SHOPS were evacuated after a gas leak in Bournemouth town centre.

SGN was called to Westover Road yesterday, May 21, after part of the gas network was damaged under The Gym in Westover Road.

The gas company evacuated the buildings between The Gym and KFC, including Moss Bross and Alfa Menswear.

The situation was made safe, with the part of the network that was damaged isolated and the pavement was temporarily closed.

Bournemouth Echo:

SGN is continuing to monitor gas readings under the concrete floor.

Bradley Barlow, spokesperson for SGN, said: “We were called to Westover Road in Bournemouth on Tuesday 21 May following third party damage to our gas network underneath The Gym.

"We made the situation safe and isolated the affected part of our network.

Bournemouth Echo:

“For everyone’s safety, we evacuated buildings between The Gym and KFC, temporarily closed the pavement and we’re continuing to monitor readings under the concrete floor of the buildings.”