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Archbishop of York to immerse worshippers in water for Easter open-air baptism

Dr John Sentamu will conduct the open-air baptisms at York minster Credit: PA

The Archbishop of York will be immersing people in a tank of water today for the annual Easter open-air baptism. Dr John Sentamu, will be conducting the ceremony for churchgoers from all different christian denominations.

He will be helping push worshippers under the water as they publicly re-affirm their faith. It is an historic tradition which symbolises the resurrection of Jesus.

Body found in River Ouse identified as missing soldier

Tyler Pearson, 18

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed that the body found in the River Ouse near Skeldergate Bridge yesterday has been identified as missing 18-year-old, Tyler Pearson

The soldier was last seen entering the River Ouse in the early hours of Thursday 3 April 2014.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said:

“My heart goes out to Tyler’s family, and I know the police will offer all the help and support the family need at this very difficult time.

“The recent spate of fatalities highlights the importance of staying safe near York’s rivers, particularly when alcohol has been consumed. Last month’s river safety summit concluded that the priority needs to be on prevention as well as response.

"Work is currently underway with groups across York and families of recent river victims to make some short films to highlight the dangers of the river. In the longer term we will devise a sustained and powerful campaign to help prevent more lives being needlessly cut short.

"In addition to this, I am keen to facilitate vulnerability training, so those working in York’s night-time economy know who they can go to and what they can do to help keep vulnerable people safe."

Police think taxi drivers may have leads in missing Claudia case

Police looking for the missing chef Claudia Lawrence have said taxi drivers may have important information about the case.

Claudia Lawrence

North Yorkshire Police said 121 people have come forward to assist their inquiry since a national appeal was made to coincide with the fifth anniversary of her disappearance last month.

Detectives said the public's response to their appeals was "very encouraging" despite the passage of time since the University of York chef vanished, aged 35.

A Claudia Lawrence microsite on the force's website has received more than 12,700 visitors and 28,500 page views.

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York pilot stars in solo air display

A pilot from York is starring in a one man air show commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Flight Lieutenant Dave Kirby (l) with Flight Lieutenant Jon Trueman
Flight Lieutenant Dave Kirby (l) with Flight Lieutenant Jon Trueman

Dave Kirby, who lives in Poppleton with his family, recently qualified to perform displays in public.

The RAF Tucano T1 is scheduled to carry out over 60 displays at 40 different venues in the UK and overseas this summer.

New design for Tucano display aircraft
New design for Tucano display aircraft

The display Tucano has received a special livery to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. The scheme features a ‘cloud’ of poppies around the nose and the words ‘Lest we Forget’. The words and a single large poppy are emblazoned on the underside.

Click here to visit the team's website for tour dates

York set for ultra-fast broadband

York is to be one of the first cities in the UK to receive ultra-fast broadband.

York to get ultra-fast broadband
York to get ultra-fast broadband Credit: Press Association

SKY and TalkTalk are to join forces with CityFibre to create a new company that will provide the service.

The new joint venture company plans to build a state of the art, city-wide, pure fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) network to deliver broadband speeds of 1 Gigabit (1000 Mbps) direct to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in York, offering customers better quality and value.

Customers should be connected to the new service by next year.

Battle of Towton re-enactment

A 19th century painting showing Henry VI despairing after his defeat at the Battle of Towton in 1461 Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

A re-enactment of the Battle of Towton is taking place today near York. Members of the Plantagenet Alliance will be among those attending the re-enactment.

The battle was fought during the Wars of the Roses. It brought about a change of kings in England, with the Yorkist Edward, 4th Duke of York displacing Lancastrian King Henry VI.

Lendal Bridge re-opens to traffic as controversial ban is lifted

Lendal Bridge in York which is once again open to traffic Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Motorists are once again driving legally over York's Lendal Bridge after the council's controversial ban was lifted today.

The City of York Council's decision to abandon the restrictions came after the Government's traffic adjudicator ruled that the local authority had no power to impose fines on drivers crossing the bridge.

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