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School roof collapse after ‘freak gust’

Firefighters on damaged roof

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Firefighters removed loose debris from the roof at a Bolton school

A “freak gust of wind” has blown off part of a school roof.

No one was hurt after the roof collapsed at Rumworth School in Bolton at about 16:30 GMT on Saturday, Greater Manchester Fire Service said.

North West Ambulance tweeted that many cars and fences were damaged when debris with “dangerously sharp edges” spread over a large area.

They said it was a “lucky escape” the incident happened during the Easter weekend when no one was at the school.

The school said on its website it was “confident” that it would still re-open on 4 April at the start of the new term.

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Paramedics said some parts of the roof debris were “dangerously sharp”

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The school says it hopes to re-open in April after the Easter break

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