Richmond building secured after falling bricks put people in danger

Lucky: Nobody was hurt by the falling bricks

Lucky: Nobody was hurt by the falling bricks

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Bricks falling from the roof of a Richmond pub meant a lucky escape for several people yesterday evening.

Firefighters were called to O'Neill's in the Quadrant at 10pm to reports of falling bricks.

They were contacted by a person who had narrowly avoided being hit.

Crew manager Nick Drewett said: "A few people had a lucky escape because obviously plenty of people were still walking by at that time.

"Police cordoned the area off and the council attended.

"We suspect the bricks must have been loosened by the recent bad weather."

The four-storey building has now been secured.

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2:44pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Twickenham Bob says...

This was an accident waiting to happen.

If you go to any high street in this borough you will see badly maintained buildings, as the absentee landlords in many cases do not maintain their properties properly. Lose parapets and suspect tiles abound.

The council employs a surveyor to inspect dangerous buildings etc. - but they do not appear to do any periodic surveys of high risk areas. They need to get there boots on and start being more proactive.
This was an accident waiting to happen. If you go to any high street in this borough you will see badly maintained buildings, as the absentee landlords in many cases do not maintain their properties properly. Lose parapets and suspect tiles abound. The council employs a surveyor to inspect dangerous buildings etc. - but they do not appear to do any periodic surveys of high risk areas. They need to get there boots on and start being more proactive. Twickenham Bob
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