Man dies after falling from Portsmouth high rise

SCENE Police officers today at Barkis House in Brownlow Close Portsmouth.   Picture: Malcolm Wells (113901-4789)
SCENE Police officers today at Barkis House in Brownlow Close Portsmouth. Picture: Malcolm Wells (113901-4789)
Scott Jeffree. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

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A MAN has died after he fell from an 18-storey block of flats in Buckland.

Officers were called to Barkis House, in Brownlow Close, at 6.20am after reports from an eye witness who saw a body lying close to the property.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police cordoned off the building and an out building at the location has also been cordoned off. The roof of the same out building is also damaged.

Four police vehicles and a scientific services van were at the scene.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were called at 6.43am and sent a crew from Southsea fire station to assist the police.

Acting inspector James Stewart of Portsmouth police said: ‘Police were called at 6.22am to Barkis House in Buckland following a report of what was reported to be a body at the bottom of Barkis House close to the community room.

‘On arrival police confirmed there had been a fatality. It is a white male in his 70s. Cause of death is not being treated as suspicious.

‘A crime manager and crime scene investigator were called to the scene and we are not calling for anybody in relation to the circumstances of his death.

‘We cordoned off the scene in order to maintain the integrity of the scene and to reduce potential community impact to residents and members of the public.

‘The deceased was removed and the scene was opened again at 8.40am.

‘Next of kin are being informed.’

Ray Crowe, the estates service manager for Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘We have called a surveyor to check the roof and it is structurally safe and will be repaired.’

At the moment, the police are not treating the death as suspicious.