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Road still shut after Southampton building collapse

Cumberland Place building collapse
Image caption A high reach excavator is removing structurally unsafe concrete

A main road in Southampton remains closed two days after part of a building being demolished collapsed.

Police were called on Monday morning following reports of rubble falling into Grosvenor Square.

The adjoining Cumberland Place is still shut in both directions and a diversion through Bedford Place remains in place.

A high reach excavator is removing structurally unsafe concrete from the building, Wessex Demolition & Salvage, which is carrying out the work, said.

"Every effort is being made to make it safe", a spokeswoman from the Fareham-based company said.

No-one was injured but police described the building as "quite unstable". It is being assessed by structural experts.

Eyewitnesses said part of the six-storey building was hanging over the edge of the pavement.

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