Gas leak sparks evacuation of Portsmouth homes

CLOSED Traffic is being diverted away from Copnor Bridge.  Picture: Paul Jacobs
CLOSED Traffic is being diverted away from Copnor Bridge. Picture: Paul Jacobs

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ABOUT 60 homes have been evacuated due to a gas leak.

Police were called out shortly after 4.20pm today following reports of a leak in Tangier Road, Copnor, Portsmouth.

A cordon stretching about 100m has been put in place in the area as a precaution and police are working with firefighters and Portsmouth City Council to keep people safe.

Residents are being asked to find alternative accommodation where possible.

However the city council has opened an emergency rest centre at Moneyfields Sports and Social Club in Moneyfield Avenue, Copnor for anyone who is unable to make other arrangements.

Tangier Road and part of Copnor Road are closed and motorists are urged to avoid the area and instead use the Eastern Road or M275.

The cordon has also led to the closure of part of the train line in the city and services in and out of Portsmouth are affected.