30-foot stretch of Ludlow Town Walls collapses

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A 30-foot stretch of Ludlow's Town Walls has collapsed, damaging a car. Portions of the historic wall, which dates back to the 13th century, fell down.

A section of the ancient walls behind the town's St Laurence's Church collapsed at about 3am yesterday.

Shropshire Council officials have cordoned off the scene and are seeking permission from English Heritage to begin work on a major repair job.

No-one was hurt but a car was damaged, with its back window left smashed.

Councillor Martin Taylor-Smith said a number of lean-to garages had also been damaged by the partial wall collapse.

"It occurred during the night at about 3am. A major section has collapsed and badly damaged a car and started to fall on some of the garages," he said. "We, as a council, have had to secure it

"People were woken up and we were on site first thing."

He said it was unclear when repairs would start, as the walls were listed.

"We are obviously in the hands of English Heritage. The first thing was to secure the site, which we have done. Nobody was injured and, at the moment, it is just damage to property.

"Our initial assessment is this is severe and we need to move very quickly."

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