More than 600 homes lose gas supplies in Dorset

More than six hundred properties in Lychett Matravers in Dorset have lost their gas supplies. Engineers from Scotia Gas Networks are investigating the problem. The firm's teams have visited more than 450 homes to turn off gas supplies at the meter during their checks.

Residents have been advised not to attempt to use their gas while the investigations are taking place. The supplier says once it is safe to reconnect supplies, engineers will call at homes to carry out further checks. There is an incident centre at the Village Hall, High Street, Lytchett Matravers.

Portable electric appliances are available for cooking and heating for those who are elderly, disabled, chronically sick or have young children or other special needs. These can be obtained by calling 0845 070 1431 or contacting the supplier's staff on site.

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300 homes remain without gas

More than 1,200 homes and businesses in Dorset lost their gas supplies on Sunday. Their supplier is investigating the problem. Three hundred remain without power.