Shop re-opens after fears of gas leak at John Lewis
- Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown
The Futura Park branch of John Lewis in Ipswich has re-opened following reports of a potential gas leak.
Emergency services were called to the shop on Thursday afternoon to a potential gas leak from a ruptured pipe.
Network Rail was forced to suspend all trains passing near the store on the Felixstowe line as a result of the leak.
A rail replacement bus service was in operation until 6pm, when the line re-opened.
It is believed customers and staff were evacuated from the store and nearby DFS offered shelter to those needing it.
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Engineers from Cadent Gas were called to the scene and have taken over from fire crews, which stayed on standby.
The store is understood to have re-opened around 5.30pm.
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No casualties have been reported.
A police spokesman said: "Police were called shortly before 1.30pm today, by the fire service, following reports of a gas leak at Waitrose, in Futura Park.
"A cordon has been put in place. Police are assisting with traffic control."
A customer of Waitrose said an alarm was raised inside the store and that people sought shelter in DFS.