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Mothercare shop collapse street remains closed

Mothercare building, Bishop Auckland
Image caption The cause of the collapse is being investigated

A street in County Durham where a building partially collapsed is still closed as clean-up work continues.

Durham County Council said the 8m (26ft) exclusion zone in Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, would also remain in place.

Shoppers were led to safety when a rear section of the three-storey store containing a branch of Mothercare collapsed on Thursday.

It is hoped the work will be completed by Monday 26 September.

Shops either side of the closed section of Newgate Street remain open as normal.

A 2.4m high timber hoarding will be erected which in turn will be surrounded by fencing.

Durham County Council is working with an experienced scaffolding firm to prevent any further collapse, and said it was continuing to investigate the cause of the incident.

Terry Collins, the council's corporate director of neighbourhood services, said: "This is a complex task requiring considerable planning and expert delivery, and I am grateful for the understanding shown by the businesses which have had to close in the interests of protecting public safety."

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