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Structural engineer declares bus crash shop safe

A structural engineer has said that a bus has not structurally damaged a shop in Whitby after crashing into one of its front windows this afternoon. Boyes Stores had to be evacuated at around 2pm. Although the window will need to be secured and brickwork repaired, the main structure of the shop remains intact.

Boyes Stores in Whitby Credit: Samantha Turnbull

The Arriva Yorkshire bus, which travelled across Station Square, coming to rest in the front of the building, has now been removed. It was also damaged in the collision.

Arriva bus which crashed into shop Credit: Samantha Turnbull

Bus company working with police over Whitby shop crash

Bus company Arriva North East have issued a statement over the accident this afternoon where one of its buses crashed into a shopfront in Whitby.

Damage to Boyes department store in Whitby Credit: Turvey's Tattoos

We can confirm that one of our buses was involved in an incident in Whitby this afternoon. There have been no reported injuries, however a lady was treated for shock at the scene. We are currently working with the police in order to understand exactly what happened."

– Nick Knox, Managing Director, Arriva North East

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Bus crashes into shop in Whitby

There are reports of queuing traffic after a bus crashed into a shop in Whitby.

Arriva bus crashes into Whitby shopfront Credit: Turvey's Tattoos

It happened around 2pm this afternoon, at Boyes department store. No one was injured.

Structural engineers are checking out the building which had to be evacuated.

The road at Station Square is partially blocked in both directions between New Quay Road/ Langbourne Road and Brunswisk Street due o the accident.

Emergency services are on the scene.

80% rise in potash mine company shares

Investors in a potash mine, including thousands of local people from the Whitby area look set to benefit on paper this morning after shares of Sirius Minerals rocketed up in price - with a rise of more than 80%.

It follows a controversial vote yesterday evening in which the North York Moors National Park approved the plans.

The company is listed on the alternative stock market.

Potash plans approved in narrow vote

A controversial plan to sink a huge potash mine in the North York Moors National Park has been approved by park authority members tonight.

It is said the project will create more than a thousand jobs - and many more when it's under construction. But there have been fears it could damage the environment. Chris Kiddey reports from Sneaton Castle near Whitby.

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Decision time for North Yorkshire potash mine

Proposed potash mine

Controversial plans to sink a mile deep mine shaft and create a 1,000 jobs in the heart of the North York Moors National Park near Whitby are expected to be decided today. Mining firm Sirius Minerals wants to dig billions of tonnes of potash - a type of fertiliser - from beneath the moors and seabed. But dozens of environmental groups say the mine will harm one of the region's finest landscapes and damage the vital tourism industry.

Whitby ranks as one of best places to pass driving test

It has been 80 years since the UK's first driving test and the chances of passing varies depending on where you take your test.

You have a better chance of passing your test in rural areas Credit: Press Association

According to the latest figures, those who live in rural areas, find it easier to pass than those who live in cities.

Whitby in North Yorkshire is one of the easiest places to take your test with around 65.4 per cent of learners passing.

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