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Man escapes injury after wall collapses in Harlesden

PUBLISHED: 16:54 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:54 02 June 2016

The collapsed wall inside the car park (Pic: Adrian White)

The collapsed wall inside the car park (Pic: Adrian White)

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A man has spoken about his lucky escape after a wall collapsed in a car park in Harlesden inches away from where he stood.

The collapsed wall inside the car park (Pic: Adrian White)The collapsed wall inside the car park (Pic: Adrian White)

Adrian White, from Wembley, was talking with a friend when he heard a loud bang followed by the sounds of bricks falling in Wendover Road on Tuesday morning.

Initially thinking a bomb had exploded he realised the wall had collapsed and landed on a car next to him.

The 37-year-old, who is originally from Birmingham, said it was a miracle no one was killed or hurt.

He told the Times: “I heard a loud bang and thought something had exploded then I realised I was standing next to a wall that had collapsed. If I was closer to the car it could have killed me.

“Thank god the driver if the car wasn’t inside as they would have been injured or if a child was nearby they would have been killed.”

A section of the car park, which is owned by Brent Council, has since been closed off to the public.

Mr White said: “I hope there is a full investigation into how this was allowed to happen. It’s a miracle no-one was killed.”

A council spokeswoman said: “Thankfully no one was hurt or injured following the partial collapse of a wall surrounding the Wendover Road Car Park in Harlesden on Tuesday morning.

“We are investigating the possible causes of the collapse and building control officers visited the site shortly after the incident to carry out a safety assessment.

“We are working closely with our partners to clear the debris and ensure the wall is not at risk of further collapse or a danger to members of the public.”


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