Man left with head injury as tree topples on house in gales

A man has been treated for a head injury after a large oak tree fell in strong winds and crashed onto a house.

The tree fell through the roof and into the first floor of the home in Bewbush, near Crawley, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) said.

Fire crews also found the roof of a neighbouring house had been damaged when they were called to the scene at 8am on Saturday.

Five people were evacuated from the two properties and checked by paramedics for injuries, a fire service spokesman said.

A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One man was treated for a relatively minor head injury. He was checked over and discharged at the scene.”

The road has been cordoned off while firefighters, council tree surgeons and structural engineers attend the scene, WSFRS said.

People have been asked to avoid the area.

Weather warnings have been issued after heavy rain and gales were forecast to batter the country.