Cumbria

Centre of Kirkby Lonsdale evacuated in gas leak scare

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Homes and businesses in the centre of a Cumbria town were evacuated after a car crashed into a hotel, prompting fears of a gas leak.

Police said a BMW car, driven by an 87-year-old man, crashed into the Royal Hotel on Main Street in Kirkby Lonsdale just before 15:00 BST on Wednesday.

No-one was seriously hurt, but properties in the surrounding area were evacuated as a precaution.

People were allowed back into the area at about 20:00 BST after repair work.

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