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Ongoing work is taking place after a gas leak in a Norfolk market town.

Engineers from Cadent are currently working outside the White Hart pub in Swaffham after a leak was reported by another business in the town last week.

The company expects the work to take a number of days on London Street due to the complexity of the job, which has required them to dig underground.

Engineers on site outside the White Hart pub in Swaffham. Picture: White Hart
Engineers on site outside the White Hart pub in Swaffham. Picture: White Hart

The landlord of the White Hart, Kurt Oliver, said the engineers were working all day on Wednesday, December 23 and until very late on Christmas Eve trying to find the source of the leak.

They were also back outside the pub on Sunday but have been unable to complete the work at this stage.

Mr Oliver added: "At no point has anyone from the pub smelt any gas throughout the works but they are currently outside the pub.

"In all fairness, the engineers have been great, working very hard, but they have not been able to find the leak yet."

A social media post by the White Hart this afternoon said: "Happily the ongoing search for the evasive gas leak is having no impact on us as we are closed under tier four.

"Luckily we are still able to continue with takeout and deliveries as usual."

A spokesman for Cadent said: “We responded quickly on December 23 to reports of a smell of gas in London Street, Swaffham.

“There is a leak on one of the mains under the road and some of that gas was initially finding its way into nearby properties.

“That’s sorted and safe now. Working late into Christmas Eve, our engineers created several vent holes, which allows the gas to dissipate to atmosphere.

“Our team is continuing work to fix the main. This may take a number of days to complete, as it’s a complex job. We continue to check all nearby properties daily.

“We know this is not ideal and hope people understand we’re working as fast as we can, with everyone’s safety our top priority.

“If anyone in the local area smells gas, please ring us immediately, day or night, on 0800 111 999. Please don’t think it’s related to this incident – it may be not be and we’d want to check it.”

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