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Evacuation after 'huge' London gas leak


Hundreds evacuated after 'huge' London gas leak


    3 January 2016

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                Police on the scene of the gas leakImage copyright
                Metropolitan Police Service

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                    The gas leak was in the Penge Lane and Queen Adelaide Road area


About 500 people were evacuated from homes in south London following what police described as a "huge" gas leak.

All three emergency services and the Red Cross were called to the Penge Lane and Queen Adelaide Road area of Penge following the leak.

It was reported shortly after 22:30 GMT on Saturday.

Residents were moved to four reception centres in a "large" evacuation, but some have started to return home. Road closures were also put in place.


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                MPS Bromley

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                    Residents returning home after being evacuated in their slippers


Neighbourhood policing team @MPSBromley tweeted: "Huge Gas Leak Penge Lane / Queen Adelaide Road. Houses being evacuated. Please avoid this area."

A second tweet from the the account at about 02:00 said: "Road closures remain in place in #Penge .. 4 reception centres housing evacuee's. Community spirit pulling through. Updates to follow."

Sgt Lance Chenery tweeted: "On scene with @MPSBromley dealing with a serious gas leak in #Penge #SE20 large evacuation of residents."

Sgt Gareth Starr added some residents were moved from reception centres to hotels, with others escorted home by police officers from about 05:00.


A Metropolitan Police spokesman said road closures were put in place as a cordon was set up around the site. Gas engineers remain at the scene.


                Image copyright
                MPS Bromley

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                    The area surrounding the gas leak was cordoned off


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