Leicester’s Churchgate has been closed off after a building appears to have collapsed in the area.
A large amount of rubble has fallen into the street on Churchgate in Leicester.
It appears part of the top level of the former Churchgate Tavern has collapsed. This building is opposite the entrance to the Highcross shopping centre in the Churchgate area of Leicester.
The incident was reported just after midday earlier today (Thursday, September 15).
Our reporter at the scene has been told that a member of the public has been injured but is conscious. However, they have been taken to hospital as a precaution.
Baljit Singh was working in the Today’s News shop in the next door building when he heard a loud crash, he said.
“I was putting things on the shelves and then suddenly there was a crash, and then debris started coming through the door and hitting me on the leg,” he told the Leicester Times.
A statement from Leicester City Council read: “Our building control team have now taken control of the site and will use emergency powers to ensure that the damaged building is made safe. The damage appears to be confined to the upper level of the front of the building, but further assessment is still needed.“
“The road will remain closed to traffic and pedestrians until the area is made safe, cleared of rubble and any necessary repairs carried out to the highway. We will make every effort to minimise any further disruption to the area and its local businesses. We are working with the landlord of the property to ensure that residents have alternative accommodation while this work is carried out.”