Summer school evacuated over gas leak after reports of chemical smell

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A suspected chemical incident at a school in east London has forced an evacuation after people started suffering from headaches.

Multiple emergency service crews were in attendance at Princess May Primary School in Stoke Newington before midday on Friday following alarming complaints from those inside.

The London Fire Brigade has confirmed firefighters are looking into a suspected chemical incident on Barretts Grove in Hackney after people complained of smelling chemicals.

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The London Ambulance Service explained medics from various teams had been called to the school to assess the 30 people evacuated from the scene as five adults suffered from head aches.

A spokesperson for the Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 11.23am today (19 August) to reports of an incident at Princess May Primary School, Hackney.

"We sent a number of resources to the scene, including two ambulance crews, a medic in a fast response car, an incident response officer and members of our hazardous area response team (HART). We are assessing a number of people at the scene.

"The incident is ongoing and we are working with our emergency service colleagues.”

A statement from the Brigade said: "Firefighters are carrying out a sweep of the building to try and detect any raised levels of chemicals.

"The Brigade was called at 1128."

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