Two men have been left with potentially life-threatening injuries after scaffolding attached to a town hall collapsed in west London.
Dozens of police, fire and ambulance vehicles attended Hammersmith town hall in King Street after the incident just before 5.45pm on Wednesday.
The Metropolitan police said the men were taken to a central London hospital, and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.
An air ambulance was among the resources sent to the scene, and the men were taken to a major trauma centre “as a priority”.
The London ambulance service told the MyLondon website: “An investigation has been launched after two men were injured after scaffolding attached to Hammersmith town hall collapsed late on Wednesday afternoon.
“Officers from the Metropolitan police attended along with firefighters.”
Hammersmith and Fulham council said the incident occurred at a construction site run by Ardmore Construction Ltd.
It said on Twitter: “King Street (W6) is temporarily closed to motorists between Dalling Rd and Hammersmith Broadway. Emergency services are attending to an incident in the area.”
Sweden and Finland have formally submitted their applications to join Nato, in one of the biggest geopolitical consequences to date of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.