North East Wales

Ruthin wall collapse leads to search by fire crews

Access to the area has been blocked off
Image caption A nearby footpath will be closed for the foreseeable future

Emergency services and council workers have launched a search after a wall collapsed in a Denbighshire town.

Fire crews were called to the incident near the Ruthin Castle Hotel in Castle Street at 13:10 BST on Friday.

The crews from Ruthin and Denbigh have been using a thermal imaging camera at the scene.

The fire service says sniffer dogs have been used to search the rubble but it was not thought anyone had been injured.

Denbighshire council said the footpath linking Castle Street to Cae Ddol - which is known locally as the Cunning Green - "will be closed for the foreseeable future" due to the collapse.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: "There is a significant amount of stone rubble as a result of the collapse, and firefighters are working together with partner agencies including North Wales Police and Denbighshire County Council to deal with the incident.

"Two search and rescue dogs and have been used to check the rubble for casualties and arrangements are in place to ensure the wall does not continue to present a risk to the public.

"Indications are that there are no casualties involved."

Image caption Access to the area near the wall has been blocked off in Ruthin

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