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Emergency services called in after building collapses

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Emergency services have been called in after a building partially collapsed in a shopping street.

Warwickshire Police were called to Abbey Street in Nuneaton to reports of a building collapse at about 10.52am on Wednesday 7 August.

Pictures from the scene show the former Co-op building, where demolition work was being carried out, had partly collapsed, bringing down much of the scaffolding.

Rubble had fallen beyond the site's hoardings and across part of the pedestrianised shopping area.

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"We were called at 10.52am this morning to a report of a building collapse on Abbey St, Nuneaton.

"Fire and ambulance service also in attendance. No reported injuries at present.

"The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been notified."

– Warwickshire Police

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, which purchased the building in January, confirmed emergency services had left the scene around lunchtime.

In a statement, the local authority said: "The emergency services left the site some time ago, although some police remained in attendance to manage public exclusion until more substantial barriers were put in place.<

"Officers continue to assess the situation and we'll report again once we have further information."

Police have asked people to avoid the area.