York Live – July 23-24, 2019

York Live

5:10 pm Wednesday (24 July)

Heatwave causes East Coast Main Line delays

An LNER train at London Kings Cross. Photograph: Yui Mok / PA Wire

Temperatures are forecast to hit 31°C tomorrow (Thursday) – and the heatwave is causing some problems with our railway tracks.

LNER is introducing speed restrictions between London and Peterborough tomorrow because rails in direct sunshine can be as much as 20°C hotter than air temperature. The company said:

  • Because rails are made from steel, they expand as they get hotter, and can start to curve – known as ‘buckling’.

    Slower trains exert lower forces on the track reducing the chance of buckling.

LNER will run a reduced timetable on Thursday “and we expect our services to be extremely busy. We would encourage customers to avoid travel tomorrow where possible”.

Tickets dated for travel on Thursday 25th July will be valid for travel on Friday 26th July, Saturday 27th July and Sunday 28th July. If you choose not to travel, you will be entitled to a full refund.

2:12 pm Wednesday (24 July)

Arson and criminal damage

Fulford Ings. Photograph © Google Street View
Police are asking residents to be vigilant after a number of incidents of arson and criminal damage in and around Fulord Ings.

York North Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We would ask all residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious circumstances to us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”

2:05 pm Wednesday (24 July)

Picnickers out in force

Nice day for a picnic… Dean’s Park this lunchtime.

9:08 am Wednesday (24 July)

What’s on today

Loads of stuff out there today, from family events in the day to music and shows tonight.

There are no upcoming events at this time.
8:47 am Wednesday (24 July)

Firefighters tackle field blaze

Image © Google Maps
Firefighters from York station tackled two fires in a straw field off St Oswald’s Road.

They were called out at 7.03pm on Tuesday (23 July). The service said:

  • The fire caused approximately 40 square metres of damage and crews worked hard to create fire breaks to stop further spread. Crews used one hose reel, beaters and pitch forks.

8:35 am Wednesday (24 July)

Police crackdown on moped riders

As part of Operation Confiscate York police have been cracking down on anti-social moped use around the city.

On Tuesday evening (23 July) they carried out two home visits and given the riders a warning, and stopped and checked other mopeds.

10:34 am Tuesday (23 July)

Thunderstorms warning

The Met Office have issued a Yellow Warning for Yorkshire and Humber of thunderstorms.

They could take place between 6pm tonight (Tuesday 23 July) and 9am tomorrow.

The Met says there will be “scattered thunderstorms moving north tonight and early Wednesday could lead to some power cuts and travel delays”.

10:24 am Tuesday (23 July)

Update on walls rescue

Following our earlier story about a York woman rescued from the city walls in the early hours, the police have come back to us with some more details.

A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said:

  • We were called at 2.39am to reports that a woman was on a bridge over an archway on Station Rise.

    Officers attended along with the fire and rescue service.

    At around 3.15am police officers brought the woman to safety and into the care of mental health services.

10:13 am Tuesday (23 July)

What’s on today

Loads of things to do, including the Great Yorkshire Fringe… A few ideas below, click the button for the full day’s programme.

There are no upcoming events at this time.
8:12 am Tuesday (23 July)

Police slam fire starters at St Nicks

Firefighters tackle the fire at St Nicks. Photograph: NPT North on Twitter
Police have criticised the offenders who started a fire at St Nicholas Fields last night (Monday, 22 July).

Two officers were called out after reports of anti-social behaviour at the nature reserve. A fire crew from York were also called at 6.13pm to a small fire in a wooded area of the reserve.

They put it out using a backpack sprayer and said the cause was likely to be deliberate.

On Twitter, the York North Safer Neighbourhood Team said two officers attended, adding:

  • Offenders had made a large fire that was out of control. What might seem like harmless fun has now wasted the time of two emergency services.

7:48 am Tuesday (23 July)

Emergency services rescue woman from city walls
The walls at Station Road. Photograph © Google Street View

Police and fire crews rescued a woman in distress from the York city walls this morning (Tuesday 23 July).

They were called to the walls on Station Road at about 2.48am. A fire crew from York used a triple extension ladder to help police gain access to a woman on the wall.

She was left in the care of police.