Police shut off Colchester town centre over fears 'dangerous' building could collapse

POLICE have cordoned off a town centre in Essex over fears that a “dangerous” building could collapse. 

Emergency services have shut Head Street, in Colchester, after concerns were raised over the “integrity of part of a building”.

Crews from Essex County Fire and Rescue were called to the scene, and the road has been completely closed between Southway and Culver Street West while they deal with the incident. 

Cops have also been urging locals to avoid the area over fears that the building would collapse. 

In a tweet, an Essex Police spokesperson said: "Please avoid Colchester Town Centre.

"Supporting @ECFRS with a dangerous building and Head Street closed."

Another spokesperson added: “We are on scene of an incident in Head Street, #Colchester, after we received concerns over the integrity of  part of a building.

"Head Street is closed between Southway and Culver Street West while we, and officers from @ECFRS and @yourcolchester are on the scene."

It comes just a day after a little boy was left fighting for his life when a mirror fell on him at an upmarket department store in Essex.

Cops and paramedics were called to Fenwick in Colchester High Street at 11.30am, where the five-year-old had suffered serious head injuries.

The air ambulance also landed nearby and the youngster was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

Essex Police said the incident remains "under investigation" but it is understood the boy's life-threatening injuries were caused when a mirror landed on top of him inside the shop.

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