Dust fears delay Marks and Spencer opening

Sunderland's Marks & Spencer store opened late due to what the company described as a "maintenance issue."
Sunderland's Marks & Spencer store opened late due to what the company described as a "maintenance issue."
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A CITY centre store was forced into opening late after safety concerns.

Marks & Spencer, in High Street West, Sunderland, remained closed after staff arrived yesterday morning, following fears over dust caused by maintenance work.

Managers made the decision to call in M&S health and safety inspectors after spotting the dust, kicked-up by repairs being carried out to the store’s lift.

The all-clear was given mid-afternoon and the store was opened.

An M&S spokeswoman said: “As a precautionary measure the store remained closed this morning as a health and safety inspection was conducted, following a staff alert.

“The all clear was given, and the store was reopened at 2.30pm and is now trading as normal.

“We apologise for any inconvenience to our customers.”