Essex

Flats evacuated after part of crane collapses in Essex

About 50 properties have been evacuated in a town in Essex after part of a tower crane collapsed.

The properties in and around Allard Way in Saffron Walden were evacuated by police with residents taken to a rest centre in a local sports complex.

Essex Police said the crane, on a building site, was left in a dangerous condition due to high winds.

The Essex Fire and Rescue Service said 40 people had to leave a block of flats while the crane was made safe.

Assistant Divisional Officer Chris Noakes said: "The boom of the crane has collapsed and is hanging... Crews have assisted in making the area safe which has involved evacuating a block of flats. The residents are being left in the care of the police and local authority.

"Luckily no one has been hurt and the local authority has established a nearby rest centre for everyone who has been evacuated."

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