Four 13-storey blocks in Ledbury estate in Peckham, south-east London at risk of collapse in the event of a gas explosion

Hundreds of people have been told they will have to leave their homes on an estate of tower blocks in London after safety checks carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire found the buildings had been at risk of collapse for decades.

In a development with potentially major implications for blocks elsewhere, residents of the Ledbury estate said they were shocked and alarmed to learn the four 13-storey blocks were at risk of collapse in the event of a gas explosion in one of the flats.

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