FIRE crews and police attended to reports of “loose lead” at risk of falling from a church building's spire after Storm Eunice.

St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Powis Road, Brighton, was cordoned off by police this afternoon.

The 162-year-old church had “six foot pieces of loose lead” which fire services tried to reach but were unable to using their aerial ladder platforms.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service put barriers in place instead “to keep the public safe”. Crews arrived shortly after 12pm and left the scene by 2.40pm.

A spokeswoman said: “We used the aerial ladder platform to try to reach six foot long pieces of lead which had come loose on the roof but were unable to do so due to the angle of the building.

“Cordons were put in place and barriers put up to help keep the public safe. The scene was handed over to the Church Warden.”

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The church has been contacted for comment.

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