21 November 2019 18:34
Lock Lane, which links the town to Allerton Bywater, remains closed to all traffic this evening. ➡️ People being evacuated from canal side and road closed in Castleford due to incident Wakefield Council warned that the town was experiencing "significant congestion" as a result of the road closure. A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police confirmed that they were attending an incident on the Aire and Calder Navigation, close to Lock Lane. Motorists face severe delays in Castleford this evening as a police incident has closed a major road out of the town. Eyewitnesses said they had heard a man on the river threatening to "blow up" his boat.
➡️ Armed officers at Lock Lane incident in Castleford Observing the scene, one woman said: "It's been going on since at least 9.30 this morning. This sort of thing never happens in Castleford." In a statement, West Yorkshire Police said: "Police in attendance at a public order incident involving a man on a boat on the canal off Lock Lane, Castleford. "Armed officers are in attendance to provide assistance to officers after threats were made. There is no wider threat to the public. Officers remain at the scene." Motorists and pedestrians have been prevented from crossing the bridge since 2pm. Drivers are advised to allow up to an hour extra to travel to the north of the town while the road closure remains in place. Buses have also been diverted while the road is closed. Armed officers, police dogs and fire and rescue crews have been arriving on site this afternoon. It is not yet clear when the road will be reopened.