Devon

Ten hurt in balcony collapse during 'impromptu party' in Devon

Bovey Castle Image copyright Rigby Group PLC
Image caption Six people were taken to hospital from a holiday lodge on the Bovey Castle site

Ten people were injured when a balcony collapsed during an "impromptu party" at an historic manor house, its owners have said.

The two-metre high balcony at Bovey Castle Hotel on Dartmoor collapsed in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Six people at one of the hotel's holiday lodges were taken to hospital just before 04:00 BST.

A health and safety investigation has been launched, Teignbridge Council said.

Fourteen people were on the balcony when it fell, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

A South Western Ambulance Service spokesman said: "There were 10 casualties in total and six were taken to hospital. The other four were walking wounded. None are seriously injured."

A spokesman for the Bovey Castle Hotel said they were taking the incident "extremely seriously".

"At approximately 03:00 on Sunday morning a balcony on one of the guest lodges located separate to the hotel within its grounds partially collapsed, falling 2.6m during what we believe was an impromptu party," he said.