Hornchurch High Street closed due to potential building collapse

Hornchurch High Street has been closed this afternoon after a building appeared to be on the verge of collapsing.

Police were called to reports of a building looking unsafe on the street at 12.28pm, and fire brigade also attended the scene.

An eye witness described seeing the building above Thomson and The Wallpaper Shop as “coming out about a foot” and looking like it may fall down.

Shop workers and residents have been evacuated from the surrounding buildings. Roads have been closed off at the junctions of Station Lane and Billet Lane; North Street and High Street; and High Street and Billet Lane to stop traffic travelling down the road.

All buses are being diverted through Appleton Way.

A spokesman for the fire brigade said they only attended in an advisory capacity and left soon after.

No one has been hurt or injured.

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