Leicester Square ‘gas leak’: Hundreds evacuated from busy shops and offices

Around 200 people have been evacuated from shops and offices around London’s Leicester Square after a suspected gas leak, with engineers now at the scene trying to fix the issue

A suspected gas leak has sparked an evacuation of shops and offices in Leicester Square (stock picture)

A suspected gas leak in Leicester Square has sparked the evacuation of around 200 people from nearby shops and offices.

Police asked staff in businesses surrounding the square to leave the area before putting a 50 metre cordon in place.

London Fire Brigade confirmed that gas engineers are now in the square trying to repair the leak.

A spokesman for the brigade said: “Crews were called at 7.01am to reports of a gas leak in Leicester Square.

“Around 200 people have been evacuated from nearby properties and a 50 metre cordon remains in place.

“Engineers from Cadent gas are working to repair the gas leak.

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“Two fire engines and around 10 firefighters from Soho and Euston Fire Stations are at the scene.”

A spokesman for the Met Police said: “Police were called at 07.27am on Tuesday, 14 December following reports of a suspected gas leak in Leicester Square.

“Emergency services are in attendance.

“A number of buildings have been evacuated as a precaution, and the square is currently closed to pedestrians.”

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