Firefighters called after ornament falls from South Shields building

Firefighters were called after an ornament fell from a South Shields building due to the strong winds.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 4:52 pm

Crews from South Shields fire station were called to Frederick Street at 7.29pm on Thursday, March 11 following reports that an unsafe ornamental stone had fallen from a building.

Firefighters used an Aerial Appliance Ladder (ALP) to assess the situation from height and were able to make sure that the ornament was in a safe location. Crews left the scene at 7.56pm.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that officers from Northumbria Police will now contact the building’s landlord to ensure the piece is removed.

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A fire service spokeswoman said: "Members of White Watch from South Shields Community Fire Station attended a call that came into our control room staff about an incident on Frederick Street, South Shields [on Thursday, March 11].

“There were reports of an unsafe decorative ornamental stone that had fallen from its original location due to the windy weather conditions.

“We liaised with our colleagues at Northumbria Police and South Tyneside Council at the scene and as a full investigation could not be made at ground level, officers requested an Aerial Appliance Ladder (ALP) to assess the situation from height.

Firefighters were called to Frederick Street in South Shields.

“The fire service personnel from the ALP confirmed the piece was in a secure location and the incident was handed back to the police - who will contact the building’s landlord to ensure its removal at a later date."

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Firefighters were called to Frederick Street in South Shields following reports that an unsafe ornamental stone had fallen from a building.