There have been reports of an explosion on Merseyside.  Merseyside Fire and Rescue said it was responding to a suspected gas leak in the New Ferry area and had four appliances in attendance.

Network Rail said police were dealing with an incident, disrupting the line between Birkenhead Central and Ellesmere Port/Chester and services will be suspended.

The MP for Wirral South, Alison McGovern, tweeted: “Am on the scene in New Ferry. A very serious situation. Please stay away if you can, let emergency services do their job.” ¬†More follows…

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