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Chapel Market evacuated after gas leak

PUBLISHED: 10:45 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:26 16 May 2018

The police cordon in Chapel Market this morning after a gas leak. Picture: David Twydell

The police cordon in Chapel Market this morning after a gas leak. Picture: David Twydell

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Chapel Market was evacuated this morning after a gas leak.

The police cordon in Chapel Market this morning after a gas leak. Picture: David TwydellThe police cordon in Chapel Market this morning after a gas leak. Picture: David Twydell

London Fire Brigade crews are on standby and cops have cordoned off 25 metres of the famous street.

David Twydell, a long-standing trader who runs a fruit and veg stall, told the Gazette a gas main was damaged at The Perfume Shop, towards the Liverpool Road end of the market.

He said: “They are having it refurbished and someone went through the gas pipe. The majority of the market and shops have been shut down. Everyone is congregating on both ends of the street.”

Overall, 150 people have been evacuated, with no injuries reported as engineers deal with the issue.

The fire brigade was called at 9.10am. Two crews, from Upper Street and Euston fire stations, are at the scene.

Update, 1pm: the gas main has been repaired and Chapel Market is back open.

The police cordon in Chapel Market this morning after a gas leak. Picture: David TwydellThe police cordon in Chapel Market this morning after a gas leak. Picture: David Twydell

The police cordon in Chapel Market this morning after a gas leak. Picture: @angelabqpr/TwitterThe police cordon in Chapel Market this morning after a gas leak. Picture: @angelabqpr/Twitter


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