Statement - Incident - Pentagon Fine Chemicals, Halewood

Merseyside Police can confirm officers have been in attendance at an industrial site in Halewood overnight, Monday, 5 May as part of a multi-agency response to an incident.


Emergency Services were called to Pentagon Fine Chemicals, Lower Road, initially at around 11.15pm last night, Sunday, 4 May, to a report of a possible release of gas at the site.


Officers attended along with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and, as part of the standard response to the incident, a cordon was put in place around the site and a number of roads in the area were closed as a precaution.


Police worked with partners, including Merseyside Fire and Rescue, local Councils and the Environment Agency. An investigation was carried out which established that a small quantity of gas had escaped from a vessel but the leak was fully confined to the site.


No-one was injured during the incident and there was no fire at the site. No houses were required to be evacuated and all roads were re-opened at around 3.25am, when the site was handed back to the company.


Chief Inspector Chris Hitchell said: "I want to reassure people living in the area that there was no danger to local residents and no escape of any chemical from the site.


"Officers worked with a range of agencies to ensure that the incident was managed effectively, local people and the environment were protected and the site was handed back to the owners as soon as possible.


"As part of the response to what happened, a number of road closures were implemented as a precaution. I know these closures caused some disruption for a period of time and I would like to thank people for their patience and co-operation whilst we responded to the incident."


All Emergency Services have now left the site and the company is carrying out an investigation.