(BBC News) Around 500 people were evacuated from homes in south London following a “huge” gas leak. All three emergency services and the Red Cross remain at the scene following a gas leak in the Penge Lane and Queen Adelaide Road area of Penge. The leak was reported shortly after 22.30 GMT on Saturday.Residents were moved to four reception centres in a “large” evacuation. Road closures were also put in place.
@MPSBromley tweeted: “Huge Gas Leak Penge Lane / Queen Adelaide Road. Houses being evacuated. Please avoid this area”. A second tweet from the MPS Bromley account said: “Road closures remain in place in #Penge .. 4 reception centres housing evacuee’s. Community spirit pulling through. Updates to follow”.
Sgt Lance Chenery tweeted: “On scene with @MPSBromley dealing with a serious gas leak in #Penge #SE20 large evacuation of residents” Sgt Gareth Starr added some residents were moved from reception centres to hotels, with others escorted home by police officers. FULL REPORT