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Appeal for witnesses and video footage of crane collapse in Tower Hamlets

News   •   Jul 10, 2020 14:02 BST

A multi-agency investigation is ongoing following the collapse of a crane into a residential property and building site in Bow, E3.

Police were called at approximately 14:39hrs on Wednesday, 8 July, to Gale Street, E3.

Officers attended with LAS and LFB.

One woman inside a residential address, believed to be aged in her 80s, died at the scene.

Specialist firefighters will be working today to safely recover her body.

Her next of kin have been informed. Formal identification awaits and a post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

A construction worker was also injured and remains in hospital in critical condition.

A number of other people are believed to have suffered injuries – none of these are serious.

A joint investigation is underway involving officers from the Met, the Health and Safety Executive and London Fire Brigade. The Local Authority are aware and providing support.

A scene is expected to remain in place for the next few days.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley from Specialist Crime, said:

“The investigation into how this crane came to collapse is still in its very early stages but I am appealing to the public to assist us in building a picture of how these events unfolded. I am looking for anyone who witnessed the incident, or the moments prior to the crane collapsing to get in contact.

“I am aware that several videos were posted online in the immediate aftermath of this incident – I would appeal to anyone that has footage or images on their mobile phone, or any drivers who may have captured events on dashcam footage, to speak to my team.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police incident room on 020 8345 3715 or tweet @MetCC.

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.