Fire engulfs prison van on A19 - one lane closed

The prison van ablaze on the A19 at Birdforth, between Thirsk and Easingwold. Picture: Richard Darn

The prison van ablaze on the A19 at Birdforth, between Thirsk and Easingwold. Picture: Richard Darn

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A HUGE blaze has engulfed a prison van on the A19 at Birdforth, between Thirsk and Easingwold, just after noon today.

The van, which was travelling on the northbound carriageway, was not carrying any prisoners and the driver managed to escape the burning vehicle before it burst into flames.

It is believed the fire started when a tyre caught fire.

A spokesman from North Yorkshire Police said: “The road was closed but now has one lane open – there are traffic problems so it will be best to avoid the area.

“Fire crews called us to assist with traffic control while the blaze was put out.

“There has been some fire damage to the road but luckily no one was hurt.”

A spokeswoman from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: “One fire crew attended and two hose reels were used to put out the fire, and arrived around 12.30pm.

“The crews are waiting for the vehicle to be towed away, after which the road can be re-opened.”

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4:35pm Mon 11 Aug 14

DaisyBear says...

I hope those who have influence over such matters take note of this story. Had there been prisoners inside, each locked in an individual metal box where they can barely turn around when standing, they would have been burnt alive.
And before people say - well, they did the crime, etc etc - try to remember that we are NOT savages who burn people alive, and secondly, that those who may be in the van may be entirely innocent, as people on remand are carried in such vehicles.
Exactly how much of a problem were the vans that did not enclose each prisoner in a metal box? How many problems per year? Is it really worth it?
I hope those who have influence over such matters take note of this story. Had there been prisoners inside, each locked in an individual metal box where they can barely turn around when standing, they would have been burnt alive. And before people say - well, they did the crime, etc etc - try to remember that we are NOT savages who burn people alive, and secondly, that those who may be in the van may be entirely innocent, as people on remand are carried in such vehicles. Exactly how much of a problem were the vans that did not enclose each prisoner in a metal box? How many problems per year? Is it really worth it? DaisyBear
  • Score: -8

4:59pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Voice-of-reality says...

I have to say that Daisy Bear is correct - and I am not known for namby pamby woollyness. It would have been a tragedy had this van been carrying people - whether guilty or on remand. Still probably more important to give money to some foreign nation which can afford to send rockets into space than to ensure that Englishmen and women are transported properly.
I have to say that Daisy Bear is correct - and I am not known for namby pamby woollyness. It would have been a tragedy had this van been carrying people - whether guilty or on remand. Still probably more important to give money to some foreign nation which can afford to send rockets into space than to ensure that Englishmen and women are transported properly. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Mon 11 Aug 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
I have to say that Daisy Bear is correct - and I am not known for namby pamby woollyness. It would have been a tragedy had this van been carrying people - whether guilty or on remand. Still probably more important to give money to some foreign nation which can afford to send rockets into space than to ensure that Englishmen and women are transported properly.
VOR, for the first time i can ever remember, i was about to disagree with your comment (sorry) but the part when you say -
"Still probably more important to give money to some foreign nation which can afford to send rockets into space than to ensure that Englishmen and women are transported properly."
is so so true, you stopped me in my tracks, my freind please will you run for Mayor or even better Crime Commisinor, you would be so much better than Barry Copping Out
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: I have to say that Daisy Bear is correct - and I am not known for namby pamby woollyness. It would have been a tragedy had this van been carrying people - whether guilty or on remand. Still probably more important to give money to some foreign nation which can afford to send rockets into space than to ensure that Englishmen and women are transported properly.[/p][/quote]VOR, for the first time i can ever remember, i was about to disagree with your comment (sorry) but the part when you say - "Still probably more important to give money to some foreign nation which can afford to send rockets into space than to ensure that Englishmen and women are transported properly." is so so true, you stopped me in my tracks, my freind please will you run for Mayor or even better Crime Commisinor, you would be so much better than Barry Copping Out NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 1

8:00pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Hello there,
i am certainly not being 'soft on criminals' - more than happy for them to do their time. I do think it a little rough if they get burned alive - I mean, its not British to do that sort of thing. In the same way that it is not British to put a man's head on a pole in a riot or to behead someone and we really must show the world how to be civilised - even for those we despise (such civility need not of course be shown to the French). Anyhow, I digress.

Alas I am too plain speaking ever to be elected - anyone who says what they think is always silenced. I shall continue to just 'plug away' in the Echo for sense and decency. Trust you are enjoying the summer.
Hello there, i am certainly not being 'soft on criminals' - more than happy for them to do their time. I do think it a little rough if they get burned alive - I mean, its not British to do that sort of thing. In the same way that it is not British to put a man's head on a pole in a riot or to behead someone and we really must show the world how to be civilised - even for those we despise (such civility need not of course be shown to the French). Anyhow, I digress. Alas I am too plain speaking ever to be elected - anyone who says what they think is always silenced. I shall continue to just 'plug away' in the Echo for sense and decency. Trust you are enjoying the summer. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 0

9:13pm Mon 11 Aug 14

harleyjasmine says...

Wot about the van driver?who is a respected pillar of the community?am sure the driver would not have let that happen.however if there where paedophiles in the back ,I wouldn't bat an eye lid.
Wot about the van driver?who is a respected pillar of the community?am sure the driver would not have let that happen.however if there where paedophiles in the back ,I wouldn't bat an eye lid. harleyjasmine
  • Score: 2

9:51pm Mon 11 Aug 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
Hello there,
i am certainly not being 'soft on criminals' - more than happy for them to do their time. I do think it a little rough if they get burned alive - I mean, its not British to do that sort of thing. In the same way that it is not British to put a man's head on a pole in a riot or to behead someone and we really must show the world how to be civilised - even for those we despise (such civility need not of course be shown to the French). Anyhow, I digress.

Alas I am too plain speaking ever to be elected - anyone who says what they think is always silenced. I shall continue to just 'plug away' in the Echo for sense and decency. Trust you are enjoying the summer.
"Alas I am too plain speaking ever to be elected - anyone who says what they think is always silenced."

VOR, and any other person out there, i dare you, no insight you, to say my freind here is wrong.

Why Why Why, is it that those who say how it is, are never elected, i seriously would like to know ????????????
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Hello there, i am certainly not being 'soft on criminals' - more than happy for them to do their time. I do think it a little rough if they get burned alive - I mean, its not British to do that sort of thing. In the same way that it is not British to put a man's head on a pole in a riot or to behead someone and we really must show the world how to be civilised - even for those we despise (such civility need not of course be shown to the French). Anyhow, I digress. Alas I am too plain speaking ever to be elected - anyone who says what they think is always silenced. I shall continue to just 'plug away' in the Echo for sense and decency. Trust you are enjoying the summer.[/p][/quote]"Alas I am too plain speaking ever to be elected - anyone who says what they think is always silenced." VOR, and any other person out there, i dare you, no insight you, to say my freind here is wrong. Why Why Why, is it that those who say how it is, are never elected, i seriously would like to know ???????????? NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 2

10:21pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Because without the spin, and the news and politics of fear, too many would be out of a job. Plain speaking does not require hundreds of managers, consultants, advisers, press officers - it requires plain straightforward speaking - and that does not line the pockets of the press and those who have 'non jobs' in politics - be they 'special advisers' or police commissioners. Thus those who dare to be blunt are silenced _ Enoch being an obvious example but there are many others.
Because without the spin, and the news and politics of fear, too many would be out of a job. Plain speaking does not require hundreds of managers, consultants, advisers, press officers - it requires plain straightforward speaking - and that does not line the pockets of the press and those who have 'non jobs' in politics - be they 'special advisers' or police commissioners. Thus those who dare to be blunt are silenced _ Enoch being an obvious example but there are many others. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -1

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