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First female bishop to be consecrated at York Minster

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The first female bishop in the Church of England will be consecrated at York Minster in an historic service conducted by the Archbishop of York.

The Rev Libby Lane is to become Bishop of Stockport. She is the first woman in the church to take on the post, breaking 500 years of tradition.

She will be formally installed as the Bishop of Stockport in a separate service in March.

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Death of 88-year-old woman in fire was 'tragic accident'

North Yorkshire Police said they were not treating the death of an 88-year-old woman in a house fire as suspicious.

The fire broke out on Saturday morning in a bungalow between the villages of Barningham and Newsham, near Richmond. The area is close to the border between North Yorkshire and County Durham.

The identity of the woman who died has not yet been released. Officers said her death seemed to be a tragic accident.

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Elderly woman dies in house fire

An elderly woman has died after a house fire in a bungalow.

Firefighters were called to the house, which is between the villages of Barninham and Newsham, near Richmond, at about 10:30am.

They are now investigating what caused the fire and working to contact the relatives of the woman who died.

Inspector Ian Sirrell, from North Yorkshire Police, said: "The cause of the fire is being investigated by fire investigators, supported by specially-trained personnel.

"Unfortunately, the elderly resident of the property has died at the scene.

"We are working with colleagues in neighbouring forces to locate and inform family members."

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