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Drug raid officers hospitalised

Five police officers have been treated in hospital after being covered in a powder believed to be class A drugs during a raid in North Yorkshire.

As officers entered the flat in Skinner Street, Whitby, on Saturday, a large amount of white powder was thrown.

The officers, four men and a woman, were taken taken to hospital suffering from vomiting, skin and lung irritation and light-headedness.

They were later released following treatment.

'Everyday courage'

A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and remains in custody.

Acting Assistant Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Steve Read, paid tribute to the officers involved in the raid.

He said they had displayed "everyday courage in protecting the public".

"But due to the often unforeseeable nature of the tasks that police officers undertake, they were exposed to danger in an entirely unpredictable way.

"Thankfully the officers responded well to the treatment they received at Whitby Hospital."

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