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Banff Harbour remains closed after pier collapse

Banff harbour collapse Image copyright John Cox
Image caption The structure collapsed on Friday evening

Banff Harbour remains closed following a partial collapse of one of its piers.

The structural collapse took place at about 22:00 on Friday. The port is mainly used by leisure craft and has berths for 76 vessels.

Aberdeenshire Council, which operates the harbour, confirmed that it had been monitoring a crack on the pier.

It also said a dive inspection was due to be carried out in the "next week or so" and said it would consider what action to take after a full inspection.

Philip McKay, the council's head of roads and landscape services said: "The end of one of the internal piers at Banff Harbour collapsed on Friday night.

"I immediately authorised a Notice to Mariners that closed the harbour until we could get a proper look at it."

Local people said a crack had been visible in the wall for the past month.

It is not thought any of the boats in the harbour were damaged.

Image copyright John Cox

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