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Emergency services tackle flood-hit Todmorden

Water on the tracks in Todmorden Credit: Twitter/@jams1999

Emergency services have worked late into the night to try to clear the water from roads and railway lines in Todmorden in West Yorkshire.

Parts of the market town were left under one and half feet of water.

Police have asked people to avoid areas that were badly affected and said that waves from driving through the water can damage houses.

They have also issued a warning for people not to cross a bridge in the town they believe may have been damaged.

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Yorkshire abattoir 'raided' in horsemeat investigation

by - Consumer Editor

In the last hour news has surfaced of a development of this scandal here in the UK.

Now there is the suspicion that horsemeat from Yorkshire has been sold in kebabs and burgers purporting to be beef.

Two premises have been raided - that's the word used by the food standards agency. One in west Yorkshire, and one in west Wales. The plant in Yorkshire is in Todmorden and it is owned by Peter Boddy, who I have just spoken to. He said:

It was not a raid - they are welcome to visit whenever they want, they just wanted to see my records which I will be showing them.

He told me that he does slaughter horses at his plant , and that the meat is sold in the UK.

More: FSA and police raid meat premises and suspend operations

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Environment Sec: 'Unacceptable to pass off horsemeat as beef'

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson Credit: Press Association

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said it was "unacceptable" for any business to defraud the public, and that he "expected the full force of the law" to be brought against any company found to be selling horsemeat as beef.

"This is absolutely shocking. It’s totally unacceptable if any business in the UK is defrauding the public by passing off horsemeat as beef", he said. "I expect the full force of the law to be brought down on anyone involved in this kind of activity".

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