BREAKING: Hundreds of Leighton homes without gas tonight

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Hundreds of Leighton Buzzard homes are without a gas supply this evening - on one of the coldest nights of the winter so far.

Network managers SGN says it will be working through the night with GTC, who operate the gas network in the affected area, to investigate the cause and restore supplies as soon as possible.

Approximately 750 properties in the Billington Park and Sandhills area have been cut off as temperature plummet to zero celcius.

In a message to residents, an SGN spokeman said: “Our engineers are working to restore supplies as quickly as possible. Until then, we have to turn off your gas supply at the meter for safety reasons. Once it is safe to reconnect your supply, engineers will revisit your home to carry out further checks.

“It is very important that you do not try to use gas while our engineers are dealing with this emergency.

“If you are elderly, disabled, chronically sick, have young children or other special needs, we have portable electric appliances available for cooking and heating. If you require extra assistance, please call our 24-hour Customer Service team on 0800 912 1717.”

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