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Selfridges clears asbestos frames

The windows boarded up at Selfridges
The store's window displays will reopen on 30 October

Selfridges has replaced its display windows in its flagship store in London after asbestos was found in some of the frames, the department store has said.

The hazardous material was found in five of its 26 display windows during a recent examination.

The Oxford Street store, which is about 100 years old, was open during the period but the displays were removed and the windows were boarded up.

The shop said the asbestos did not pose any risk to shoppers or staff members.

Asbestos has been used historically in buildings for insulation, in roofing and guttering, and as fire protection in walls.

Christmas themes

It can pose a health risk when it is damaged and asbestos fibres are released into the air.

If inhaled, it can cause cancer.

A statement from Selfridges said: "Our Oxford Street store is 100 years old and we therefore carry out a lot of planned maintenance.

"We found asbestos in the tops of the frames of five of our 26 windows.

"We have acted swiftly, professionally and, above all, with every care for the people who shop and work here."

The windows will reopen, showcasing Christmas themes, from 30 October.

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