Westfield Stratford fall was ‘attempted suicide’, police say

Part of Westfield was cordoned off but the shopping centre remained open. Picture: Sara Odeen-Isbist

Part of Westfield was cordoned off but the shopping centre remained open. Picture: Sara Odeen-Isbister - Credit: Archant

Police have today confirmed it was an “attempted suicide” when a teenager from Manor Park fell from a balcony and landed on a man passing though Westfield.

Both men had a lucky escape when the 18-year-old plunged 80ft feet and landed on the 47-year-old passing though Westfield.

A woman watched helplessly as the teenager landed on her husband inside the shopping centre last Thursday, according to witnesses.

A Newham Police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm it was an attempted suicide.”

Despite the impact of the massive fall both men, whose names have not been released, survived without life threatening injuries.


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Police and the London Ambulance Service were called to the scene at the shopping centre at around 3.30pm. Both men were taken to The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

A spokeswoman for London Ambulance said: “The patient who fell from the balcony had leg and pelvic injuries. The patient he fell on had head injuries and side and back pain.”

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A Newham police spokeswoman since said that the 47-year-old man’s head injuries were a concussion and that he suffered broken ribs and severe bruising.

Police are still investigating the full circumstances of the incident. No arrests have been made.

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