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Monday 29 December 2014

Scores injured as roof collapses during show at London's Apollo Theatre

A woman stands bandaged and wearing a blanket  given by emergency services  following an incident at the Apollo Theatre, in London's Shaftesbury Avenue, Thursday evening, Dec. 19, 2013, during a performance at the height of the Christmas season, with police saying there were "a number" of casualties. It wasn't immediately clear if the roof, ceiling or balcony had collapsed  during a performance. Police said they "are aware of a number of casualties," but had no further details. (AP Photo by Joel Ryan, Invision)
A woman stands bandaged and wearing a blanket given by emergency services following an incident at the Apollo Theatre, in London's Shaftesbury Avenue, Thursday evening, Dec. 19, 2013, during a performance at the height of the Christmas season, with police saying there were "a number" of casualties. It wasn't immediately clear if the roof, ceiling or balcony had collapsed during a performance. Police said they "are aware of a number of casualties," but had no further details. (AP Photo by Joel Ryan, Invision)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Police and ambulance services on Rupert Street, behind the Apollo Theatre after the collapse of a balcony during a performance at the theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Police and fire crews in attendance on Shaftesbury Avenue outside the Apollo Theatre after the collapse of a balcony during a performance at the theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Injured people are treated by ambulance crews after the collapse of a balcony at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Police and fire crews in attendance on Shaftesbury Avenue after the collapse of a balcony at the Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Injured people are taken to hospital by ambulance after the collapse of a balcony at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 19: A fleet of ambulances seen on Shaftesbury Avenue after the roof collapsed at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Alan Chapman/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 19: Injured people are treated nearby the Queens Theatre before being taken by bus to a hospital after the roof collapsed at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Alan Chapman/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 19: Injured people are taken away in a London bus from the neighbouring Queens Theatre before being taken bus to hospital after the roof collapsed at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Alan Chapman/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 19: A fleet of ambulances seen on Shaftesbury Avenue after the roof collapsed at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Alan Chapman/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Members of the emergency services work at the scene of a roof collapse at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Members of the emergency services work at the scene of a roof collapse at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: General view of the the Apollo Theatre after the roof fell in during a show on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Injured people are taken away in a ambulances from the neighbouring Queens Theatre after the collapse of a balcony at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Injured people are taken away in a London bus from the Queens Theatre after the collapse of a balcony at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Injured people are taken away in a London bus from the neighbouring Queens Theatre after the collapse of a balcony at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Members of the emergency services work at the scene of a roof collapse at The Apollo Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England. A number of people have been seriously injured after part of the roof of the famous West End theatre collapsed during a packed performance of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Incident occurs an hour after London is hit by heavy thunderstorm.

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