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The biggest news today is a huge blaze overnight at the historic Newsome Mill. Fire fighters have been there throughout the day after being called in the early hours of this morning.

It is thought the building has been completely destroyed by the fire and will have to be demolished.

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Former Newsome Mill boss would have been "disgusted" at its ruin

The former Managing Director at Newsome Mill would have been celebrating his 82nd birthday tomorrow - as the building he loved prepares to be demolished.

Mark Bedforth died in 2002 and worked as MD and Chairman at the Mill when it was owned by Taylor & Littlewood until its closure in 1983. His son Charles has said that Mr Bedforth would be “disgusted” as seeing the building being left to ruin.

Charles, 52, said: “One of the reasons it burned so easily was because the wooden floorboards would still have had the oil from sheep’s wool engrained in it from the textile work. The whole building would have been like a tinder box.

“Seeing it being torn down today of all days is extremely emotional.”

Large fire in Dewsbury

Six fire engines have been tackling a large fire at a joinery workshop in Dewsbury.

The fire service said the premises - GB Projects based at The Mill - were “100 per cent involved” in fire.

Fire engines from Dewsbury, Cleckheaton, Ossett, and Huddersfield attended the scene on Pepper Royd Street from around 5.30pm.

Jo Cox witness: "It's chaos, he's stabbed and shot people."

A horrified witness dialled 999 after MP Jo Cox was brutally attacked and told the operator: “It’s chaos, he’s stabbed and shot people,” a court has heard.

Darren Playford urged emergency services to hurry after Thomas Mair, 53, allegedly shot and stabbed the 41-year-old Remain campaigner outside her surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, on June 16.

Jurors in Mair’s Old Bailey murder trial were played a recording of the call in which Mr Playford said a gunman was “shooting everyone”.

A succession of eyewitnesses have told the Old Bailey trial how mother-of-two Mrs Cox was attacked by a knife-wielding man who warned them they had “better move back” or else be stabbed. The trial continues.

Jo Cox and Thomas Mair who has been found guilty of murdering the Labour MP
Jo Cox and Thomas Mair who has been found guilty of murdering the Labour MP

Car thieves jailed after causing "misery" in Huddersfield

Two men have been jailed for 11 years after stealing £250,000 worth of high value cars in areas including Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton.

Thomas Quinn, 37, pictured below left, and Gordon Hopkins, 39, pictured below right, both from Leeds, were sentenced to 5 years and 6 years respectively at Leeds Crown Court today after pleading guilty to 13 burglaries.

Cars included VW Golf’s, Audi’s BMW’s and a Seat Leon and were taken in break-ins in the area. The total value of the cars stolen has been estimated at £238,000 and several of them were later used as transport to commit further offences.

Police said the two had caused “real misery” to their victims.

Thomas Quinn (L) and Gordon Hopkins (R)
Thomas Quinn (L) and Gordon Hopkins (R) (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Ruth Street remains closed

Ruth Street, next to the mill, is still closed and likely to remain so for some time.

Aftermath of the fire

This picture was taken in the last hour by New Mill resident Emma Robertson.

The fire is more or less gone with fire fighters remaining on site dampening out any remaining embers. The building is now just a skeleton with the walls leaning outwards.

Aftermath of Newsome Mill fire
Aftermath of Newsome Mill fire (Image: Emma Robertson)

Sadness at Newsome Mill fire

Lots of our readers have been very upset by the prospect of Newsome Mills disappearing.

Christine may said on Facebook: “So sad to see this. For all of my life Newsome Mills have been there on the skyline and I still look for it when I go back to Huddersfield. What will I see on my next visit in December? A skeleton building with a clock tower.”

Jen McCartney said: “Absolutely disgusting that building has played a massive part in Newsome heritage and it’s a very sad day to see it go. Just gone past on the bus and it looks like the top part of the exterior wall is leaning out”.

Stephen Kaye said on Twitter: “It should never have been left to rot, planning has been in place for years. Too late to do owt with it now I’m guessing.”

Fire at Newsome Mills, Huddersfield.
Fire at Newsome Mills, Huddersfield.

Yellow warning for ice overnight

A yellow warning for ice overnight tonight has been issued for West Yorkshire.

Wintry showers are to hit hilly areas overnight which freeze into ice. Gritters are expected to be out in force tonight.

Frost covered trees, New Hey Road, between Fixby and Ainley Top
Frost covered trees, New Hey Road, between Fixby and Ainley Top

Man wanted on recall to prison

Huddersfield police have released an image of a man wanted on recall to prison.

Jack Haynes, 21, is known to frequent the Batley and Cleakheaton areas of Kirklees.

He has previously been convicted for burglary offences.

Anyone who has information about his whereabouts should contact Kirklees CID on 101. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Jack Haynes
Jack Haynes (Image: West Yorkshire Police)

Jo Cox witness tells court attacker "lifted gun as if to say 'here I am'"

The latest from the Old Bailey. Tracy Bywood, who was washing up in a care home kitchen overlooking the attack scene when it unfolded, has told the court she saw a man stab and shoot Mrs Cox. She said the MP “went down on the floor like a sack of potatoes”.

Ms Bywood also recalled the man shouting “Britain first”, adding that the “popping” noise of the gun had badly affected her since.

Fighting back tears, she told the court: “I won’t even buy Pringles any more, I can’t handle the noise of the seal breaking.”

“He was just so peaceful. He was just so calm as if he hadn’t done anything wrong.”

Shopkeeper Julie Holmes also saw the attack. She told the court: “He took a step into the road and he looked around and he looked over to where I was standing. He looked me right in the eye and lifted the gun, not pointing it at me but as a gesture, saying ‘here I am’.”

The Old Bailey, central criminal court, London
The Old Bailey, central criminal court, London

Village shop owner donated food to evacuated residents

Newsome Village Store owner Mazhar Hussain told us how he generously donated items for residents evacuated from their homes to escape the fire.

He said: “We are very much a community shop and so were only too glad to help. I just said to those wanting to provide the breakfasts to take what they needed which was mainly bread and tinned food.”

Knifepoint robberies in Sheepridge

Police are investigating two linked robberies in Sheepridge, they have said today.

A man was approached from behind on Sufolk Rise on Sunday evening by four men - described as teenagers - with knives. A knife was held to his face as the group demanded his belongings and searched him. They then made off empty-handed.

Less than an hour later a 55-year-old woman was walking along Belle Vue Crescent when three men approached her. One threatened her with a knife demanding money. She gave them some change and one of the men tried to take her bag. The victim struggled and the men made off.

Anyone who has any information about the incident can contact police via 101 quoting crime reference 13160639196 (first incident) or 13160639804 (second incident).

Suffolk Rise, Sheepridge
Suffolk Rise, Sheepridge (Image: Google Street View)

Barry Sheerman calling for "full investigation"

MP Barry Sheerman has called for a full investigation into the mill fire.

He told us: “I’m very unhappy that part of our history and heritage has been destroyed. I want to know how and why this happened, and who started it.”

Barry Sheerman
Barry Sheerman

Resident helped disabled man escape from fire

One heroic resident in Newsome has told us how she helped a disabled man escape his home as the fire raged just 20ft from his home.

Carmel Newton, 55, who lives with husband Steve and son Luke on Hillside Crescent, said: “I knew that a disabled gentleman lived in one of the bunaglows and we were really worried about him as the mill was completely ablaze from end to end. Fortunately the man’s door was unlocked so we managed to go in and wake him. We got him up and into his wheelchair and then covered him with a sheet as burning embers were falling everywhere. When we got him to safety we realised that the embers had burned small holes in his trousers – it was unbelievably hot. The main thing is that everyone is OK.”

Fire at Newsome Mills, Huddersfield.
Fire at Newsome Mills, Huddersfield.

Witnesses continue to give evidence at Jo Cox murder trial

In other local news this morning, the Old Bailey in London has been hearing more evidence from witnesses in Thomas Mair’s trial.

Taxi Driver Rashid Hussain has told the court he heard a noise like a “firecracker” as he was taking a fare from a passenger near the library when Jo Cox was attacked.

“I walked towards the entrance and see the guy stabbing somebody ... behind the car. He was just standing up and he was in the road.

“When I reached near, he stepped back. I said: ‘what are you doing, what’s wrong with you.’ He said: ‘Move back, otherwise I’m going to stab you’.

“He shot twice. He moved back and shot again.”

David Honeybell was in the library at the time. He said: “He just walked away with not a care in the world, he just walked away.”

WATCH: Firefighter speaks from the scene

District Commander Andy Farrell has been talking to us from the scene. See what he had to say here.

Police confirm fire is "suspected arson"

Police have just issued the following statement

“Police are appealing for any witnesses after a fire on Ruth Street, Huddersfield.

“Officers were called at 0450 this morning (Thursday 17 November) to the large fire.

“As a result some nearby houses were evacuated and roads closed as partners from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service tackled it.

“Detective Inspector Mark Walker of Huddersfield CID, said: ‘Following information from the Fire and Rescue Service we are investigating this as suspected arson and I would appeal to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area to contact DS Pete Usher on 101 quoting log 145 of 17 November.’”

Scout hut brought evacuated residents together

Newsome Scout leader Claire McCartney has been telling us how everyone has pulled together.

Homes were evacuated between 4 and 5am with police and firefighters “hammering on the doors” saying “you need to get out now”.

People flocked to St John’s Church were they were given tea and coffee, before Claire decided to open the Scout Hut as the church doesn’t have facilities to make breakfast.

Newsome Village Store generously donated bread and beans for people. Claire said: “Many have been told they can go back to their homes but there are still a few residents who live right next to the mill who are still waiting. They have gone back to the church.

“People left here at about 9.30 then we had some of the firefighters in who were taking a quick tea break.”

Crews doused opposite building to protect it from flames

Reports say that up to 100 firefighters from across West Yorkshire were called in to deal with the blaze.

The service used two aerial platforms to douse the flames from above. Watch commander Darren Bagley said the first thing they did when they arrived on the scene was douse an unaffected building next to the ablaze mill to ensure it wouldn’t catch fire.

They then turned to the mill itself and battled the flames head on. Six ground monitors were used and two hand held jets. Crews expect to be there throughout the day to ensure it doesn’t re-erupt.

Newsome Mill fire by Lynn Hargreaves
Newsome Mill fire by Lynn Hargreaves

Newsome clock tower: "I always knew where I could find the time"

Peter Kenworthy has said on Facebook: “My one hope is that Newsome gets a working clock tower back. I grew up in Newsome always knowing where I could find the time and frequently running for my school bus as a result.

“It’s been sad returning to Newsome over recent years and seeing the clock tower in such a broken state. Hopefully any development of the site has to include a working clock tower!”

Urban exploration - Newsome Mills clock tower MUST CREDIT: 'BEN'
Urban exploration - Newsome Mills clock tower MUST CREDIT: 'BEN'

"Community has rallied round"

We’ve been speaking to Cllr Andrew Cooper this morning. He said: “It is shocking what has happened - the community has rallied round and pulled together.

“Local shops have been giving breakfasts and the Scout Hut has given shelter to residents evacuated. Many people will have fond memories of the mill, possibly from working there or their family working there.”

Clr Cooper says a consultation was due today to discuss ongoing planning application for a development on adjacent Hart Street.

He added: “You have to wonder what the developers’ view on the current situation is.”

Clr Andrew Cooper
Clr Andrew Cooper

Residents returning to homes

Residents are now being informed they can return to their homes. Hazel Sykes, who lives next to the mill, has told us the walls that have been left are swaying. This is the view from her home.

Gutted Newsome Mill
Gutted Newsome Mill (Image: Hazel Sykes)

Collaboration of pictures of the fire

Lots of you have been sending in your pictures of the fire - both in full force as it was at 5am and later this morning as it is dying down.

We’ve compiled a gallery so you can see the extent of the damage the inferno has caused.

Fire service unable to confirm the fire is deliberate

Just some clarification on the suggestion of arson: A spokesperson for the fire service are saying the fire is under investigation and are unable to conclusively say it is deliberate at this point.

Footage from the scene

This footage from the scene was taken by Abdul Mukith:

Mill will have to be demolished

The fire service are now saying the building will have to be demolished. Watch commander Darren Bagley told us “it it totally destroyed”.

“The floors collapsed at 6am - once they are gone it is too unsafe and there is a danger the walls will go. Demolition crews arrived onsite at 7.30am to inspect the damage. Council building control teams are there now.

“The clock tower has managed to escape serious damage, so it is possible it could be salvaged. It is a real shame as it is such an iconic building.”

Fire at Newsome Mills, Huddersfield.
Fire at Newsome Mills, Huddersfield.

Building "100% involved in fire"

Traffic in Newsome

Ruth Street is still closed. Lockwood Scar is open but very busy, so try to avoid it if possible. Newsome Road is also open, but again busy.

In an unrelated note to the fire - Penistone Road between Fenay Bridge and Waterloo is currently very busy both ways due to a burst water main being repaired.

Traffic in Newsome
Traffic in Newsome (Image: Google Traffic Maps)

More pictures of the fire

James Hollingworth took these pictures after popping up after doing a DJ set at Camel Club in the small hours. Here you can see fire fighters using water from the drains to use for putting out the fire.

Fire fighters in action at the fire at Newsome Mill - taken by James Hollingworth
Fire fighters in action at the fire at Newsome Mill - taken by James Hollingworth (Image: James Hollingworth)
Fire fighters in action at the fire at Newsome Mill - taken by James Hollingworth
Fire fighters in action at the fire at Newsome Mill - taken by James Hollingworth (Image: James Hollingworth)

"Golf ball-sized" flames

Resident Trevor Sheldon said: “I woke up this morning at 5.00am to what sounded like small fireworks/banging/cracking sounds & the roofline glowing across the street & you could see embers reaching high into the sky so I knew there was something happening out of the ordinary.

“I quickly went out for drive to see that from Primrose Hill you could see the Newsome Mill ablaze where firefighters are at the scene & police reinforcements starting to arrive although clearly there aren’t enough officers (due to cuts) to deal with this (not their fault).

“Police officers, local residents and volunteers are evacuating as many people in the area as possible as golf ball sized embers rain down over a large area due to the high winds by the Hillside Primary School area.

“I drove up and I could see everyone including disabled being brought out into the streets for fear of secondary blazes as these embers are large enough to start new fires.”

Fire at Newsome Mill, taken by Trevor Sheldon
Fire at Newsome Mill, taken by Trevor Sheldon (Image: Trevor Sheldon)