Unfortunately we have some very tragic news to report this afternoon.

Police and other emergency services have attended the scene of a “sudden death” at a property on a country lane near Dewsbury.

Police, paramedics and firefighters have descended on Jackson’s Lane at Thornhill Edge to reports of the death of a 76-year-old man.

Around 10 police vehicles, along with three or four ambulance crews and a fire engine from Dewsbury Fire Station, have attended the scene.

In a statement, West Yorkshire Police said: “Emergency services are attending at a property on Jacksons Lane, Dewsbury, following the sudden death of a 76-year-old male present there.

“Due to chemical materials found in the house, specialist firefighters have attended alongside the ambulance service and the police.

“There is not believed to be any wider threat to the general public and enquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances of the man’s death.”

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Summary of events

  • A 76-year-old man has died due to exposure to chemicals.
  • Up to a dozen emergency service vehicles, including police, ambulance and fire crews, attended the incident on Jacksons Lane, Thornhill Edge, this lunchtime following the discovery of the man’s body.
  • There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the man’s death.
  • There is not believed to be a threat to the public.

Death was due to exposure to chemicals

Richard Carr, Watch Commander at Dewsbury Fire Station says the sudden death today of a 76-year-old man at a property in Jacksons Lane, Dewsbury, was due to “chemical exposure”.
He declined to say what type of chemical was involved in the fatality.
He said samples were taken from the address using specialist monitoring equipment from a detection information monitoring system.
The fire service left the scene at 3.30pm.

Police and ambulance crews at the scene of an incident in Jacksons Lane, Thornhill Edge, Dewsbury.
Police and ambulance crews at the scene of an incident in Jacksons Lane, Thornhill Edge, Dewsbury.

Police remove cordon

CSI van arrives at the scene

Photos from the scene

Police and ambulance crews at the scene of an incident in Jacksons Lane, Thornhill Edge, Dewsbury.
Police and ambulance crews at the scene of an incident in Jacksons Lane, Thornhill Edge, Dewsbury.
Police and ambulance crews at the scene of an incident in Jackson's Lane in Dewsbury.
Police and ambulance crews at the scene of an incident in Jackson's Lane in Dewsbury. (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Reporter on the scene

Our reporter Robert Sutcliffe is on the scene now.

Video of the scene

A road closure is in place

Chemical materials found at scene of man’s sudden death

Police and other emergency services have attended the scene of a “sudden death” at a property on a country lane near Dewsbury.

Police, paramedics and firefighters have descended on Jackson’s Lane at Thornhill Edge to reports of the death of a 76-year-old man.

Around 10 police vehicles, along with three or four ambulance crews and a fire engine from Dewsbury Fire Station, have attended the scene.

In a statement, West Yorkshire Police said: “Emergency services are attending at a property on Jacksons Lane, Dewsbury, following the sudden death of a 76-year-old male present there.

“Due to chemical materials found in the house, specialist firefighters have attended alongside the ambulance service and the police.

“There is not believed to be any wider threat to the general public and enquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances of the man’s death.”