Durham shopping centre reopens after gas leak

Northern Gas Networks staff at work outside the Gates shopping centre yesterday.
Northern Gas Networks staff at work outside the Gates shopping centre yesterday.
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Durham's Gates Shopping Centre is open again after reports of a gas leak forced its evacuation yesterday.

Emergency engineers from Northern Gas Networks worked through the night to repair a leak outside the centre after reports of a smell of gas.

The gas escape is now under control and engineers have advised that it is safe to reopen the centre today.

John Richardson, customer operations area manager at Northern Gas Networks said: “The safety of members of public is our number one priority. Our team of highly skilled engineers worked throughout the night to repair the gas main and identified the source of the leak at around 9.00pm yesterday evening.

“We have now repaired the pipe but will continue to have a presence on site while we monitor the situation. We’d like to apologise to customers and retailers for the inconvenience caused and thank everyone for their patience.”

Anyone that smells gas or suspects Carbon Monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.