King’s Lynn’s College of West Anglia - ‘teaching to continue’

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Traffic was being diverted past Tennyson Avenue when our Lynn News reporter arrived on the scene of the ongoing chemical leak at Lynn’s College of West Anglia today.

Students were still able to access the campus as usual through the back entrance, while the front was closed off for emergency services to access the site.

A statement from the College of West Anglia said: “This morning some staff and students reported experiencing irritation from something in the air as a result we have evacuated the front block.

“Teaching across the Kings Lynn campus will continue this afternoon. Students who are due to have lessons this afternoon in the front block can go home, if they need to catch a bus home they should go to the ground floor of the tower block to wait further updates.”

Police were managing the traffic at the junction between Gaywood Road and Tennyson Avenue, and traffic is flowing.

Officers said they had been told to not let anyone access the site and that the front building had been evacuated.”

A student, Sam Ward, 18, said: “I got a call from a friend who said there were police and fire engines at the front of the college.”

Another student added: “We didn’t know anything until we heard the helicopter.”

One person has been taken to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further assessment and care, but is not thought to be in a life-threatening condition.

Around 29 others are being assessed for breathing difficulties, but it was not expected they would need further treatment.

Three fire engines were called to the scene, along with police and ambulances, at 11.15am.

Two ambulance response cars, an ambulance, an ambulance officer, the hazardous area response team (HART) and Magpas air ambulance attended.

The incident is being treated as an accident.

Watch for updates.