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Emergency services called to St Teresa's church in Maidstone Road, Ashford, after workman collapses


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A workman on a town centre building site needed medical assistance after collapsing while up on scaffolding.

The casualty was replacing the roof of St Teresa's Roman Catholic Church in Maidstone Road, Ashford, when he became unwell.

St Teresa's in Maidstone Road, Ashford, is having its roof replaced
St Teresa's in Maidstone Road, Ashford, is having its roof replaced

Paramedics were called at around 11.15am following reports of a "person in need of medical attention on scaffolding after collapsing" at the site.

One ambulance was sent to the scene, along with the South East Coast Ambulance Service hazardous area response team and two fire engines from Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

The man, who was working for London-based construction firm GPF Lewis when the incident occurred on September 6, has since made a full recovery.

A well-known landmark in the town, the church is currently swathed in scaffolding as builders carry out significant renovations to the building.

The church was consecrated on April 28, 1991, and was built on the foundations of the old St Theresa's church.

St Teresa's in Maidstone Road, Ashford, is having its roof replaced
St Teresa's in Maidstone Road, Ashford, is having its roof replaced
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Three decades on, the roof had become prone to leaking, so more than £9,300 was raised in a online drive to repair the roof and also extend the parish hall.

A chapel was first opened on the present site of St Teresa’s in 1862, and this temporary structure was later replaced by a church designed by Edward Pugin, son of the famous Augustus Pugin.

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