Copper pipe theft 'caused gas leak'

Published Monday, 03 February 2014
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A number of homes had to be evacuated in south Belfast after the theft of copper piping caused a suspected gas leak.

Copper pipe theft 'caused gas leak'
Fire crews were called out to investigation. (© Pacemaker)

It followed a break-in at a house in the Camden Street area on Sunday evening.

Police said a "quantity of copper" was stolen from the property at around 5.45pm. A short time later, NI Fire and Rescue crews were called to investigate reports of a gas leak.

Several residents had to be moved out before the area was declared safe.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: "At this stage, police believe the gas leak may have occurred as a result of the theft."

Anyone with more information has been asked to contact the police on 0845 600 8000.

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