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Search drawn to a close at Lewes Castle

Date : 11 November 2019

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has drawn the search phase of an operation at Lewes Castle to a close.

We were mobilised around 12.22 today (11 November 2019), following reports part of Lewes Castle had fallen onto a commercial building called the Old Coach House. 

Assistance was requested from Sussex Police, SECamb, HART, Building Control, the Red Cross and specialist teams, including both Kent and West Sussex Urban Search & Rescue.

Three search dogs which were deployed at the scene have checked the area. 

Cameras were also used to look through windows, up stairwells and into voids.

No casualties have been found.

The Service has helped provide information to structural engineers so that the building can be shored up.

The gas supply has been isolated and the building wasalso being monitored using building stability monitors and specialist equipment. These helped protect crews and colleagues from other organisations who were working at the site.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Incident Commander Matt Lloyd said:

“This has been a very complex and unusual situation which has required co-operation and assistance from a significant number of our partners. We would like to thank all those involved in this incident, and the public for their patience.”

No further updates are expected this evening.


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