Gas leak stopped as Sheffield families begin to return to their homes

Police at the scene earlier this morning.
Police at the scene earlier this morning.
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Gas engineers have stopped a major gas leak which forced residents in one Sheffield street to leave their homes.

Cadent said families were beginning to return to their homes on Hatfield House Lane and Winkley Terrace, Shiregreen, after workmen hit a pipe at around 3.30am.

Police knocked loudly on the doors of about a dozen homes warning residents to leave the area immediately.

A refuge base was set up in the nearby Concord Sports Centre where residents have been gathered since the evacuation.

A Cadent spokesman said: "Our engineers have stopped the gas escape in Hatfield House Lane, Sheffield and those residents who were evacuated from their properties as a precaution earlier today are now being allowed back to their homes.

"The gas main had been damaged earlier in the day by third party contractors carrying out work in the road.

"Cadent will be returning to the area to complete repairs to the network, but this work should not affect residents gas supplies.

"Gas supplies to the area have been maintained throughout the incident.

"We would like to thank local residents for their patience and cooperation during this incident."