Copper pipe theft 'caused gas leak'

Copper pipe theft 'caused gas leak'

A number of homes had to be evacuated in south Belfast after the theft of copper piping caused a suspected gas leak.

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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