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People return after shop collapse


Two workmen watch a shop in Greater Manchester collapse unexpectedly

Up to 50 residents have been allowed to return to their homes after a building in Greater Manchester collapsed, snapping a gas pipe.

They had to spend the night in a community centre after the property toppled on Halliwell Road in Bolton at 1850 BST on Tuesday.

It remains unclear why the building, believed to be a shop undergoing renovation, collapsed.

A police spokesman confirmed the incident is under investigation.

Flats in the area had to be evacuated because of the fall-out from the gas pipe and concerns that the building was unstable.

Roads around the area remain closed while repair work is carried out.

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