Tyne & Wear

Collapsed South Shields pub Bizz Bar to be bulldozed

Bizz Bar
Image caption Police shut the road after the building caved in

Work has begun to demolish a derelict bar which collapsed in South Shields.

Emergency crews were called to Bizz Bar in Ocean Road at just after 17:30 GMT on Friday when the three-storey building caved in to the road.

No-one was inside the bar, which is undergoing renovation work, when it collapsed, police said.

Part of the street is still cordoned off the area and it is expected to take 10 days to knock it down and clear the rubble.

Nearby guest house owner Hani Gazia said it sounded like a "bomb" was going off as the building fell.

He said: "The building had been empty for about three years. It was like a bomb had fallen on it - there was debris all over the road."

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