Concerns about the safety of a building site at a popular High Wycombe shopping centre have been quashed after a digger fell over just metres away from where visitors walk.

Part of the Eden Shopping Centre - near Tesco - is shut off while a new shipping container pizza restaurant is built.

But a shopper got in touch with the Bucks Free Press with fears over safety at the building site after a digger fell over.

Ash Newton said he was walking past Tesco last weekend when he saw the machine on its side - and feared "it can't be safe with many shoppers walking past".

He said the fence separating the building site from the walkway between Tesco and the library is "flimsy", adding: "Lucky it didn't fall the other way - the fence would have fallen on people".

The Bucks Free Press approached Eden Shopping Centre for a response to the concerns and Steve Baker, building services director at Jardak, who are in charge of the building works, explained what happened.

He said: "The machine is working in a cordoned off site with a defined exclusion zone away from the public.

"The machine became unstable on a loose edging stone due to an area of soft ground alongside having been affected by the heavy rain fall.

"To ensure public safety, the machine was purposely left on its side until the early hours of the next morning when we were able to close off the walkway to get equipment in place to safely lift the machine upright again.

"At no time were any members of the public even close to the machine and therefore they were at no danger.

"We obviously take site safety very seriously and the team involved have been given tool box safety talks to ensure chances of these incidents are minimalised in the future although there was no evidence to show that this could have been foreseen or that any set training or procedures were deviated from."

Builders are on site creating a new pizza restaurant, called Pizza 1889, which will be housed in a recycled shipping container.

It will also feature a "modest" indoor and outdoor seating area.

According to planning documents, Pizza 1889 will have freshly cooked pizzas made on site using a smokeless pizza oven and visitors to the restaurant will also be able to get takeaway meals.

Pizza 1889 is already a successful restaurant company with other eateries in Bristol, London and Cambridge.