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Five kids arrested for Dalton Mills arson attack

Five young people have been arrested in connection to the blaze that engulfed Dalton Mills in Keighley, yesterday.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a fire at Dalton Mills in Keighley yesterday, Thursday 3 March.

Officers were called by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to Dalton Lane shortly after 12pm yesterday afternoon.

Footage on social media showed flames engulfing the Grade-II listed building. No one was in the building at the time.

Over 100 firefighters were on the scene at the height of the blaze, with twenty pumps called out just before midday.

A police cordon was put in place and people living nearby were told to keep their windows and doors closed and say people should avoid travelling to the area.

Dalton Mills dates back to the 19th century and was once the largest textile mill in Yorkshire, employing over 2,000 workers.

Investigations are underway but officers are treating the fire as suspicious.

Five young people have been arrested on suspicion of arson and enquiries are ongoing.

Inspector John Barker from Keighley Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “I would like to thank all the emergency services and partners for the swift action taken at this historic building yesterday afternoon.

“There was a significant risk to the public and we worked together to minimise that risk by putting out the fire and making the building safe.

“We quickly identified suspects and made five arrests.

“I would like to thank residents in the area for their patience, officers from our Neighbourhood Policing team are supporting our colleagues at the fire service there today.

“Dalton Lane remains closed today and will be closed into the weekend.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who may have information about the fire or who saw anything suspicious to come forward. Drivers are also being asked for any dashcam footage if there were in the area at the time.”

Any information can be given to Bradford CID via 101 or the live chat facility at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus quoting crime ref 13220116901.

Information can also be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Dalton Lane is still closed between School Lane (near Kia Motors) and Riverside and will remain closed heading into the weekend.

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