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DOCKLANDS COLLAPSE

A building collapse last week shut the Docklands Light Railway line between Canary Wharf and Mudchute.

The Franklin Mint building, part of the World Trade Centre in London Docklands, was being demolished by Croyden based Kennedy Demolition when the incident occurred. Sited next to the rail line, the building was originally damaged by the 1996 IRA terrorist bomb (pictured above). The line was closed all day as a precaution after eight floors at the side of the building collapsed early last Thursday morning. Brian Wrenn, contracts director for Kennedy, said the reasons for the collapse are were unclear and investigations were continuing. Preliminary reports indicated the cause was down to a structural defect. Demolition work is expected to restart next week.

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