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Harrogate trench collapse: Workman rescued after six hours

The scene at the rescue Image copyright North Yorkshire Police
Image caption The man was airlifted to hospital in Leeds after being pulled out the trench

A workman trapped in a collapsed trench in North Yorkshire for six hours has been freed "unharmed".

He became stuck underneath clay and tarmac at the housing development in Rossett Green Lane, Harrogate, just before 09:00 BST.

An air ambulance took him to Leeds General Infirmary to be checked over.

Insp Chris Galley, from North Yorkshire Police, tweeted: "It's taken some detailed and challenging work but he's out."

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He said the recovery mission had been "a massive effort" from North Yorkshire Fire Service and the Yorkshire ambulance service.

The fire service said the man was unharmed and walking after his ordeal.

During the rescue operation the road was closed and people told to keep away from the area.

Electricity was also cut to nearby homes.

Image caption Emergency services were at the scene from about 09:00 BST

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