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Harrogate Hospital acid scare prompts evacuation:

Fire crews were called to Harrogate Hospital at about 08:40 GMT after rports of a chemical spill. About 100 outpatients, visitors and staff were evacuated from a hospital in North Yorkshire due to an acid spill.

Firefighters wearing gas-tight suits were sent into Harrogate Hospital to tackle fumes caused by the spill in the endoscopy unit at about 08:40 GMT.

The spill involved a drum containing peracetic acid which was soon made safe, the fire service said. No-one was injured and there had been "no impact" on inpatients, a hospital spokesman said.

The incident had caused minor delays in the outpatients department, but patients with appointments should attend as normal, he added.