Victim in critical state after being crushed by falling chimney while working on roof joists in a pub

A workman in the North-east of England has had a leg and an arm amputated after being crushed by a falling chimney.

The incident happened at a pub in Throckley, Newcastle, when doctors were forced to remove his leg at the scene on Tuesday.

A North-East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the 20-year-old was taken to Newcastle general hospital where doctors decided to amputate his arm.

The victim also suffered head injuries and a fractured pelvis. He is said to be in a life-threatening condition.

It is believed the man had been working on roof joists in the pub when the chimney collapsed. The building has now been structurally stabilised.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident.