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Dunelm Homes: "It is extremely sad"

Dunelm Homes has released a statement following the confirmation that a second demolition will take place at the Newburn flats. A spokesperson said the company understands how distressing the situation is for the people who lived there and that it has been 'shocking'.

‘It is extremely sad that another Block of apartments at Spencer Court has become a victim of the catastrophic events following the culvert collapse in May 2012. The impact on all of the residents at Spencer Court has been shocking and protracted and our sincere sympathies are with them.

‘In August we shared with the leaseholders our opinion that the risk of attempting to pressure grout Block B was too high – as explained in our statement dated 21st August.

‘We will continue to support leaseholders throughout the coming months, which are bound to continue to be very distressing for them.'

– Dunelm Homes

Demolition date for Newburn flats

A demolition date has been set for a block of flats damaged by flooding in May 2012. People living at Spencer Court in Newburn were forced to leave their homes. Block B will now be demolished. The decision follows technical investigations by engineers and negotiations.

Millfield Lane will be closed to both pedestrians and vehicles from 8am on Tuesday 14th January 2014 to allow contractors to secure the site.

The demolition work is planned for the following day and will last for two weeks.


Witness appeal after Newburn assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Newcastle.

The assault happened in the early hours of Sunday (December 23rd) morning on Millfield Close in Newburn.

A 23-year-old man had been at a houseparty and had left to get a taxi.

He was assaulted by one man whilST waiting for a taxi in the street, and during the attack part of his ear was bitten off.

The man was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary and was later released after treatment.

Police are carrying out enquiries in the area and are appealing for witnesses.

Work to begin on Spencer Court culvert

Dunhelm Homes, the company overseeing the demolition of flats at Spencer Court, have announced that work will begin to assess the damage on the culvert underneath.

The flats at Spencer Court were demolished last week after flooding caused extreme damage to the building and the culvert underneath.

Investigations will now be carried out to assess any damage which has been caused to the culvert, and is expected to being tomorrow (November 1st).


Newburn demolition draws to a close

The second week into its demolition, the remnants of Spencer Court are cleared away Credit: ITV

The last remnants of Spencer Court have been removed from the site in Newburn today (29th October).

The flats in Newcastle were left on the verge of collapse a few weeks ago after heavy rains caused a culvert to collapse, washing away the ground under the residential building.

Hundreds of residents then had to be evacuated from the flats.

Now that the building has gone the extent of the underground damage will be examined.

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