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Leeds is to play host to the Dutch swimming team in preparation for the 2012 Olympics http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Leeds-set-to-go-Dutch.5467079.jp

Good news I guess - we've attracted a successful team. I can't however help but feel we should maybe have got a more high profile team... There's not many cities with as good swimming facilities (brand new 50m pool) & links to London (2hrs or less). Where will the 'big' swimming nations train?
 

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A thread for sports news/developments, away from the Elland Road/Headingley threads etc.

Leeds is to play host to the Dutch swimming team in preparation for the 2012 Olympics http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Leeds-set-to-go-Dutch.5467079.jp

Good news I guess - we've attracted a successful team. I can't however help but feel we should maybe have got a more high profile team... There's not many cities with as good swimming facilities (brand new 50m pool) & links to London (2hrs or less). Where will the 'big' swimming nations train?
Could regular flights from LBA - Amsterdam Schipol be another factor as well as the ferry links to Rotterdam from Hull. Still at least it is good news to see the Dutch swimming team in addition to the Serbs (whose whole Olympic team are going to be based in Leeds and Sheffield prior to London 2012). Is there a list anywhere of which countries have decided to base where yet prior to the Olympics and has LCC, YF etc being selling the city to various Olympic Committies and have any big names yet to annouce where they will be based? Surely Leeds should hope to get more especially with it's sports focused Leeds Metropolitan University as well as facilties at the John Charles Centre.
 

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Dutch swimmers and Serbians are hardly top of the list of great sporting nations. Those who get the Ozzies/Yanks/Russians/Chinese will have scored a major result...
 

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A thread for sports news/developments, away from the Elland Road/Headingley threads etc.
I know there are already two threads talking about this but I'm going to bring it up in here because it should:

There are plans to completely rebuild the Odsal Stadium and turn the Stadium and the adjacent land into a sporting village. the plans include:

18,000 all seated stadium New club offices and club shop will be built at the Rooley Avenue end within a complex that will also include a small hotel and gymnasium.

Additional car parking for over 1,500 vehicles on the landfill site adjacent to and to the south of the stadium.

New indoor community sports facility on the adjacent NHS land will also provide a new access road from Rooley Avenue to this facility and to the car parking and other sporting facilities to the south.
 

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The thing that puzzles me is why do Dutch swimmers need to come here before the Olympics anyway. Is it just a respect thing to the host country? It's not like they have to acclimatise to altitude or climate and I don't suppose Yorkshire swimming pool water differs greatly from Amsterdam or London swimming pool water. They're not even protecting themselves from the ill-effects of a long journey on the eve of the Olympics.
 

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Leeds City Council has agreed to loan Farsley Celtic provided it goes into ownership by a consortium wishing to invest in the future of the club as opposed to another entity who look like they will just use their Throstle Nest ground for redevelopment. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Council-backs-Farsley-Celtic-loan.6070157.jp

Council backs Farsley Celtic loan bid


13 February 2010
A CONSORTIUM bidding to bring Farsley Celtic out of administration has won financial backing from council bosses.
Leeds City Council's executive board agreed on Friday to a loan request from the group, led by club president John Palmer.

The loan will only go through, however, if the Palmer consortium's offer for Farsley is accepted by administrators Mazars.

No details have been released on the amount the council has agreed to lend.

It is understood, however, that the sum is less than the consortium would put up itself, should the deal go through.

The Palmer offer is one of two being considered by accountancy firm Mazars.

A council report says the other as-yet-unnamed bidder wants to use the Celtic site "for their own business purposes" – raising the prospect of the football club as it is now ceasing to exist.

Council leader Coun Andrew Carter, ward member for Calverley and Farsley, said it would be "very bad news indeed for the local community" if Mazars rejected the Palmer consortium's offer.

Blue Square North outfit Celtic have been in administration since July last year.
It would be a loss for Farsley if Farsley Celtic were to be liquidated although they have been in a period of administration for rather a long time now. I wonder what would have happened had Leeds City Council approved previous plans by the club to develop some excess land for residential development and if that could have avoided administration?

Still it does raise issues regarding the long term future of the club considering it's low support base and presumably lack of revenue streams which any potential new owner would surely need to address if the club is to survive as surely any new owner would need to be rather prudent in avoiding the club falling into administration again (which previously came partially as a result of Farlsey Celtic rising up through the leagues to the Conference before falling back into the Conference North). Could a merger with another club nearby such as Bradford Park Avenue or Guiseley be a possibility as controversial as that would be or perhaps a relocation to another stadium (capacity permitting regarding room for matches) such as Headingley, Elland Road, John Charles Centre for Sport, Odsal or Valley Parade? Any other ideas as to how to sustain the long term future of Farsley Celtic?
 

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Has there been any update on whether Farlsey Celtic have been saved and have managed to go out of administration with the YEP claiming that they could go out of administration today? http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Farsley-Celtic-John-Palmer-interview.6100808.jp

One of the bidders for Farsley Celtic are threatening to pull out on rescuing the club. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Farsley-Celtic-Wouldbe-rescuers-threaten.6109096.jp

Farsley Celtic: Would-be rescuers threaten to pull out

A consortium bidding to bring Farsley Celtic out of administration today warned it is ready pull the plug on its proposed rescue deal.

Published Date: 26 February 2010
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A consortium bidding to bring Farsley Celtic out of administration today warned it is ready pull the plug on its proposed rescue deal.
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The group, led by Farsley president John Palmer, has had an offer on the table for the Football Conference club for a number of months.

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and At the start of this week, however, the club's administrator, accountancy firm Mazars, publicly branded Mr Palmer's offer as "inadequate".

Mazars also said it wanted to see an improved offer with proof of funding by close of play on Wednesday.

Now the Palmer group has attempted to seize the initiative in the stand-off over Farsley's future by issuing an ultimatum of its own.

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Consortium solicitor James Moore said: "The administrator will have to accept the current offer by Monday or we will walk away. We've made every effort to conclude a deal."

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Mazars today said the group's offer remained unsatisfactory from the point of view of the club's creditors.

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Under the rules of the Football Conference, Farsley must come out of
administration by the second Saturday in May to be eligible for membership of the league next season.

Mazars is also considering a rival offer from an as-yet-unnamed party for Farsley, who went into administration last July.
Wonder if Farsley could be thrown out of the Conference North similar to Chester City who have just been thrown out of the Conference National today? It isn't looking good for Farsley and of course it is looking likely that Leeds's second football team could soon go out of business.
 

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Has there been any update on whether Farlsey Celtic have been saved and have managed to go out of administration with the YEP claiming that they could go out of administration today? http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Farsley-Celtic-John-Palmer-interview.6100808.jp

One of the bidders for Farsley Celtic are threatening to pull out on rescuing the club. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Farsley-Celtic-Wouldbe-rescuers-threaten.6109096.jp

Farsley Celtic: Would-be rescuers threaten to pull out

A consortium bidding to bring Farsley Celtic out of administration today warned it is ready pull the plug on its proposed rescue deal.

Published Date: 26 February 2010
By Paul Robinson
A consortium bidding to bring Farsley Celtic out of administration today warned it is ready pull the plug on its proposed rescue deal.
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The group, led by Farsley president John Palmer, has had an offer on the table for the Football Conference club for a number of months.

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and At the start of this week, however, the club's administrator, accountancy firm Mazars, publicly branded Mr Palmer's offer as "inadequate".

Mazars also said it wanted to see an improved offer with proof of funding by close of play on Wednesday.

Now the Palmer group has attempted to seize the initiative in the stand-off over Farsley's future by issuing an ultimatum of its own.

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Consortium solicitor James Moore said: "The administrator will have to accept the current offer by Monday or we will walk away. We've made every effort to conclude a deal."

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Mazars today said the group's offer remained unsatisfactory from the point of view of the club's creditors.

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Under the rules of the Football Conference, Farsley must come out of
administration by the second Saturday in May to be eligible for membership of the league next season.

Mazars is also considering a rival offer from an as-yet-unnamed party for Farsley, who went into administration last July.
Wonder if Farsley could be thrown out of the Conference North similar to Chester City who have just been thrown out of the Conference National today? It isn't looking good for Farsley and of course it is looking likely that Leeds's second football team could soon go out of business.
 

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Farsleys game tonight against Telford United has been called off after their rescue deal fell through. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Farsley-Celtic-Council-backed-rescue.6115702.jp

Farsley Celtic: Council backed rescue deal falls through


Farsley president John Palmer has been trying to broker a deal to bring the Football Conference outfit out of administration.

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Farsley Celtic's game at Telford United tonight has been called off following the collapse of a council-backed rescue deal for the beleaguered club.
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Farsley president John Palmer has been trying to broker a deal to bring the Football Conference outfit out of administration.

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Farsley's administrator, accountancy firm Mazars, said today's dramatic developments had been prompted by the failure of Mr Palmer's consortium to make a suitable offer for Celtic at a meeting last night.

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Failure to fulfil a fixture can, in theory, lead to a club being expelled from the Football Conference.

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A spokesman for the league, though, said it was too early to say what action Farsley could face.

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It was also unclear today whether the club's game at home to Workington on Saturday was on or off.

Leeds City Council recently agreed to loan Mr Palmer an unspecified sum to help him do a deal for Farsley, if his offer was accepted by Mazars.
Looks like the final curtain for Farsley Celtic FC, a shame imo. :eek:hno: Wonder what will become of their Throstle Nest ground and where Leeds Met Carnegie FC who also play at Farsleys ground will move to as a result (South Leeds Stadium perhaps)?

On another note Harrogate Town FC are looking at forcing Harrogate Rugby Union club out of their Claro Road stadium. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Harrogate-RUFC-ground-battle.6115299.jp

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Harrogate Town football club look set to oust the town's rugby club from its historic home of 114 years.
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The football club plan to build a state-of-the-art sport complex at Claro Road as part of a push for Football League status.

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The football club say there will be no place for rugby union at the ground, which has links to the 15-man sport going back to 1896.

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Football club chiefs say it has the money to buy the land, believed to be priced around £1.4m, and is already in talks with developers Crest Nicholson about the sale.

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Harrogate Rugby Club sold the Claro Road site to the developers in 1999, while remaining there on a 10-year lease.

Since that expired in December, the club has been renting the ground on a rolling monthly contract, while negotiating to buy it back.

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Ian Rhodes, development director at Crest Nicholson, said the rugby club could not raise the sum needed. He said: "We had hoped that such a deal would prove possible but regrettably a shortfall in funding has, we understand, left the club unable to proceed as hoped."

He added: "The current circumstances have been anticipated for many years and we believe we have acted fairly in exploring every possible avenue both to assist the club and help to provide wider sports provision in the town."

Alan Williams, club secretary at Harrogate Town FC, said: "We are now going to make an offer for Claro Road.We were willing to co-operate with the rugby club, but they stated they wanted nothing to do with the football club."

Last September Harrogate Town chairman Bill Fotherby said the two clubs had "virtually agreed" that he would purchase the ground and they would share it, only for the rugby club to change its mind.

The football club are keen to acquire the site as their current base at Wetherby Road would not meet Football League standards.

Mr Williams added: "We will go for promotion next year: attracting the players, putting the investment into the team and getting the ground sanctioned by the FA."

Mr Williams said Stoke City had offered training equipment, a gym and floodlights but that they were unable to accept because of the current ground's limitations.

Coun Don Mackenzie, cabinet member for planning at Harrogate Council, said the authority was committed to keeping the rugby club at Claro Road and would encourage Harrogate Town to find another site.

He said:"Harrogate Rugby Club is anxious to repurchase the land from Crest Nicholson and I would be very supportive of that."

He said the council was working on plans for a major sports development which both clubs could share.

Paul Barnard, chairman of Harrogate RUFC, said he had no comment to make at this time.
Wouldn't it be more sustainable for both clubs (regarding shared facilities) if they both moved into one site either at Claro Road or on Wetherby Road? Surely it would be a loss financially for Harrogate Town if the rugby union club was forced elsewhere especially as it would be extremely difficult and costly to go up through the football league system considering they presently reside in the Conference North and having two tenants at one site would surely be financially stable for both teams. What is planned for the Claro Road ground and Harrogate Towns present Wetherby Road stadium?
 

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Am I the only one bothered about Farsley? Anyway here is an article that they face expulsion from the conference and the loss of their ground. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Farsley-Celtic-face-league-expulsion.6127281.jp

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Sign InRegisterEmbattled Farsley Celtic were today facing up to the grim prospect of expulsion from their league and the loss of their ground.

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Embattled Farsley Celtic were today facing up to the grim prospect of expulsion from their league and the loss of their ground.
A bid for the club by Farsley president John Palmer ended in failure on Friday when it was rejected by Celtic's administrator, accountancy firm Mazars.

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As a result, Celtic could not fulfil their fixture at home to Workington today - the second time in less than a week that the club has been forced to pull out of a match because of its dire financial position.

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Football Conference bosses last night told the Yorkshire Evening Post it was too early to say what action the west Leeds side could face.

Blue Square Premier club Chester City's punishment for failing to fulfil two fixtures this season was expulsion from the Conference.

If Farsley suffer the same fate they could, in theory, apply for membership next season of a division further down the English football league pyramid.

It seems likely, however, that they will also have to find a place to play matches away from their current Throstle Nest ground.
Mazars is now understood to be speaking to parties that have already expressed an interest in buying Throstle Nest, as opposed to the club.

Mr Palmer's bid to bring Farsley out of administration was the only one on the table that would have allowed them to continue in their present form.

Mazars said it had been turned down because it involved only a "negligible" increase in funds on a previous offer - also rejected - from the club president.

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Philip Morris, Celtic supporters' group chairman, described the decision as "profoundly disappointing".

Celtic's creditors' committee called a halt on Monday to the interim funding agreement that has been keeping the club alive since it went into administration last July.

The move followed Mr Palmer's failure to come up with what the committee saw as a suitable offer, despite months of negotiations.

The axing of the funding agreement effectively stopped Farsley from trading, forcing the cancellation of their game at Telford United on Tuesday.

Mr Palmer then submitted a revised offer to Mazars on Thursday. If it had been accepted yesterday, then the funding agreement would have been resurrected in time to allow Celtic to play against Workington.
It certainly looks like the end of Farlsey as a football club. Would there be any chance of Farsley reforming and playing at a ground elsewhere in a lower league and could Farsley have still been solvent had they managed to sell their land off for residential development which the council had blocked?
 

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Farsley Celtic's game against Harrogate Town tomorrow has been postponed (their third game to be called off). Looks like to me reading the article that they will be thrown out of the Conference North tomorrow when the Conference meet to discuss Farlseys situation. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_conf/8552727.stm

Farsley Celtic's game with Harrogate Town postponed

Farsley need to find a buyer to secure their survival
Tuesday's game between Farsley and Harrogate has been postponed after administrators in charge of Celtic failed to find a buyer for the club.

The Football Conference has charged Farsley for a third time for failing to fulfil a league fixture and will discuss it at a meeting on Tuesday.

Administrators called off last Tuesday's game against Telford and Saturday's match with Workington.

Farsley are reported to owe around £750,000 to creditors.

They currently stand mid-table in Blue Square North, despite being hit with a 10-point deduction for going into administration.

Meanwhile, Leeds City Council officials have now weighed in after the administrators continued to reject rescue packages by the Palmer-Farrell consortium.

The club face closure if they fail to secure a buyer.
 

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I don't really understand why these games are called off?
Surely the players are semi-pro - ie get paid a nominal fee on a pay as you play basis and have a 9-5 job?
Couldn't they play 3 or 4 games free of charge whilst things are sorted to safeguard the future of the club?...
It's not like they get paid enough that they would subsequently move house to play for another team? So if the club goes under then many of the players will be worse off?...
 

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^^ Well there are other costs involved such as transport to away games, stewards, policing at home matches etc etc. Whilst these costs may not compare to Premiership fixtures, If they have no money and no income and no access to credit then it's difficult to fulfil the fixture list.

This is very sad and should not have been allowed to happen! :bash:
 

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Bad news - but hopefully hopefully the club can survive, keep the ground and rebuild itself in Unibond North Div 1 like a couple of other teams who have had similar problems - Halifax and Lancaster.

Also Bradford Park Avenue are starting to show good form. Top of Unibond Prem - so could get promoted into Conference North ... Guiseley in a play off position in the same league too.
 

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It certainly is a shame and here is the inevitable of Andrew Carter saying that it is incredible that a bid to save a club had been rejected even though he could have saved the club from administration had it been allowed to sell off excess land for housing development a couple of years back. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Farsley-Celtic-Leader39s-shock-at.6140280.jp

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Sign InRegisterThe leader of Leeds City Council today waded into the row over crisis-hit football club Farsley Celtic.

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The leader of Leeds City Council today waded into the row over crisis-hit football club Farsley Celtic.
Councillor Andrew Carter said he found it "incredible" that a bid to rescue cash-strapped Farsley had been rejected by their administrator, accountancy firm Mazars.

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The failure of the deal – proposed by a consortium led by club president John Palmer – has left Celtic facing the prospect of expulsion from their league.

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Coun Carter, ward member for Calverley and Farsley, said: "I find it incredible that the offer has been turned down.

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"It puts in jeopardy not just the (senior team] but also junior football and the work in the community carried out by Farsley."

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Robert Adamson, partner at Mazars, rejected the council leader's comments, saying he fully understood the club's importance to the area.

Farsley supporters' club spokesman Philip Morris has previously accused Mazars and its advisors at law firm Irwin Mitchell of trying to "squeeze" more money out of the Palmer deal than was available.

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That claim has also been denied by Mazars, with a spokeswoman saying the deal collapsed due to a lack of funds.

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Mr Palmer's failure to bring Farsley out of administration has stopped them fulfiling their last three fixtures.

As a result, the Football Conference was yesterday considering whether to expel them.

Chester City were kicked out of the Conference earlier this season after failing to fulfil two fixtures and were yesterday wound up in the
High Court over tax debts.

If Farsley suffer the same double whammy, the Palmer consortium will attempt to form a new club and seek membership next season of a league further down the English football pyramid.

It would continue to play at Celtic's Throstle Nest ground, should the
consortium succeed in a rumoured bid to buy the site from Mazars.

Farsley are reported to owe more than £500,000 to the taxman and other creditors.
Certainly an end of an era for Farsley. How big a following did Farlsey have and was it just Leeds United supporters watching Farsley games (such as those who couldn't go to Leeds away games). Still the accountants in charge at Farsley are certainly also to blame by not accepting any offers to sell the club as a going concern.
 

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I noticed whilst driving along the outer ring road in Horsforth this evening a large fire roughly in the Farsley area. Has someone set the now defunct Farsley Celtic's Throstle Nest ground on fire (insurance job perhaps) or is it a fire elsewhere in that neck of the woods? Would be even more of a shame if it was Farsley's old ground considering it would make any remote chance of saving that club even more remote.
 

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Just had a few texts from family and friends in Farsley confirming your fears. This is a disaster.
Apparently it was a fire at the Metal Interests Northern Ltd scrap yard which lies only around 100m from Farsley's ground. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Leeds-sky-lights-up-after.6174896.jp http://www.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&so...id=_R7-B7L1D9jOuGagarn5Rw&cbp=12,124,,0,11.22

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The sky over west Leeds was burning brilliant orange after a blaze broke out at a city scrapyard.
Fire crews were called to Metal Interests Northern in Arthur Street, Stanningley, just before 6pm.

It is thought a stack of aluminium at the business had burst into flames - giving the night-time sky its vivid orange hue.

Around 10 homes nearby have so far been evacuated as firefighters continue to tackle the blaze.

A police spokeswoman said people were asked to leave their homes as a precautionary measures because as well as the air being filled with fumes, small particles of metal were flying around.

One of those evacuated was Darrell Kay, 35, and his three children.

Mr Kay, of Hillside Mount, told the YEP: "There are plumes of smoke and the sky is bright orange.

"We've been asked to leave the house and we're going to stay with my mum in Bramley. It's very scary, I'm worried that it will spread and our house might catch fire."

Andrew Bennett from nearby Bennett's Fisheries said many local residents had gone to view the fire.

He said: "The sky is like something out of War of the Worlds - the whole sky is lit up and flashing orange.

"Everyone is talking about it and going to have a look at it. You can see if from across the area."

Another eye witness said: "The fire itself doesn't look that huge but whatever is actually burning is really lighting up the sky. I saw it from my window in Farsley and came to look."

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said it was understood that aluminium being stored at the site had caught fire.

Most people living nearby had been warned to stay indoors and close their windows but a few properties had been evacuated as a precaution.

The affected residents had gone to stay with friends and relatives.

The police had sealed off local roads and Leeds City Council was bringing in sand to help damp down the blaze, she said.

She added that the cause of the fire was not, at present, thought to be suspicious.

A West Yorkshire Fire Service spokeswoman said two fire engines from Stanningley were at the scene and firefighters were using breathing apparatus to tackle the fire.
It hasn't spread to Farsleys ground from there has it which despite it's close proximity surely it isn't close enough to also go on fire although of course that is not to say there isn't two fires started in close proximity to each other?

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