Giant crane collapses in Reading on an old Primark as hundreds of shoppers are evacuated from city centre

Police confirmed no injuries were reported after the crane toppled over this afternoon

Witnesses reported seeing the 60-metre crane topple over slowly, leaving it leaning precariously against the building on West Street.

The crane was seen leaning on the building, which used to house a Primark

The crane was seen leaning on the building, which used to house a Primark

Police and the fire service rushed to the scene, as the crane was suspended several feet in the air.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “Thames Valley Police was called to the scene in West Street at 1.52pm.

“The Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the South Central Ambulance Service are also at the scene.

Fire services and police attended scene, where luckily nobody was injured

Fire services and police attended scene, where luckily nobody was injured

“At present no-one has been reported injured.

“Shops and residencies in West Street have been evacuated to ensure the safety of all those working and living in the road.”

Primark opened a new store in Reading in November, the Mirror reported, leaving the old building to be converted into offices.

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