Whitehaven homes evacuated in gas leak alert

About 40 homes were evacuated in Whitehaven, Cumbria, after reports of a gas leak.

Cumbria Police worked with the fire service to ensure residents on Harris Road were alerted.

A reception centre was opened at the town's St Benedict's School while gas engineers worked at the scene.

Motorists and members of the public were advised to stay away from the area. Most householders had returned to their homes by 2000 GMT.

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