A problem with gas pipes in areas of Workington has left a number of properties with poor quality gas supply.

Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the North of England’s gas distributor, is working to restore normal gas supplies in Salterbeck and Harrington after water entered the pipes.

No homes or businesses are currently without gas but some customers are experiencing low gas pressure, with a school and residential home affected.

St Mary's Catholic Primary School, in Salterbeck, has been closed for two days due to a lack of heating or water.

Some affected streets include Brierydale, Holden Road, Moorclose Road, Garnet Crescent, Salterbeck Road, Church Road and Pearl Road.

Mark Lawson, site manager at Northern Gas Networks, said: “We’re aware some customers in the Salterbeck area are experiencing low gas pressure and our engineers are now on site and working to resolve the problem.

“We’d like to apologise to anyone experiencing a loss of pressure in their homes, and thank customers for bearing with us while we work to return the gas supply to normal as safely and quickly as possible.

“Customers can help us by conserving their gas usage between 5pm and 8pm when the load on the system is at a peak level.

“I’d also ask customers to check on elderly neighbours ensure that they are aware of the situation.”

Customers suffering with low gas pressure should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999.

These line are in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Any customer needing support, such as electric hot plates or heaters, can call Northern Gas Networks' customer care team on 0800 040 7766 or via email customercare@northerngas.co.uk