It is exactly one week until the Tour de Yorkshire rides into the region.
Organisers hope the event will build on the success of the Tour de France Grand Depart in York last year, which attracted more than 200,000 visitors and brought in £8.3 million to the local economy.
North Yorkshire is one of the safest places to live in the country, according to a national crime report.
The Office of National Statistics found the number of domestic burglaries, theft, criminal damage and arson incidents all fell last year, but that robbery and sexual offences have increased.
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It is looking like the North East has recorded the top temperature for the UK today.
It got up to 20.9C at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland - with other areas in the county and North Yorkshire coming close.
But make the most of it - temperatures will drop dramatically over the weekend.
Three men arrested on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence have been released on bail.
The men, who are aged in their 50s and from the York area, were held in custody while being interviewed by detectives from the Major Crime Unit.
Although they have been released from custody, the case remains active and enquiries are ongoing.
Temperatures have already climbed to over 20C in parts of Northumberland.
With high pressure in control and hardly a cloud in the sky it is a very pleasant day across the north east.
But make the most of it - things will go downhill tomorrow.
Redcar and Cleveland council have approved plans to create what could be the world's biggest potash mine, in the North York Moors National Park.
Conservationists say it will blight the landscape, but the firm behind it says it will create more than 1,000 jobs.
The plans will now be considered by North York Moors National Park Authority for approval at a later date.
Detectives are continuing to question three men over the disappearance of York Chef, Claudia Lawrence.
The men, all in their fifties, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.
Police say searches are expected to continue over the coming days.
A decision is expected over a controversial plan to create what could be the world's biggest potash mine in the North York Moors National Park.
Conservationists say it will blight the landscape but the firm behind it says it will create more than 1,000 jobs.
Council members will decide for or against the plans at a meeting today.