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County Mall staff are deciding whether or not to replace a sign on the outside of the building after high winds stripped it of most of its lettering.

Firefighters were called to reports of steel plates hanging in a precarious position by a concerned member of the public just before noon today (December 30).

Gales had blown down all but one of the plates before Christmas – a number of which fell between the shopping centre and the bus station ticket office.

The area has been made safe and no one was hurt by the falling metal.

A spokeswoman for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “The crew cordoned the area off and handed the incident over to the County Mall maintenance staff.”

Scaffolding is due to go up tomorrow for the shopping centre to assess whether the remainder of the sign is to be removed.

Mark Haynes, centre manager at County Mall Shopping Centre, said: “During late evening of December 23 unusually high winds in the local area caused some of the signage on the outside of County Mall to come loose and fall between County Mall and the bus station ticket and information office.

“Fortunately no one was hurt and the on site team immediately secured the area.

“The area has been made safe and we are currently assessing whether the remainder of the sign needs to be removed.”




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