Emergency servicesEast Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is issuing a safety warning following a balcony collapse in Brighton last weekend.

On Friday night four casualties were taken to hospital after a balcony collapsed in Montpelier Road, Brighton.

Technical Rescue Units from Battle and Lewes were mobilised to the incident, as well as a number of fire engines, the aerial ladder platform and support units. Sussex Police were called to the incident, as well as Building Control.

Incident Commander Chris Baker has since issued this safety message following the incident:

"We have attended similar incidents in the past where residents have used the balcony areas and suffered an injury as a result. Quite a few of the properties around the City have these types of balconies, they are more of decorative feature than a balcony. Over the years they crack, allow water in and subsequently get weaker.

"We would like to remind the local community of the hazards associated with balconies that are not necessarily constructed for the purpose of sitting or standing on."

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to encourage landlords, or residents, of properties of this type to carry out an assessment of the use of the balconies, due to the possibility of structural instability.