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High winds rip through roof of Dickens Heath landmark

RAGING winds ripped opened the roof of Dickens Heath Library, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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RAGING winds ripped opened the roof of Dickens Heath Library, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Local residents were evacuated from their homes after the gusts tore tiles and bricks off the public building.

There will be a full-investigation into how the landmark, only opened in 2004, was damaged.

Following the collpase, at around 3am, police cordoned off a section of road, amid fears that more debris could rain down on the pavement.

No-one was injured in the incident, although residents in five flats inside the library building have been temporarily re-homed.

Contractors John Sisk, who built the Old Dickens Road facility, were called-in to make the building safe.

Insurers will now be investigating the extent and cause of the damage and how much it will cost to repair.

The library was shut to the public today (Monday) and is expected to reo-pen on Thursday of this week.

50-60mph gales had hit the region over the weekend, also bringing a tree down on a Sutton Coldfield home on Saturday.

 

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