Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a burst gas main in London Road, Bowers Gifford yesterday morning.

When firefighters arrived, at 10.19am yesterday, they found that a gas main had been damaged and was leaking gas.

Fire crews made the area safe while gas engineers worked on fixing the leak.

The road was closed in both directions and the neighbouring houses were asked to stay in their homes and shut their windows while the engineers worked on the leak.

By 1pm Station Manager Al Green said: "Firefighters are still on scene of this gas leak in Bowers Gifford this afternoon. Gas engineers are on site and working to fix the leak, but it is likely to take several more hours.

"Firefighters are continuing to monitor gas levels in the area to keep all residents safe. The road closures in place will remain for some time, so we want people to be aware and make alternative routes.

"We are expecting to be here for some time, so if people use this route please plan ahead now and avoid this area".