Child dies after falling from block of flats in south-east London

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A child has died after falling from a block of flats in south-east London. The child fell from the upper floor of a flat on Hotspur Street in Kennington on Friday afternoon and died at the scene, the Metropolitan police said.

Police were called to the address at 4.23pm, and said that so far there was “nothing to indicate that the incident is suspicious”.

A Met spokesperson said: “Police were called to a child having fallen from the upper floor of a flat on Hotspur Street. Officers attended along with LAS [London ambulance service].

“Despite their efforts, the child was pronounced dead. The child’s family have been informed. At this very early stage, there is nothing to indicate that the incident is suspicious. However, inquires are ongoing to establish the circumstances.”

Cordons are in place at the scene.

Details of the child’s age or gender were not immediately released by the police, but Florence Eshalomi, the Labour MP for Vauxhall, appeared to suggest the victim was a boy.

In a post on X, she wrote: “Very sad to hear about the sad death of a young child who fell from a block of flats earlier this afternoon in Hotspur Street, SE11.

“My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

The death comes days after five-year-old Aalim Ahmed died after he fell from his kitchen window on the 15th storey of an east London tower block.

The boy died instantly after landing on a railing at the bottom of the residential block in Plaistow, Walthamstow coroner’s court heard earlier on Friday. His father discovered his body shortly before 6am on 16 May.

The boy was previously named locally as Aalim Makial Jibril and a GoFundMe has raised just over £1,000 for his funeral costs.

Newham council is investigating the circumstances of his death.


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