Shoppers evacuated from Templars Square centre after part of the roof collapses

SHOPPERS and staff were evacuated from Templars Square shopping centre this afternoon when part of a glass roof collapsed during heavy rain and wind.

Witnesses have described how shoppers ran screaming when the glass shattered on the floor inside the Cowley centre.

No one is understood to have been injured but questions have been raised about the safety of the building.

The incident happened at about 3.55pm and the shopping centre was cleared out for about 10 minutes.

Susan Ledgard-Hoite, who was leading a Young Enterprise market for schoolchildren, said: "All of a sudden we heard this massive crash. There was screaming and everyone was coming away from it.

"It brought the glass down and there was a ripple effect and the glass shook. The alarms were going off."

She said people feared the entire roof would collapse as it was hit by the strong wind and heavy rain.

She added:  "Most people just froze and looked up. It was amazing no one was hurt."

Ali, who works at Phones 4U in the centre, said: "We thought the whole thing was going to collapse."

The shopping centre management have not yet commented.

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7:44pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Oflife says...

Why do people blame the building or it's owners? It's climate change! The sudden storm today reached as far as the South East too where I was. This afternoon I helped an old lady who was blown backwards and nearly killed when her head struck the pavement very hard. And then on the way out of town, a huge tree had just been blown across the road.

The weather is acting up world-wide and the only guilty party are the oil companies, period. We should never have discovered the stuff.
Why do people blame the building or it's owners? It's climate change! The sudden storm today reached as far as the South East too where I was. This afternoon I helped an old lady who was blown backwards and nearly killed when her head struck the pavement very hard. And then on the way out of town, a huge tree had just been blown across the road. The weather is acting up world-wide and the only guilty party are the oil companies, period. We should never have discovered the stuff. Oflife
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12:03am Sun 26 Jan 14

Geoff Roberts says...

It's the North Koreans, they landed on the sun and upset the universe.
It's the North Koreans, they landed on the sun and upset the universe. Geoff Roberts
  • Score: 67

6:16am Sun 26 Jan 14

Misskittycat says...

The wind was frightening- my partner and I had just left when it happened, someone was watching over us yesterday!
The wind was frightening- my partner and I had just left when it happened, someone was watching over us yesterday! Misskittycat
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10:43am Sun 26 Jan 14

CowleyBoy says...

Yes, it may well be climate change. As in, the climate is changing, which it always has, throughout the history of Earth, long before we and our big bad oil companies were here....
Yes, it may well be climate change. As in, the climate is changing, which it always has, throughout the history of Earth, long before we and our big bad oil companies were here.... CowleyBoy
  • Score: 11

10:41am Mon 27 Jan 14

Soggybotham says...

Who is blaming the building or it's owners? People are just questioning whether it is safe - which is quite reasonable under the circumstances, since it clearly wasn't safe on Saturday.

As for blame, you need look no further than a butterfly on the other side of the world (possibly Korea), though it's probably dead by now so there's no point in even unfriending it.
Who is blaming the building or it's owners? People are just questioning whether it is safe - which is quite reasonable under the circumstances, since it clearly wasn't safe on Saturday. As for blame, you need look no further than a butterfly on the other side of the world (possibly Korea), though it's probably dead by now so there's no point in even unfriending it. Soggybotham
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