Double-decker bus catches fire at Leeds shopping centre

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POLICE HAVE begun an arson investigation after a double-decker bus caught fire in Leeds today.

The First service was at Bramley Shopping Centre's bus station when a fire was spotted on the top deck at around 1.50pm.

The bus was evacuated and emergency services were called out to bring the blaze under control.

Passer-by Joel Evans shared this dramatic image of the vehicle, with flames and smoke clearly visible.

Now police are appealing for witnesses as they investigate how the fire began.

A spokesman said: “At 1.49pm today police were contacted by the fire service who were attending a bus fire at Bramley Centre.

“The fire is believed to have been started deliberately and a crime of arson has been recorded. Enquiries are ongoing.”

First West Yorks earlier confirmed on Twitter that the Bramley bus station stops were temporarily suspended, but services have since resumed.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to contact police via 101, quoting crime number 13150715214, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.