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Police and partners thank public following Flimby gas leak

Police and partner agencies have thanked the public for their patience as emergency services dealt with a gas leak at Flimby today.

People are being advised it is now safe to return to their homes.

A joint response was launched following a report of the leak at 10.40am.

A cordon was put in place. Evacuations were carried out covering the majority of Flimby.

This affected an estimated 300 people.

There were no reported casualties.

Children from Flimby Primary School were evacuated safely to The Wave Centre in Irish Street, Maryport. They have been collected by parents and guardians.

A reception centre was set up at Workington Leisure Centre in Griffin Street, Workington, for those affected by the evacuations, managed by Allerdale Borough Council. This is now in the process of closing down.

Station Road will remain closed to traffic while recovery continues but it is suitable for pedestrians.

The nearby railway line remains closed.

All vulnerable people have been identified.

Superintendent Gary Slater said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation during this incident.

“We would also like to thank our partner agencies and the services involved for their swift response, making sure people were kept safe and disruption was resolved as soon as possible.”

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