AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a suspected chemical leak in a beck in North Yorkshire.

Residents living near the Weaponness Valley coach park in Scarborough were yesterday advised to close doors and windows because of the smell, with the Environment Agency and Scarborough Borough Council taking water samples to try to identify the cause of the problem.

The council also advised people to keep children and pets away from the area until the investigation was concluded.

Work is currently taking place on the former gasworks site at the back of the coach park, which is the prospective site for a new depot for the council.