Residents from a block of flats in Huddersfield have been evacuated following a landslip this morning.

They were awoken after 8.30am after reports that there had been subsidence in the car park which is situated next to the River Colne.

The area has been taped off by police while experts from Yorkshire Water and Kirklees Council try to remedy the problem.

Det Insp Seth Robinson of Kirklees CID said: “At 8.30 am today we were told that there had been a landslip at Fearnley Mill Drive, off Leeds Road. Yorkshire Water staff are investigating it, it is a public safety issue. There have been no injuries.”

Malcolm McMath who has lived in the block for nine months said: “The problem is centred around a disused pipe that carried out to the old dye works, Bottomleys.

“They shut down a few years ago.”

Another resident, David Lockwood, a 34-year-old sales advisor, who has lived on the second floor off Fearnley Mill for four years, said: “The car park has subsided, that’s all we know at the moment.

“Everything else is just hearsay.

“I’d gone out and got a bootful of shopping for my Sunday lunch but I might have to cook it at a friend’s house. The only thing that matters though is that no-one has been hurt.”

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And Mark Cooper, 48, who works in warehousing and has lived in the block for just over four years, said: “Someone came and knocked on my door at 10am and said I had to get out until further notice.

“I wasn’t best pleased as I worked all day yesterday until 8pm and I was looking forward to chilling out today.

“But it was not to be.”

Fearnley Mill Drive, where the landslip has occurred

A Yorkshire Water spokeswoman said: “We were called this morning about a burst at the mill. A technician went to the site and isolated the main water pipe. Following investigations we discovered it was a private pipe so it has not affected customers’ supplies. But there has been some damage to the car park.”

Rastrick firefighter Mathew Herrin said: "We went down to help Yorkshire Water isolate the supply.

"The car park has sunk quite badly, about 18 inches and covering an area of five metres by 15 metres.

"What had happened was that the water main had burst. The pressure had obviously been building up under the riverside car park for some time."