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Investigation launched after sign collapses causing injuries in Ballymena town centre

Photo showing front of Caffé Nero shop where signed has become detached from wall.
The scene of the incident on Thomas Street, Ballymena.

An investigation is set to get underway today, Thursday 6 April, after two women were injured on Wednesday afternoon when signage and a canopy became detached from a coffee shop in Ballymena town centre.


Emergency services rushed to the scene of the incident shortly after 5pm after a report of two women being injured outside the Caffé Nero premises located at the Fairhill Shopping Centre.



One woman was transported by ambulance to Antrim Area Hospital while the second woman, who is understood to have lost feeling in her legs, was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.


There has been no further update on the condition of both women.


Officers from Environmental Health (Mid and East Antrim Borough Council) are expected at the scene of the incident this morning.



Commenting on Wednesday evening, a spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said:


"Police are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland and Environmental Health at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collapse of signage in the Fairhill Lane area of Ballymena just after 5.05pm today, Wednesday 5th April.



"Officers, along with colleagues from Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, responded to a report that a large sign had fallen at business premises.

 

"Two women were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries".




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