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Whitby cut off by flash flooding

Whitby has been hit by flash floods tonight.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say that they have been responding to several flooding calls in the Whitby area with water entering premises.

The have also had to deal with a car stuck in flood water. Two people have been helped to safety by Fire crews.

Fire Engines from Whitby, Scarborough, Lythe and Robin Hoods Bay are currently dealing with flash flooding incidents.

Police say all roads into the town are cut off apart from one route at Ruswarp, which they say can only be used by 4x4 vehicles.

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Father and daughter saved after 45 minutes stranded at sea

A father and daughter have been rescued after being washed out to sea near Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire.

The girl had been swept into the sea by the heavy swell and her father had gone into help, but both were unable to get back to the shore.

The waves were reaching four metres high when the Whitby lifeboat and a coastguard helicopter were called out to save the pair.

By the time the lifeboat crew were able to find the casualties, they had been in the water for 45 minutes and were exhausted and struggling to stay afloat.

The lifeboat crew managed to pull them aboard to check them over, before they were winched to safety by the rescue helicopter and transferred to hospital.

Whitby RNLI Pilot Mike Russell said, "It was a difficult job, but both crews performed a textbook rescue. Thank goodness we reached the casualties in time to save their lives."

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Wind farm maintenance centre to create 400 jobs in Whitby

Artist's impression of Endeavour Wharf Credit: Group Ginger architects

Up to 400 jobs could be created in Whitby port with the development of a wind farm service centre. Dalby Offshore Services is working with Scarborough Borough Council to develop Endeavour Wharf in the town to become a key operations and maintenance centre for the offshore wind industry.

The roles will include marine and maritime skills, vessel repairs and maintenance, engineering and electrical contracting, component supply, port services. The development is also expected to provide a boost for local accommodation services.

Members of the public will be able to discuss the design at a consultation event tomorrow at The Coliseum.

Plans for Endeavour Wharf Credit: Group Ginger architects

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

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.

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