Repair work due to start on wind-damaged retail park
PUBLISHED: 18:08 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:08 27 December 2017
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Repairs are due to be carried out at a wind-lashed retail park in Great Yarmouth, raising hopes it can re-open tomorrow.
Hundreds of shoppers and staff were evacuated from Gapton Hall retail park at lunchtime today after strong winds ripped metal sheeting from one of the units, posing a hazard.
Police and fire crews made the decision to shut the out-of-town hub amid fears material could come loose and fly across the car park.
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Tonight the retail park remains closed to vehicles with a police van parked at the entrance waving cars away.
However Iceland, Poundland and Halfords - which are further away from the affected area - continued trading today.
Johh Karasava who works for Workmen which runs the site said contractors had been to assess the damage and would be back on site from 7.30am tomorrow when a decision would be made about whether the retail park could open.
Security would be on site throughout the night to monitor the situation, he added.