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Man struck by falling masonry dies

A 27-year-old pedestrian was killed after being struck by a piece of falling masonry in Battersea, south London, Scotland Yard has said.

The man, who is yet to be identified by police, was hit as he walked along Battersea Rise at around 9.20pm on Wednesday, the Met said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency workers. His next of kin are yet to be informed.

The man was killed after an awning apparently collapsed at Le Bouchon Bordelais, a French restaurant and bar on Battersea Rise, according to eyewitnesses.

The eyewitnesses said a number of chairs and tables were left scattered outside the restaurant, which has been cordoned off by police, following the incident.

Lindsay George, 21, who works at the nearby Entree Restaurant & Bar said: "The restaurant has been cordoned off and half the awning has fallen down outside. There are a number of police officers around the restaurant."

She added that shops and restaurants on Battersea Rise were not affected by the London riots.

Le Bouchon Bordelais won three Harpers Excellence Awards this year, according to the restaurant's website. They were for the best French wine establishment in the UK, best overall establishment in the UK and best Champagne establishment in the UK.

A Met Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that the police were called at 9.20pm yesterday to Battersea Rise after a piece of masonry fell on a passer-by. He was a 27-year-old man and was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin are yet to be informed."

The spokesman confirmed the incident was not related to the recent disorder in London.


From Belfast Telegraph