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Thieves cause major gas alert as A11 is closed

PUBLISHED: 12:21 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

THIEVES caused a major gas alert in East London when they broke into a four-storey building and ripped copper pipes from the walls. The A11 had to be closed to traffic in both directions at Bow for more than an hour and nearly 30 residents, shop-workers and office staff had to be evacuated

Mike Brooke

THIEVES caused a major gas alert in East London when they broke into a four-storey building and ripped copper pipes from the walls.

The A11 had to be closed to traffic in both directions at Bow for more than an hour and nearly 30 residents, shop-workers and office staff had to be evacuated.

A passer-by raised the alarm after smelling gas outside the unoccupied terraced property at 455 Bow Road, at 11.15am on Tuesday.

Emergency fire crews found copper feeder pipes from both gas and water mains ripped off, filling the building with fumes and flooding the basement.

Five neighbouring properties and a block of flats on one side of the main road had to be evacuated, along with a cafe, hairdresser’s and an estate agent’s opposite, on the other side.


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