Wall collapse 'could have killed children' says neighbour

Wall which collapsed into back garden of house in Derry
Image caption The wall collapsed into the back garden of a house in Gobnascale in Derry

A resident in the Waterside area of Londonderry feared children could have been killed after part of a wall collapsed into a nearby garden.

The fire and rescue service said it cordoned off the area in Tamneymore Park in Gobnascale on Wednesday night.

They advised people to stay out of their gardens until it was inspected by a structural engineer.

A neighbour - who did not want to be identified - said she feared for the safety of the children who live there.

"We got a letter from the developer advising us that for safety precautions we should keep out of the back gardens unless essential.

"The woman who lives in that house has two children, and if they'd been out in that garden they could have been killed.

"My biggest fear is that they'd need to get something done with it in case the whole lot falls," she said.

The contractor, Kevin Watson, said he had surveyed the wall and remedial works would be carried out "as soon as possible" to make the wall safe.

He said he believed an excessive amount of rainwater "had not helped", but it was too early to apportion blame without a full investigation.