UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Shop workers have lucky escape after roof collapses in Westbourne

Bournemouth Echo: Firefighters called after shop roof collapses in Westbourne Firefighters called after shop roof collapses in Westbourne

TWO shop staff had a lucky escape after a suspended ceiling collapsed at a shop yesterday afternoon.

At 1.11pm emergency services were called to Cook on Poole Road, Westbourne.

Inspector Ian Jarred said: “Two women were treated at the scene by paramedics for shock. Fortunately neither was injured.”

The women, the owner of the shop and a shop employee, were collected by family members and taken home following their ordeal.

Police partially closed the road with traffic being stopped from Frizzell Roundabout for several hours while the outer wall of the shop was assessed by engineers.

Andrea Blackie, pictured above, landlady of The Porterhouse, which is located opposite the shop, saw the ceiling collapse from her window.

She said: “I was looking out of the window upstairs and saw the whole ceiling fall down. There was a bright flash from the electric cables. Fortunately there wasn’t a fire.”

The 49-year-old added: “The windows have cracked with the weight and you can see the electrical wires hanging down.

“There's no sign of fire or flooding to have seemingly caused this.”

Fred Dickerson, who has lived in Westbourne for more than 50 years, said locals had been left shocked by the incident.

The 81-year-old said: “I got off the bus and saw the emergency services. Nobody knew what was going on.”

Cook supplies prepared meals and provides a delivery service to local residents.

Mr Dickerson said: “It’s normally very busy in the shop and a lot of elderly people go in there. I’m just pleased that no one was hurt.”

Inspector Jarred said incident has been referred to the Health and Safety Executive.

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3:55pm Wed 9 Jul 14

JemBmth says...

Is the Editor away again? There are errors time and time again in the Daily Echo - 'un-harmed'. Hello???
Is the Editor away again? There are errors time and time again in the Daily Echo - 'un-harmed'. Hello??? JemBmth
  • Score: 16

4:45pm Wed 9 Jul 14

crazycrane3 says...

Have Echo reporters qualified in journalism?
Have Echo reporters qualified in journalism? crazycrane3
  • Score: 12

5:34pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Bournemouthfan2 says...

crazycrane3 wrote:
Have Echo reporters qualified in journalism?
I believe they have qualified with honours in 'cut and paste' and 'text' spelling.
What on earth is 'journalism' ? :-)
[quote][p][bold]crazycrane3[/bold] wrote: Have Echo reporters qualified in journalism?[/p][/quote]I believe they have qualified with honours in 'cut and paste' and 'text' spelling. What on earth is 'journalism' ? :-) Bournemouthfan2
  • Score: 10

5:37pm Wed 9 Jul 14

JemBmth says...

Bournemouthfan2 wrote:
crazycrane3 wrote:
Have Echo reporters qualified in journalism?
I believe they have qualified with honours in 'cut and paste' and 'text' spelling.
What on earth is 'journalism' ? :-)
Quite!
[quote][p][bold]Bournemouthfan2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]crazycrane3[/bold] wrote: Have Echo reporters qualified in journalism?[/p][/quote]I believe they have qualified with honours in 'cut and paste' and 'text' spelling. What on earth is 'journalism' ? :-)[/p][/quote]Quite! JemBmth
  • Score: 8

5:52pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Buzetti says...

ceiling, not roof
ceiling, not roof Buzetti
  • Score: 14

7:37pm Wed 9 Jul 14

X Old Bill says...

For the benefit of the Echo writer, who is obviously confused:

Roof - The part on the outside of the building which is open to the elements.
Ceiling - The part of the room inside a building which prevents you from seeing the underside of the floor above or the inside of the roof.
Suspended Ceiling - a ceiling inside a room which is below the level of the original ceiling and often hanging from it.

So, if the ROOF collapsed it might have taken with it the attic ceiling, the attic floor, the first floor ceiling, the first floor floor, the ground floor ceiling. Then it would have reached the ground floor suspended ceiling. By this time there would be more than a couple of cracked windows.
For the benefit of the Echo writer, who is obviously confused: Roof - The part on the outside of the building which is open to the elements. Ceiling - The part of the room inside a building which prevents you from seeing the underside of the floor above or the inside of the roof. Suspended Ceiling - a ceiling inside a room which is below the level of the original ceiling and often hanging from it. So, if the ROOF collapsed it might have taken with it the attic ceiling, the attic floor, the first floor ceiling, the first floor floor, the ground floor ceiling. Then it would have reached the ground floor suspended ceiling. By this time there would be more than a couple of cracked windows. X Old Bill
  • Score: 18

11:49pm Wed 9 Jul 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Their prices have gone through the roof lately
Their prices have gone through the roof lately HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 3

9:57am Thu 10 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

Bournemouthfan2 wrote:
crazycrane3 wrote:
Have Echo reporters qualified in journalism?
I believe they have qualified with honours in 'cut and paste' and 'text' spelling.
What on earth is 'journalism' ? :-)
Story written by Gayle McDonald........I would stick to selling burgers in future...........
[quote][p][bold]Bournemouthfan2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]crazycrane3[/bold] wrote: Have Echo reporters qualified in journalism?[/p][/quote]I believe they have qualified with honours in 'cut and paste' and 'text' spelling. What on earth is 'journalism' ? :-)[/p][/quote]Story written by Gayle McDonald........I would stick to selling burgers in future........... burgerboy
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12:13pm Thu 10 Jul 14

BmthNewshound says...

Dear Mr Echo Editor, readers are so distracted by the poor standards of journalism, spelling and grammar that content of the story is lost.
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I'm a regular customer in Cook (to busy commenting on articles in the Echo to cook) and am just pleased that the ladies working there , who are always really friendly and helpful, were not hurt.
Dear Mr Echo Editor, readers are so distracted by the poor standards of journalism, spelling and grammar that content of the story is lost. . I'm a regular customer in Cook (to busy commenting on articles in the Echo to cook) and am just pleased that the ladies working there , who are always really friendly and helpful, were not hurt. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 4

1:49pm Thu 10 Jul 14

the_voice_of_reason says...

JemBmth wrote:
Is the Editor away again? There are errors time and time again in the Daily Echo - 'un-harmed'. Hello???
?? Where is this?? Has the echo edited since?

A lot of the time you see this on the online versions of articles, and I believe it is cause by rushed "repurposing" and lack of proof reading. Repurposing is where the article is created for the printed paper, and then converted for the web version. Columns of text in the paper are usually justified, and often on a very narrow column width. This sometimes causes text to flow badly and auto-hyphenation has to be manually overridden with a "hard" hyphen. These often seem to get missed when repurposed for the web, through lack of proof reading.
[quote][p][bold]JemBmth[/bold] wrote: Is the Editor away again? There are errors time and time again in the Daily Echo - 'un-harmed'. Hello???[/p][/quote]?? Where is this?? Has the echo edited since? A lot of the time you see this on the online versions of articles, and I believe it is cause by rushed "repurposing" and lack of proof reading. Repurposing is where the article is created for the printed paper, and then converted for the web version. Columns of text in the paper are usually justified, and often on a very narrow column width. This sometimes causes text to flow badly and auto-hyphenation has to be manually overridden with a "hard" hyphen. These often seem to get missed when repurposed for the web, through lack of proof reading. the_voice_of_reason
  • Score: 3

1:55pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Phixer says...

the_voice_of_reason wrote:
JemBmth wrote:
Is the Editor away again? There are errors time and time again in the Daily Echo - 'un-harmed'. Hello???
?? Where is this?? Has the echo edited since?

A lot of the time you see this on the online versions of articles, and I believe it is cause by rushed "repurposing" and lack of proof reading. Repurposing is where the article is created for the printed paper, and then converted for the web version. Columns of text in the paper are usually justified, and often on a very narrow column width. This sometimes causes text to flow badly and auto-hyphenation has to be manually overridden with a "hard" hyphen. These often seem to get missed when repurposed for the web, through lack of proof reading.
Hardly an excuse when the on-line article can still be spell and grammar-checked in a matter of micro-seconds.
[quote][p][bold]the_voice_of_reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JemBmth[/bold] wrote: Is the Editor away again? There are errors time and time again in the Daily Echo - 'un-harmed'. Hello???[/p][/quote]?? Where is this?? Has the echo edited since? A lot of the time you see this on the online versions of articles, and I believe it is cause by rushed "repurposing" and lack of proof reading. Repurposing is where the article is created for the printed paper, and then converted for the web version. Columns of text in the paper are usually justified, and often on a very narrow column width. This sometimes causes text to flow badly and auto-hyphenation has to be manually overridden with a "hard" hyphen. These often seem to get missed when repurposed for the web, through lack of proof reading.[/p][/quote]Hardly an excuse when the on-line article can still be spell and grammar-checked in a matter of micro-seconds. Phixer
  • Score: 3

2:12pm Thu 10 Jul 14

the_voice_of_reason says...

Phixer wrote:
the_voice_of_reason wrote:
JemBmth wrote:
Is the Editor away again? There are errors time and time again in the Daily Echo - 'un-harmed'. Hello???
?? Where is this?? Has the echo edited since?

A lot of the time you see this on the online versions of articles, and I believe it is cause by rushed "repurposing" and lack of proof reading. Repurposing is where the article is created for the printed paper, and then converted for the web version. Columns of text in the paper are usually justified, and often on a very narrow column width. This sometimes causes text to flow badly and auto-hyphenation has to be manually overridden with a "hard" hyphen. These often seem to get missed when repurposed for the web, through lack of proof reading.
Hardly an excuse when the on-line article can still be spell and grammar-checked in a matter of micro-seconds.
Not an excuse at all.... I'm just mentioning it as one of the ways it happens. They SHOULD do better. A large part of the problem is caused by them being very short staffed compared to the way things were in the past, due mainly to Hatchet-men management and an American owning company that only looks at the bottom line and to maximise it's profits, particularly in the short term. The trouble is, all this is affecting the readership, as the comments on here so often show.
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the_voice_of_reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JemBmth[/bold] wrote: Is the Editor away again? There are errors time and time again in the Daily Echo - 'un-harmed'. Hello???[/p][/quote]?? Where is this?? Has the echo edited since? A lot of the time you see this on the online versions of articles, and I believe it is cause by rushed "repurposing" and lack of proof reading. Repurposing is where the article is created for the printed paper, and then converted for the web version. Columns of text in the paper are usually justified, and often on a very narrow column width. This sometimes causes text to flow badly and auto-hyphenation has to be manually overridden with a "hard" hyphen. These often seem to get missed when repurposed for the web, through lack of proof reading.[/p][/quote]Hardly an excuse when the on-line article can still be spell and grammar-checked in a matter of micro-seconds.[/p][/quote]Not an excuse at all.... I'm just mentioning it as one of the ways it happens. They SHOULD do better. A large part of the problem is caused by them being very short staffed compared to the way things were in the past, due mainly to Hatchet-men management and an American owning company that only looks at the bottom line and to maximise it's profits, particularly in the short term. The trouble is, all this is affecting the readership, as the comments on here so often show. the_voice_of_reason
  • Score: 4

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