Driver crashes car into a Gas substation and flees scene.

Updated: Jan 4

Homes had to be evacuated on New Years day.

Roads around a Leicester Village have been closed by Police this morning.


The Ridings Rothley

Surrounding Roads were closed by Police

Emergency services are currently dealing with a incident in Rothley.


It’s been reported a car had collided with a gas substation on The Ridings at around 6.30am causing a major gas leak.



EMAS. East Midlands ambulance services are on standby in the area. Leicestershire Fire service also in attendance and have laid out hoses and are ready should there be a fire.


Cadent Gas utility company is also at the scene, some local residents are without a gas supply this morning.


A police spokeswoman said:


“Officers were called at around 6.30am this morning to a report of a single vehicle collision in The Ridings.


The vehicle, a black Peugeot, collided with a gas substation.


The driver of the vehicle made off and enquiries are ongoing to locate them.


Black Peugeot being recovered

Officers are supporting colleagues from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service who are at the scene responding to the incident.


The Ridings is currently closed at its junctions with Westfield Lane and the Ridgeway and Swithland Lane is closed at its junctions with The Ridings, West Cross Lane and Carisbrooke Road.


A small number of residents in nearby properties have been evacuated as a precaution and we are advising anyone living locally to stay indoors with their windows closed.


All agencies involved are working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation and we would like to thank those affected for their patience and understanding while this necessary work is carried out.”


Anyone with information about the incident can contact police on 101.


🔴 Updated News 14:00 01/01/21


Police have issued updated advice following a collision in Rothley involving a gas substation.


Officers were called at around 6.30am this morning (1 January) to a report of a single vehicle collision in The Ridings.


The vehicle, a black Peugeot, collided with a gas substation while the driver of the vehicle made off from the scene.


A 33-year-old man has since been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.


Officers attended to support colleagues from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service who were at the scene responding to the incident.


The Ridings as well as number of surrounding roads were closed and have since been reopened. A cordon remains on at the substation while gas engineers continue to carry out their work.


A small number of residents in nearby properties were evacuated as a precaution and have since been advised they can return home. Anyone living locally was advised to stay indoors with their windows closed. This advice no longer applies.


All agencies involved worked as quickly as possible to resolve the situation and we would like to thank those affected for their patience and understanding while this necessary work was carried out.


Anyone with information about the incident can contact police on 101 quoting incident 226 of 1 January.


🔴 Updated News 18:00 01/01/21


A 33-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident has since been released from custody with no further action.


Enquiries are ongoing into the collision.



🔴 Updated News 18:00 03/0/21


Man arrested and bailed following Rothley road traffic collision


A man has been arrested and released on police bail following a road traffic collision in Rothley.


Officers were called at around 6.30am on Friday morning (1 January) to a report of a single vehicle collision in The Ridings.


The vehicle, a black Peugeot, collided with a gas substation while the driver of the vehicle made off from the scene.


A 33-year-old man was arrested earlier today (3 January) on suspicion of failing to stop at a road traffic collision and perverting the course of justice.


He has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.


Enquiries are ongoing into the collision.


The incident caused some disruption as officers assisted with road closures in the area and the evacuation of a small number of properties as a precaution.


Those affected have since returned home and roads reopened.


Anyone with information about the incident can contact police on 101 quoting incident 226 of 1 January.