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Wakefield base for Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopter

image captionThe Yorkshire Air Ambulance's two helicopters serve about five million people

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is to leave Leeds-Bradford International Airport for a new base in West Yorkshire.

A vacant site within the Nostell Priory estate, near Wakefield, has been granted planning permission by Wakefield Council.

It will have a hangar and aircrew accommodation for one helicopter.

The charity said the aircraft would operate in daylight hours only and should be operational by summer 2013.

The charity's two helicopters provide a "rapid response helicopter emergency medical service" for a population of approximately five million people.

The second air ambulance would continue to operate from RAF Topcliffe in North Yorkshire said the YAA.

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