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Man dies following fall from Holyrood House in Southampton
Updated 9:20am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
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- A man has fallen from Holyrood House in Southampton
- He has suffered life-threatening injuries
- Paramedics treating him at the scene
4:48pm Wed 28 Aug 13
R.I.P mate gone but never forgotten our thoughts are with your family. I have lived here for over 10yrs and connot believe something as terrible as this has happened its a sad day for us all
The last police van has left and a solitary police community support officer remains at the scene.
Tape within the block stairwell is being taken down, too.
Police cordon has been taken back, so it now surounds just the spot on the grass where the victim fell.
Only a sheet remains on spot he fell onto. Next to it is a chair.
The white sheets are coming down after the body has been moved into white police van, which has just driven away.
Police officers working within the cordon on Holyrood Estate.
4:19pm Wed 28 Aug 13
Oh How dreadful! Poor man. R I P.
Sorry for his family too.
Vamal Narir, 28, a shop assistant in the Londis shop in the Texaco garage opposite the scene, said: "Someone came in to call the police from the shop. By the time I called someone had already done it.
"Then people started to crowd round him and I saw one woman pumping his chest to revive him.
"It surprises me that it has happened because its usually really quiet. I have never seen anything like this in the area before."
Brydie Upwood, 23, ftom Oxford Street, works at Express Tanning salon, which is opposite the tower block, in Queensway.
She said: "Customers leaving the shop screamed in the street, when they saw him fall.
"They went to resuscitate him and they could not feel a pulse.
"There were about four or five people surrounding him," she added.
It continued: "Police are investigating the circumstances of the fatal incident, but it is not being treated as suspicious at this time.
"The deceased man is believed to be 43 years of age and a resident of Holyrood House."
The statement read: "Police, ambulance and fire services attended an incident in which a man died at Southampton this afternoon.
"Police were alerted at 2.14pm after a man was seen to fall from a fifth floor balcony at Holyrood House, Queensway, Southampton. He was treated by ambulance crews, including an air ambulance crew.
"He was pronounced dead at 2.50pm."
Hampshire Constabulary have now released a statement about the incident:
Plain clothes officers are meeting with uniformed officers at the scene.
One witness told the Daily Echo that unmarked cars arrived at the scene just minutes after the fall.
Most of the police vehicles and fire crew have moved away. Officers are guarding the scene while forensic officers take photographs.
"The police were here straight away and the next minute I heard the helicopter.
"He was just lying on the floor and a big crowd gathered and the ambulance came and the next minute they pumping on his stomach.
"They were doing that for the next half-an-hour," said Jason.
One eye witnesses, Jason Bennet, 25, from Northam, said he saw a man dangling from a balcony.
He said: "I saw him climbing, it was the 7th or 8th floor, and the next minute there was chair coming down with him. He fell to the ground and there was a thud.
"I thought 'oh my God' and by the time I rang 999, someone else had as well."
Soon after the Hampshire Air Ambulance crew left the scene, the aircraft took off from a nearby Hoglands Park.
Daily Echo reporter Patrick Knox is on the scene.
He said: "People are walking past looking in horror as word gets round about what happened.
"Police have cordoned off an area around the body."
One witness told the Daily Echo: "There was a loud thud and I thought that there had been a car crash.
"A lady screamed and it was one of those screams you just knew something horrible had happened.
"Then there is a guy on the ground next to the flats, with a chair next to him.
"Two members of public started CPR until ambulance arrived. I don't know what floor he fell - from it's eight storeys high. A white tent is now being erected.
"[It was a] very shocking experience."
The South Central Ambulance service have confirmed that the 43-year-old man has been pronounced dead at the scene of the fall.
Officers have now erected white tarpaulin around the scene of the incident, to screen it from the members of the public passing by.
The scene as seen from Queensway, in Southampton. Image from firstname.lastname@example.org
Hampshire police officers have erected a cordon around the area.
The Holyrood Estate, as seen from Bernard Street on Google Streetview.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance was called out and has landed at Hoglands Park, with doctors treating him at the scene.
The police were alerted by a member of the public at 2.14pm, who saw him fall from the building.
It is still unclear how the man, who has suffered “life-threatening injuries” came to fall from the balcony.
The air ambulance has landed near to the scene and he is currently being treated at the junction of Bernard Street and Queensway by doctors.
The 43-year-old fell from a balcony in Holyrood House on the Holyrood Estate shortly before 2.14pm.
A MAN has suffered life threatening injuries after falling from a tower block in Southampton.
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