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Scaffolding and railings collapse in high winds

Scaffolding and railings collapse in high winds
A scaffolding structure outside a Southsea, Portsmouth, hotel has collapsed in high winds.

The building apparatus, which also uprooted a set of metal railings, fell and crushed six parked cars that were situated outside The Royal Beach Hotel in St Helen's Parade.

Scaffolding was originally put up so that builders could carry out a re-painting job on the fifth floor of the south coast hotel but the volatile weather managed to tear it down at 08:00 BST yesterday (April 25th) morning.

The country is currently classed as being in a "drought" but the Environment Agency has issued over 50 flood warnings for parts of the south of England and west of Scotland.

Hampshire police confirmed that no-one had been injured during the collapse but cars have been damaged.

Driver Barry Fleming told the BBC: "Thank goodness nobody was killed, that's the main thing but I'm a bit upset about the car. I haven't been allowed to get under there to have a good look but I think it's a write-off."

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Date: 26/04/2012 14:50:00

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