The spire of one of Leicester’s oldest churches is to be demolished amid fears it might collapse.
St Mary de Castro, in the city centre, was forced to close last month because health and safety officers said it presented an “imminent danger”.
Fears that the 900-year-old church’s spire might collapse arose last year when large cracks appeared in it.
Money has been provided from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the spire to be demolished.
A grant of £187,000 was awarded to the church last year for repairs to the spire; instead the HLF has agreed terms to release some of the money to pay for demolition work.