Man in court charged with arson following huge blaze at Leeds mill

Tong Road was closed after Sunday's fire
Tong Road was closed after Sunday's fire
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A man was due in court today charged with arson following a huge fire at a mill building in Leeds.

Luke Frost, aged 26, of Tong Road, Leeds, was set to appear at Leeds Crown Court following the blaze at Swallow Hill Mills, in Tong Road, Wortley, on Sunday.

At its height around 40 firefighters from across West Yorkshire were involved in dealing with the incident, which started at about 4am.

It was said to have reached temperatures of 900 degrees Celsius – so hot that steel beams melted, making the building structurally unsafe.

The two-storey former mill is owned by family-run company West Yorkshire Drawing Office Services (WYDOS) Ltd, which has operated at the site since 1972.

WYDOS office manager Paul Atkinson said ground floor offices were destroyed in the blaze.

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Early Morning Light on Harold Park with Swans in the foreground

The park is named after Harold Gathorn Hardy who died in 1881 at the age of 32. Harold helped establish the family run Low Moor Ironworks.In 1899 a recreation ground was added to the park, while in the early 20th century Low Moor Gala was held raising money for local hospitals. In 1931 Horsfall playing fields were added to the park, in 2014 these became a Queen Elizabeth II Playing fields and also contains Horsfall Stadium.

Harold Park is a small urban park in Low Moor, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The park is open all day all year round. To the immediate north of Harold Park is Horsfall Stadium home to Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. and Albion Sports A.F.C. Park Dam is a short walking distance to the south.

The park has been given a Green Flag Award and the Platinum award from The Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom for open spaces.

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