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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume on Monday at 08:00
  2. Live updates on Friday 7 October 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Fire in the centre of Leeds today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's it from us for today, thanks for checking in. We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 for more news, sport, travel and weather.

The news today has, of course, been dominated by the big fire in the Lower Wortley area of Leeds. A huge plume of smoke could be seen from miles around.

Darren Skirrow

Ten fire engines attended the scene, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say that they expect to stay at the site overnight to make sure the fire is completely out.

Four people are reported to have been working in the building before the blaze broke out - but nobody was hurt. 

This is the moment BBC Radio Leeds' Larry Budd was reporting live from the scene when there was an explosion from inside the burning building.

The fire is now out but it has destroyed the building.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Weather: Cloudy night with the odd shower possible

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Little change from earlier through this evening and overnight, with often cloudy skies and the odd shower possible. Whilst the moderate easterly breeze will gradually ease, it will remain chilly. A minimum of 10C overnight.


Tomorrow, we'll be in for another cloudy day, with the odd shower. Whilst some brighter or sunny spells are likely, it will remain cool under the cloud. Maximum of 15C. 

Leeds fire: The view from Wakefield

We've featured lots of pictures of the fire in the centre of Leeds today, we think that this is perhaps the one taken the furthest away.

Thanks to Michiko Smith for this picture of the plume taken in Wakefield!

Fire from Wakefield
Michiko Smith

Travel update: Leeds in gridlock, severe delays on buses and long delays on the A1

BBC Travel

We have massive disruption in Leeds city centre tonight, partly due to the fire and partly due to an accident on the Inner Ring Road.

Buses routes are reporting delays of at least 40mins on all services.

Further afield on the the A1 there are queues of 12 miles northbound in Wentbridge because of an accident involving three vehicles. If you join the back of the queue, you'll be stuck there for at least an hour. Congestion on A1(M) to J35 M18.

And this is causing problems on the southbound carriageway too as people slow down to look at the accident. Four miles of queues on that side with congestion on A1(M) to J41, M62 (Knottingley).

Fire as seen from Headingley

Our thanks to Charlotte Marsden for this picture of the plume of smoke she took from Headingley.

We liked it so much, we've used it as our big picture above!

Headingley picture
Charlotte Marsden

Travel update: Slow evening commute

BBC Travel

If you're getting ready to head home for the day, just be aware of the delays in in Leeds.

An accident on the Leeds Inner Ring Road, closed roads because of the fire and some roadworks mean that the city centre is moving very slowly this afternoon.

First Bus say that they've currently got delays on all of their services of around 40mins.

Aftermath of fire at Leeds industrial building

These latest pictures from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue show the devastated structure following the blaze near Leeds city centre this afternoon.

As you can see there's not much left of the building.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Watch: Yorkshire UKIP MEP denies hitting Steven Wolfe

The UKIP MEP involved in an altercation with Steven Woolfe has said he "categorically did not" throw a punch at his colleague.

Mike Hookem acknowledged he and his colleague had a "scuffle" in the European Parliament but insisted that he did not hit him.

UKIP's Steven Woolfe will be kept in hospital for a further 48 hours.  

Leeds city centre fire 'not deliberate'

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have just said that the cause of the fire this afternoon in Leeds is not thought to be deliberate.

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Watch: Leeds fire filmed from the air

Here are some amazing pictures taken from a helicopter above the fire in Leeds this lunchtime...

Thanks to Heald’s Aviation for sending them to us.

Up close and personal with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have just tweeted these pictures from the scene of the disused industrial building in the Lower Wortley area of Leeds.

The fire broke out at around 12:40 this lunchtime, nobody has been reported as injured.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Your pictures: Fire seen from around the city

Lili Tenko
Alex Rogers
Rae Ellingham

Travel update: 'Gridlock in city centre'

BBC Travel

And, as always, the travel disruption is going to cause you problems if you're wanting to use a bus.

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Travel update: Building fire closes roads

BBC Travel

The fire in Leeds city centre has closed some of the roads in the area around it and to make matters worse, there's been an accident on the Inner Ring Road.

Globe Road is closed as is Whitehall Road and Springwell Road.

Traffic is very heavy around the city, there's also been an accident on the Inner Ring Road, which has closed one lane westbound. 

Watch: Moment that explosion is heard in Leeds fire

This is the moment that a loud explosion was heard at the site of a fire at a disused commercial building.

BBC Radio Leeds reporter Larry Budd was reporting live on Facebook at the time

Watch: Up close with fire in Leeds city centre

Thanks to Andy Jackson for this video of the fire in the Lower Wortley/Holbeck area of Leeds

West Yorkshire Fire Service

The fire in Whitehall Rd, Lower Wortley, is at a disused commercial building, 60m by 50m, 40% involved in fire. No people have been injured.

Leeds city centre fire: What we know so far

The latest we have on the fire:

  • The fire has been raging in a disused commercial building in the Lower Wortley/Holbeck area
  • Ten fire engines attended
  • The fire started at around 12:40
  • There have been no injuries
  • Explosions have been heard from inside the building
  • Some of the structure has collapsed
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say that they are working hard to stop the fire from speading further
Graham Smith

Fire seen from Leeds railway station

Among the photos taken of the fire in Leeds is this one taken from the railway station by Anna Riley. 

Fire seen from station
Anna Riley

This second one shows how close the flames are to residential areas.

Fire in Leeds
Anna Riley

Your pictures: Fire in Leeds city centre

There has been a huge fire in the centre of Leeds this lunchtime.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue were called before 13:00 to the blaze. It's thought that no one has been injured.

Ten fire engines attended the scene.

Darren Skirrow
James McDonnell
Chalres Briggs
Albi Bell

Four people inside building at time of fire

Larry Budd

Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Fire service damping down now at the scene.

Fire service damping down. I understand 4 people were inside at the time building went up, but all safe. @BBCLeeds

Fire service damping down. I understand 4 people were inside at the time building went up, but all safe. @BBCLeeds

What we know about the fire in Leeds

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have confirmed that 10 fire engines have been called to the scene at 12:42 today.

We know that the fire is at a disused industrial building in Holbeck.

If you have footage or pictures of the fire, you can send it to me on email.


Plumes of smoke and flames at the scene

This photograph was taken by Darren Skirrow in Leeds city centre. 

Fire in Leeds
Darren Skirrow @Neosans

Latest from the scene

Reporter Larry Budd says the site appears to be a industrial site approximately half-a-mile south of Leeds railway station.

Police have set up a cordon to keep people back.

Larry has spoken of feeling a compression wave when there was an explosion as the site was consumed by flames earlier.

The fire service have told us they were called at 12:42.

Fire service on the scene


At the scene

Radio Leeds' Larry Budd was at the scene on Whitehall Road close to the train station.

He's now moved back.

Here's an image of his view at the moment.

Fire in Leeds

More video of the fire

Twitter user @Coopeh shot this video of the blaze.

Live from the scene

Radio Leeds' Larry Budd is at the scene of the blaze.

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Video of blaze

Here's a video sent to us by Rupesh Limbachia of the blaze.

Huge fire in Leeds

Lots of people have been tweeting pictures of the huge fire in Holbeck. 

We have no official word as yet as the cause or exact location.

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View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Huge plume of smoke in Holbeck

This huge plume of smoke appears to be coming from a disused depot in the Holbeck area of Leeds.

We'll bring you more as we get it


Huge plume of smoke in Leeds city centre

We've received this picture from Rupesh Limbachia of a fire in Leeds city centre.

We'll bring you more on this shortly.

Plume of smoke in Leeds city centre
Rupesh Limbachia

Cross Green glass factory fire: 10,000 pallets of glass destroyed

A fire at a glass factory in Leeds has destroyed 10,000 pallets of glass.

According to Allied Glass Containers there were no injuries following the blaze, even though 21 people were inside the building at the time. 

The building itself was being used as a warehouse and decoration unit.

Around 100 fire fighters were at the building at the height of the blaze, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say that they're likely remain at the site all weekend.

'No evidence' in 'honour killing' case

Samia Shahid
Family photo

Lawyers representing two men accused of murdering a Bradford beautician in a so called 'honour killing' will seek to have the case thrown out due to a 'lack of evidence'.

New cinema complex for Wakefield?

Wakefield city centre is one step closer to getting a new cinema on the site of the Market Hall.

Cinema Complex
Wakefield City Council

The council and a developer have agreed - in principle - the sale of the site and will now put a planning application forward for nine-screen cinema flanked by restaurants.

The planned development will inject something new into the city centre, boosting the night-time family economy as well as the daytime economy, and bring more jobs and investment into the district."

Andrew WallheadWakefield City Council

Watch: 'Forest of Light' in time-lapse

It's like West Yorkshire's gone lights crazy over the last few days.

Not only is there the Leeds Light Night going on tonight, Bradford is also staging its own spectacular light show.

The "Forest of Light" opened yesterday, you can go and see it until Sunday. But check out this great time-lapse footage of it...

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Two robberies and an assault in Brighouse

Have you seen this man? Police would like to talk to him about two robberies and an assault in Brighouse. 

West Yorkshire Police

Detectives say that on Monday he threratened three 16-year-old boys in two seperate incidents. He took a phone and cash from one boy and a time later he assaulted another, leaving him with minor injuries.

Then yesterday he approached another two 16-year olds and threatened them and searched their rucksacks.

Officers say he is thought to have a tribal tattoo on the left side of his neck.

Whilst no one has been seriously injured, clearly these have been frightening incidents for the victims. We are appealing for anyone who has any information about any of the three incidents, or who can help to identify the person in the e-fit to come forward.

Det Const Natasha WilsonWest Yorkshire Police

Plans for new park in Kirklees in doubt

Ambitious plans to create a country park in Kirklees appear to be over.

Furnley Park

The owners of Farnley Estate had hoped to get council backing for a 1,500-acre park - featuring a cycle track and nature reserve. 

However the park would've been funded through the sale of green belt land for housing - and last night it emerged it's failed to make it onto the council's master plan for housing.

The plan was popular amongst residents, with an online consultation receiving 10,375 responses, of which 8,839 were in favour of the proposal.  

Fire fighters 'likely to remain over the weekend' at glass factory

The scene of a fire at Cross Green in Leeds will take all weekend to put out completely according to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.


Scores of firefighters are tackling the blaze at a glass manufacturing plant on Towngate Link, an industrial estate on Cross Green Way.  

At its height more than 20 fire engines and three aerial platforms were used to fight the flames.  

We won't know what caused the fire for some time and no injuries have been reported. 

The building structure is now unstable and for that reason we cannot commit firefighters inside it so we are tackling the areas that are still burning from outside using aerial jets.

Group Manager Gary ClareWest Yorkshire Fire and Rescue