Sunday, 7 December 2014

Dewsbury Flats Blaze drama leaves residents homeless.

Residents of Ashworth Close Dewsbury have been left homeless tonight following a severe fire at a communal flat complex .
Ashworth Close Dewsbury

The blaze which residents described as starting in a communal hallway broke out around 5:10 PM and has spread through the Roof areas of the connected properties causing severe damage to the building.
The firefighters attempted to contain the blaze until an Ariel platform appliance could be sourced from Wakefield fire station. 
The flats involved form part of the Ashworth Close flats complex with shared communal hallways, families and residents are tonight unable to return home.
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Residents of Ashworth close are moved out


Locals have  spoken of the shock at families and residents having to leave homes so close to Christmas with some calling for nearby residents to assist those displaced.
Investigations in to the blaze are expected to begin tomorrow, however until the damage is assessed many residents are having to find temporary accommodation with friends and relatives.

 
 Pictures YNMS-NEWS/ Mark Readman

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Fleeing robbers in GTA style car jackings Kirkstall Leeds.

Like a Scene from GTA !
Armed gang drag motorists and steal cars from cars in Leeds as they flee jewellery shop hold up.
Grand theft Kirkstall ? The wrecked Ford Focus RS.

Armed men fleeing a failed Jewellery shop robbery in Harrogate dragged motorists from cars and vans in Kirkstall Leeds as they escaped from smash and grab at Fattorini's jewellers in Harrogate where a large quantity of jewellery was stolen .
The gang fled in a grey van before switching to a Orange ford Focus RS but following several collisions in Harrogate they had to abandon the car in Kirkstall Road Leeds.


The Gang dragged occupants from a van before abandoning it at a cross roads where they collided only a hundred yards later with a Corsa car, they then began attempting to break car windows before stealing the Vauxhall Corsa.
The Ford Focus in Kirkstall road

Witnesses described the scene as something straight out of the video game Grand Theft Auto.
The armed gang had fled after failing to smash their way in to Fattorini's jewellers in Parliament Street in Harrogate at about 8.35am.
At around 9PM they hit rush hour traffic in Leeds where they abandoned the get away car and attacked a number of motorist including a work van.
The Works van hijacked and abandoned in Kirkstall

One witness Describe on facebook how she saw masked men dragging motorists from cars at traffic lights, it was like something from a film she added.
Detectives are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or may have recorded the happenings on mobile phones or car dash cams.
 Witnesses can d contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crime-stoppers by calling 0800 555111.
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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Major blaze at Leeds city centre Majestic / Majestyk Nightclub: pictures

Over 75 Fire Fighters were called to fight a blaze at the former Majestyk nightclub in Leeds city centre at 7:10 PM on Tuesday night.
Initial crews appeared to believe the fire was under control, but at around 8:30 PM the blaze took hold of the roof space of the building and further appliances were brought in in an attempt to bring the blaze under control.
The Majestyk club blaze
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Almost surreal as fire takes hold of roof space
The lady of the Majestic who has watched over Leeds since 1921 defies the flames
First sign of trouble, glow appears in right hand first floor window before the blaze took hold.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Armed gang target Pontefract Jewellers in broad daylight.

A 4 man armed gang stormed a Pontefract Jewellers shop on Ropergate in the town centre.
Forensic staff at the Armed robbery which took place at a Pontefract Jewellers

The armed gang struck at Kingston Jewellers around 2.30 PM threatening staff with a firearm before grabbing what has been described as a large quantity of jewellery.
Police at the scene in Ropergagte

The gang fled the shop in Ropergate in a maroon Rover 45 estate which was later found in flames on waste ground close to a children's park behind Wakefield road  near the junction of Jubilee way.
A large cordon was placed around the scene due to the possibility of ammunition in the car exploding and remained in place until the scene was declared safe at 4.50PM .

Armed police and Fire-fighters leave the Wakefield road site.
Shocked shop keepers told of how they were shocked that a gang would strike in broad daylight in a busy shopping street in front of shoppers.


Police have also revealed they are looking for a Silver  Astra estate car in connection with the incident.
Anyone with any information is asked to call  Det Insp Steve Greenbank of Wakefield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Pictures : Flash Flooding Hits Castleford Town leaving homes flooded

Parts of Castleford Town in West Yorkshire were left under feet of flood water as a storm opened the skies above Castleford.

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Abandoned car in Castleford Town Centre Picture copyright Mark Readman
The severe thunderstorms began as a trickle around 5PM on Friday night (08-08-2014) however by 6.30 PM it had developed in to what residents could only describe a monsoon.
Drainage systems were overwhelmed as the water became trapped behind the towns flood defences.
Several motorists had to be rescued from cars by the fire service when the water rose to as much as five feet high in less than a couple of minutes.

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Residents are lead to safety by volunteers in Castleford : Picture copyright Mark Readman
The River level remained within safety levels, the actual problem appeared to be flood defences built to protect the town had trapped thousands of gallons of rain water behind them, when drains could not cope the water had nowhere to go.
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Residents were unable to reach homes : Picture copyright Mark Readman

Several residents mopping up last night blamed the authorities for sealing up drainage points along river banking and then failing to clear gulleys and road drains.
One resident stated that it just had no where to go, the drains are blocked solid with debris, they have not been cleared for years.

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Car submerged in flood water Castleford town centre: Picture copyright Mark Readman
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Residents make attempts to unblock drains as properties flood. Picture Mark Readman
Abandoned cars as waters rise in Castleford .
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Worrying, Baby seat floats down the road in Castleford from an abandoned car. Picture Mark Readman
Fire-Fighters use muscle power to shove stranded motorists out of rising waters
Fire Crews respond through the storm to Castleford:
Motorists were forced to abandon cars.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Two rescued as leisure boat catches fire on river Calder Methley .

Two Adults an their pet dog have been rescued from the river Calder near Castleford when a small pleasure cruiser caught fire .
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The boat on Methley river bank

The two occupants were on a Sunday afternoon boating leisure trip along the canal when flames took hold as the boat drifted along the river Calder towards Methley.
A quick thinking passing river cruiser rescued the pair who had jumped in to the river and were suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation and took them to safety on the river banking .

The Fire is thought to have started in the engine with the boats occupants having to jump from the boat.
The boat drifted downstream to the banking where the fire was dealt with.

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Pictures Mark Readman BPPA

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Featherstone shop explodes in acetylene cylinder fire drama

Residents of Green Lane Featherstone were evacuated from their property on Saturday as an acetylene cylinder exploded in the local shop.
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The shop destroyed by the bizarre incident, Pic Mark Readman YNMS

Police and fire received reports of an explosion at the shop around 2:15PM Saturday afternoon (5-07-2014).
Upon arrival they found a welder attempting to repair a freezer unit in the shop had ignited the welding equipment causing the acetylene tank to ignite.
Residents were evacuated whilst the fire service extinguished the fire and made the area safe.
Police work out evacuation plan
Fire crews set up monitors to cool the cylinder 


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Man arrested as Explosion destroys Tingley Bungalow Leeds

A 46 Year old man is under arrest following an explosion that destroyed a bungalow in the Tingley area of Leeds .
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Emergency  services were called at 9:26 AM to reports of a fire following an explosion.
One man rescued himself from the bungalow as Emergency services raced to the scene.
The charred remains of the Bungalow .

A major operation was put in place including Ambulance Hart teams and the major rescue team from Cleckheaton.

Gas workers take camera phone pictures
TRT teams work to make building safe
Appeal: Suspicious Fire, Tingley

Detective Inspector Sean Duggan of Leeds CID, said: 
"This incident is being treated as arson and an investigation has been launched by West Yorkshire Police.
"A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and our enquiries into this incident are continuing.
"Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."


All Pictures Copyright Mark Readman YNMS- 2014

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Woman seriously injured in crash as car makes off from police in Dewsbury road Leeds.

A 34 year old woman has received serious injuries after a car crashed during a police pursuit in a Leeds Suburb. 20/05/2014
Dewsbury road leeds crash.

The Fiat Punto driven by a 23 Year old male made off from traffic police in the Dewsbury road area of Leeds Monday evening (6:37 PM) .
The Punto lost control colliding with parked cars and a row of shop fronts, a 34 year old female was hit by the out of control car on the pavement and received injuries described as serious but not life threatening.
A video claiming to be from the incident has been posted to You tube : Video linked with You Tube App subject to You Tube + Blogger licencing restrictions

A 23 year old man believed to be from Belle isle Leeds was cut free by fire-fighters from Hunslet station and taken to hospital where he remains under arrest .
Dewsbury road Leeds crash

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact officers via 101 quoting log number 1517 of May 19.



Monday, 12 May 2014

Two Stabbed in Leeds road Huddersfield incident

Police are investigating after two men were stabbed following a report of a number of men fighting in Leeds road Huddersfield.
The scene in Leeds Road Huddersfield

Police received reports of a group of men fighting near a carpet warehouse on Leeds road Huddersfield.
Two men one aged 44 and one aged 23 left the scene in a red car before stopping a few hundred meters away where it was discovered both men had been stabbed.
The men stopped and sought help nearby on Leeds road.
One man received aged 44 received serious injuries and the second less serious injuries.
Police are investigating the events.





Sunday, 23 March 2014

Police investigation following Youth 'Attack' in Harehills Leeds

A major police forensics operation was carried out following a serious attack upon a 17 year old male in the Harehills area of Leeds.
The attack took place on the junction of Yorks road and Harehills lane around 2:55 PM on Sunday afternoon.
The 17 year old youth is in a critical condition in hospital and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward who may have seen or heard anything surrounding the incident.

 The scene in Harehills Leeds on Sunday afternoon
Investigations gather evidence
Police are keen to trace two people described as a Black male around 17 years of age and a White female around 16 Yeas of age who were seen leaving the area around the time .
Police are also trying to trace the driver of  a red private hire car, possibly a Vectra that was seen in the area.

Any motorists who may have recorded dash cam footage around the area of Harehills lane near its junction with the York road intersection or along the route of Harehills lane at on Sunday afternoon around the time may also hold vital clues and can contact the the police to assist.
Anyone who feels they may have any information, mobile phone footage or dash cam footage from around the time can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Police Forensic units investigate the scene
Pictures: Mark Readman 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Bus Crashes Through Garden on Kippax housing estate.

Emergency services were called in to action tonight in a sleepy corner of a East Leeds suburb as a double decker bus ran out of control down a steep hill in Kippax Leeds.
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Kippax bus crash
The 166 Bus service From Garforth to Leeds left the road at the bottom of a steep hill on Gibson lane Kippax and collided with a Garden wall coming to rest at a steep angle .

It is believed one passenger suffered a minor Knee injury in the incident but this remains unconfirmed.
Specialist recovery contractors were called in to recover the bus.

Lucky escape, the bus could have toppled. 

Picture Mark Readman BPPA

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Major Fire Breaks out at Castleford town centre commercial buildings, Blaze destroys Wesley street buildings.


West Yorkshire fire Service are tackling a severe fire in a Castleford retail unit in the town centre this afternoon (Sunday 16-03-2014)
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ALP crews working in the heat.

8 appliances and 2 ALP platforms were called the blaze on Wesley street Castleford .
Breathing apparatus teams were called in to urgent action to search a furniture store for any possible missing persons at the complex as smoke bellowed from windows.
The complex comprising of a Taxi firm, car repair garage and a furniture is store spread over 3 floors in the town centre.
The blaze  broke out at 2.30 PM on Sunday and quickly spread to engulf the whole complex.
The town centre was evacuated due to safety fears and thick choking smoke which caused surrounding businesses and shops to close.
Water was pumped from the nearby River Aire to fight the fire.
The units are expected to be declared structurally unsafe following the major blaze.


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Search plans are made for the building

Castleford blaze
First Crews speak with owners

The blaze which broke out at 2.30 PM quickly spread to engulf the whole complex.
The town centre was evacuated due to safety fears and thick choking smoke.

Pictures from the scene By BPPA press photographer Mark Readman. 0745 0429705.
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The Blaze at Wesley street

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Crews start rigging Breathing apparatus

Crews de-brief after searching the premises 

Checks, breathing Apparatus is checked

Fire Fighter prepares for work in the Platform with twin safety lines 


The Building begins to collapse internally
Breathing apparatus crews





Getting Ready, Breathing Apparatus crews prepare to search the buildings 

Conditions were difficult for Fire-Fighters due to thick smog like Smoke



First Crews race to search the buildings





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