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A19 to stay closed until later this evening after tanker fire

The A19 was closed after a tanker caught fire Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A stretch of the A19 near Thirsk is not expected to be open until later this evening after a tanker fire.

The road was closed in both directions between the A684 (Ellerbeck) and the A61 (Thirsk) due the fire on Friday morning.

Drivers are advised to follow the "Hollow Circle" diversion symbols exiting the A19 (southbound) at Northallerton then join the A684 (westbound).

Proceed along the A684 then at the A684/A167 roundabout take the first exit and at the second roundabout join the A167 then join the A168 (South-easterley direction) and continue until you re-join the A19 southbound at the A61/A168 roundabout.

Drivers travelling northbound are advised to follow the "Solid Square" diversion symbols exiting the A19 (northbound) towards Northallerton and proceed to the roundabout with the A61/A168. Take the second exit on to the A168 and head northwest to the A167 until you reach the A684 (northbound). Continue along the A684 until you re-join the A19 northbound.

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Police release efit after Thirsk burglary

An efit of a man police are trying to trace in connection with a burglary in Thirsk Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police have released an efit a man they are trying to trace in connection with a burglary in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

Two men entered a property on the Norby estate via an unlocked back door at around 12:30pm on April 21. The men were disturbed by a woman in her late seventies when they entered her bedroom. The offenders stole a number of the victim's rings and left the property.

Anyone who can help identify the man in the efit is being asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for Robert Spalding.

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Thirsk man charged with attempted murder

A man from Thirsk has been charged with attempted murder after an 85-year-old man was found with serious injuries.

Police were called to The Flatts in Sowerby, Thirsk, on the evening of November 5, following a concern for safety. The victim remains in James Cook hospital in a critical condition.

A 29-year-old man from Thirsk has been charged with attempted murder and theft and will appear at Northallerton Magistrates Court on November 9.

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