Narrow escape for storm terror couple

The damage in Hamilton Road, Bellshill
The damage in Hamilton Road, Bellshill
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A BELLSHILL couple had a lucky escape when debris crashed through their bedroom ceiling during last week’s storm.

Gerry Mays and his partner fled the first floor flat in Hamilton Road, fearing a gas explosion had taken place.

But the damage had been caused by the partial collapse of the sandstone wall of a higher, neighbouring building.

Mr Mays (61) said the couple were lucky that large boulders had failed to penetrate their roof.

His partner, whom the Speaker has been asked not to name, was in bed at the time of the drama around 10.30 last Thursday morning.

Mr Mays, a former offshore worker, said: “I was having a cup of tea in the kitchen when I heard a massive bang. It was so loud I thought it was a gas explosion.

“I went into the bedroom where my partner was in a real panic. There was a hole in the ceiling and some stones had come through. She was lucky - none of the stones was big or else she could have been killed. She wasn’t injured.

“We phoned the police and were just getting out of the flat when they arrived.”

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