Tyne & Wear

Man charged after gas leak sees 34 South Shields homes evacuated

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Image caption More than 30 homes on Trinity Walk were evacuated while a gas leak was made safe on Tuesday evening

A man has been charged after a gas leak in South Shields led to 34 homes being evacuated.

The leak at an address in Trinity Walk was reported to Northumbria Police shortly before 18:00 GMT on Tuesday.

Police said the homes were evacuated as a precaution while the leak was made safe.

Michael Bays, 25, of Trinity Walk, South Shields, has been charged with criminal damage and possessing a controlled drug.

He will appear before South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

A police spokesman said: "We thank residents for their co-operation and officers remain in the area to offer reassurance."

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