A fortunately pedestrian narrowly avoided being crushed by falling bricks yesterday as he walked past a collapsing building in high winds – with 80mph gusts on the way this week thanks to Storm Gareth as conditions worsen.
CCTV footage showed the man strolling along the busy pavement in Hackney, East London, when a mass of bricks and rubble crashed to the ground in a cloud of dust just seconds after he walked past a café.
The man narrowly missed being crushed by the collapsing building. London Fire Brigade said no one was hurt in the incident on Stoke Newington High Street but the clean-up of the rubble took almost two hours.
Photographs showed a huge pile of fallen bricks and debris littering the street. It comes as high winds wreaked havoc across Britain as roads were closed due to damage from extreme weather.
After days of storms, forecasters have warned that Britain is about to be battered by the worst period of weather since last year's Beast from the East.