Man dies after 40ft fall from Plymouth tower block
A MAN who fell 40ft from a Plymouth block of flats onto a concrete has died, police said today.
His family has been informed.
The man suffered horrific injuries after falling 40ft from a block of flats onto a patio.
Emergency services were called to the scene in Tavy House, Duke Street, Devonport, at about 12.30pm yesterday.
About 10 police crews and an ambulance attended and cordoned off the area.
Sgt Alan Livingstone, from Devonport Police Station, was at the block of flats within minutes of the incident happening from another job.
Speaking at the scene, Sgt Livingstone said: "All we know at present is we were called to the building after hearing of the incident.
"The gentleman was on the floor with a number of injuries.
"Enquiries continue to how he got from the window to the floor.
"We haven't confirmed his identity yet. He fell from the back of the property on to the patio."
Paul Slater, a Herald photographer, was also at the scene at the time and saw the drama unfold.
He said: "I was doing a job in the Devonport area and I heard a noise that sounded like shouting.
"I got a bit concerned and a man came over from another flat who heard shouting as well.
"We separated and went round to the back of the building and the man called the ambulance.
"Within minutes a police officer was on the way and I flagged him over."
Devonport residents crowded around the building and came out of their homes, with many calling the emergency services.
One Devonport resident said: "There's been a lot of police here, a lot of officers. A few different people called for an ambulance."
Another resident added: "It was a nasty fall and a long way to go. I saw the police arriving and the ambulance. There's been a lot of commotion."
The man was taken to Derriford Hospital escorted by two police cars.