Woman dies after Gunwharf Quays fall

FALL The building in Gunwharf where a woman fell to her death.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (114528-1)

FALL The building in Gunwharf where a woman fell to her death. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (114528-1)

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A WOMAN died after falling from the balcony of a flat at Gunwharf Quays on New Year’s Eve.

The 48-year-old fell from a balcony at Anson Court, a private residential complex, above the luggage shop Antler.

Shocked eyewitnesses described seeing the woman lying on the ground as police and paramedics attended to her.

Police have named the woman as Deborah Nash, of Shaftesbury Road, Southsea.

Police say there were no suspicious circumstances.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 10.51pm on New Year’s Eve.

The woman was later taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, but was pronounced dead at 1.22am.

Alan Smith, spokesman for Hampshire Police, said: ‘Police investigating the death of a Portsmouth woman are not treating her death as suspicious.

‘Officers were called to Canalside Buildings in Gunwharf Quays at 10.51pm after it was reported that a woman had fallen from a balcony.

‘The woman had suffered head injuries in the fall and was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 1.22am.’

He said the next of kin have been informed.

Police were unable to confirm whether the woman was attending a New Year’s party.

Police will now investigate on behalf of the coroner.

An inquest will take place to determine exactly what happened.

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