Theatre-goer saw 'traumatised' children comforted

A writer who was at London's Apollo Theatre when the ceiling collapsed said he saw "a lot of kids traumatised, covered in dust and blood being comforted by parents".

The Independent features writer Simon Usborne told Daybreak: "There were screams, it was immediately clear something serious had happened.

"Nobody told anyone to move - everybody rose immediately and ran to the nearest exit".

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Andrew Lloyd Webber called for theatre to be demolished

The Apollo Theatre's previous owner, Andrew Lloyd Webber, warned that the building was in a "shocking" state 10 years ago and recommended that it should be demolished. The ceiling collapsed on Thursday night, injuring 79 people, nine seriously.