THIS devastating footage shows the full extent of the damage caused by a wall collapse at Lewes Castle.

No-one was hurt in the collapse of hundreds of tonnes of rubble at an 11th-century castle, rescue services have said.

Firefighters used sniffer dogs and a drone to search through a huge pile of rock after a wall came down on a house in Lewes on Monday.

A pub was evacuated and members of the public were told to avoid the area until it was made safe.

After hours of painstaking work to search the debris and check for further risk of collapse, the incident has been handed over to the local authority.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service incident commander Matt Lloyd said: "This has been a very complex and unusual situation which has required co-operation and assistance from a significant number of our partners.

"We would like to thank all those involved in this incident, and the public for their patience."

One of the outer walls of the castle, which was built in the 11th century, collapsed around midday, with pictures showing rubble filling the back garden of a nearby property in the small town's centre.

Some locals have suggested heavy rain could have loosened the ground beneath the wall, while others believe work to remove ivy in recent weeks caused the dramatic collapse. 

Lewes Castle, built in 1068 by William de Warenne, the Ist Earl of Surrey, is a popular tourist attraction. 

The Norman castle occupies a commanding position on a man-made mount  overlooking the River Ouse.