POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a 5G mast being set on fire overnight in Bradford.

Emergency services were called at 3:43am on Wednesday 23 September to reports of the phone mast on fire on Leeds Road.

The fire service attended the scene, along with police, and secured the area.

Road closures were put in place whilst the fire was being extinguished, but all roads reopened a few hours later.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

The incident is being investigated as arson and enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Farrell of Bradford District Police, said: “We are appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information to assist with our enquiries.

“Intentional ignition to these types of masts presents a significant risk to the public and disruption to road networks. Thankfully no one was injured as a result of the fire, but we are taking this incident very seriously and will ensure that robust action will be taken by those responsible.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

“A scene is currently still in place whilst we examine the area throughout today. I would urge anyone who has any information about the fire to come forward and speak to the police.”

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area or has any further information is asked to contact Bradford CID via 101, quoting crime reference number 13200477119, or via 101 Live Chat facility https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101LiveChat

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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