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Dramatic footage of large fire at Brough car company

An investigation is underway after an explosion and large fire at a car company in Brough.

Around 30 firefighters tackled the blaze which broke out at around 7.30 last night in Wiske Avenue, off Welton Road.

No one was injured but residents living nearby were told to keep their doors and windows closed. The footage below, shot by Andrew Collins, shows the blaze at its height.

Dogs recognised for bravery


A dog from Grassington, North Yorkshire, has been shortlisted in the PDSA Pet Survivor Awards 2013 - a national competition to find the nation's most incredible pet survival story.

Originally nicknamed 'Wufra' but now called Will due to his incredible will to live, this courageous, Saluki/Lurcher cross, was nominated for the competition by his new owners, Brian and Helen Coates.

The couple took the three-year-old pooch on after he was saved from certain death on Buckden Pike, where he somehow survived for at least three weeks with no food or water and a broken leg.

A dog named Rex from Brough in East Yorkshire has also been shortlisted for the award after he survived being hit by a train and thrown across tracks.



Plans to sell off part of BAE in Brough

Union bosses have cautiously welcomed plans to sell part of the BAE Systems plant in Brough to an investor. It could mean more jobs in the area.

BAE Systems has entered into a development partnership with Bridgehouse in relation to a number of sites across the UK including Brough. The agreement to purchase land and facilities on the Brough site, will see both parties work together to deliver redevelopment plans - including delivering local employment and economic benefits.

This strategic real estate partnership blends BAE Systems Real Estate Solutions 20 years’ experience of delivering transformation projects for the Company with Bridgehouse’s extensive global commercial real estate development and regeneration experience.

– BAE spokesperson

They added:

BAE Systems is committed to maintaining a long term presence at Brough and we will continue to support the Humber Enterprise partnership in attracting other companies to the Brough Enterprise Zone in order to help stimulate economic growth and employment within the area. The partnership with Bridgehouse, who bring further development and regeneration expertise, will enhance our ability to implement these plans.

– BAE spokesperson

BAE wins £2.5BN fighter plane deal

BAE Systems at Brough Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Defence giant BAE Systems has won a £2.5 billion deal to sell 20 aircraft to Oman, helping to sustain thousands of jobs in the UK including their site at Brough in East Yorkshire.

The contract for 12 Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft was welcomed by Prime Minister David Cameron, who will visit the Middle Eastern state today.

BAE said it is an important export contract and supports its strategy to grow international markets and export business.

The aircraft will be built in the UK and will help to sustain 6,000 high technology and engineering jobs across sites in in Brough and Warton and Samlesbury in Lancashire.

Aircraft manufacture will begin in 2014 with delivery expected in 2017.

Statement from BAE Systems over job losses

Since the announcement on September 27th 2011, BAE Systems has been working closely with Trade Unions, employee representatives and other parties to mitigate as many of the potential job losses as possible. Whilst we continue to explore all opportunities for mitigation, sadly, in certain areas at Brough it is unlikely that we will be able to mitigate all the potential job losses and today we have communicated to our employees those areas where it may be necessary to make compulsory redundancies and when they would take place.

The Company has given a commitment that no employee will leave the business at Brough before the end of January 2013 unless they do so voluntarily.”

– BAE Systems
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