Engineers on roof of storm battered Langtree Park

Engineers this morning on the roof of Langtree Park
Engineers this morning on the roof of Langtree Park
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Engineers are pictured inspecting the roof of Langtree Park after the stadium was battered in Wednesday night’s storms.

Workers spent time on the South Stand of the ground this morning with a large crane close by.

The snaps were sent to the St Helens Reporter by a reader.

The visit comes after police were called to the ground at around 6.45pm on Wednesday after receiving reports parts of the stadium’s roof were being ripped off by the storm and were posing a risk to passing members of the public.

Police and council structural engineers spent more than two hours at the scene, with officers only leaving once they were satisfied there was no safety risk.

Builders from the stadium’s managers Barr were also present.

Saints today insisted the only damage to the stadium was to an outside sign.

However, a senior official, who was present throughout the incident, told the St Helens Reporter roof panels had become detached after being hit by gale-force winds.

The official added that panels to the stadium’s South Stand were pinned down to prevent a risk of them being blown into the nearby road.

No one from Saints could be contacted to comment on the official’s claims.

However, on Wednesday the club said reports there had been damage to Langtree Park were untrue.

On Thursday they issued a statement insisting damage had been to an outside sign.

The statement read: “The club wishes to correct misinformed statements as to storm damage at Langtree Park. The only damage was to an outside sign.

“Standard safety checks will now be conducted as a matter of course whilst the stadium remains fully operational.”

Shortly after Langtree Park opened to the public its roof was damaged in a storm, with panels visibly lifted from the main stadium structure.