19 November 2020 14:33
Four men were rescued in the early hours of this morning after they lost their bearings within the Box Hill stone mines, near Corsham. The rescue involved Wiltshire Police, Avon & Somerset police, Dorset & Wilts Fire service, Ministry of Defence police, Hanson UK and volunteers from Mendip Cave Rescue. Police have branded the group "foolish" for entering the caves without spec ialist equipment. Secretary of Mendip Cave Rescue Martin Grass said: "We were called out at 1.15am after receiving the message that four people were lost in the stone mines at Box. The alarm had been raised by the parents of one of the group. "There are quite a few entrances to the stone mines but were given a map reference which happened to be a couple hundred yards from the Quarrymans Arms at Box Hill.
Owners of the mine, Hanson UK, have sealed a number of entrances but so-called 'urban explorers' have still found ways to access the labyrinth of tunnels. Fire Station Manager Richard Humphrey said: "Aside from the fact that this group shouldn't have been out exploring anyway, due to the current lockdown restrictions, they didn't know where they were going, they didn't have the correct clothing or equipment, and they were incredibly fortunate that they were able to get sufficient phone signal to raise the alarm and then provide a What3Words reference to help us find them. "We had a crew from Corsham fire station searching along all of the access points to the mine, trying to locate the group, with support from both Wiltshire Police and the MoD police. A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "This morning's operation was the result of several agencies working together and we'd like to thank all of those involved who helped us bring this to a successful conclusion. "Fortunately last night's escapades for the four trapped males ended with their extraction, albeit some three hours after the initial call, but without injury to any of them - or their rescuers.
From each box sold, 50p will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer, the charity campaign The Great British Bake Off supports through its series of celebrity specials. Boxes include pre-portioned and carefully weighed dry ingredients from handpicked suppliers, along with a checklist for the fresh ingredients needed to complete the bake. Each box will also include a bespoke piece of baking equipment, specially designed for The Bake Off Box. Becca Watson, the show's home economist, said: "We know how many are inspired to bake when the show is on air. "The Bake Off Box takes that one step further, delivering the recipes direct to your door, so that everyone can join in, test their skills and get a taste of what they see on screen." A unique food box selling only British-produced food is available in Morrisons, and £1 from every purchase is donated to farming charities. The box, first announced in May 2020, was created to help farmers sell food which would typically be destined for the foodservice trade.
The seasonal food box has since been updated to include new items. It contains seven packs of meat - including ribeye steak, two blocks of cheese, four pints of milk, a block of butter, a kilo of potatoes and numerous packs of vegetables. Thank you @Morrisons for backing our British farmers with this British Food Box, which is full of British Produce AND £1 from every box sold is going to farming charities! Buy your British Food Box here: — The Prince's Countryside Fund (@countrysidefund) November 19, 2020 Created to support vulnerable and self-isolating customers, the British Food Box supports UK farmers who have been struggling since the pandemic. Additionally, the box contains milk and cheese from the Morrisons For Farmers range which returns more money directly into the pockets of producers. David Potts, chief executive of Morrisons, said the retailer wanted to help farmers while also playing its part in feeding the nation. "Our farmers produce some of the world's finest meats, vegetables and cheeses which we want to offer to our customers," he said. What's inside the food box? The Morrisons British Food Box contains food produced solely by British farmers: The box is available to buy on the Morrisons British Food Box website. Four 'lost' men were rescued from Box Mine in the early hours of this morning. Wiltshire Police received a call reporting the group, all in their late 20s, trapped underground after getting lost around two hours after entering the Site of Special Scientific Interest. At around 1am, officers, alongside Wiltshire and Dorset Fire and Rescue, Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue, Mendip Cave Rescue, Ministry of Defence Police and Hanson UK (the Box Mine owners) worked together to successfully locate and extract them by 3.55am. "This morning's operation was the result of several agencies working together and we'd like to thank all of those involved who helped us bring this to a successful conclusion", a police spokesperson told Wiltshire 999s. Adding: "Fortunately last night's escapades for the four trapped males ended with their extraction, albeit some three hours after the initial call, but without injury to any of them – or their rescuers. "Exploring mines and caves is dangerous at the best of times but to do so at night and without specialist knowledge or equipment is more than a little foolish. We'd urge anyone not to deliberately put themselves – or the emergency services and rescuers – in danger by staying home!" Wiltshire Police said no coronavirus regulation fines were issued despite the group breaching the current government laws on gathering outside the home.