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A man is believed to have died in what police have called a "serious incident" at a stone quarry in Northumberland.
A police investigation is under way into the incident which happened at Harden Quarry, in Biddlestone, near Rothbury, at around 10.45am on Wednesday, October 7.
A tractor is thought to have plummeted 50ft into the quarry before bursting into flames. Lafarge Tarmac, which owns the site, has declined to comment.
However, Rothbury and Coquetdale Councillor Steven Bridgett issued the following statement:
"It is with great sadness that I have learned, following an incident at Harden (Biddlestone) Quarry in Upper Coquetdale, that a member of staff at the site tragically lost their life.
"We are a close knit community in Coquetdale and on behalf of the residents of the valley I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.
"I would also like to extend my sincerest appreciation to the emergency services who attended the scene today, who acted with professionalism and were a credit to Northumberland."
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Emergency services are at the scene of a serious incident at Harden Quarry in Northumberland.
At 10.46am this morning, Wednesday October 7, Northumbria Police received a report of an incident at Harden Quarry in Biddlestone.
A vehicle, believed to be a tractor, fell around 50ft and caught fire.
No details have been released about any casualties but the Health and Safety Executive and police are investigating.
Emergency services are at the scene of a major incident at Harden Quarry in Northumberland. More follows.