South East Wales

Four Bridgend shoppers hurt as ceiling collapses

Four people have been taken to hospital after a store ceiling partially collapsed on shoppers in the centre of Bridgend.

Retailer Home Bargains was evacuated after the ceiling fell down at the Market Street store at about 1140 BST.

Four people were treated for minor injuries at the scene and taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital for checks.

Poundstretcher and the Jobcentre either side of the store were evacuated as a precaution.

The road has been closed.

Matter of urgency

A spokesperson for Bridgend council said the authority was working with emergency services to assess the extent of the damage to the stores affected and to ensure the safety of the public.

Home Bargains operations director Joe Morris said a total of five people had been involved in the incident, which he desribed as "very upsetting".

He said: "A section of the roof above the main entrance of the store in Bridgend collapsed earlier today.

"Home Bargains is dealing with the incident as a matter of urgency. I will be on site with structural engineers and health and safety officers to assess the damage to the building.

Mr Morris added: "This particular store unit was built in the late 1970s and we've been renting it for the past three years. We are also in contact with the landlord regarding a full inspection of the property."

Welsh Ambulance Service said four people were taken to Princess of Wales Hospital.

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