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Shopping centre in broken glass alert.

A PANE of glass in the roof of Coventry's West Orchards Shopping Centre smashed yesterday forcing staff to cordon off part of the ground floor atrium.

The outer glass broke in one of the panels of the roof, six storeys above shoppers.

The area was cordoned off as a precaution after concerns the inner pane could also break and shower people with glass. A net was expected to be erected below the broken pane today.

Andy Talbot, West Orchards manager, said the breakage could have been caused by falling waste from an aircraft or a bird flying in to the glass.

He said: "It's just a precautionary measure. We noticed one of the panes of glass had been smashed. The atrium has a double-paned system and it is the external pane that has broken. It looks like it's got some kind of impact mark on it. It's just one of those things and we always take precautions to ensure the public are safe." He added panes of glass in the roof had broken on a number of previous occasions.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 26, 2010
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