This week 30 years ago: Caledonian Road flat collapses – with family inside

Islington Gazette: June 12, 1987

Islington Gazette: June 12, 1987 - Credit: Archant

A young family had to flee their flat after it started falling apart – while they were inside.

Building experts were summoned to the scene in Caledonian Road after reports of cracks in the walls. And they told owners Kerrie and Vincent Kearney it needed to be demolished immediately.

The danger was so imminent that they couldn’t even collect their belongings, leaving two-year-old son George without his teddy bear.

Vincent, 27, said: “I just can’t believe it. We had a nice home and now we have got nothing. We have lost everything.”

The couple faced a battle for compensation for the £90,000 property.

Meanwhile, a Cally wedding reception ended in horror when the landlord died at his own pub.

Michael Bush, who ran the Mitre in Copenhagen Street, was punched in the face and died of a brain haemorrhage in hospital three days later.

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