1. ITV Report

60 homes evacuated after crane collapses in central Reading

Credit: Jamie Badman

Residents are being re-homed and roads remain closed in Reading after a crane collapsed in the town centre.

Emergency services were called to West Street just before 2pm on Saturday

No-one has been reported injured during the incident.

The crane, which is approximately 60 meters tall, collapsed and is now resting against the former Primark store.

The crane is currently being stabilised by Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, who are using specialist equipment including cranes to carry out the work.

Eyewitness Jamie Badman told us, "We were sat in the Noodle House in Reading, enjoying lunch, when we heard the crashing of glass outside. We were then evacuated by the police and firefighters."

60 residential properties have been evacuated. Reading Borough Council has re-homed 49 individuals so far, with other residents preferring to stay with friends and family.

Anyone who has been displaced and needs temporary accommodation is asked to contact Reading Borough Council by calling 0118 9373737.

The crane has lifted off the ground Credit: Jamie Badman

West Street and Cheapside remain closed, as well as Oxford Road between West Street and Cheapside.

The Junction of Friar Street, West Street, St Mary’s Butts and Oxford Road also remains closed.

Pedestrians and motorists are advised to avoid these areas at this time.