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A train collision in Yorkshire has resulted in a massive release of poisonous gases and the tragic death of seven people.

The freight train, travelling south near Middlesborough, released hazardous gases when it collided with a still locomotive along side a factory. The poisonous vapour released spread through the factory, and consequently it is a no-go zone.

The train held 60 tonnes of hydrogen cyanide, 40% of which was released on impact.

Seventeen fire crew and multiple ambulance crews have scrambled to keep the factory workers safe and assess their medical health after exposure to the fatal vapour.

Residents living within a kilometre of the train crash area of hydrogen cyanide release have been evacuated as a necessary precaution. Middlesbrough police have confirmed that, “residents near the Millhaven plant will not be able to return to their homes for the next week,” due to the possibility of further leaks from the train’s hydrogen cyanide cylinders.

The train driver, Paul Thomas, 46 years old, from Stockton-On-Tees, was the first confirmed death from the poisonous vapours. Later reports from local hospitals have shown seven victims pronounced dead and over one hundred serious injuries.

Yorkshire MP, Andy McDonald tweets his condolences to the families involved: “This has been an awful accident and all our thoughts are with the families of the four people who have lost their lives, including the driver of the train.”

The Environmental Agency describes the chemical gas as, “hydrogen cyanide is poisonous and prevents oxygen being used by the body. It is a product used to make a wide range of chemicals for use in paints, plastics and synthetic fibres such as nylon. Exposure to low concentrations or small amounts may cause headaches, dizziness and nausea; symptoms usually improve soon after removal from an exposure. At higher concentrations, a rapid loss of consciousness, coma or death may occur. Exposure may lead to disfiguring burns. surviving a serious exposure may have long term effects from damage to the brain. Hydrogen cyanide is unlikely to cause harm to the unborn child. Children may be more sensitive to the effects of hydrogen cyanide due to their smaller size.

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North Yorkshire fire services alert us to a tragic train accident, causing the exposure of poisonous gasses and multiple possible fatalities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alton Regeneration Watch Campaign

Angry residents slammed plans to demolish parts of UK’s largest council estate.

A community led pressure group has spread awareness over controversial new developments.

Some have been opposing plans due to concerns that the council are modernising the estate without preserving the heart of the community.

However, between February and April the council conducted consultations throughout the neighbourhood, including door to door questions with 70% of all households providing feedback, and meetings with local groups and schools.

The Alton Regeneration programme, managed by Wandsworth Council, has caused a stir within the estate, resulting in the Alton Regeneration Watch campaign. They have petitioned online to ‘Stop Regeneration by Demolition’, and to ‘Save Our Alton Community Centre’.

Protests against funding cuts for Alton Community Centre, described as ‘the only secure, safe, and free place for the children’, were shown on London Live in January. Residents view this as the council stripping the people of their community spirit and worry that Alton Regeneration will have similar results.

The council hope to rebuild and provide improved town centres.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “This project will preserve the best qualities of this unique post war housing estate while unlocking its full potential as a thriving mixed use neighbourhood…”

Robin Bishop, Alton Regeneration Watch co-founder, has been at the forefront of the action lobbying for local residents against the regeneration, stating that they want “economic and social revival through genuine involvement between the council and estate”, rather than demolition.

Despite the Wandsworth council stating that “the masterplan followed extensive consultation with residents”, one of the community watchdogs criticisms of how the council has handled the programme was that “they have fallen short of communicating with the people”.

While some question change, others are welcoming it. Council consultation reports show that ‘when residents were asked if they supported the proposal about how Danebury Avenue centre could have a mix of shops, housing, business space and community facilities’, 65% within the redevelopment area supported it.