Hundreds Evacuated In London After Gas Leak

DEVELOPING: Hundreds Evacuated after 'Huge' London Gas Leak

Hundreds of people were evacuated from homes in south London following what police described as a “huge” gas leak.

Emergency services and the Red Cross were called to the Penge Lane and Queen Adelaide Road area of Penge following the leak at 22:30 GMT on Saturday.

Gas distribution firm SGN said it had made a temporary repair overnight.

Residents moved to four reception centres were allowed to go home from 05:00 and engineers were working on a permanent repair, a spokesman said.

Image copyright MPS Bromley
Image caption Residents returning home after being evacuated in their slippers

It said it aimed to complete the repair work by Sunday afternoon.

A member of the public reported smelling gas shortly after 22:30 on Saturday and called the national gas emergency number, SGN said.

It was initially thought more people had to leave their homes as a precaution but police later said about 150 properties were affected.

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 account at about 02:00 said: “Road closures remain in place in #Penge … 4 reception centres housing evacuees. 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 said 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.

Media captionPolice said the noise of the gas leak was ‘overwhelming’

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