Condition of Central Plaza Hotel now 'critically dangerous'

The building has closed the Victoria Viaduct for more than three weeks Credit: ITV Border

The condition of the former Central Plaza Hotel is now being described as 'critically dangerous', according to Carlisle City Council.

Works to ensure the safety of the building have been suspended, after a detailed inspection revealed the amount of work needed is 'far greater than anticipated'.

Two cranes working to remove several tonnes of dangerous brickwork have now left the site.

A specialist engineer is expected to inspect the building next week.