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Ilkley Moor fire: Woman arrested

Ilkley Moor fire Image copyright West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
Image caption Crews remained at the scene damping down late on Saturday morning

A woman has been arrested after a fire broke out on Ilkley Moor - a month after a blaze caused significant damage in the area.

At its height, about 50 firefighters tackled the latest blaze.

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue said its control room took over 65 emergency calls about the fire, which was "largely out" by 11:35 BST.

The suspect, 48, was arrested after members of the public reported a woman "behaving suspiciously" near the fire.

West Yorkshire Police said the blaze was close to the cattle grid on Hangingstone Road, which had to be closed.

Image copyright Shogo Suzuki

In a statement, the force said: "Police were called to moorland at Ilkley near Hangingstone Road at about 9.55am this morning to a report of a fire and suspicious behaviour by a female at the location."

Over Easter weekend, more than 70 firefighters were called to Ilkley Moor and a helicopter was deployed after a large area of moorland caught fire.

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