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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.

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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Four males wanted following armed robbery in Wetherby

Police are hunting four men armed who forced their way into a house in Wetherby.

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They escaped with cash and jewellery, including a number of distinctive watches.

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Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The suspects were described as white, wearing dark clothes, face coverings and thin black gloves with 'grips.'

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.


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.

Investigation underway following bus fire

An investigation is underway after a bus caught fire between Leeds and Wetherby on Thursday afternoon.

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The bus, which is operated by Transdev, caught fire around 1pm and the company say they are investigating the incident:

One of our buses running between Leeds and Wetherby was stopped with what is believed to have been an electrical-related fault.

The quick reactions of our driver ensured that he was able to stop the bus safely and disembark all passengers on board without injury. Investigations are underway into what caused this isolated incident


64-year-old sentenced to community order after causing cyclist's death

A 64-year-old man has been sentenced for causing the death of a cyclist by careless driving in Wetherby.

38-year-old Darren Greaves Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Brian Colling clipped cyclist Darren Greaves, 38, while attempting to overtake on the B1224 near Wetherby, on the afternoon of Thursday 17 October 2013.

As a result of being clipped by the car, Darren, who was cycling towards Wetherby, fell from his cycle and was struck by another car. Sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Colling, 64, from Wetherby, was found guilty at York Crown Court on 5 June 2015.

On 26 June he was sentenced to a community order of 120 hours of unpaid work, disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £3,500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

The verdict sends a clear message to drivers regarding the responsibility they have towards vulnerable road users, in particular cyclists. The Highway Code gives strong guidance within the rules for drivers: overtake only when it is safe to do so, give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would a car when overtaking, and take into account any wobbles or swerving by cyclists who may be trying to avoid potholes or defects in the road. When approaching cyclists, drivers need to be prepared to slow down and if necessary follow the cyclist until there is a safe opportunity to overtake. If there is oncoming traffic then drivers should show patience and not try to squeeze through the gap. Neither should drivers attempt to overtake cyclists on bends where the view ahead is obscured. Following the guidance given in the Highway Code will only add a few seconds to a journey, but the consequences of attempting to pass a cyclist at the wrong time could be very serious. We need to make the roads as safe as we can, and following the Highway Code will go a long way to achieving this.

– Traffic Sergeant John Lumbard, of North Yorkshire Police

After several months of waiting for justice for Darren, we have finally received that. We would like to thank North Yorkshire Police who have supported us throughout. Darren lives with us every day.

– Statement from the family of Darren Greaves
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