Supermarket evacuated after gas leak

TWO homes and a supermarket were evacuated after a gas leak in Hartlepool on Sunday morning.

Residents of two homes in Throston Grange Lane and the Lidl supermarket, in Jesmond Gardens, were affected by the leak at around 11am.

Police say the leak happened after workers carrying out roadworks in the Easington Road area struck a gas main.

Throston Grange Lane was closed to traffic while workers fixed the leak and it re-opened shortly before 3pm.

The store is believed to have remained closed for the rest of Sunday.