TWO roads remain shut after part of a restaurant collapsed due to the stormy weather.

Part of Richmond Road and Rawson Avenue, in Accrington, have been closed since around 5.45pm last night after the Al-Hamza restaurant partially collapsed into its car park.

Naz Ali, the restaurant's owner, said he had only left the building 10 minutes before the incident happened.

He said: "I had just finished up and left when I got a call from a neighbour to say part of the apex had collapsed.

"It was scary, there's so much rubble on the floor.

"I'm so glad no one was inside at the time and no one is injured.

"An engineer will be coming in the morning to assess the damage, but I  hope to get everything back to normal as soon as possible.

"The weather has been really, really bad today. The wind has been extremely strong."

Police closed off the road and the fire service were also called to the scene.

Inspector Andy Green said: "The building has partially collapsed and the building remains unstable.

"We have closed the sections of the roads off for public safety.

"The closures will remain overnight and an engineer will be called to assess the building tomorrow.

"We believe the damage was caused by the bad weather and not by suspicious activity."

A spokesperson for Hyndburn Borough Council said: "Officers from the Council are working with the owner to ensure that the building is made safe and the road re-opened as soon as practically possible."