Residents tell of shock after man dies in flat fall

Police outside Nickleby House, Buckland on Saturday March 25, 2017, after a man died falling from the tower.
Picture by Tamara Siddiqui
Police outside Nickleby House, Buckland on Saturday March 25, 2017, after a man died falling from the tower. Picture by Tamara Siddiqui
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RESIDENTS have told of their shock as a man died after falling from a block of flats.

Police set up a cordon around the entrance to Nickleby House down All Saints Road, Buckland, following the incident on Saturday.

Almost a dozen police cars attended the scene along with a paramedic and a rapid response vehicle, which arrived shortly after 4pm.

According to the South Central Ambulance Service the male, who has not yet been named, was confirmed dead on arrival of their crews.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ashleigh Milton lives in Buckland and was walking back from the shops with her partner and two of her children, when she saw what had happened.

She said: ‘I’m still in shock if I’m honest. The image of what I saw will be everlasting in my head and I lost count of how many times I woke up during the night on Saturday.

‘Two of my children were with me and I’m glad neither of them had a clue what was going on.

‘It was the saddest thing I’ve ever seen, him lying on the ground, and I feel for his poor family.

‘My thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.’

Police and Community Support Officers stood guard at Nickleby House for some time.

They asked people in the building, looking out of their windows, not to take pictures as some were.

Residents arriving at the scene were told to access their homes via the building’s back entrance.

Twenty-six-year-old Harry Sharp lives down All Saints Road.

He said: ‘I’ve lived in Buckland for 20 years and quite a few people have fallen from Nickleby House in that time.

‘It’s not nice for children in the area to see, but I pay my respects to the man who died.’

Jack Durham, 26, lives down Wingfield Street in Buckland.

He said: ‘I am shocked, but not massively because this has happened quite a few times before.

‘I was about 10-years-old when I first saw a similar incident take place.’

Social media users took to Facebook to pay their respects to the man and anyone affected by his death.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Police said: ‘We were called to the scene following reports of a man falling from a block of flats.

‘The man sadly died and at this time, we are treating the death as non-suspicious.’