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Solihull library roof collapses into road

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Media captionResidents say they were evacuated by the police after the roof collapsed

The roof of a library in the West Midlands has been badly damaged by strong winds.

Residents close to Dickens Heath Library in Solihull were woken by emergency services attending the scene during the early hours of Saturday.

Mark Latham said the roof had collapsed on to Main Street and nearby homeowners were moved into a wine bar for safety.

Mr Latham said it was lucky no-one was seriously hurt.

He described the street scene as a "complete and utter mess".

"It is not just tiles and bricks, it's a huge lot of masonry which has fallen.

"It's just so lucky that nobody was very badly hurt."

Fallen tree

West Midlands Police said roads around the library building were closed for a time and residents had been allowed to move back home at about 0630 GMT.

Residents in five flats in the library building have been temporarily rehomed, he said.

Strong winds also brought down a tree on to a house in Sutton Coldfield during Saturday morning.

West Midlands Fire Service said the tree, in Carhampton Road, split into two as it fell and slightly damaged the roof of a semi-detached bungalow.

The Met Office has issued a warning for very strong southwesterly winds on Saturday, with gusts of up to 50 to 60mph in the West Midlands.

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