Stoke & Staffordshire

High winds cause house wall collapse in Alsagers Bank

High winds have brought down the exterior wall of a house in Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Police was called at 06:40 BST to the scene in Scot Hay Road, Alsagers Bank.

The falling bricks crushed two cars but no-one was hurt. Flying bricks also damaged a lamppost.

Structural engineers have assessed the house and Scot Hay Road was closed. Police said they had received a high number of weather-related calls.

A number of these were about trees that had blown over in the strong winds.

Some residents in the area where the wall collapsed claimed that lamp-posts were placed too close to their homes and that, due to their height, occasionally swayed during winds, touching exterior walls.

'Extremely unusual'

The collapsed wall has a lamp-post sited next to it.

Staffordshire county councillor Mike Maryon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "The lighting column in question was installed in Oct 2006 by E.on under the provisions of a 25-year PFI contract awarded by the county council.

"Investigations need to be undertaken to fully ascertain the reasons for the failure of the wall, but it is extremely unusual for a lighting column to cause a wall to fail unless there is an issue with the wall itself.

"The local building inspector will be able to confirm this following an inspection, and we are currently awaiting those findings."

A road in north Staffordshire was closed earlier due to heavy snow.

The A53 was closed in both directions, near Leek, between Upper Hulme and Buxton Road.

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