Roof collapses in high winds at Langney Shopping Centre

Stormy winds last night saw the collapse of roofing at Langney Shopping Centre.

Firefighters were called out to the Eastbourne shopping centre at 4.38am because of fire alarms going off, only discover the partial roof collapse.

No-one was injured as police and fire crews made the building safe. A building inspector is currently on the scene surveying the damage.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue reported that despite the gale-force winds overnight there were no major incidents in the region, with fire services busier in the west of the county.

Meanwhile with more rain and wind expected today, motorists are being advised to take extra care while using motorways and major trunk roads.

Successive periods of rain moving across England and Wales are falling on wet ground leading to the potential for excess surface water on some roads.

The rain is expected to continue until 3pm today.

Rob Keep, Highways Agency South East Emergency Planning Manager, said: “Drivers should slow down in wet conditions and take extra care.

“When the road surface is wet, it can take twice as long to stop, so drivers are advised to slow down and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Driving too quickly through water can cause aquaplaning and loss of control of your vehicle which can lead to accidents.

“Drivers are advised to check the weather and traffic conditions and leave extra time for their journeys as weather conditions could lead to delays.”

Motorists are advised to check traffic information on the Highways Agency website before travelling, look out for motorway messages and listen for radio traffic and travel updates.

The Highways Agency, which operates and maintains motorways and the strategic road network in England, is working closely with the Met Office, other government agencies and emergency services to continually monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys.

Highways Agency traffic officers across England will be monitoring weather and traffic conditions around the clock and will be on hand to quickly respond to incidents, while colleagues in regional control centres will be monitoring CCTV cameras, answering emergency telephone calls and setting advisory signs for drivers to warn of spray and other road conditions.