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Gas Leak Affects Thousands In Clackmannanshire

More than 3,500 homes in Scotland lost their gas supply after a farmer cut through a pipe.

The damage caused a major gas leak near Fishcross, Clackmannanshire, which forced pupils in at least one primary school to be evacuated.

Residents in the town and nearby Dollar were told to stay indoors and to keep their doors and windows closed, and a number of roads were shut.

Portable electric appliances for cooking and heating were made available for elderly and disabled people, as well as those who are sick or have young children, while an incident centre was set up at Tillicoultry Community Centre.

Scotia Gas Networks said the damage to the eight-inch gas main was reported shortly after midday on Tuesday.

It warned it may take several days before everyone is reconnected.

Engineers were expected to work through the night to reconnect supplies.

:: Residents affected by the gas leak or the loss of supply should contact Scotia Gas Networks' 24-hour customer helpline on 0845 070 1432.