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Driver escapes as prison van bursts into flames

The prison van bursts into flames on the A19 in North Yorkshire Credit: North News and Pictures

The driver of a prison van managed to escape just before his vehicle burst into flames as it travelled along a main road in North Yorkshire.

It started when a tyre caught fire just after noon on Monday, 11th August, as the van was travelling northbound on the A19 between Thirsk and Easingwold. The van was not carrying any prisoners at the time.

Large fire at Thirsk recycling plant under control

A fire at a recycling plant in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, is under control but the fire service said it could be tomorrow before the flames are fully out. Thick smoke went up over the town and a stretch of the A19, after the fire broke out. It is the second fire in three years at the plant.

Gregg Easteal explains what happened.

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Crews say it's 'too early to speculate cause'

Thick smoke from Thirsk fire

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