Gas smell that shut Tipton school remains a mystery

Investigations are continuing into a ‘gas-like smell’ which forced a school to close its doors early.

Wednesbury Oak Academy. Picture: Google
Wednesbury Oak Academy. Picture: Google

Parents of Wednesbury Oak Academy students were called in to pick them up several hours earlier than usual following reports of a gas leak on Monday.

But the cause for concern is still under investigation after an inspection carried out by Cadent Gas Ltd, which received 400 calls reporting a gas-like smell over Tipton and Birmingham, only uncovered a trace of gas in two properties.

Experts say the gas trace found during the inspection ‘would not have caused such a widespread smell’ and that the smell is not linked to their gas network.

The academy confirmed it had opened as usual today.

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