Five-year-old boy seriously injured in fall from Southsea roof

TRAPPED The boy fell behind the Taj Mahal restaurant
TRAPPED The boy fell behind the Taj Mahal restaurant
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A FIVE-year-old boy was flown to hospital with serious injuries after falling off a roof.

Paramedics were called to Elm Grove in Southsea yesterday afternoon after the child fell to the ground and ended up trapped in a narrow gap between two walls.

It is believed he fell from a flat roof near the King’s Church centre.

Firefighters from Cosham fire station were also called to help rescue the youngster.

He was freed and taken by ambulance to nearby St John’s College where the Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance had landed.

The helicopter then flew him to Southampton General Hospital.

His injuries were serious but are not thought to be life-threatening.

A man who lives in a block of flats which overlooks the rooftop, who did not want to be named, said: ‘Quite often I look out of the window at the back and see kids playing on the rooftops.

‘Sometimes they are sitting up on top of the roof of the restaurant or they are running across the roof and playing up there.

‘It’s quite dangerous as there is a gap in between the two roofs where somebody could fall in.

‘I see it happening quite a lot and I was hoping an accident wouldn’t happen one day.’

The accident happened at about 12.20pm.

Two fire engines from Cosham fire station arrived at the scene along with a specialist equipment unit to help paramedics get to the boy.

Donna Bruce, 28, of Elm Grove, said: ‘A woman came out from between the flats screaming.

‘We heard a little boy had fallen off the roof and I was so shocked.

‘There were an awful lot of police cars, ambulances and fire engines here to help him. They gave the ambulance which took him away a police escort.

‘I really hope that he is alright.’

The five-year-old was seen on top of the roof with several other children before he fell.

It is not known how he fell off the roof.

South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman Michelle Ullett said: ‘We were called to Elm Grove to reports of a child that had fallen.

‘The Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance, an ambulance crew, a rapid response motorbike and an ambulance officer attended.

‘They were treating the young child for serious injuries.

‘He was treated at the scene by our crews. He was then airlifted to Southampton General Hospital.’

The emergency services eventually left the scene at about 1.20pm.