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School closed after asbestos find
A primary school near York has been closed after the discovery of asbestos over the Christmas holidays.

It was found by engineers during a structural inspection at Wigginton School on Westfield Lane, Wigginton.

City of York Council is now awaiting the go-ahead from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for decontamination work to proceed.

It is working with neighbouring schools which may be asked to provide places for Wigginton School's 247 pupils.

A City of York Council spokeswoman said: "The school will remain closed as a precautionary measure until the decontamination works are completed.

We are urgently looking at alternative provision for pupils
City of York Council statement

"Unfortunately, this work cannot be started until we have approval from the HSE.

"The council will be working closely with the HSE and the school to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

"In the meantime, we are urgently looking at alternative provision for pupils. "We expect to be able to give further information today [Tuesday] and thank parents for their co-operation at this time."

Asbestos is only a risk to health if asbestos fibres are released into the air and breathed in.

Breathing in air containing asbestos fibres can lead to asbestos-related diseases, mainly cancers of the lungs and chest lining.

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