The area around St Mary de Castro church in Leicester is to be cordoned off today to pedestrians for up to six months after safety inspections found the church spire to be "in a dangerous state and at risk of collapse".
The church has been running a "Save Our Spire" campaign for the last year.
The poet Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote the Canterbury Tales, is thought to have been married here.
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The gable end of a rood has blown away from a three storey house in Coventry due to strong winds.
Widespread disruption has been caused after severe gales resulted in fallen trees and power cuts across the region.
Strong winds will ease through the morning. A mixture of sunny spells and showers will continue through the day.