Hundreds of people are evacuated from shops and offices in London

Hundreds of people are evacuated from shops and offices as London’s Leicester Square is cordoned off over suspected gas leak

  • Police evacuated hundreds of people from Leicester Square this morning  
  • Tens of offices and shops affected by a suspected gas leak in central London 
  • Police are asking people to ‘avoid the area’ while investigations continue 

Around 200 people have been evacuated from Leicester Square because of a suspected gas leak.

Police this morning forced hotel guests, shoppers and office staff to abandon the area before a 50-yard cordon in the central London square was put up.

A post on the Metropolitan Police’s Westminster Twitter page reads: ‘Cordons are in place at Leicester Square due to a suspected gas leak. 

‘Emergency services are in attendance and managing the incident. A number of buildings have been evacuated as a precaution, and the square is currently closed to pedestrians. Please avoid the area.’

Police have asked staff in tens of offices and shops to abandon the area after the central London square was cordoned off (file image)

More to follow.  

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