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Police launch investigation after man's body found in burning car
POLICE last night launched a major investigation after a man's body was found in a burning car in a North Yorkshire village.
The emergency services were called to a car fire at Enterpen Hall in Hutton Rudby, near Stokesley, at 1.43pm this afternoon.
Crews dealing with the burning Toyota then found the man's body inside.
The road was closed for hours while police and fire investigators examined the scene, and Army bomb disposal experts were called in as a precaution.
Paul Richardson, duty manager in the North Yorkshire Police control room, said the investigation into the man's death was in its early stages.
"We got a call from the fire and rescue service asking us to assist them with a car fire," he said.
"When we attended there was unfortunately a male in the vehicle who was deceased.
"We immediately closed off the road and along with the fire service started an investigation to determine the cause of the fire and the cause of death of the male inside.
"The investigation is very much ongoing."
Army bomb disposal experts from Catterick Garrison were called in as a precaution amid fears there could be gas used for a dual fuel system in the car.
Mr Richardson said: "The fire and rescue investigator was unhappy with the scene and just wanted to make sure that everything was okay with the vehicle.
"They assisted us to make sure that the vehicle was completely safe."