A major police investigation is continuing in Last of the Summer Wine country - with a police cordon remaining in place into Sunday.

West Yorkshire Police have remained tight-lipped on the nature of the incident, but officers have set up a large cordon in the centre of Holmfirth, the picturesque corner of Kirklees which shot to fame thanks to the exploits of Compo and friends in the popular sitcom.

Rumours are circulating that a major incident unfolded on Friday night involving weapons.

The Telegraph & Argus has contacted West Yorkshire Police, but the Force declined to comment due to an 'ongoing investigation.'

The sight of such a large cordon has come as a shock to many in the normally-troublefree community, with one local saying: "The talk going round town is that it was an incident involving weapons."

The cordon covers the bottom of Dunford Road, causing traffic problems in the busy town centre.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The police cordon in HolmfirthThe police cordon in Holmfirth (Image: T&A)

The police presence was the talk of the town amongst Saturday night revellers.

One business boss estimated that the cordon had cost his firm £500 in trade in the course of the evening, as potential customers faced a longer walk to get to their premises. 

Another business took the decision to close due to the upheaval caused by the police operations.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A police cordon at the bottom of Dunford RoadA police cordon at the bottom of Dunford Road (Image: T&A)

Da Vinci's Pizza said: "Due to an ongoing incident on Dunford Road, Holmfirth, our Holmfirth shop will be closing with immediate effect. No access via car or on foot.

"Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

"Our other stores at Honley and Slaithwaite will be open as normal.

"Back open from 5pm tomorrow all being well."

One resident said: "It looks very serious as there are lots of police here. We're not used to seeing this type of thing around this neck of the woods.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A major police cordon in HolmfirthA major police cordon in Holmfirth (Image: T&A)

"A lot of people are starting to arrive for their Saturday night out, so it's come as a bit of a shock to see the place crawling with police.

"Whatever it is that has happened, I hope the detectives can get to the bottom of it as quickly as possible because it's not good for the town's image to have half the town cordoned off on a Saturday night."

Police attention is centred around a stretch of Dunford Road near the junction with South Lane, a steep road that leads up towards Cinderhills and Scholes.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The large police cordon in HolmfirthThe large police cordon in Holmfirth (Image: T&A)