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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 30 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Clare Crooks, John Henry and Mike Chilvers

All times stated are UK

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Fire in Pocklington

A blaze rips through a chemical complex on an industrial estate in East Yorkshire, following a large explosion of chemicals.

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Pocklington fire: What we know so far

  • Fire thought to have started shortly before 17:00
  • More than 50 firefighters at scene at height of blaze
  • Crews from North Yorkshire sent to help colleagues
  • Residents told to stay inside and close windows
  • No injuries reported at this time
  • Nearby business premises evacuated

We are ending our live coverage of the incident but you can keep across any developments on our website

Our normal live service will resume at 08:00 on Friday.

Pocklington fire

Pocklington fire: In pictures

John Henry

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the most dramatic images of the blaze that broke out late this afternoon on an industrial estate:

Pocklington fire seen from the air
Jim Gyrocopter
Pocklington fire
Sam Wood
Pocklington fire
Sam Wood

Traffic update: Pocklington services reopens after fire closure

Pocklington fire: Water supplies may be affected

Pocklington fire: Severe traffic disruption

BBC Travel

Queueing traffic and road closed on A1079 in both directions between Lotting's Lane and B1247 The Balk in Pocklington due to the fire.

Halifax Way in both directions closed due to building fire between Wellington Road and Lincoln Way.

Watch: Pocklington fire: Flames rupture through roof of building

Pocklington fire: Crews from North Yorkshire sent to help at scene

Yorkshire Post reports that crews from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have been sent to help out their colleagues from Humberside at the fire on an industrial estate at Pocklington.

UPDATE: North Yorkshire crews join @HumbersideFire as blaze rages in #Pocklington
UPDATE: North Yorkshire crews join @HumbersideFire as blaze rages in #Pocklington

UPDATE: North Yorkshire crews join @HumbersideFire as blaze rages in #Pocklington

Pocklington fire: Map locator

The industrial estate lies just outside Pocklington close to the A1079 York Road... 

Map of Pocklington area

Pocklington fire: Chemicals at site of blaze

Firefighters are tackling a large blaze in a chemical complex at an industrial estate in East Yorkshire. 

Humberside Fire and Rescue said the blaze involved "numerous flammable chemicals" at the industrial estate in Pocklington. 

No-one has been injured but residents have been advised to stay indoors and keep windows closed.

Pocklington fire

Eyewitness: 'Biggest fire I've ever seen'

Nearby businesses were evacuated and the fire service say everybody has been accounted for. 

John Galley who works nearby says it's the biggest fire he's ever seen.

"This is a significant incident," he told BBC Radio Humberside

"The flames are, well at its height its settled back a bit now, but at its height it was easily 50 feet in the air with a very significant pall of black smoke reaching way into the sky." 

Pocklington smoke plume visible from distance

Smoke is pouring for the scene of the fire  in this pictured tweeted by York Designers

Pocklington fire
York Designers

High volume pump now at Pocklington fire

Humberside Fire and Rescue says the number of crews attending the fire at Pocklington has been increased to 10 tenders along with two high rise platforms, a high volume pump and water carrier.

Sam Wood has sent in this picture of the fire

Sam Wood's picture of Pocklington Fire
Sam Wood

Watch: Pocklington fire: Crews at Halifax Industrial Estate

Crews focus their water jets on the outside of a building at the estate at Pocklington.

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Video: Crews getting close to scene of fire at Pocklington

Up to 60 firefighters are tackling the blaze on an industrial estate at Pocklington which appears to have engulfed a commercial premises.

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Pocklington fire: Aerial view as fire engulfs building

Jim Gyrocopter has sent this aerial view of the fire which shows the extent of the fire as flames appear to have engulfed a large commercial building.

We're expecting some video to come shortly...

Aerial picture of fire at Pocklington
John Cook

Thick smoke pours from the fire at Pocklington

Smoke from the blaze can be seen from quite some distance away and close up it appears as thick black plume.

Pocklington fire
Paul Murphy BBC

Pocklington fire: Huge plume of black smoke over industrial estate

This dramatic image showing a huge plume of black smoke at the scene of the fire was captured by John Cook.

Pocklington fire
John Cook

Pocklington fire: Advice from fire service

People advised to stay indoors and keep windows closed as crews deal with a serious fire at Pocklington.

CONTROL: Crews dealing with large fire Pocklington Airfield. Precautionary advice-stay indoors, keep windows closed. #greenwatch

Pocklington fire: 50 firefighters at scene

Eight fire engines and 50 fire fighters are dealing with a huge fire on an industrial estate in Pocklington.

Humberside Fire and Rescue say they are dealing with a major incident on the Halifax Industrial Estate.

We understand some businesses in the area are being evacuated and people are being advised to stay inside.

Currently dealing with a serious fire 8 fire appliances and 50 fire fighters at Pocklington Industrial Estate.

Preparing the heady heights of Hull for Place Des Anges

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

The heights they go to entertain a crowd in Hull!

I'll be there on Saturday. Will you?

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BreakingMajor incident in Pocklington

We're getting reports of a huge fire on the industrial estate in Pocklington.

Humberside Fire and Rescue say they are currently dealing with a major incident.

We understand that local people have been told to stay indoors.

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Pocklington fire
Jim Gyrocopter

Big companies 'won't commit in the current political climate'

Sarah Corker

BBC Look North

Business leaders on the Humber have told me that companies are holding back from investing in the region until there's a clear plan for leaving the European Union.

But Professor Christopher Bovis from the University of Hull's Business School says the falling pound is good news for exporters.

Professor Christopher Bovis

The low value of the pound allows more business to export to the common market, the European market and also overseas. But you need to take into account that the components that we need to manufacture, in this country, the final product come from different parts of the common market or the European market or overseas. So it's a balance."

Professor Christopher BovisUniversity of Hull's Business School

Little fluffy clouds

BBC Weather Watchers

And sunshine yellow fields in Bainton today!

Oil Seed Rape field at Bainton
John's Eye

Battle of the Somme vigils to mark centenary anniversary

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

Vigils will be held tonight to mark 100 years since the start of the largest battle of World War One. 

The first day of the Battle of the Somme led to a huge loss of life. More than 19,000 British men died and more than 57,000 injured.

And caught right in the middle were the Pals Battalions of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire including the Grimsby Chums.

This seemed an appropriate picture. These poppies were photographed by one of our BBC Weather Watchers earlier today in Bainton.

Poppies in a field
John's Eye

Watch: Wolves will try to close in

Gwilym Lloyd

BBC Humberside sport's reporter

Hull Kingston Rovers' coach James Webster is pondering the enormity of the task his side have tomorrow night at home to Warrington.

The Wolves are firmly cemented inside the Super League Top Four while Rovers are in the bottom Four.

And the Robins coach told me he expects no favours from the Wolves.

Water 'to taste and look better' after £13.5m pipes upgrade

The taste and appearance your tap water is set to improve as Yorkshire Water steps up work on a project to flush-clean large sections of its 19,260-mile (31,000km) underground pipe network.

Girl drinking water from glass
Yorkshire Water

The company says the work will continue until at least 2020 and affect most major towns and cities in the region and some rural areas. It is expected to cost £13.5m.  

Whilst the flushing takes place it may cause a slight change in the colour of tap water for a couple of hours. Any discolouration can be solved by running the kitchen tap until the water runs clear and can be consumed.

David StevensonYorkshire Water's head of water distribution

Letters will be sent to all residents before flushing works are carried out on their street.

Watch: Paul Hudson with the forecast

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Rather cloudy, with a risk of a few showers later.

Weather for this afternoon and tonight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west.

Minimum temperature 11C (52F). Freshening southwest wind.

Weather Graphic

Latest headlines across Hull and East Yorkshire

Gill Sennett

BBC Radio Humberside

The top stories from our Hull and East Yorkshire newsroom:

  • Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy backing Theresa May in the Tory leadership contest
  • Angela Eagle to delay challenge Jeremy Corbyn
  • Humber business leaders say firms are holding back from investing in the region until there's a clear plan over EU

Put your hand up if you'd like to meet Olympic and Paralympic stars

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

I know I would! So I'm a little bit envious of pupils at a special school in Hull who will meet the likes of Paralympic swimmer Kate Grey and Olympic indoor volleyball player Maria Bertelli.

It's part of an event in Sheffield to help develop their leadership skills and confidence and its hoped the stars will inspire the youngsters from Ganton School.

Ganton School

Watch: Late rugby star's pioneering surgery 'saving lives'

Pioneering surgery that the late rugby league star Steve Prescott underwent for a rare form of abdominal cancer is saving lives.

The former Hull FC player died of stomach cancer two years ago.

Hopes for quiet life after anti-social behaviour tackled in Hull

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

Police say peace has been restored to a part of Hull that has suffered ongoing anti-social behaviour (ASB).

One woman made 34 calls to the police about ASB or youths causing damage on Hawthorn Avenue and nearby roads, within the space of two months.

Tina Helyard also reported being assaulted along with her sons on three occasions.

But following police action Tina says things have improved.

Hawthorne Avenue

I’m not having any trouble any more, it’s all quietened down. The police dealt with things very well and it all got sorted out very quickly."

Tina HelyardHawthorne Avenue resident

Hull MP apologises over legal aid question

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

The Hull East MP has been criticised for not declaring an interest when asking questions about legal aid in parliament. 

Karl Turner's wife is a solicitor for a firm tendering for legal aid work but he'd failed to mention this. 

Mr Turner has now apologised and says he accepts he should have made his wife's employment clear in the first place.

Hull East MP Karl Turner

Seagulls shot in Bridlington

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

Humberside Police are investigating after several dead and injured birds have been found with pellet wounds at Langdales Wharf in the town.


The RSPCA have been informed and the injured birds are being treated at a bird sanctuary.

The incidents were thought to have taken place over 10 days from 17 June until 26 June.

The angels are coming

Anne-Marie Tasker

BBC Look North

Preparations are underway for Place des Anges in Hull on Saturday.

The aerial spectacle will mark the end of the Yorkshire Festival and the start of the Amy Johnson Festival.

Queen Victoria Gardens in Hull

More on Steve Bruce staying at Hull City

BBC Humberside Sport

Hull City say Steve Bruce is to remain as manager of the club. 

In a statement to the fans Steve Bruce says its business as usual:


What's your reaction City fans? Let us know by emailFacebook or Twitter.

David Davis backed Boris who has now left leadership race

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of a bid for the Tory leadership.

Boris Johnson

Haltemprice and Howden MP David Davis, who stood in the Tory leadership contest in 2005 and lost to David Cameron, had said he was backing Boris.

Sam Mantom

Scunthorpe United sign midfielder Sam Mantom on a three-year deal after he rejected a new contract with Walsall.

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