Wall collapse flattens garden

A woman from Derby has described how she ran out of the way of a warehouse wall as it collapsed into her back garden. Lee McKechnie says bricks were flying around her head as the structure toppled over.

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Contractors apologise for "embarrassing" wall blunder

Lee McKechnie examines the damage at the end of her garden Credit: ITV News Central

The contractors, HCL, based at Alfreton in Derbyshire, have apologised for what they admit was an "embarrassing" blunder. Site manager Richard Speake told ITV News Central:

"The structure was old and unsound and basically gave way under the weight of the roof. We will be working closely with the residents to put things right and do the necessary paperwork."

Mr Speake confirmed there was asbestos in the roof, but said they had specialist staff trained to dispose of it and there was no health risk to people living nearby.

Asbestos worries after wall collapse

A garden shed was flattened Credit: ITV News Central

Debris rained down into two homes in Drewry Lane, one belonging to Mrs McKechnie, the other to a 95-year-old woman who was in hospital at the time. The wall flattened her garden shed.

Residents say it is lucky no-one was seriously injured. They're also worried about asbestos dust on the site.

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Woman dives for cover as warehouse wall collapses

A woman from Derby has described how she ran out of the way of a warehouse wall as it collapsed into her back garden. Lee McKechnie says bricks were flying around her head as the structure toppled over.

Lee McKechnie watches the demolition work continue Credit: ITV News Central

The huge wall fell down yesterday afternoon as workmen were carrying out demolition work on an old self storage depot in Uttoxeter New Road.

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