Half a ton of masonry falls 120 feet onto Hackney pavement - narrowly missing mother and baby

A safety review has been launched after around half a ton of masonry fell 120ft into the street from the top of a 1960s tower block.

A mother and baby narrowly avoided being crushed when the cladding crashed into the road yards from a school playground, witnesses said.

Fire engines rushed to seal off Gayhurst Road in Hackney, east London , after the brickwork came loose during high winds at just before noon yesterday.

A section of Gayhurst Community School’s playground and the Morland estate’s communal garden were also cordoned off as a precaution.

An urgent safety review has been launched (@ LundunFeeldz )

Workers at nearby London Fields lido stepped in to redirect traffic and reassure the mother who was left “shaken” by the collapse - writes standard.co.uk.

Hackney Council today said there had been no structural damage as an urgent inquiry was launched.

Fire engines rushed to the scene after the rubble fell on Gayhurst Road in Hackney

Laura Phillipson, a teaching assistant, said: “You could hear the crash from the park. There was a big dust cloud. If anything hit you from that height you’d be dead.”

Hackney council assured residents that all 181 medium to high-rise tower blocks in the borough had been undergone safety inspections following the Grenfell disaster in June.

A resident said: “At first we though it was a fire, then some people were saying it’s the wind. We’re living here and we don’t know if the building is stable.”

A mother who narrowly missed being hit was left “shaken” by the collapse

Emma Pouviez, Labour councillor for London Fields, said: “The housing department and the surveyors are dealing with it urgently.

“Obviously the residents are concerned and the building needs to be looked at again.”

A Hackney council spokesman said: “The council’s building control surveyor has undertaken a structural assessment which has confirmed that there is no structural damage.

“We are investigating the cause of the issue and are continuing to check other decorative brick work on the estate.”

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