Spectators watch as Ariel Castro's house is demolished
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Ariel Castro 'hell house' demolished in Cleveland

7 August 2013 Last updated at 13:49 BST

The house in Cleveland, Ohio, where Ariel Castro held three women in brutal captivity for years has been torn down.

At about 07:30 local time (11:30 GMT), a wrecking machine smashed through the house to begin the demolition.

Castro, 53, a former school bus driver, was sentenced to life in prison last week after pleading guilty to dozens of rape, kidnapping and other charges.

He abducted Michelle Knight, 32, Amanda Berry, 27, and Gina DeJesus, 23, from Cleveland streets between 2002-04.

The BBC's Carole Walker and Ben Brown report.