RESIDENTS have been asked to leave their homes after a suspected gas leak.

Two fire crews are on the scene in Grosvenor Place, Colchester, as well as four vans from Cadent, the firm which manages gas pipes.


Part of Grosvenor Place has been cordoned off to keep the public at a safe distance.

Homes in the area off East Street, Colchester, are also being evacuated.

Tracey Martinez, 57, of the nearby Mill Apartments, said: “It’s all quite worrying that any minute an explosion could have happened.

"Praise to the fire service and gas services who acted so quickly and professionally, their actions may have literally saved lives. And credit to the resident who alerted the services of course.”    

Cadent and Essex Fire Service have been contacted for comment.