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Fences have been erected around an empty store in Newport, after brickwork fell onto the pavement below.

Pedestrians on downtown Commercial Street were lucky to escape yesterday (Wednesday February 16), after a piece of masonry fell from a building on the main Commercial Street below.

Luckily the store in question has been vacant for a long time and therefore no one was standing just below at the time, shortly after 11am.

Following the incident, the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene and have cordoned off the former Outlet and Next store in case more material would fall.

Today, this cordon has been replaced by a larger fence, in order to protect passers-by.

The measure is certainly timely, with Storm Eunice just hours away from making landfall, and with it bringing winds of up to 100 miles per hour which could have a devastating impact on what could be an unstable section. of the property. .

It is believed that the older but less severe Storm Dudley may have played a part in the downfall of Masonry, in what has been a miserable week of weather in Newport – which will only get worse at as we head into the weekend.

What was said about the incident?

A spokeswoman for the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said Argus“At approximately 11.25am on February 16, 2022, we received a report of concern regarding a building structure on Commercial Street in Newport.

“A team went to the scene to locate the debris and set up a cordon as a safety measure.

“A shutdown message was received at 11:55.”