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Concrete slab ripped off Manchester building in strong winds

Debris after concrete cladding crashed into empty seating area Credit: Tom Booth

A large slab of concrete cladding was ripped off the front of a Manchester building by strong winds this afternoon.

It came crashing to the ground in Stevenson Square, smashing some of the tables in a seating area, outside cafes Chai Latte and Slice Pizzeria, which was thankfully empty at the time.

Fortunately, no-one was injured by the falling debris.

A member of staff from the Eastern Bloc record shop, next door to the building, said:

“I was inside the shop when I heard a massive crash.

“Some of the tables were completely destroyed. One girl was walking past. When I saw her she was on the other side of the road, she looked shaken up."