Lewes Castle wall collapses on house as emergency crews search rubble

A large part of a 1,000-year-old castle wall in Lewes, East Sussex has collapsed, smashing into a house.

Police and sniffer dogs are on the scene searching through rubble following the incident.

A drone has been sent to fly over the rubble after it crashed down onto buildings including the Old Coach House in the town's Castle Ditch Lane.

Paramedics and several ambulances were called to the castle in the medieval town centre after a large section of flint wall collapsed and crashed to the ground.

It is feared that recent extreme weather, including torrential rain, may have loosened some of the wall's stones.

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A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "Police are responding to a report of part of Lewes Castle collapsing on to buildings in Castle Ditch Lane, Lewes.

"Fire service colleagues have requested the assistance of search dogs and a drone having been alerted at 12.22pm on Monday, November 11.

"It is not known at this time if anyone is trapped as a result."

Lewes Castle, built in 1068 by William de Warenne, the 1st Earl of Surrey, is one of the town's most popular tourist attractions.

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The Norman castle stands on a man-made mount just north of the High Street and is made of flint blocks and limestone.

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