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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.

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