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Lorry carrying cooking oil involved in North Yorkshire collision

Two lanes are closed and there is queueing traffic due to a multi-vehicle accident on A1(M) Southbound between J48 A168 / A6055 (Boroughbridge) and J47 A168 / A59 (Allerton Park).

A lorry involved in the accident is reported to be leaking its load of cooking oil onto the carriageway. The road was fully blocked but one lane has now reopened. The delays are affecting traffic towards Wetherby from Ripon.


School confirm students fainted during remembrance service assembly

Outwood Academy school in Ripon has confirmed that pupils fainted during a remembrance service this morning.

This morning 4 students fainted during the remembrance service assembly at Outwood Academy Ripon.

One of these students bumped their head when they fainted and was taken to the local walk-in minor incident centre in Ripon as a precaution.

Following the assembly, a further 20 students presented themselves during the course of the morning complaining of feeling faint and dizzy. At this point the Academy, again as a precaution, called an ambulance.

The ambulance service took the decision to escalate the matter as there were more than 3 potential causalities, as is their normal procedure, and the Police and Fire Service attended the site.

The emergency services have undertaken tests on the site and have quickly established that there was no chemicals or hazardous gases were present.

A total of 40 students were treated on site, however, all were able to be released back to their lessons, or at the end of the school day.

We thank the emergency services for their speedy response in attending the academy site and making the safety of our students and staff paramount.

We also thank parents, carers and the community for giving the academy the space and time to deal with this matter and know that they would always expect us to follow the instruction of the emergency services until we are satisfied that their children are not at risk.

The academy will be open as normal tomorrow.

– Outwood Academy

No pupils have been admitted to A and E

The Harrogate and Distrct NHS Trust has released a statement following sickness among up to 40 pupils at the Outwood Academy.

The trust said: "Two children were seen by a Nurse Practitioner at our Ripon Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) this afternoon. Neither child had a significant medical problem and both were discharged home. No patients have been admitted to our Emergency Department as a result of this incident."

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Pupils started feeling ill 'during the minute's silence'

Olivia Craft, a pupil at Outwood Academy, spoke to ITV News Credit: ITV News

A pupil at the school in Ripon where up to 40 pupils have been treated for sickness said the students began to feel unwell during the minute's silence taking place to commemorate Armistice Day.

Olivia Craft told ITV News pupils started to collapse just after 11am.

Pupils are being treated at the school, but none have been taken to hospital at this stage.

40 pupils 'being treated at scene'

Cause is still unknown

Yorkshire Ambulance Service has issued a statement saying up to 40 students are currently being treated on the scene at Outwood Academy, and not 27 as originally reported - but they have not taken any to hospital at this stage.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service received an emergency call from Outwood Academy School in Ripon at 11.30am this morning to reports that a number of students had fallen ill suddenly with nausea and feeling faint. We dispatched a number of resources to the scene including a doctor, three ambulance crews, two rapid response vehicles, a number of Clinical Supervisors and our Hazardous Area Response Team. Forty students are currently being treated on scene, but we have not conveyed any patients to hospital at this stage. The cause of the incident is unknown and emergency service colleagues from North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are at the school carrying out investigations.

– Yorkshire Ambulance Service


Ripon MP offers support to Outwood School

The MP for Skipton and Ripon has tweeted offering his support for Outwood School, where 27 pupils have been affected in a health scare. He says Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has also offered her department's help.

Specialist officers investigate Ripon school incident

Emergency services at the scene

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service say its Hazardous Materials Specialist Officers are investigating the incident at Outwood Academy, along with crews from Ripon and Boroughbridge.

A specialist detection, identification and monitoring (DIM) team from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is also working alongside them.

It has been confirmed that two of the 27 pupils affected were taken to hospital, the rest were treated at the scene by ambulance staff.

We are working with colleagues from North Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service at this time to determine what has caused this occurrence. Further information will follow as we have it.

– North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
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Pupils displayed signs of 'sickness and feeling faint'

Emergency services remain at the scene at Outwood Academy School on Clotherholme Road in Ripon.

Police were called at around 12.30pm - its is believed the incident happened sometime between 11am and 11.30am. A number of students had collapsed at the school and a number of others were taken ill. It is reported 27 students have been affected, all displayed signs of sickness and feeling faint. Some have been attended to by paramedics at the scene and others have been taken to hospital.

At this stage it is not known what has caused the students to fall ill and officers are working with the fire service to establish what has caused the incident.

– North Yorkshire Police
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