Two apprentice jockeys die in flats fire

Two apprentice jockeys are believed to have died died today and two others were injured after a fire broke out at a block of flats.

Emergency services were called to the flats in Buckrose Court, in Norton, near Malton, North Yorkshire, which are occupied by apprentice jockeys, in the early hours.

A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "At this stage it is believed two people have died although this cannot be confirmed until the fire has been fully extinguished and officers are able to enter the building and carry out a full search.

"Two other casualties, two men believed to be in their early 20s, have been taken to York District Hospital where they are being treated for the effects of smoke inhalation and burn injuries.

"It is too early to say what the cause of the fire was but a detailed examination of the scene will be carried out."

The spokeswoman said police had been alerted by the fire service at around 2.15am.