and they ventilated the flat of smoke with a fan.

Police appeal: House burglary on Earswick Chase

Earswick Chase, York. Photograph © Google Street View

A house on Earswick Chase was broken into in York between Saturday 25 January and Friday 31 January.

The offenders gained access at the rear of the property where the patio door was smashed setting off the alarm.

Items taken included a Moncler navy blue padded outdoor jacket worth £700, a Moncler navy blue hooded jacket with soft padding inside and a white zip up the middle worth £600, and a Canadian Goose grey bomber-style outdoor jacket with grey hood and black trim on the cuffs worth £550.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Lucy Watson, and quote reference number 12200018072.

Hawkin’s Bazaar has now closed

Now gone: Hawkins Bazaar. Photograph: Gavin Aitchison

Hawkin’s Bazaar on High Ousegate has now closed.

We reported last month that the store, which sells gifts, novelties and toys, was closing down.

It shut up shop over the weekend. The Norwich-based chain was the latest retailer to enter insolvency after struggling to make the High Street pay.

Update on the Strensall incident

Here’s an update on the police incident at Strensall yesterday.

A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police attended an address in Strensall on Friday morning in response to a large volume of inappropriate 999 calls.

“On arrival, officers became concerned for the safety of a man at the premises who was indicating he wanted to harm himself.

“The man was arrested on suspicion of making nuisance calls to the police and was taken into police custody.”

Four police vans involved in ongoing incident in Strensall

A police van in Strensall this morning. The house in the picture is not connected with the incident

Four police vans have been involved in an ongoing incident in Strensall today.

The police teams were in the Westpit Lane area of Strensall at about 10am this morning.

Witnesses said four vans were involved in the operation.

Our picture shows one of the vans which was involved, but the house in the picture was not connected to the incident.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “This is an ongoing incident regarding concerns for the safety and welfare of an individual.”


Car gutted by fire on the A64

Firefighters were called out to a car fire last night (Thursday).

A fire crew from York took the call at 6.34pm to the incident just off the A64 near Askham Bar.

Both the driver and passenger were safely out of the car.

Crews put out the fire but said the vehicle was “heavily fire damaged”.


Knife-wielding robber scared off by staff at York newsagent

Holgate Bridge newsagents on Holgate Road, York. Photograph © Google Street View

Police are investigating an attempted robbery at a York newsagent today.

This is what a North Yorkshire Police spokesman said:

  • We are investigating reports of an attempted robbery at Holgate Bridge newsagents on Holgate Road at around 1.50pm today and officers are still at the scene.

According to an interview with the shop manager in the York Press, a man came in with a knife and threatened people in the shop.

But he was scared away by a male employee at the store.

The shop closed for a couple of hours but has now reopened. The member of staff has gone home to recover.

Snow falling in North Yorkshire – police issue warning to motorists

Craven on Tuesday morning. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police Traffic Bureau on Twitter

This is how it’s looking in the Craven area this morning (Tuesday).

The picture shows the A59 at Kex Gill where heavy snow is making driving dangerous. North Yorkshire Police are warning motorists that affected roads are becoming icy, and urge everyone to slow down.

Further afield, snow over the Pennines is causing slow traffic on the M62. Take care people.

Police issue CCTV after series of shop thefts in York

The people police want to speak to

Police have issued CCTV of a man and woman they would like to speak to following a series of shop thefts in York.

The first happened at the Co-Op Regents Building on York Road, Acomb, on Sunday 22 December.

This was followed by further thefts on 13 January at the BP Garage on Lawrence Street when a large quantify of meat was stolen.

Officers are asking members of the public to get in touch if they recognise the people in the images as they believe they will have information that will help the investigation.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for PC 536 Webster or email 000536@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12190233647 when passing on information.

Two car accident in York – Emergency services at the scene

The scene at the accident. Photograph: Kez Smith on Twitter

This is the scene in York at rush hour this evening (Friday, 24 January).

A two-vehicle accident – described as ‘serious’ by First York – has happened at the junction of Beckfield Lane and Boroughbridge Road.

Emergency services are at the scene.

The picture was tweeted out by Kez Smith at 5.17pm. He said traffic was building in the area.

More as we get it.

New pictures of the crane working on York Guildhall

The crane at York Guildhall. Photographs: YorkMix

This will become a familiar sight over the coming weeks.

But the large crane working on York’s Guilhall restoration looks particularly striking against the blue sky of a winter’s afternoon.

The crane will be here for the best part of the year as the renovations and rebuilding continue.

New improved cycle and footpath opens in York

Walking and cycling the Burnholme link are (left to right) Cllr Darryl Smalley, Duncan McIntyre (member of the council's iTravel team), Cllr Andy D'Agorne, Alice Thatcher and Angela Blackwood (members of the council's iTravel team)

An improved path open 24/7 for cyclists and pedestrians has been formally opened today (Wednesday, 22 January) at Burnholme.

The path, called the Burnholme Link, connects the city centre to Stockton Lane, Malton Road, Osbaldwick and the countryside beyond.

It has had new lighting and partial resurfacing and pedestrians and cyclists will be able to share the path which will be open all day and year round.

The path’s new lights have been installed by Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust which built the neighbouring development of Derwenthorpe.

The new path now connects that community’s residents to the Burnholme hub with its new sports centre, the vibrant community hub and library and its open spaces.

The path used to be gated for the benefit of students of the former Burnholme school and, since construction work began on the Derwenthorpe site, it was closed completely for safety reasons. Now work to improve the Burnholme sports pitches and to create the new Burnhome Sport Centre has completed, the path is safe to reopen permanently.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of City of York Council and Executive Member for Transport, said: “I’m very pleased to see this sustainable connection which makes it even easier for people to walk or cycle to the fantastic facilities at Burnholme.”

Raw sewage pours onto York road

Leeman Road is flooded, in this picture by York councillor Kallum Taylor on Twitter

Yorkshire Water are investigating after a main York road was flooded with what is said to be raw sewage.

Leeman Road has been affected, and drivers are asked to drive with care through the water.

According to Holgate ward councillor Kallum Tayor, the leak originates near the Siemens site.

He described it as “a serious health and safety risk”.

Yorkshire Water has told Minster FM that they are investigating.

They said:

  • We were made aware of sewage in Leeman Road in York late this morning with a team sent to the site as quickly as possible.

    The team jetted a number of sewers in the area and found no blockages.

    They also inspected the road gullies which were blocked with silt and could be causing the issue.

    The council are going to attend to unblock the gullies.

Gordon Brown dismisses York House of Lords proposal

Gordon Brown has waded into the debate about relocating the House of Lords in York.

The former Prime Minister has told the present one that the change would be ‘cosmetic’ and that more radical reform was needed.

Speaking at a Westminster event organised by the group Hope Not Hate on Monday (20 January) Mr Brown said:

  • Boris Johnson yesterday started floating proposals to move the House of Lords from London to York or Birmingham, or Leeds.

    He started floating proposals to rotate members of parliament, moving around the country. But I tell you, cosmetic changes will not make the difference that is needed…

    And Labour should be leading this debate about what we do in the future

School closed due to boiler failure

A school at a village near York is closed today (Monday) due to a faulty boiler.

It’s St Mary’s CE Primary School in Askham Richard.

Samaritans are at York Station for ‘Brew Monday’

Samaritans are at York Station for ‘Brew Monday’

Today (Monday) gets a lot of headlines for supposedly being ‘Blue Monday’ – the most depressing day of the year.

There’s not a lot of scientific evidence to back this up, but it’s almost a self-fulfilling prophecy with so many headlines about people being down and stressed.

The Samaritans have come up with a great response. They are reclaiming the day as Brew Monday.

And they have teamed up with LNER which means volunteers will be on hand at their railway stations for a cuppa and a chat, including York.

They are even giving away free teabags.

Firefighters called out to Shambles

A fire crew at the King's Square end of Shambles. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Firefighters have been called out to Shambles this morning.

Two crews arrived at opposite ends of the famous street after receiving a call at about 10.50am.

They were responding to an automatic fire alarm.

Firefighters check out the shop

Thankfully there was no sign of any smoke or flames on the street. Firefighters went in to do an inspection of Ye Olde Pie & Sausage Shoppe.

It proved to be a false alarm, and after the all-clear the firefighters left Shambles to the tourists and shoppers.

Today’s York Apprenticeship Taster Day

Today’s York Apprenticeship Taster Day

More than 40 Year 11 students from York schools will get a taste of life as apprentices today at York’s second Apprenticeship Taster Day.

The event gives 15 and 16 year olds from across the city the chance to get hands on experience in taking up an apprenticeship in a variety of sectors including engineering, data science, cheffing, hairdressing, technical and trade construction, accountancy, transport and early years.

Employers taking part in the taster event include Askham Bryan Childcare Centre, City of York Council, Dean Court Hotel, Garbutt & Elliott, Little Green Rascals, Network Rail, Portakabin, Priory Street Nursery and Bang Hairdressing.

For more information, or to find out how to be involved next year, contact the York Apprenticeship Hub on york.apprenticeships@york.gov.uk or 01904 553732. You can also visit the York Apprenticeships page on Facebook.

More on yesterday’s river call out

We reported last night that the emergency services were called out to a potential river rescue in York.

North Yorkshire Police have got back to us to say the operation was in response to a distressed woman on a bridge over the River Foss, at 4.15pm on 14 January.

The force spokeswoman said: “The police and fire service attended the incident and the woman was taken to a place of safety.”

Cyclist hurt in hit-and-run accident

Popworld on Micklegate. Photograph © Google Street View

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision between a vehicle and a bicycle in York.

The driver left the scene in an unknown vehicle after the incident on the Micklegate junction next to Popworld on Saturday 21 December at around 7pm.

The cyclist suffered bruising to both legs however, luckily escaped without serious injury.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said:

  • We are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances around the incident, in particular information about the vehicle involved which also failed to stop at the scene after the incident.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12190234496. You can also email Joshua.Tulip@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Rachael Maskell reveals who she is backing for Labour leader – and why

Rachael Maskell in the House of Commons

Rachael Maskell has backed Emily Thornberry for the Labour leadership.

The York Central MP, recently promoted to be shadow employment rights secretary by outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn, lent her support to Emily Thornberry.

The shadow foreign secretary was short of the 22 nominations required to make it through to the last stage of the contest until shortly before the 2.30pm deadline, but finally managed to secure 23 – with Ms Maskell’s help.

The MP tweeted:

Emily Thornberry joins Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Jess Phillips in the race for Labour leader.

Police and firefighters called out to help in river rescue

Emergency services have been involved in a river rescue this evening.

They were called to the River Foss in York.

There aren’t many details, but York Fire Station manager Bob Hoskins tweeted:

Theatre boss to talk all things panto on the radio

York Theatre Royal. Photograph: De Matos Ryan

If you’ve been following the story about the end of the York Theatre Royal panto as we know it, we’re going to hear from the man at the centre of the storm this lunchtime.

Executive director of the theatre Tom Bird is going on BBC Radio York after 2pm to make his first public statement about the plans.

We’re told that Tom is not announcing next year’s pantomime – that’s still scheduled for early February – but he will be talking about the current situation, about the next pantomime, and the situation with the actors.

You can listen online here.

Work beginning on the Guildhall refurb – pix

Photographs: Richard McDougall

These photographs by YorkMix photographer Richard McDougall show the early work underway on Queen’s Staith as part of the big Guildhall refurbishment.

Cranes and other infastructure are in place on the riverside.

Next week we’ll see the arrival of the crawler crane on pontoons, across the river on to the Guildhall site, which will happen next week.

Barges will deliver all the steelwork for the construction and the precast concrete floor slabs that would be near impossible to deliver by road to the Guildhall.

The £20 million renovation will turn the historic site into office space and conference rooms – while part of the south range is also being rebuilt to provide a cafe and a new riverside restaurant will be created on the north side of the site.

Reports coming in of a cash machine raid in York

The petrol station at Great North Way, York. Photograph © Google Street View

Reports are coming in this morning of a raid on a cash machine at a York petrol station.

Readers have contacted YorkMix to say that the ATM has been attacked at the Co-operative petrol station, on Great North Way, Nether Poppleton.

One witness said: “I was driving past at half six this morning and the police had it cordoned off.”

We have contacted North Yorkshire Police and will update the full story when they come back to us.

10.06 am update
We now have official details of the crime here:


Jane McDonald calls in to the York Roast Co for a cuppa

David Dawson, manager of York Roast Co on Low Petergate, with Jane McDonald

Jane McDonald continued to film in York for her Channel 5 travel show today.

Among other things the singer and presenter did a piece to camera on Shambles.

And she called in to the York Roast Co on Low Petergate.

Owner of the business – home to the famous YorkyPud – Wayne Chadwick said she was due to film at their place on Wednesday:

  • Jane was filming in York for her latest series of Holidaying With Jane McDonald.

    She was ill yesterday and they fell behind on filming. They were wanting to include us today but could only manage to catch up from yesterday.

    They called in to see us to apologise and had a cuppa at our store.

You can read about her visit to Stonegate Teddy Bears here.

York’s adult learning service rated ‘good’

York’s adult learning service – York Learning – has been rated ‘good’ by independent inspectors Ofsted, City of York Council has revealed.

The service currently providers education and training for over 5,000 local residents, many of whom study courses in English, maths, ICT or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The inspectors praised the welcoming atmosphere created by course tutors and the high-quality curriculum which focuses on improving learners’ knowledge and skills.

They also highlighted how much learners enjoy their programmes and develop their confidence and resilience as a result.

Areas for improvement included setting clear goals for learners on community learning courses and ensuring that changes in the teaching and assessment of maths lead to improvements in apprentices’ ability to pass their exams.

York City raise concerns over parking at new stadium

Dave Penney and Ian McAndrew at the fans forum. Photograph: @YorkCityFC on Twitter

It was the York City FC fans forum last night – and one of the concerns raised was the number of parking spaces on match days.

The club live tweeted some of the exchanges. And when asked about parking provision, the club’s sporting director Dave Penney told fans at the Haxby Sports Bar:

  • To get the stadium developed there had to be a travel plan in place.

    The idea was to get as many people walking, cycling and park and riding to the ground.

    We have 400 car parking spaces to sell as a club.

    We have tried from the very early days – we said there’s not enough parking spaces, we have said that time and time again, but that’s the green travel plan [set by York City Council].

The forum also heard that there is no set date for the move to the LNER Community Stadium. But when it happens it will increase the ‘income generation opportunities’ for the club, said stadium development director Ian McAndrew.

Strensall road reopened

Further to our update earlier, The Village in Strensall has reopened.

This followed emergency work to fix a burst water main.

Merry-go-round gets taken down

The end of spin… the carousel is dismantled. Photograph: YorkMix

Another sign that the holiday season is well and truly behind us… York’s merry-go-round is being taken down today.

The carousel took over King’s Square throughout the Christmas period. During that time it took countless children (and a fair few adults) for a spin.

It was even used as a backdrop for the romcom Let There Be Love, which was filmed in the city before Christmas.

Not everyone was happy with the carousel arrangement. Street entertainers noted that it meant they would be unable to perform in the square for the whole of the holiday period.

They can now reclaim the space – but of course the festive holidaymakers have long since gone.

Investigation into damage on York city walls

Under investigation – the walls from Station Rise to Lendal Bridge. Photograph: Joe Park

Following our post yesterday about part of the York city walls being closed, local democracy reporter Chloe Laversuch has been doing some more digging.

She reports:

Part of the city walls between Lendal Bridge and Station Rise is closed for an investigation into damage.

A spokesman for City of York Council says a team is looking into an area where the 1960s cladding is flaking away.

They will then be able to decide what repairs need to take place.

The council continuously monitors the condition of the historic walls.

The stretch between Station Rise and Lendal Bridge will be closed for structural inspections until Friday.

Photograph: YorkMix

Main road could be closed in Strensall until Sunday to fix burst water main

The Village, Strensall. Photograph © Google Street View

We reported on the blog yesterday that a water main burst was causing traffic problems in Strensall.

The work to fix the problem is now underway, and could last till Sunday.

Traffic is barred from The Village between numbers 64 and 100 to allow for repairs to take place.

A diversion is in place. According to the council notice, the restrictions will last until “2400hrs on the 12th day of January 2020 or when the works have been completed, whichever is earlier”.

Man arrested after police pursuit ends in like this near York

Photograph: Sgt Paul Cording on Twitter

Last night North Yorkshire Police were involved in the pursuit of a dangerous driver which finished like this near York.

Sgt Paul Cording revealed on his Twitter account that he was alerted by Durham Police to a driver wanted for an offence.

Sgt Cording said the drive “clearly didn’t want to stop and drove dangerously from the A1M to York when he was prevented from going any further”.

The car was stopped on Station Road in Upper Poppleton using what police call “tactical pursuit and containment” tactics.

The driver was arrested for taking without consent, dangerous driving, failing to stop, affray and trespassing on a railway “to name but a few”.

Sgt Cording said his car was damaged in the operation to stop the driver, “but was driveable”.

York firefighters rescue stranded kitten

Library image of a kitten. Photograph: Daniel Park on Unsplash

Firefighters came to the rescue of a stranded kitten today.

The adventurous kittie had managed to climb onto some guttering high up on a house in Sterne Avenue, Tang Hall.

But then it realised it couldn’t get down

First the RSPCA were called in. But they could not rescue the pet, so inspectors called in the fire brigade.

Sterne Avenue, York. Photograph © Google Street View

A crew from Acomb responded to the call at 9.33am today (Tuesday).

Firefighters used a triple extension ladder to reach the kitten and bring it safely down to earth.

Historic York hotel closed for refurb

Photograph: YorkMix

This pile-up of chairs and tables is outside the Judge’s Lodging which is now closed for a refurb.

The Lendal hotel is shut until 14 February for work on its cellar bar, restaurant and bedrooms.

Grade I listed, the hotel has plenty of history. It was built between 1710 and 1727 for a York doctor on a former churchyard, and “several cartloads” of human bones were dug up when the foundations were laid.

From 1806, judges visiting to sit in the Assize Courts stayed here.

It last had a major makeover in 2014, when owners Thwaites invested £1.7 million in a six-month upgrade.

Section of York city walls closed

Photograph: YorkMix

A section of the York City Walls is closed this week.

The stretch over Station Road, close to the junction with Rougier Street, is shut off to the public.

A note from City of York Council says they are undertaking structural inspections.

Wall walkers are asked to return to road level and rejoin the fortifications at the next entry point.

The closure is expected to last till close of play on Friday.

Reports of the police helicopter over Upper Poppleton

The police helicopter was involved. Photograph: National Police Air Service on Twitter

The York Press is reporting that the police helicopter has been hovering over Upper Poppleton “for about an hour this lunchtime”.

It seems there are conflicting reports at the moment. The Press states:

  • One eyewitness said it appeared to be flying primarily near the River Ouse.

    Another villager said several police vehicles had been seen near the railway station.

We’ll check with the police and update.

3.36pm update

We now have a full story here:

Three catalytic converters stolen from cars in one day in York

This from police:

  • Please be aware that we have had three Catalytic Convertor theft in York in one day.

    Two of these were from public car parks during the day. These being at Rawcliffe Park and Ride and the Vue Cinema at Clifton Moor. Both of these vehicles were Toyotas.

If you are not aware what these are then there’s a helpful guide on the BBC. Any information, please call police on 101 and quote 12200003298.