1. ITV Report

"Chaos" around Newburn flats on brink of collapse

The foundations of the flats have been left exposed Photo: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue

A block of flats in Newburn on Tyneside was teetering on the brink of collapse, four days after the severe rain washed away its foundations. But the building was surrounded by chaos and confusion.

Residents of the flats and those with homes nearby said they had no idea what the future holds. With more rain forecast over the weekend, they feared for their homes, their possessions and themselves.

At a public meeting on Thursday, a structural engineer told them it was likely the building would have to be demolished, but no time frame was given and residents said it was unclear who would make the final decision.

On Friday, many were collecting their belongings from their homes in the hope of rescuing whatever they could. The residents from both the condemned flats and the houses nearby deemed safe said they felt "scared and angry".

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