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
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
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 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.