Police statement as 7 Leeds city center roads cordoned off with buildings evacuated

Police have cordoned off several roads in Leeds city center after they were called for reports of a gas leak.

West Yorkshire Police were informed of a gas leak around 3.14pm today at the East Parade in the city center.

For public safety, they have cordoned off it and the surrounding roads Cookridge Street, Oxford Place, Great George Street, The Headrow, South Parade and Park Row while the incident is being processed.

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Four fire trucks from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and a police car arrived at the scene.

People in the buildings surrounded the leak and the fire department was able to shut it down.

Traffic is being diverted to blocked roads and police are advising people to avoid the area.



A spokesman for the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We received a call at 3.19pm today to help evacuate buildings around an external gas leak at Headrow, Leeds.

“Four fire trucks were present from Leeds and Hunslet. The leak is now secured and sealed.”

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “At 3.14pm today, police received a report of a gas leak at the East Parade in Leeds city center calling for a roadblock for public safety reasons.

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A major roadblock is being put in place around the East Parade, including Cookridge Street, Oxford Place, Great George Street, The Headrow, South Parade and Park Row.

“People are advised to follow the directions of officers on the ground and avoid entering the area while gas engineers are on hand to handle the incident.”

The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has also been contacted for comment.

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