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17-Year-Old Arrested After Boy, Six, Thrown From Viewing Platform In Tate Modern

17-Year-Old Arrested After Boy, Six, Thrown From Viewing Platform In Tate Modern

A 17-year-old has been arrested after a boy was 'thrown' from the viewing gallery at the Tate Modern in London.

A six-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital, where his condition has been described as 'critical' after he was thrown from the tenth-floor-viewing platform, landing on the fifth-floor.

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Police at the Tate Modern viewing platform. Credit: PA
Police at the Tate Modern viewing platform. Credit: PA

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that a 17-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and has been taken into police custody.

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

"I went inside because the screaming was horrific, the boy didn't make any noise but the people from the viewing platform were screaming.

"Inside, after around 10 minutes we were told to leave. They tried to shut down the Tate but one door was left unguarded so we left through that door."

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In a statement the Met Police said: "The six-year-old victim was found on a fifth-floor roof. He was treated at the scene and taken to hospital by London's Air Ambulance. The boy's condition is critical; his family are being supported by police.

A six-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after being thrown from a viewing platform. Credit: PA
A six-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after being thrown from a viewing platform. Credit: PA

"A 17-year-old male had remained with members of the public on the tenth-floor viewing platform. There is nothing to suggest that he is known to the victim. The teenager was arrested by police officers on suspicion of attempted murder and taken into police custody.

"A number of members of the public are assisting police with witness statements. Visitors to the gallery have been allowed to leave."

Two ambulances attended the scene at 2.40pm today as well as a hazardous area response team and air ambulance.

Another witness, who says she arrived a couple of minutes before the incident, told the Sun: "I heard that the child had fallen onto the observation deck.

"People were waiting outside, they said they'd heard someone screaming. They said he didn't fall all the way down onto the grass.

"Someone said they heard yelling and then the helicopter landed.

"I was there when someone was carrying out the stretcher with a body. We didn't know what condition he was in.

"They weren't running, it took them a good ten minutes to bring him across the cordon.

"I'm grateful I didn't see what was going on, I can't imagine what their family is going through."

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Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]

 

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