Gosport man, 52, dies after fall from Fareham’s multi-storey car park

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A MAN has died after falling from the top floor of a town centre multi-storey car park.

The 52-year-old from Gosport fell from the Osborn Road multi-storey in Fareham shortly after 5pm on Tuesday.

The fall happened from the east side of the five-storey council-run car park, close to the town’s library and Ferneham Hall.

The News understands that the man left a letter behind.

A woman working nearby, but who did not want to be named, said: ‘We heard a loud bang and heard someone scream: “Oh my god!” but we thought it was a car crash or something, so we didn’t go out to see what it was and thought nothing more of it.

‘It was only when we left work a little bit later that we saw all the police there and all the screens and everything.

‘It’s awful to hear that someone would do something like that.

‘I’ve never heard of anything happen like that around here before, it’s very sad.’

Cllr Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: ‘Unfortunately there were three of our staff at the scene, and they’ve been left absolutely shocked as anybody would, but they are receiving the appropriate support.

‘There were people finishing work and their shopping, so it was a very busy time with a lot of people around when it happened.

‘It’s a terrible tragedy that someone should reach that state where they would do such a thing as this.’

The emergency services were called, but the man was declared dead at the scene.

Screens were put up to conceal the body and remained in place for several hours.

Police have confirmed they are not treating the death as suspicious and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

They are now in the process of preparing a file for the coroner and an inquest will be opened shortly.

The next of kin have been informed, but police have not revealed the identity of the man.

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