Two people described as a 59-year old man and a 48-year old woman from Harrogate have been arrested in connection with the Bradford tyre fire. The Bradford Telegraph & Argus reports they were detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson, and that both have been released on bail following police interviews. Detective Superintendent Sarah Jones of Bradford District Police told the paper that the investigation is “in its early stages,” but assured the local community, which continues to be disrupted by the fire, that “any criminal acts will be appropriately dealt with.” She appealed for those with information about the fire to assist the police with their enquiries. If any of our readers have any information, they can contact Bradford District CID on 101 quoting crime reference 13200575916, or pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The site of the Bradford tyre fire which broke out in the early hours of 16 November causing disruption to the local area was investigated earlier in 2020 by the Environment Agency. Local newspaper the Telegraph & Argos reported on 14 July that a local resident had reported the former Ontrak karting circuit to the EA’s Incident Hotline, and that the agency had subsequently started a probe. Go-kart circuits are permitted to use up to 40 tonnes of waste tyres as crash barriers if they obtain the relevant exemption permit. However, pictures taken by the Telegraph & Argos in July also show high stacks of baled tyres that do not resemble karting safety walls. Tyres & Accessories searched the EA’s Public Registers of Waste Exemptions and Environmental Permits but found no evidence of permits or either the S2 or T8 permits required to legally store waste tyres registered to the former circuit’s address. Meanwhile, the site’s owner, Jak Yakoob of used car dealer The Car Empire, which backs onto the tyre fire site, told the Telegraph & Argos in July that the site’s new tenant had agreed to clear the waste tyres from the site. The EA’s spokesman said its officers were investigating the Spring Mill Street site’s operators and were “seeking to determine if an offence has been committed so that appropriate enforcement action may be taken.”
A tyre fire in the centre of Bradford, West Yorkshire has resulted in the closure of the 11 neighbouring streets, as well as significant travel disrupted on the nearby rail line and the closure of a local school, Bronte Girl’s Academy. While the fire started early on 16 November, as of 9:00am, around 100 firefighters remained at the scene.