Toddler fights for life after falling from tower block in London
Toddler fights for life in hospital after falling from tower block in east London as residents voice concern over easily-opened windows
- Toddler is in critical condition after falling ‘from height’ in east London yesterday
- Emergency services were scrambled to East India Dock Road, Poplar, at 6.54pm
- Paramedics treated child at the scene before rushing to major trauma centre
A toddler is in critical condition after plunging from a block of flats in east London.
The Metropolitan Police were scrambled to East India Dock Road in Poplar at 6.54pm yesterday to reports that the boy had ‘fallen from height’.
Police, London Ambulance Service and an air ambulance attended and the child was taken to hospital. There have been no arrests.
Today police said: ‘The injured child, a boy, has been transferred to a specialist hospital. His condition at this time is believed to be critical but stable.’
The Metropolitan Police were scrambled to East India Dock Road in Poplar, east London at 6.54pm yesterday to reports that the boy had ‘fallen from height’
Today the Met Police said: ‘The injured child, a boy, has been transferred to a specialist hospital. His condition at this time is believed to be critical but stable’
A road closure was in place as of 8.30pm last night at East India Dock Road’s junction with Chrisp Street and Newby Place.
People who witnessed the incident or have footage are asked to contact the Met, quoting reference CAD 6419/27 July.
There were no signs of the tragedy this morning as traffic moved past the tower block, which sits on a busy main road in London’s east end.
A resident, who would not give her name and had only been living there for a month, said: ‘I saw people outside with the child (after it happened).
‘They were trying to help but they did not know what to do.’
Residents at the inner city building said they had concerns about the windows, which can open wide on some settings.
Lydia Best, 50, who lives on the eighth floor, said: ‘I am very scared about the windows. They can open wide.
Residents at the inner city building said they had concerns about the windows, which can open wide. Lydia Best said: ‘I am very scared about the windows. They can open wide’
An air ambulance lands after a toddler plunged from a building in east London
‘I only ever open my windows a little bit, even when it is hot.
‘You have to pull it to open them wide.’
Ranjit Naik, 43, a father of two, said the windows in the flats are ‘quite large’ and ‘something I worry about’.
He said there are two settings – one which opens just a little bit and another that is big enough for someone to get through if there is a sofa or large piece of furniture in front of it.
He said he keeps the window keys in the locks so his children, aged four and nine, cannot get at them.
A security guard at the building, who did not give his name, said he was ‘very upset’ by what had happened.
He said the family, whom he did not know well, ‘are very nice people and it is just horrible’.
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