Gas leak in Fillingham leads to homes evacuation

Houses in the village
Image caption A 600m exclusion zone has been set up in the village

Several homes have been evacuated from a Lincolnshire village after a gas main was damaged by farming equipment.

Lincolnshire Police said they were called to Fillingham, near Gainsborough, at 18:45 BST on Wednesday and moved four families.

A 600m exclusion zone has been put in place by the fire brigade and National Grid engineers are working to make the fractured gas main safe.

The 17 who left their homes should be able to return within 24 hours.

Sleeping children

Georgia Butterworth, who lives in Fillingham and is part of a family of seven, said she was shocked to hear what had happened.

"We had to lift all the children out of their beds and go to the village hall which was where we stayed for a while," said Mrs Butterworth.

"But it obviously wasn't going to be for a quick return so I quickly phoned my mum in Lincoln and we all descended on her."

Insp Paul Stubbs, from Lincolnshire Police, said it was not clear exactly when the families would be able to return to their homes.

Road diversions around the village have been put in place and the village hall is being used as an emergency information centre.

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