Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Teen arrested in boy's fall from top of London's Tate Modern

Teenager arrested after child falls 'from height' at Tate Modern gallery Teen arrested after child 'fell from height' at London's Tate Modern gallery
Patty Aguilar | 04 August, 2019, 23:31

A teenager was arrested on Sunday (Aug 4) after a child fell "from height" at London's Tate Modern gallery, police said.

The six-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after falling from a tenth floor viewing platform to a fifth floor roof at the Southwark gallery, shortly after 2.30pm today.

The boy was airlifted to hospital and is in a critical condition, while the 17-year-old male suspect is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

A police spokesman said there was "nothing to suggest [the suspect] is known to the victim".

After the fall on Sunday afternoon the boy was flown to hospital from the gallery in central London by air ambulance.

The family are being supported by police.

Visitors reported on social media not being allowed in or out of the gallery while emergency services dealt with the incident.

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"A number of members of the public are assisting police with witness statements".

Police at the Tate Modern viewing platform.

An eyewitness told the Daily Mirror: "I heard the impact and then screaming from above as a woman screamed 'He's my son!"

But most visitors only discovered that someone had been injured as they tried to leave. "The teenager was arrested by police officers on suspicion of attempted murder and taken into police custody".

"They were carrying a stretcher with someone on it", he said, "plus a second stretcher was waiting by the door". We didn't know what condition he was in.

"Plenty of police and ambulances arriving, and a helicopter just landed".

An open terrace and rooftop bar sit atop the Tate Modern, one of London's busiest tourist attractions.

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