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Elderly couple forced out of home for two months

Car has yet to be removed Credit: ITV Yorkshire

An elderly couple from North Yorkshire are still living in a hotel - two months after a car smashed into their home.

John and Joyce Irvin, who are 86 and 81, escaped injury when a car drove into the side of their home in Sharow, near Ripon on on December 30th.

The car still has not been removed and builders have told the Irvins they can't start repair work until it is.

It was about one o clock when it happened and we were watching the news. There was a massive bang and part of the mantelpiece fell off. The car had come across the road, hit a kerb and spun round into our house. The police came then the fire and ambulance, it was like a war zone.

Since then we've got at the back of a queue for the damage to be looked at because of the floods. Now we're waiting for the drivers' insurance. It's been a long time and it really gets to Joyce.

– John Irvin

Mrs Irvin was sitting in the room where the wall was hit by the car.

People tell me I was very lucky. The hotel is nice but it's not our home.

– Joyce Irvin

In pictures: North Yorkshire floods

Storm Desmond has swept across our region causing extensive damage to properties.

Flooded homes close to the river in Boroughbridge Credit: ITV News
Floodwater being pumped out from under the floorboards of a house in Boroughbridge . Credit: ITV News
Car left in a flooded garage park in Boroughbridge Credit: ITV News
Sandbags could not keep the water out at Ripon Racecourse Credit: ITV News
Flooded hospitality room at Ripon Racecourse Credit: ITV News

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
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