Man misses being crushed by seconds after bricks smash onto pavement behind him

Jaw-dropping CCTV has captured the moment a man came seconds from being crushed by falling bricks during gale force winds .

The pedestrian was passing the Stokey Vintage Cafe in Stoke Newington, North London, at the weekend when bricks and rubble came crashing down from the roof just a split second after he had walked away.

Debris was left scattered all over the pavement and partially in the road in a cloud of dust.

A car was also forced to swerve out the way.

London Fire Brigade said no one was hurt but the clean up of the rubble took almost two hours, the BBC said.

Many have now commented on the man’s miracle escape.

One wrote on social media: "That guy needs to buy a lottery ticket pronto."

Another said: "I think that person has a guardian angel!"

And a third added: "Obviously not that chaps time to die, what a remarkable escape."

The partially-collapsed building has now been deemed unsafe and been sealed off.

Hackney Wick FC wrote: "A reminder that you can be taken at any time so be thankful for surviving another day."

The near-miss comes as snow and black ice is causing travel disruption for commuters after a weekend of severe gales that ripped apart roofs, downed trees and cut power to homes.

The Met Office’s snow and ice warning for Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and most of England remains in place until 10am.

It said widespread icy patches have developed overnight – with police reporting a number of crashes – and wintry showers will continue in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Drivers have been warned of dangerous conditions that have made some roads impassable – and Britons have been urged to prepare for another blast of severe weather when potentially life-threatening Storm Gareth hits with 70mph winds this week.

The worst of Storm Gareth is expected to hit the UK on Tuesday afternoon, with the initial impact felt in Northern Ireland before severe gales hit England and Wales on Wednesday.

The Met Office has issued wind warnings.

Gales could reach 75mph, threatening travel disruption, power cuts and danger to life from flying debris, falling trees or branches, and massive waves.

Spells of wet and windy weather are expected on Thursday and Friday as the first day of spring nears.

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