Girl, 2, dies in Flats fall

Scenes of Crime Officers investigate a fourth floor balcony at North Bank,Blonk Street,Sheffield,where a three year old child fell to her death

Scenes of Crime Officers investigate a fourth floor balcony at North Bank,Blonk Street,Sheffield,where a three year old child fell to her death

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A GIRL aged two has died after falling from a fourth floor balcony at flats in Sheffield city centre last night.

The little girl plunged from a communal balcony at apartments development Wicker Riverside, on North Bank off The Wicker, where she lived with her family.

She was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital by ambulance, but pronounced dead at 5.10pm.

A police spokesman said initial investigations suggested the death was a ‘tragic accident’.

A pane of glass appeared to be missing from a glazed rail on the balcony last night.

The police spokesman told The Star: “A child has fallen from a balcony, it was a female child aged two who has died.

“I am led to believe the balcony was on the fourth floor, and was one of the communal balconies at North Bank.

“As far as I am aware this is being treated as a tragic accident at this stage.

“The child was a resident at the flats, with her family.

“The relatives were taken to the hospital where they are with our family liaison officer.

“An investigation will ensue but we are treating it as a tragic accident.”

Several police cars remained at the scene last night, following the tragedy at about 4pm.

Willey Street car park was taped off and crime scene investigators could be seen looking down from a balcony about halfway up the flats development which overlooked the car park.

Shocked residents and workers at nearby businesses said they heard a ‘small child’ had fallen.

Arfarn Rafique, manager at takeaway Imran’s near the scene, said: “The ambulance came and about five or six police cars as well.

“The balcony which people are saying it happened from must be about 60 or 70 feet high.”

Sharon Hastings, owner of First Choice hair and beauty, added: “I saw the ambulance arrive, I saw them put somebody in, and it wasn’t here very long at all.

“It was a small child who was hurt.”