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Investigation launched into Manchester chemical leak

Police cordon around Trafford Park
Police cordon around Trafford Park Credit: ITV Granada

A investigation has been launched into a chemical leak that forced road closures and an emergency evacuation in Greater Manchester.

Residents living near a chemical plant in Trafford Park were warned to stay indoors after hydrochloric acid leaked on the premises.

Emergency services were called to the building in the Tenax Road area shortly after 6.15pm yesterday and ordered an immediate evacuation.

A large number of roads were also closed as a precaution and motorists were asked to avoid the area, Greater Manchester Police said.

Superintendent Chris Ullah from Greater Manchester Police said: "There are no reports of injuries or any people requiring medical attention.

"We are now starting to scale down the emergency service response and return normality to the area as quickly as possible.

"The cause of the leak is not yet known but will be investigated once the building is safe."

Police: Hydrochloric acid leak has been contained

Fire officers have contained the leak of hydrochloric acid at a chemical plant at Trafford Park, Manchester, police said.

Superintendent Chris Ullah from Greater Manchester Police said:

Emergency services have been working at the chemical plant at Trafford Park this evening and have isolated the leak.

There are no reports of injuries or any people requiring medical attention.

We are now starting to scale down the emergency service response and return normality to the area as quickly as possible.

The cause of the leak is not yet known but will be investigated once the building is safe.

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Police: Leaked chemical believed to be hydrochloric acid

Police said the leaked chemical is believed to be hydrochloric acid and that the building, on the site of Chemtura Manufacturing, had been evacuated.

The cause of the leak was not yet known.

Superintendent Chris Ullah from Greater Manchester Police said:

Emergency services are working at the scene to control the leak and motorists are being asked to avoid the area. We will keep the public updated but would ask people around the Trafford Park area to stay indoors for the time being as a precautionary measure.

There is more coverage at ITV Granada.

Manchester residents advised to stay indoors after chemical leak

Large parts of Trafford Park in Manchester have been cordoned off by police after a chemical leak at an industrial estate this evening.

Police have urged residents in the area to stay indoors and to keep windows closed.

Manchester Fire and Rescue services described it as a "major" incident but emergency crews said no one is thought to have been injured.

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