Shoppers evacuated from London’s Oxford Street after Soho gas leak sparks emergency shut down

Shoppers evacuated from London’s Oxford Street after Soho gas leak sparks emergency shut down

  • Shoppers evacuated from stores on Oxford Street following reported gas leak
  • Police were called this afternoon at 13:05pm near Poland Street, Westminster
  • Poland Street in Soho remains closed whilst engineers work on the gas leak

Shoppers have been quickly evacuated from outlets on Oxford Street following reports of a gas leak sparking an emergency shut down of the area.

Police officers and the London Fire Brigade were called near Poland Street in Soho, Westminster at 13.05pm to reports of a gas leak.

Around 400 people from nearby buildings were evacuated from the scene as a precaution and the area was cordoned off by police.

Authorities also shut down Berwick Street, Oxford Street, Noel Street, Wardour Street and Great Marlborough Street, but they have since been reopened.

Shoppers have been evacuated from outlets on Oxford Street following reports of a gas leak sparking an emergency shut down of the area

Police officers and the London Fire Brigade were called near Poland Street in Westminster at 13.05pm to reports of a gas leak

Police officers and the London Fire Brigade were called near Poland Street in Westminster at 13.05pm to reports of a gas leak

The Metropolitan Police confirmed there have been no injuries and the area is now safe, according to Westminster councilor Timothy Barnes.

He tweeted: ‘Thanks to Soho and Westminster police, alongside Westminster council for managing Poland Street, Soho this afternoon following a gas leak.

‘Site now safe. Small evacuation area nearby with Cadent gas offering hot water and a warm place for anyone cut off. DM me for details if requested.’

The force tweeted: ‘Please can we make you aware of a gas leak that has been identified at Poland St W1F. LFB and Police are in attendance.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed there have been no injuries and the area is now safe, according to Westminster councilor Timothy Barnes

The Metropolitan Police confirmed there have been no injuries and the area is now safe, according to Westminster councilor Timothy Barnes

The force tweeted: 'Please can we make you aware of a gas leak that has been identified at Poland St W1F.  LFB and Police are in attendance'

The force tweeted: ‘Please can we make you aware of a gas leak that has been identified at Poland St W1F. LFB and Police are in attendance’

‘Nearby Buildings are currently being evacuated, road closures and cordons have been put in place as a safety precaution.

‘Following our tweet earlier regarding the gas leak is Poland Street, Please note than Berwick St, Oxford Street and Noel Street are now open. Poland Street remains closed whilst engineers work on the Gas Leak. Officers remain on stage.’

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Police are assisting following a gas leak. Officers were called at 13:05hrs on Monday, 4 April in the Poland Street area, in Westminster to a report of a gas leak.

‘Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended the scene. We are not aware of reports of any injuries.

‘Local road closures are in place and some buildings have been evacuated while emergency services deal.’

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