Pensioner dies after falling from seventh floor of Brighton block of flats

The Park Royal residential block

The Park Royal residential block

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A man in his seventies has died after falling from the seventh floor of a block of flats.

Police were called to the Park Royal residential block, in Motpelier Road, Brighton, at around 9.45am this morning.

A resident, who asked not to be named, said: “I just popped in from work and asked a police officer what was going on.

“Apparently the person jumped from the sixth floor, it’s shocking really.”

“There are six police cars and an ambulance here and it looks like the forensics.

“There is a cover over the body, it doesn’t look good.”

Sussex Police said in a statement: "At 9.44am on Thursday (31 July) police were called to Park Royal Flats in Montpelier Road, Brighton, where a man in his 70s had fallen from a seventh floor window and sustained fatal injuries.

"The circumstances are being investigated. The coroner has been informed."

A resident of the block, Mary said: " I didn't hear a thing until the police cars arrived.

"It all happened very quickly, they covered the body and the man was taken away and they were gone.

"It looks like he fell from the top floor of the corner flat. I don't know the circumstances. It is just very sad."

Another woman, who lives in the adjacent block, who also did not want to be named, said "It's such a nice area around here, it is normally very quiet. You don't expect something like this to happen near where you live. There are six floors on each flat and it looks like he came from the top. It's very sad.

"They are all privately owned but I'm not sure who it was. You speak to these people one day and they are gone the next."

 

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11:57am Thu 31 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

How desperately sad.

I just wish there was a specific organisation that people in uniquely dire situations like this could contact in cases when they are so close and determined to commit suicide. Not The Samaritans that deal superbly with all kinds of human misery, but people who could actually be tasked with the expertise and resources to actually do something immediately to potentially help. Often I suppose they could do nothing but some people could be saved, surely?
How desperately sad. I just wish there was a specific organisation that people in uniquely dire situations like this could contact in cases when they are so close and determined to commit suicide. Not The Samaritans that deal superbly with all kinds of human misery, but people who could actually be tasked with the expertise and resources to actually do something immediately to potentially help. Often I suppose they could do nothing but some people could be saved, surely? Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -16

11:58am Thu 31 Jul 14

calro75 says...

Sounds really tragic, whether he jumped or fell it's still awful. Condolences to his family RIP.
Sounds really tragic, whether he jumped or fell it's still awful. Condolences to his family RIP. calro75
  • Score: 21

12:13pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Jules boy says...

RIP

Jumped or fell?
6th or 7th floor?

poor reporting
RIP Jumped or fell? 6th or 7th floor? poor reporting Jules boy
  • Score: -3

12:32pm Thu 31 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

I hope the police make sure he wasn't pushed.
I hope the police make sure he wasn't pushed. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -15

12:57pm Thu 31 Jul 14

pte says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I hope the police make sure he wasn't pushed.
Don't worry, they'll check for hand prints
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I hope the police make sure he wasn't pushed.[/p][/quote]Don't worry, they'll check for hand prints pte
  • Score: -13

1:19pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Brighton_Toffee says...

Jules boy wrote:
RIP

Jumped or fell?
6th or 7th floor?

poor reporting
Not really. The report merely quotes two different people: a resident who said "apparently the person jumped from the 6th floor" and the police statement which says he fell from the 7th.
[quote][p][bold]Jules boy[/bold] wrote: RIP Jumped or fell? 6th or 7th floor? poor reporting[/p][/quote]Not really. The report merely quotes two different people: a resident who said "apparently the person jumped from the 6th floor" and the police statement which says he fell from the 7th. Brighton_Toffee
  • Score: 13

3:52pm Thu 31 Jul 14

firemanste says...

Jules boy wrote:
RIP

Jumped or fell?
6th or 7th floor?

poor reporting
rip to the person.it also says there are six floors to each flat.someone needs to learn how to proof read as theres always mistakes every day
[quote][p][bold]Jules boy[/bold] wrote: RIP Jumped or fell? 6th or 7th floor? poor reporting[/p][/quote]rip to the person.it also says there are six floors to each flat.someone needs to learn how to proof read as theres always mistakes every day firemanste
  • Score: 2

5:08pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Morpheus says...

Was the last sentence in this report really necessary? Sometimes less is better and this is a good example.
Was the last sentence in this report really necessary? Sometimes less is better and this is a good example. Morpheus
  • Score: 1

6:41pm Thu 31 Jul 14

just-a-person says...

R.I.P
R.I.P just-a-person
  • Score: 10

7:47pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

just-a-person wrote:
R.I.P
Well, that helps...
[quote][p][bold]just-a-person[/bold] wrote: R.I.P[/p][/quote]Well, that helps... Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -13

11:55pm Thu 31 Jul 14

just-a-person says...

Youlikemyjugs wrote:
just-a-person wrote:
R.I.P
Well, that helps...
Rather contradicts your previous post don't you think !!! Enough said.
[quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]just-a-person[/bold] wrote: R.I.P[/p][/quote]Well, that helps...[/p][/quote]Rather contradicts your previous post don't you think !!! Enough said. just-a-person
  • Score: 6

8:48am Fri 1 Aug 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

just-a-person wrote:
Youlikemyjugs wrote:
just-a-person wrote:
R.I.P
Well, that helps...
Rather contradicts your previous post don't you think !!! Enough said.
Did you actually read what I wrote? You can't have done...

Sloppy obsevation.
[quote][p][bold]just-a-person[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]just-a-person[/bold] wrote: R.I.P[/p][/quote]Well, that helps...[/p][/quote]Rather contradicts your previous post don't you think !!! Enough said.[/p][/quote]Did you actually read what I wrote? You can't have done... Sloppy obsevation. Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -6

9:50am Fri 1 Aug 14

just-a-person says...

Youlikemyjugs wrote:
just-a-person wrote:
Youlikemyjugs wrote:
just-a-person wrote:
R.I.P
Well, that helps...
Rather contradicts your previous post don't you think !!! Enough said.
Did you actually read what I wrote? You can't have done...

Sloppy obsevation.
Be quiet and show some respect please, this man's family or friends may be reading this. I hope he's at peace now and my condolences to the family and friends left behind.
[quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]just-a-person[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]just-a-person[/bold] wrote: R.I.P[/p][/quote]Well, that helps...[/p][/quote]Rather contradicts your previous post don't you think !!! Enough said.[/p][/quote]Did you actually read what I wrote? You can't have done... Sloppy obsevation.[/p][/quote]Be quiet and show some respect please, this man's family or friends may be reading this. I hope he's at peace now and my condolences to the family and friends left behind. just-a-person
  • Score: 5

12:33pm Fri 1 Aug 14

lincsboy351 says...

Did this incident really need 6 police cars? Sussex Police need to have their budget cut a bit more.
Did this incident really need 6 police cars? Sussex Police need to have their budget cut a bit more. lincsboy351
  • Score: -1

4:00pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Jules boy wrote:
RIP Jumped or fell? 6th or 7th floor? poor reporting
6th floor. 7th storey. Top floor flat.
[quote][p][bold]Jules boy[/bold] wrote: RIP Jumped or fell? 6th or 7th floor? poor reporting[/p][/quote]6th floor. 7th storey. Top floor flat. Goldenwight
  • Score: 1

4:03pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

lincsboy351 wrote:
Did this incident really need 6 police cars? Sussex Police need to have their budget cut a bit more.
The problem is, a dead body in a publically accessable place is going to be seen, so the Police want to be seen to be doing something- even if it is just standing around chatting uselessly.

Had the guy had the misfortune to be attacked in his own home, the public wouldnt have been able to view the scene (nor how hardworking and dedicated our Police Farce truly are), so Police response is downgraded to "ask him to come and see us sometime this century, because we can't be bothered going out there."
[quote][p][bold]lincsboy351[/bold] wrote: Did this incident really need 6 police cars? Sussex Police need to have their budget cut a bit more.[/p][/quote]The problem is, a dead body in a publically accessable place is going to be seen, so the Police want to be seen to be doing something- even if it is just standing around chatting uselessly. Had the guy had the misfortune to be attacked in his own home, the public wouldnt have been able to view the scene (nor how hardworking and dedicated our Police Farce truly are), so Police response is downgraded to "ask him to come and see us sometime this century, because we can't be bothered going out there." Goldenwight
  • Score: 1

4:06pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

And in case you think my comment above is fatuous, in 2009 I was attacked by a complete stranger in the street. I got him to the floor and was restraining him when I called the Police. "Oh, I'm sorry, we are too busy to come out today. Can you ask him to come down to the station by himself?" Yes, that truly is the quality of staff they employ, and that is precisely what they said. No word of a lie.
And in case you think my comment above is fatuous, in 2009 I was attacked by a complete stranger in the street. I got him to the floor and was restraining him when I called the Police. "Oh, I'm sorry, we are too busy to come out today. Can you ask him to come down to the station by himself?" Yes, that truly is the quality of staff they employ, and that is precisely what they said. No word of a lie. Goldenwight
  • Score: 0

1:07pm Sat 2 Aug 14

pte says...

Goldenwight wrote:
And in case you think my comment above is fatuous, in 2009 I was attacked by a complete stranger in the street. I got him to the floor and was restraining him when I called the Police. "Oh, I'm sorry, we are too busy to come out today. Can you ask him to come down to the station by himself?" Yes, that truly is the quality of staff they employ, and that is precisely what they said. No word of a lie.
My neighbour a lady jumped out of her window which was not publicly visible so only one female officer came on foot
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: And in case you think my comment above is fatuous, in 2009 I was attacked by a complete stranger in the street. I got him to the floor and was restraining him when I called the Police. "Oh, I'm sorry, we are too busy to come out today. Can you ask him to come down to the station by himself?" Yes, that truly is the quality of staff they employ, and that is precisely what they said. No word of a lie.[/p][/quote]My neighbour a lady jumped out of her window which was not publicly visible so only one female officer came on foot pte
  • Score: 0

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