Bishop Auckland street open after Mothercare roof collapse

Mothercare building, Bishop Auckland
Image caption Staff reported hearing a "cracking noise" before the collapse

A town centre street has reopened two weeks after it was shut when a building partially collapsed.

Newgate Street and several shops were closed after a section of the three-storey Mothercare, in Bishop Auckland, caved in.

The street was evacuated as a precaution although no-one was injured.

From Saturday pedestrians can walk between Newgate Street and Market Place. Mothercare, Phones 4 U and WHSmith are still shut.

Stuart Timmiss, head of planning and assets at Durham County Council, said: "We have obviously been extremely keen to reopen the shops affected by the incident as quickly as possible and I am pleased a number will now be free to do so.

"However, unfortunately further work is necessary in the immediate area around Mothercare and the store will be closed for the foreseeable future."

The Mothercare store has been on the same site for 30 years.

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