Terrace demolition begins

The demolition of part of an east London terrace gets underway today after cracks in the building were spotted over the weekend. Workers are also trying to retrieve treasured possessions from homes.

Hackney Council statement

"Hackney Council has arranged for the urgent controlled demolition of 1-5 Amhurst Road following reports that the building has become structurally unsound and posed an immediate risk to public safety.

"The Council was informed of damage to the building following calls from members of the public to London Fire Brigade.

"Residents of the terrace have been evacuated and Amhurst Road remains partially closed while works to safely demolish the building continue. An investigation into the cause is underway."

– Hackney Council spokesperson

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London terrace to be demolished over cracks

A block of terraced housing in east London is set to be demolished after cracks in it appeared overnight.

Amhurst Road, Hackney
Amhurst Road is closed between Mare Street and Pembury Junction. Credit: Josh Spero

Seven residential properties in Amhurst Road in Hackney will be pulled down after it was deemed they were structurally unsound and posed "an immediate risk to public safety".

Eight people have had to leave their homes.

Access to Hackney Central Overground station has been restricted to pedestrians via the northern entrance.

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