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Man narrowly missed by 'large chunks' of rubble falling off Highbury Park building

PUBLISHED: 13:37 20 August 2019 | UPDATED: 13:52 20 August 2019

Bits of rubble fell of this building in Highbury Park and landed on the pavement this morning. Picture: Terry Stacy MBE

Bits of rubble fell of this building in Highbury Park and landed on the pavement this morning. Picture: Terry Stacy MBE

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The former leader of Islington Council was feet away from being hit by "large chunks" of falling rubble in Highbury Park this morning.

Bits of rubble fell of a building in Highbury Park and landed on the pavement this morning. Picture: Terry Stacy MBEBits of rubble fell of a building in Highbury Park and landed on the pavement this morning. Picture: Terry Stacy MBE

Terry Stacy MBE was walking to work when bits of brick and plaster broke away from the second-storey window of a property near the junction with Riversdale Road and came "crashing" down at his feet.

The Lib Dem activist says he was a "the length of a bus stop" away from the tumbling bricks, and he's calling on Islington Council to take "urgent" action to ensure the building is structurally safe.

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"I was literally in my own world walking down," he told the Gazette. "I'm just thankful more didn't come off the building.

"All I can say is thank god it's school holidays because it's a very busy crossing.

"I was walking down the road on the way to work and literally in front of me large chunks of masonry just fell onto the pavement.

"It's a very old building in a conservation area but for this to fall off it could have hit someone and done great injury."

Islington Council has reported the incident to its highways team.

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