Police investigating a fire at the former Batley Working Mens Club yesterday say they are treating the blaze as arson.
It is believed someone gained entry to the unoccupied premises on Wellington Street around 1.15pm and set the furnishings alight.
An appeal for witnesses has been launched after a 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and robbed in Batley.
The incident happened on a footpath near to Lady Ann Road at about 9.30am yesterday (Thursday August 20th).
It is believed the girl was approached from behind by an unknown man while walking on the footpath. He grabbed her and sexually assaulted her before running off with her iPhone.
The suspect was described as a male, 5’6" – 5’7" tall, of slim build, wearing a black jacket and carrying a carrier bag.
Three fire engines tackled a fire at Batley Working Mens Club earlier this afternoon.
Fire services were called to the Club on Wellington Street at around 1pm. The fire is believed to have started on the ground floor and spread to the first floor.
No one was inside the building and no-one has been injured.
The planned strike at Fox’s Biscuits in Batley by engineering workers has been suspended for a vote on a new pay offer.
Trade union Unite says that the 42 engineers who were due to have staged stoppages for six hours from 04.00-10.00 today and on Thursday over the pay issue, have called off the action.
The engineers at the Wellington Street site were angry at the original 1% offer for the year, starting on 1st August 2014, with a further 2% from 1st August this year.
Now a new offer, based on a one year deal, has been made.
Police have appealed for information after a stabbing incident in the early hours of Wednesday.
Two men, aged 18 years and 24 years 'sustained slash and puncture wounds' in Batley. Their injuries required hospital treatment.
Police say the incident happened between midnight and 1.30am.
Detectives are investigating what's thought to have been an armed car chase, which entered a hospital car park in Batley.
It was one of two incidents thought to have involved guns, which officers believe are linked.
The chase happened at around 5.56pm yesterday. The two cars - a silver or grey Volvo and a red Audi travelled down Upper Road and onto Halifax Road.
A passenger in the Volvo was seen hanging out of one of the windows. It's thought he was holding a gun. The cars entered the car park at Staincliffe Hospital.
Armed police were then called out to reports of gunshots in Conway Crescent in the early hours of this morning. A black car was seen leaving Conway Crescent around the time of the shots. Officers searched a building, but that was found to be empty.
Police are treating the incidents as targeted attacks and are asking the public to come forward with more information.
Extra patrols have been put in place in the area to reassure the public.
Police and Kirklees Council have thanked the residents of Batley for their support after today's demonstrations in the town centre. Both the EDL and We Are Batley events passed off peacefully with up to 350 EDL members demonstrating outside the town hall and no more than 60 We Are Batley counter demonstrators gathering on the New Way car park. No arrests were made at the demonstration itself.
A counter demonstration has been held to counter an English Defence League rally which took place in Batley today.
Organised by Kirklees Unite Against Fascism and Huddersfield TUC, the Celebration of Unity event was described as a "peaceful, anti-racist" gathering with music and speeches.
Batley councillors, politicians, Muslim leaders and the Bishop of Pontefract the Rt Rev Tony Robinson have all signed a Batley Unity Statement opposing the EDL rally.