Girder causes a smash at shopping centre

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A SECTION of thecentre:mk has been closed off after a huge steel girder crashed through a window this morning (Thursday).

Firefighters were on the scene of the incident at the shopping centre in Central Milton Keynes this morning, where a height restriction barrier gantry on the service road off Secklow Gate West was dislodged by a lorry and was protruding through one of the glass walls. No-one was injured.

An appliance and crew from Broughton Fire Station was called at 8.21am. Station Managers Tim Parkins and Steve Wells attended.

Cordons were put in place around the affected area, and the shopping centre was able to function almost as normal.

Tim said: “We are liaising with the management team at thecentre:mk, and everyone is doing everything they can to minimise the inconvenience to shoppers.”

Two of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) crews were mobilised at 9.30am and they used hot-cutting equipment and winches to remove the gantry and make the area safe.

In a separate incident, firefighters have been called to a gas leak affecting the adjacent shopping building, Midsummer Place. A crew from Bletchley Fire Station attended at 11.50am.