A ROAD is closed this morning following the dramatic collapse of a building.

Kirkgate in Leeds is closed from High Court to New York Street due to unsafe building, which has partially collapsed.

Shortly after the incident occurred around 4pm yesterday (Friday) afternoon, police issued a statement about the building collapse, saying: "Police are currently at the scene of a derelict building which has collapsed in Kirkgate in Leeds.

"Road closures are currently in place and people are asked to avoid the area at this time."

A spokesperson for the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were called at 4.07pm yesterday by West Yorkshire Police to assist with a building collapse on Kirkgate in Leeds."

Two crews from Leeds and one from Hunslet fire stations were called to the scene alongside a technical rescue team from Cleckheaton Fire Station and an aerial ladder appliance from Wakefield.

After carrying out work at the building, the fire service issued an update last night, which said: "All crews have left the scene, leaving this incident in the hands of our colleagues at West Yorkshire Police. No casualties were found."