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."
Northumberland County Council says the B6344 road at Crag End, Rothbury, will not now re-open until early 2016, more than three years after it was closed because of a landslip.
The damage happened on Boxing Day 2012.
Repair work, costing £9m, didn't start until February this year, with the road scheduled to re-open by late Spring.
That schedule was later put back until November, because the job was proving harder than engineers originally thought it would.
That target has now been put back even further.
“This is a very complex and challenging engineering project and it’s positive that some elements are ahead of schedule. We’ve always sought to keep the local community informed of progress and be upfront about any issues. One of these is difficult ground conditions that have created additional issues for the creation of a retaining wall, which are going more slowly than expected. We’re working with the contractor to try and address the issues as they arise and they’re putting extra resources into this aspect of the work but their ability to do this is limited by the physical conditions on site. While we all want the work to be complete as quickly as possible, it’s vital all aspects of the work are done to the highest standard and when finished will stand the test of time. “We will continue to keep the local community informed on progress with the scheme.”
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People in Rothbury hope visitors will use alternative routes into the town after a landslip looks like closing a road for more than a year.
A road that was closed at Rothbury at the end of December after a landslip is continuing to slide away.
The closure is also causing problems for residents and traders who say that the closure is costing them thousands of pounds.
The road has been deemed "unsafe" to measure as it continues to fall away.
Residents cut off by a landslip on a road near Rothbury in Northumberland say the ground is still too unstable to assess the damage. Sean and Lou Renwick live at Cragend Farm near the B6344 which has been slipping since December. Sean said,
"The landslip continues to move. It's still unsafe to even measure the ground at the moment, estimates are that the road will now be closed for 2 years. It means that Cragend Farm is now cut off from its Plantation which supplies wood fuel to the farm. "
Residents in Northumberland could be cut off from Rothbury for at least the rest of the year following a landslip in December. Cragend Farm is one property near the town affected by the damaged B6344.
Local councillor Steven Bridgett says the diversion is costly to local people and businesses. The council has applied for a central government grant to help pay for repairs.
A Northumberland road closed in December following a landslip is still slipping. The B6344 at Rothbury could remain un-passable for at least the rest of the year. MP Steven Bridgett says the diversion is costing residents thousands.
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