Rock fall store trapped man, 96, freed

Hastings rescue from building Image copyright Jason Richardson
Image caption The rescue attempt took "a couple of hours", according to police

A man was who trapped in the remains of a shop after a rock fall caused part of the building in East Sussex to collapse has been freed.

The rock fall happened at the rear of the shop in White Rock, Hastings, at about 12:30 GMT.

Insp Lee Lyons, from Sussex Police, said the 96-year-old was not injured in the collapse and was "in the right place at the right time" to be safe.

The A259 road was closed while the firefighters secure the building.

Insp Lyons said: "The man was cut off by the rock fall, but was able to talk to colleagues from the fire service who had to work very carefully to free him due to the risk of further collapse of the building or more rock falls.

"They were successful in doing this after a couple of hours and he emerged safe and well."

He added that a structural engineer had visited the site and was concerned about the safety of four buildings in the area, which are now being cordoned off.