A petrochemicals plant in Scotland’s Grangemouth owned by Ineos has been closed down with staff evacuated after a reported gas leak.

The leak, detected at noon local time, was on a pipeline inside its Kinneil Gas manufacturing plant.

School staff members also sent out texts to parents amidst the alert which read: “Major Incident at INEOS, Police Scotland advised as precaution to keep all pupils in school over lunchtime”.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is now assisting with an incident at Grangemouth petrochemical plant.

“We dispatched our special operations response team to the incident”.

Ineos put a message on social media, stating: “Our on-site responders are continuing to manage the incident with support from the emergency services”.

Police Scotland said road closures on Wholeflats Road, Grangemouth, have now been lifted.

Emergency services were called to the site near Falkirk shortly after midday.

The refinery is being evacuated and people living nearby have been ordered to stay indoors while roads around the area have been closed.

A Falkirk Council spokesman said it will be having an emergency planning officer meeting with other services to get briefed on the situation.

“Superintendent Brian Auld can confirm that the incident has been contained on site and expert personnel are in attendance”.

The road closure sign was surrounded by an area which was coned off.

No-one was permitted to go any further inside the plant and police, who had blocked the road, turned away those who tried.