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‘Mini tornado’ rips through English town

A tornado has ripped through an English town leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.

Firefighters were called to Maypole Lane in Littleover, Derbyshire, just after 1.30pm yesterday when tiles were ripped off roofs and garages and homes left damaged.

A Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “The incident — a mini tornado — affected numerous properties taking around 50 tiles off properties and damaging houses and garages.”

Richard Bryan, who was driving in Littleover at the time, told the BBC it felt like driving into a “washing machine”. He said: “A wall of water and wind just hit the car with terrific force and almost stopped it.

“I got the wipers on full pelt and, when the window cleared, all I could see were three dustbins... and the wind picked them up and they actually flew into the air.”

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