Evacuation following gas leak in south London

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SHORTLY after 10.30pm on Saturday January 2, the emergency services received a report that there was a massive gas leak in Penge in south London and all three services plus representatives of the Red Cross attended immediately.

Due to the potential threats to health and safety, nearly 500 people were evacuated to reception centres in the area and roads in the vicinity were closed whilst work was undertaken to fix the leak.

By 5am on Sunday morning the situation was resolved and residents who had not been taken to hotels were allowed back to their homes.

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