12 November 2019 08:41
Sussex Police confirmed its officers were assisting East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service with the incident at Lewes Castle in East Sussex. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said a multi-agency meeting was currently underway to make an assessment of the search and rescue operation. A spokesman said: "Emergency crews remain at the scene of an incident at Lewes Castle. This is expected to be a protracted incident, involving a multi-agency search and rescue operation. "East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were mobilised to Lewes Castle, following reports of a wall collapse in the Old Coach House.
"Lewes firefighters were initially mobilised at 12.22 today (November 11), and called further assistance from Sussex Police, SECamb, HART, Building Control, the Red Cross and specialist teams, including both Kent and West Sussex Urban Search & Rescue. "Members of the public are being asked to avoid the area, while the incident is on-going, as there are expected to be a high number of emergency appliances involved in this multi-agency search and rescue operation. A spokesman for SECAmb said: "We had a call at 1.20pm to Ditch Lane, Lewes, to reports that a wall near Lewes Castle had collapsed. Ambulance crews are on scene, including our Hazardous Response Teams, alongside the police and fire service." An eyewitness near the scene said five police cars, a dog unit, and a number of ambulance vehicles were parked in Lewes High Street, between Popes Passage and Castle Gate. Emergency services including a hazardous area response team are at the scene in Lewes, East Sussex.
Incident commander Matt Lloyd acknowledged the wall had collapsed into an adjacent garden and home. A fire service spokesman acknowledged: 'Residents are being asked to remain a long way off from the placement, as there are anticipated to be a excessive collection of emergency home equipment taking into account this multi-company search and rescue operation. Sussex Police acknowledged it used to be now not known if anyone used to be trapped, including: 'There are probably to be no most modern reports of any injuries.'