A house in Romford was destroyed today. Firefighters were called to Rodney Way in Romford, early this morning. The property was being refurbishment at the time.
The house was under refurbishment and had been completely stripped out. Fortunately, it was unoccupied at the time it collapsed and no-one was injured.
Had it collapsed when the builders working on the house were inside, they may not have been quite so lucky.
The building fractured the incoming gas supply main when it came down, so eight people from neighbouring properties were evacuated and a temporary 50 metre exclusion zone has been put in place.
As soon as the gas supply has been isolated, the exclusion zone will be lifted and residents will be able to return to their homes.
Martin Stew has the lunch time weather forecast.
After a bright start for many, clouds will thicken bringing rain for much of the afternoon.Read the full story ›
James Wright has the evening weather forecast for London and the surrounding areas.
James Wright has the lunchtime forecast for London and the surrounding areas.
Police want to identify a man seen after a series of racist stickers were placed on trains in Southend.
A CCTV image of a man has been released following the discovery last month, and officers urge anyone who recognises him to get in contact.
PC Maria Wheele said: "Rail staff cleaning trains the week of Sunday, 18th January found stickers carrying offensive messages. Passengers travelling between Essex and London that week might have seen something.
"If anyone recognises the man in the CCTV image, please contact us."
Drivers will have a bumpy ride if they try and park their car in the space surrounding the speed hump sign.Read the full story ›
The National Crime Agency is to be investigated over a two year delay police took in investigate a paedophile teacher in Essex.Read the full story ›