A much-loved theatre complex in south Essex has been closed this evening due to a suspected gas leak.

Thameside Complex in Grays has been closed suddenly this evening due to a suspected gas leak.

The theatre complex in Orsett Road will remain shut as an investigation is carried out.

A Thurrock Council spokesman said: "Please be aware the Thameside Complex has been closed due to a suspected gas leak.

"It will remain closed while the situation is investigated. Further updates will be provided in due course."

Campaigners have been given a second chance to save the complex this week with a revised business plan which will need to include a £20million, 30-year maintenance plan to ensure success.

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Thurrock Council has worked with community groups since announcing the complex was earmarked for disposal, with the library and museum relocated to the civic centre.

The council said it would run a consultation on alternative provision for cultural events in Grays but at a meeting of Thurrock’s corporate overview and scrutiny committee on Tuesday it was agreed a revised community proposal could be submitted as part of that consultation.