Arsonists torch HGVs in Gomersal

SMOKE and flames rose high into the night sky after arsonists torched four heavy goods lorries in Gomersal on Sunday.

Explosions were heard several miles away as the vehicles’ tyres burst, with damage expected to top £60,000 at a freight and storage depot off Spen Lane. 

Fire crews from Cleckheaton and Odsal were called to Pickles & Yeats Storage & Forwarding, situated just above Mann Dam, at around 10.30pm on Sunday after several large explosions were heard by nearby residents.

In the fading light a thick plume of black smoke and tall flames could be seen across the Spen Valley and beyond, as three crews battled to contain the blaze.

Witnesses came out of their homes and saw the lorries engulfed in flames and smaller explosions continued for some time.

The fire was brought under control by midnight, but police and forensic teams remained at the scene until Monday. 

Spen Lane, St Peg Lane and Gomersal Lane were all closed off by police, but reopened on Monday morning.

Police are treating the incident as arson and a spokesman said: “At 10.36pm police received reports of explosions from the site off Spen Lane in Gomersal.

“On arrival, officers found that four curtainsided trailers had been set on fire. 

“The reported explosions had been the sound of the tyres of the vehicles bursting.

“Police are keen to hear of any sightings of a silver Ford Fiesta and purplecoloured Ford Focus in the area in the hours before the fires were reported.”

If you have any information about the incident contact Dewsbury CID on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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