NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Man arrested after gas alert at flats in Forres

Stuart Street, Forres Image copyright Google
Image caption The area around Stuart Street was affected

A 26-year-old man has been arrested after more than 60 properties had to have their gas supplies disconnected for safety reasons.

Police were called to Stuart Street in Forres at about 21:00 on Monday.

A block of flats was cordoned off and officers were on the scene until about 02:30 on Tuesday. A man was arrested inside one of the properties.

Police have confirmed there were no injuries and said inquiries were ongoing.

Twelve families left their homes during the incident, while Moray Council opened up a rest centre.

Scottish Gas Network said the supply was turned off at the request of the emergency services.

Properties affected were in Nursery Lane, Randolph Lane, Fraser Street and Stuart Street.

The man was expected to appear at Elgin Sheriff Court on Wednesday.