Exeter Wall Collapse

Part of a sheltered housing scheme was evacuated last night after a high wall collapsed in the centre of Exeter.

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Wall collapse witness thought there'd been an earthquake

Raymond Ravenscroft was one of the residents who had to be moved to safety after a wall collapsed in Exeter. He says there was a tremendous noise and he thought there had been an earthquake. He says the whole building shook and he had to stay in a local hotel.

He's hoping the building inspectors will give the all-clear soon. He has lived in the building ever since it was built 12 years ago.

Raymond Ravenscroft being interviewed in front of the wall collapse in Exeter Credit: ITV Westcountry

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Wall collapses in Exeter city centre

Part of a sheltered housing scheme was evacuated last night after a high wall collapsed in the centre of Exeter.

Tonnes of rubble came crashing down onto the pavement of Hele Road. A search and rescue dog was sent to scour the pile of debris in case anyone was trapped underneath.

Police have spent the night guarding the site. Building surveyors didn`t want to risk removing the rock and earth in case of further collapses.

The building was constructed around 15 years ago so it's hoped it has solid modern foundations and the plans will be checked before any clearing begins.

It's believed the wall caved in after the ground behind it was heavily saturated.

The road is outside Exeter College, so it's fortunate the incident happened at a time when it is relatively quiet.

Elderly residents to be evacuated after Exeter wall collapse

Elderly residents are to be evacuated from their homes after a large wall collapsed in St Davids Hill in Exeter.

A 30 foot section of a wall 20-30 feet high came down onto the pavement and road below at around 8pm.

It is not thought that anyone is trapped beneath the rubble, but the Fire Brigade are using thermal imaging cameras as a precaution.

Due to concerns that further sections of the wall may collapse officers are looking to evacuate approximately 40 elderly and vulnerable residents from 36 flats.

The road remains closed at Iron Bridge, Hele Road and Cowley Road.

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