St Paul’s Cathedral evacuated as 200 people rushed out over gas leak

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A gas leak at St Paul's Cathedral in central London has seen 250 people evacuated from the iconic landmark and nearby businesses.

Around 50 people were ordered to leave the famous church on Tuesday afternoon while another 200 were told to leave nearby buildings as an 80ft cordon was set up.

London Fire Brigade and the City of London Police were on the scene as they followed up reports of a gas main leaking into a basement at a restaurant and office block on St Paul's Churchyard.

The leak meant Thameslink trains were not stopping at City Thameslink station on Tuesday afternoon while London Underground trains were going straight through St Paul's station.

Keir Baker, who works for corporate law firm Morgan Lewis, wrote on Twitter: "We've had to evacuate our offices. The entirety of the square around the cathedral is cordoned off by police.

"I've had to leave my laptop behind. I think it's 50/50 on whether this'll be seen as a good excuse for missing today's deadlines."

PC Harry Rance, a road policing officer for the City of London force, warned motorists to take alternative routes.

He said: "MAJOR ROAD CLOSURES. Many areas around St Paul's are closed due to a gas leak. Please avoid the area."

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