Man taken to hospital after being struck by falling Leeds shop sign

The incident scene. PIC: Steve Riding

The incident scene. PIC: Steve Riding

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A man was taken to hospital today after being hit by a sign that had fallen from a shop building in Leeds city centre.

The man, 30, suffered a head injury and slight concussion in the incident, which happened outside the JD Sports store on Lands Lane shortly after 1pm.

West Yorkshire Police said they had received a report that part of the signage at the front of the store had come away and struck a man on the head.

An ambulance was called to the scene and the injured man taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment.

A spokeswoman for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service said the man was “conscious and breathing”.

The area around the front of the shop was cordoned off following the incident.

Police said work was under way to ensure the rest of the store’s signage was secure.

An eye-witness said the section that had been dislodged was about six feet in height and two or three feet wide.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for JD Sports told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We are aware of an incident outside our Leeds store today in which a member of public was hit by some signage and we are currently investigating this as a matter of urgency.”

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