Engineers have been working through the night as part of a major operation to fix a gas leak in Padiham.

Yesterday, police closed off a road and the fire service were in attendance after a large gas mains leak was reported.

The road closure remains in place between Hapton and Padiham.

Responding to the incident yesterday, a Lancashire Police spokesperson said: "Please be aware of a road closure that has been put in place due to a large gas leak in Hapton.

"The road is closed from the junction of Manchester Road/East Street/Simpson Street in Hapton, to the junction of Manchester Road/Lancaster Drive in Padiham.

"Please try and avoid the area."

A cordon has been put in place while Cadent attend to the incident.

A Cadent spokesperson said: "Our teams worked through the night and we’ll be on site through today – for as long as it takes – as we carry on what is a challenging job to fix this leak.

"We’ve explained to people living in the local area that while gas is escaping from one of our mains, our team on site has everything in hand, and they needn’t worry.

"To work on a gas main like this, we need to carefully manage gas pressures, and also take into account that there are electricity cables overhead.

"So, it’s a complex job, but we have everything in hand. The road closure, which was put in place by the emergency services to keep everyone safe, is likely to be in place at least through today.

"We really appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding."