Now gone: Hawkins Bazaar. Photograph: Gavin Aitchison
6 months ago

Hawkin’s Bazaar has now closed

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.

7 months ago

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.”

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

Four police vans involved in ongoing incident in Strensall

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.”


7 months ago

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”.


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

Knife-wielding robber scared off by staff at York newsagent

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.

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

Snow falling in North Yorkshire – police issue warning to motorists

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.

The people police want to speak to
7 months ago

Police issue CCTV after series of shop thefts in York

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

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.

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

Two car accident in York – Emergency services at the scene

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.

The crane at York Guildhall. Photographs: YorkMix
7 months ago

New pictures of the crane working on York Guildhall

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.

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)
7 months ago

New improved cycle and footpath opens in York

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.”

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

Raw sewage pours onto York road

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.

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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’
7 months ago

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.

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

Firefighters called out to Shambles

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
7 months ago

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 or 01904 553732. You can also visit the York Apprenticeships page on Facebook.

7 months ago

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.”

Popworld on Micklegate. Photograph © Google Street View
7 months ago

Cyclist hurt in hit-and-run accident

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

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

Rachael Maskell in the House of Commons
7 months ago

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

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.

7 months ago

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:

York Theatre Royal. Photograph: De Matos Ryan
7 months ago

Theatre boss to talk all things panto on the radio

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.

Photographs: Richard McDougall
7 months ago

Work beginning on the Guildhall refurb – pix

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.

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

Reports coming in of a cash machine raid in York

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:


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

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

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.

7 months ago

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.

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

York City raise concerns over parking at new stadium

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.

7 months ago

Strensall road reopened

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

This followed emergency work to fix a burst water main.

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

Merry-go-round gets taken down

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.

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

Investigation into damage on York city walls

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
The Village, Strensall. Photograph © Google Street View
7 months ago

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

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”.

7 months ago

Man arrested after police pursuit ends in like this near York

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”.

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

York firefighters rescue stranded kitten

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.

Photograph: YorkMix
7 months ago

Historic York hotel closed for refurb

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.

Photograph: YorkMix
7 months ago

Section of York city walls closed

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.

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

Reports of the police helicopter over Upper Poppleton

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:

7 months ago

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.