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

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 premises, only opened in 2004, was damaged.

Following the collapse, at around 4am, 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.

Councillor Len Cresswell (Lib Dem, Blythe) said the incident was “an utter disgrace”.

“It’s a real concern to residents. They’re living in a very young place, yet one gust of wind and this happens.”

A young couple - Kate Marshall and Mark Elton - who live opposite the library had returned home just before the incident.

“I suppose we were pretty lucky,” said 27-year-old Mark. “If it had happened earlier it could have been game over for us.”

Contractors were called-in to make the building safe and the library is expected to reopen tomorrow (Saturday). Insurers will now be investigating the extent and cause of the damage and how much it will cost to repair

 

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