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Plymouth city centre road sealed off after wall collapses

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

  • Plymouth city centre road Gashouse Lane between Barbican Approach and Clovelly Road sealed off after wall collapses

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Police have cordoned off a Plymouth road after eight heavy panels forming an exterior wall at Oceana nightclub fell off.

The road at Gashouse Lane next to the Barbican Leisure Park is closed.

Security guards are blocking both ends of the road to pedestrians and traffic.

Eight panels have fallen from the back of the Oceana nightclub.

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Firefighters from Greenbank station and police officers were called to the scene at around 7pm last night.

A fireman who was called to the incident said: "We got to Gashouse Lane at around 7.10pm and called the police to come down as the situation was dangerous and precarious. Eight panels, each about 12ft long by 6ft high, had been blown off the side of the building.

"Luckily no one was injured - if anyone had been walking by the building when the panels fell they would have been killed.

"We also found that there were still 12 panels loose right above the fire exits to Oceana and to Vue cinema. At one point we thought we were going to have to evacuate 2,500 people from the cinema. But we didn't. Vue called in more staff to stand at the fire exits in certain screens. And Oceana had to close their back bar last night."

It is believed repair work will be undertaken today.

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  • mmacz  |  December 20 2013, 7:01AM

    aha xplode!! i ranted...an stand corrected..

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  • AlecSplode  |  December 20 2013, 12:20AM

    mmacz: ...not due to turbulence then? :)

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  • mmacz  |  December 19 2013, 7:15PM

    Hardly relevant is it.. the guy who writes about city pubs in here said himself as the city expands does the city center as I'm sure property prices will reflect. The panels are probably down to poor construction like the balconies that fell from whatever aggi westons is called now a few years ago. (due to inclement weather)

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  • imapilgrim  |  December 19 2013, 4:18PM

    not bloody coxside either , seriously people need to get better lives , this is very near the city centre and its nit picking to say otherwise ......pathetic !

  • Bonqerz  |  December 19 2013, 12:22PM

    I agree - pauliebob - I've never considered Coxside the City Centre. It makes you wonder who the reporters are these days? Obviously not local!

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  • pauliebob  |  December 19 2013, 10:19AM

    i see two mistakes here,firstly,its hardly the city centre its coxside,secondly its hardly a wall either-its decorative face panels,,,-i'm surprised the scrappers didnt get there first,-they would have been weighed in first thing this morning,,,

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