Child dies after falling from upper-floor flat in south London

Child dies after falling from upper-floor flat in south London

A child has died after falling from an upper-floor flat in south London, police have said.

Police and paramedics were called to Hotspur Street, Brixton, this afternoon after reports of a child having fallen from a building.

The child, whose age is not yet known, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second person, an adult woman, was taken to hospital.

The Metropolitan Police was called to the scene at 4.23pm along with London Ambulance Service.

A statement from the force said: “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 enquires are ongoing to establish the circumstances.”

A cordon remains in place around the scene.

Details of the child’s gender were not 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, formerly known as Twitter, 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 May 16.

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 what happened.

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