COUNCIL chiefs have moved to clarify their earlier reports of a 'building collapse' in Bromsgrove's High Street, admitting the issue was 'not as serious' as first feared.

Worcestershire County Council's highways and travel department tweeted at 4.45pm on Friday afternoon (November 27) that the High Street had been 'fully closed' due to a 'building collapse' at Shipley's amusements arcade.

However, after Bromsgrove Police's Inspector Lee Page told the Advertiser the police had not been made aware of any building collapse and bystanders contacted to query the reports, we asked Worcestershire County Council about the tweet.

With reporters self-isolating, the Advertiser had been unable to visit the location to verify the reports.

A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said: “We can confirm we received a call earlier this afternoon regarding a potential building collapse in Bromsgrove.

"An inspector visited the site this afternoon to assist in making the highway safe.

"Following a further site visit, we can confirm this is not as serious as first reported.  

"Some debris has fallen from the building, it has been cleared, the building has not collapsed and the High Street is open.”