Street sealed off after winds blow down wall

Workmen repairing fallen masonry.
Workmen repairing fallen masonry.

PART of Mexborough was sealed off at the weekend after ferocious gale force winds brought masonry crashing down from a disused building.

Council workers blocked off a footpath on Dolcliffe Road when high winds dislodged brickwork from a derelict structure which fronted the path.

Workmen returned to the scene on Monday to remove a tree which had grown on the roof and weakened the building, making it unsafe.

This was just one incident of many as winds of up to 70 mph battered the area.

Over in Doncaster, police closed St Sepulchre Gate on Monday afternoon because of concerns over masonry falling from the buildings.

Officers took action when part of the Frenchgate Centre began to fall away because of gusts buffeting the shopping precinct.

The incident forced shops all along the street to close, as their entrances were no longer safe for the public to access.

Shopkeepers and customers were evacuated as a precaution.

The Jarvis building next to the Frenchgate was also inspected by fire crews and concerns were raised over some air conditioning units which were moving.

As a result, the Jarvis building was also evacuated.

The Frenchgate’s rooftop car park was also closed, leaving some motorists unable to pick up their vehicles.

Meanwhile bosses at Robin Hood Airport reported gusts of up to 55mph.

The runway was used for diverted flights from Leeds Bradford Airport which had been forced to change their plans due to the weather.

Over in Sheffield, the top deck of the Tinsley Viaduct was closed at the weekend after a lorry was blown over.