Coalville shopping centre closed after wind damage

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Media captionHigh winds cause damage to homes and businesses in Coalville.

A shopping centre was closed after high winds caused damage in a Leicestershire town.

Part of the roof of Store Twenty One at Belvoir Shopping Centre in Coalville was ripped off and several other businesses were damaged, police said.

Coalville resident Theresa Bowron said part of her roof was blown off and other nearby houses were damaged.

A Met Office spokesman said: "The set-up was conducive to tornadic activity and we have had some reliable reports."

However, BBC weather presenter Charlie Slater said it was difficult to confirm the area had been hit by a tornado as there was not any proof of funnel clouds touching down and causing damage.

A police spokesman said there were reports of damage to chimneys, fences and properties on Gutteridge Street and Owen Street.

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Image caption High winds caused damage to Store Twenty One and other businesses at the Belvoir Shopping Centre
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Image caption Some trees were uprooted by the high winds on Sunday morning in Coalville
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Image caption Clean-up crews from North West Leicestershire District Council had to clear rubble from the roads

Mrs Bowron said: "There is a guy down the road who is picking up parts of his greenhouse."

Another eyewitness, Barbery Williamson, said: "My little daughter is upset because her Wendy House has blown off somewhere in the wind like the Wizard of Oz."

A spokesman for North West Leicestershire District Council said any tenants who suffered damage to their properties could contact the council for assistance.

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Image caption Fences were blown down in several neighbourhoods, but no-one was injured
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Image caption Store Twenty One was damaged in the storm and remained closed for repairs

The shopping centre reopened at noon after council workers cleared away debris, with only Store Twenty One remaining closed, the spokesman added.

Council leader Richard Blunt said: "We are extremely grateful that no-one was hurt and are working with the police and other organisations to clean up the damage caused."

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