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Warehouse saved after fierce factory fire contained

Fire crews have been praised for containing a fierce fire at a printing warehouse in Wetherby last night.

At its height, 20 fire engines and more than 100 firefighters from the surrounding areas of West and North Yorkshire tackled the blaze in Sandbeck Lane.

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Dozens of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus fought the fire inside the factory and, ensured the fire did not spread. The vast majority of the building was saved.

West Yorkshire Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling, who attended the incident as senior advisor, said: “Our tactics proved to be very successful as the vast majority of the building is still intact. Significant damage to machinery, equipment and stock was isolated to one half of the factory, therefore I am hopeful that the company will be able to recover business in the near future.”

CFO Pilling said the fire posed serious hazards to fire crews due to the intense heat and smoke. He added: “Crews worked extremely hard in punishing conditions at times and I was very impressed and pleased by the professionalism, commitment and determination of all who attended.”

Crews were initially called just after 8pm last night.

Stations in attendance were Wetherby, Harrogate, Cookridge, Hunslet, Featherstone, Wakefield, Knaresborough, Tadcaster, Stanningley, Shipley, Fairweather Green, Pontefract, Castleford, Moortown, Huddersfield, Leeds, Ossett,Rothwell, Dewsbury, Garforth and Killingbeck.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.


Average family loses £700 a year on food wastage

The average UK family loses around £700 every year on food wastage, according to new research.

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The survey conducted by Approved Foods found that 1 in 4 were wasting food that was safe to eat.

It was also found that people were under the impression that food approaching or on its 'best before' date were too risky to eat.

The wastage was largely down to confusion regarding food labelling and what it actually stands for.

Best Before

The 'Best Before' is more about quality rather than safety, if the food passes this date it isn't harmful but may lose its flavour and texture.

Use By

This label would appear on food which would go off quickly, this includes smoked fish, meat products and read-prepared salads. Using food after this date could be a health risk.

Sell By

This would be an instruction for staff at the store rather than shoppers and instructs them when to remove an item from a shelf.

Charities call for more conversations around mental health

Nearly two thirds of people in Yorkshire and Humberside have some form of mental health condition, according to a recent survey.

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Charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness are urging people to talk about their mental health and tackle the stigma associated with it.

Both charities found that 60% of people felt better once they talked to someone about their mental health issues.

In pictures: Fire at packaging factory in Wetherby

Firefighters from North and West Yorkshire are tackling a major fire at a packaging company in Wetherby.

Credit: Guy Roberts

Around 12 fire engines were initially involved in tackling the blaze at the award-winning Inspirepac packaging on Sandbeck Lane. The firm also a facility in Chesterfield.

Appliances from Wetherby, Harrogate, Cookridge, Hunslet, Featherstone, Wakefield, Knaresborough, Tadcaster, Stanningley, Shipley, Fairweather Green, Pontefract, Castleford, Moortown, Garforth and Killingbeck attended the scene.

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Special showing of Happy Valley planned for victims of Calder Valley floods

A special showing of the Bafta award-winning drama Happy Valley will take place in Halifax on Friday night in aid of victims of the recent floods in the Calder Valley.

The showing along with Q & A with writer Sally Wainwright and some of the cast is planned ahead of the first episode of much anticipated new series which will be aired on Tuesday.

Earlier today, Sally and actor George Costigan who plays Nevison Gallagher popped into the Calendar studio for a chat with Christine and Duncan:

Yorkshire Air Ambulance place order for second new helicopter

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity has announced that it is buying a second, state-of-the-art helicopter.

The current aircraft will be phased out when the new helicopters arrive Credit: Press Association

The rapid response emergency service announced the replacement of their oldest MD902 Explorer aircraft, G-SASH in the summer of 2015, however plans for a second Airbus H145 model to replace the other MD902 Explorer G-CEMS have been brought forward, at a cost of around £5.7 million.

The Airbus H145 will offer the YAA an enhanced helicopter experience, providing the latest in flight technology and efficiency. It is currently used by the police, military and other air rescue services around the world.

The first helicopter is due later in 2016 and the second in Spring 2017. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity is funded by public donations, serving around 5 million people across the region.

Police searching for missing Selby man

Police in Selby are asking for the public's help in trying to find a missing man.

Have you seen Daniel? Credit: North Yorkshire Police

34-year-old Daniel Mallows was last seen at 06:45 on Wednesday morning at his home in Fir Tree Close.

Officers say they are extremely concerned for Mr Mallows' welfare and appeal to anyone with any information as to his whereabouts to get in touch as a matter of urgency.

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