Probe after sickness forces closure of bank offices in Leeds

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An investigation is under way after a wave of staff sickness closed a bank’s offices in Leeds city centre.

Lloyds Banking Group’s Westbank site on Water Lane shut yesterday after an undisclosed number of workers began suffering diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms.

Public Health England and Leeds City Council have now launched a joint investigation into the case.

Dr Andrew Lee, a consultant in communicable disease control for Public Health England in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We are working with colleagues from Leeds City Council to investigate these reports of illness. To date, no source has been identified.

“The company concerned have temporarily closed their premises to allow deep cleaning to take place and environmental health colleagues have visited the premises.

“We are not aware of any other outbreaks involving similar symptoms in Leeds at this time.”

A spokeswoman for Lloyds told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the building was due to reopen tomorrow and described the closure as a “precautionary measure”.

She said she was unable to comment on how many people work at the Westbank site but one report today said the number runs into hundreds.