Arrest made in connection with Yorkshire tyre fire

North Yorkshire Police confirm that a 51-year old man has been arrested as part of the investigation into the fire that began at Newgen Recycling in Sherburn-in-Elmet on 16 January. Police describe the man as ‘local’ and say he has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Despite the arrest, North Yorkshire Police report that the joint investigation with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue is still in its early stages, and urge anyone with information pertinent to the investigation to phone North Yorkshire Police (dial 101, select option 2, and ask for York CID) or to email Sinead.Brocken@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Information can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The reference number 12140008472 should be quoted when providing details.

Up to 15,000 tonnes of tyres are thought to be involved in the fire, and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are expected to remain on site for the next two weeks or so. Reports indicate that the fire is reducing in size and the smoke plume is now much lighter in colour and dispersing in the wind. Residents in Sherburn-in-Elmet and the surrounding area are still advised to avoid any contact with the smoke by remaining indoors as much as possible, ensuring windows and doors are closed as a precaution. A strong odour will be noticeable in the wider area over the coming couple of weeks, however health officials say this is not a cause for concern.

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