Aalim Ahmed died falling from east London tower block

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A distressed father found his five-year-old son’s body after he fell from the 15th floor of an east London tower block, an inquest has heard. Aalim Ahmed landed on a railing at the bottom of the residential block in Plaistow after falling from a kitchen window before 6am on May 16.

After the incident, his body was identified by his family and his cause of death listed as multiple injuries due to trauma from a “fall from height”.

Walthamstow Coroner’s Court heard Aalim died instantly after the fall from the building – Jacobs House, in New City Road – with neighbours calling the emergency services after hearing his father’s “distressed” cries.

Assistant coroner, Ian Wade KC, said he was opening an investigation as Ahmed’s death was not from natural causes. Newham Council is also investigating the circumstances.

Abi Gbago, chief executive of the council, said: “We are undertaking a full investigation to reach the fullest possible understanding of what happened, and will fully support any other investigations. Once all of the relevant facts are established and investigations are concluded, which we will do as quickly as possible, we will provide an update.”

Five-year-old Aalim Ahmed died instantly after a fall from tower block Jacobs House in Plaistow, east London. Picture: Google MapsFive-year-old Aalim Ahmed died instantly after a fall from tower block Jacobs House in Plaistow, east London. Picture: Google Maps

In a newsletter received by parents Caroline Stone, headteacher at New City Primary School in Plaistow, paid tribute to Aalim. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” she wrote.

The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed it is not investigating the incident.

https://www.nationalworld.com/news/uk/five-year-old-aalim-ahmed-died-falling-from-east-london-tower-block-inquest-hears-4642589

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