Update on Hobbs Industrial Estate

The scale of the destruction at the Hobbs Industrial Estate last night was truly terrifying. By the time I arrived from Manchester where Party Conference is currently underway, the Fire and Rescue Services had got the fire under control and secured the area. Sadly, it seems that eight people are injured, four seriously, and my thoughts are with them and their families. The emergency response from all of the teams was fantastic and I have nothing but the utmost praise for their efforts. Once the investigation into the cause of the fire is complete, life in Newchapel can begin to recover. Photo: Black smoke pours out of the industrial estate. Captured by Councillor Ken Harwood