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Investigation continues after five injured in Batley explosion

Detectives are continuing to investigate an explosion in Batley last night.

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Officers were called to Hick Lane at around 6:47pm and emergency services including ambulance and fire service were deployed to the scene soon after.

Five men aged between 35 and 39, suffered burn injuries and were taken to hospital for urgent medical treatment. Police say they all remain in hospital.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were also called to the scene as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the property and the houses in the surrounding area.

A police cordon remains in place in Batley town centre whilst enquiries continue to establish the cause of the explosion.

Drivers are being urged to avoid the area.

Police and partner agencies have worked throughout the night to ensure the scene is safe and there is no safety risk to members of the public.

“All injured parties are still in hospital receiving treatment for their injuries.

“We will be continuing with our enquiries throughout today and would like to thank the local residents and public for their patience whilst we establish the full circumstances of the incident. At this stage, we are not treating it as a terrorist incident.”

– Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs
  • If you have information call the police on 101 quoting log number 1589 of 6 February.