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Stop HS2 remain optimistic over today's review

Joe Rukin from Stop HS2 told ITV News Central that he remains optimistic about the outcome of today's review.

The High Court is expected to give its ruling on a number of legal challenges to the government's plans for HS2 later today.

Opponents of the high speed rail plans are asking a judge in London to declare the multi-billion pound project legally flawed and to reconsider the plans.

The first phase of HS2 would see a high-speed railway line running from London to Birmingham.

If successful, the legal challenge could potentially delay the scheme for years.

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'It could have been me' witness fears after man crushed by shop sign

Ken Osbourne, who works at the nearby Woody Grill restaurant "Hundreds of people walk past here every day. It could've been me or any one of them. The shop has been there for about 10 years."

The sign fell in Camden which is north of Kings Cross and Regents Park
The sign fell in Camden which is north of Kings Cross and Regents Park Credit: Google Maps

Ioana Nita, was working at a nearby restaurant and said; "I don't know how that can happen. The sign is huge. Everyone said he was just walking past the shop.

"I cross that way five times a day. That could have been me."

Witnesses describe 'shocking' scene after fallen sign crushed man

The sign, which had covered the length of the shop front, fell on to the pavement on a main road in Camden, north London.

Police erected a forensic tent on the pavement to cover the place where the man was killed, and cordoned off the surrounding area.

Police remain on the scene in Camden, north London where a man was killed after a sign fell from a store
Police remain on the scene in Camden, north London where a man was killed after a sign fell from a store

Ioana Nita, 21, was working at a nearby restaurant when the accident happened.

"I'm shocked. We heard a very loud noise. Me and a colleague went outside and saw the guy lying on the floor," she said.

"Five guys picked up the sign and it was put on the side. His hands were covered in blood and he wasn't moving.

"Lots of people were in a circle around him, then the ambulance arrived and they were trying to get him back to life, pressing on his heart."

Parts of the sign remained on the ground outside the William Hill store
Parts of the sign remained on the ground outside the William Hill store

Ken Osbourne, 28, who works at the nearby Woody Grill restaurant, said: "I saw the guy lying down in the road, covered in blood.

"The main impact was clearly on his head. I saw them trying to resuscitate him in the back of the ambulance."

A large portion of the shop frontage can be seen missing
A large portion of the shop frontage can be seen missing

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