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Toddler traps arm in farm machinery in North Yorkshire

An 18-month-old toddler has been airlifted to hospital after getting trapped in farm machinery in North Yorkshire.

The girl trapped her arm in a conveyor belt at a farm at Farnham near Knaresborough.

Fire crews spent about 45 minutes dismantling the machine in order to release her.

The girl, accompanied by her mother, was flown by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary.

Dave Winspear, from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "It was a conveyor machine and she had got caught up inside some of the rollers and we had to take it apart to release her.

"Most of the crew are fathers and they were obviously very concerned about the child and wanted to release her as quickly and as safely as possible."

North Yorkshire Police said the girl was being "treated in hospital for a serious injury to her hand, however her injuries are not believed to be life threatening".

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident and is making enquiries.

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