Teenager survives fall from car park

A police officer at the scene
A police officer at the scene

A TROUBLED teenager fell from a multi-storey car park in the early hours Tuesday, May 10, seriously injuring himself.

After more than half an hour of negotiating with police, the 18-year-old fell 30ft from the Arndale Centre car park.

Residents on Ashford Road said they heard a long argument and then screaming as the man fell from the entrance ramp onto the pavement below.

Ambulance crews, already at the scene, treated him immediately and he was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital with multiple fractures.

Police said he remained conscious throughout.

Rebekah Clark witnessed the whole thing from her home opposite in Ashford Road.

She said, “I heard him. He said he was going to jump.

“He was screaming and in a lot of pain. I’m surprised he is alive.

“I saw him up there, but I didn’t know whether he was going to do it or not. Then I walked away and he did it.”

Police were called to the scene at 1.05am by South East Coast Ambulance Service, reporting a man who was threatening to jump from the Arndale Centre car park. Almost an hour later, and after police tried to persuade the man down, the teenager fell 30ft to the road below near the back entrance to Sainsbury’s.

A Sussex Police spokesman said, “The officers were trying to help the man, who has personal problems.”

Police cordoned off one side of Ashford Road, while police worked on the scene.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed because police officers were present when the man fell.