Scaffolding at a derelict Newcastle cinema has collapsed onto a public street.
Witnesses say workmen at the venue were having a “heated discussion” just moments before the scaffolding came crashing down.
Crane possibly involved
The accident happened during the demolition of the cinema. Initial reports suggest that a crane might have knocked some of the scaffolding before the collapse.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “At around 11.30pm last night, police received a report that some of the scaffolding at the old Odeon cinema site had fallen down on to Pilgrim Street.
“Nobody was injured during the incident and the road was closed overnight to allow the scaffolding to be cleared away.
“The road was reopened at around 6.30am this morning.”
Low rumble before collapse
Witness Esther Beadle saw the event unfold from a bus stop directly opposite. She heard a low rumble before the metalwork came crashing down in Pilgrim Street at around 11.30pm.
She said: “There was a group of about six or seven guys in hi-viz looking up at the building and they seemed to be having quite a heated discussion about it.
“About three or four minutes later there was a very low rumble and the front of the building which had been covered in scaffolding fell forward.
“The scaffolding got mangled and crumpled as it came down and there was dust everywhere.”
She said scaffolding fell into the street and ended up just a few metres from where she was standing.
“Had there been anyone on the other side of the street they would have been seriously injured,” she said. “It was quite a mess.”
Date Published: April 16, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown