A GROUP of children "broke into" a derelict college building and "set fire" to a classroom.

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS) was called to reports of a blaze at the former Horsforth Campus of Leeds City College, in Calverley Lane, at around 9pm last night.

Two crews, one from each of Cookridge and and Stanningley Fire Stations, rushed to the building - which closed in 2017.

A spokesperson for WYFRS said: "It was at a derelict school building.

"Some children had broken in and set fire to one of the classrooms".

The building was first known as Airedale and Wharfedale College and was constructed in 1971.

It provided further education under that name for 27 years, until it merged with Park Lane College in August 1998. 

Park Lane College Leeds Horsofrth Centre, as it then became known, underwent a further merger in April 2009.

It joined with Leeds Thomas Danby and the Leeds College of Technology to form the new Leeds City College, taking the total number of students to 45,000.

The three main Park Lane sites were then known as the Park Lane Campus, Horsforth Campus and the Keighley Campus.

But Horsforth Campus shut its doors in June 2017.