Berkshire

Toppled Reading Primark crane removed in overnight operation

Primark crane being removed Image copyright Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption Specialist engineers from the Netherlands assisted with the overnight operation, Reading Borough Council said

A crane that toppled on a former town centre Primark store has been removed.

Shops and 60 homes were evacuated after the 60m (197ft) jib landed on the vacant clothing shop in West Street, Reading, on Saturday afternoon.

Specialist engineers from the Netherlands assisted with the overnight operation, Reading council said.

BW Workplace Experts, which operates the crane, said it was assisting police and the Health and Safety Executive with their enquiries.

Image caption Reading's West Street was closed and people were evacuated

Police said the crane had been stabilised by fire crews on Sunday morning, and had initially predicted it could take "several days" to dismantle the structure.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

No-one was injured in the incident.

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