Leeds & West Yorkshire

Shipley gas leak forces evacuation of homes

Fern Hill Road, Shipley Image copyright Google
Image caption Some householders have been asked to leave their properties on Fern Hill Road

A gas leak has forced a number of properties to be evacuated in West Yorkshire.

A cordon is in place around the Fern Hill Road area of Shipley while engineers carry out repairs.

West Yorkshire Police were called at 18:20 GMT and a spokesman said householders from about 10 homes were asked to leave as a precaution.

Officers warned it was likely to cause "significant disruption" into the evening.

People living within 500 metres (545 yards) of the area are being asked to keep their windows and doors locked.

A number of roads are also closed.

A Northern Gas Networks spokesman said: "Our engineers are working with emergency services to make the situation safe.

"Our priority is to switch off supply to the leaking pipe, by gradually reducing the gas pressure, before making a full repair. Work is continuing."

He added he was unable to confirm the leak was caused by a workman cutting through a gas main.

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