Residents shock as man falls to his death

TRAGEDY Police at Nickleby House yesterday. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (123953-3)
TRAGEDY Police at Nickleby House yesterday. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (123953-3)
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RESIDENTS have told of their shock following the death of a man who fell from a balcony at a 17-storey tower block in Portsmouth.

Police and ambulance crews were called to Nickleby House, in All Saints Road, Buckland, where the incident happened shortly before 10am yesterday.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was not believed to be a resident at the block. Police say his death is not being treated as suspicious.

The floor he fell from has not yet been revealed.

Matthew Glanville, 25, of All Saints Road, who was walking back home from nearby shops when he was told what happened, said: ‘It’s come as a huge shock, and really sad especially because it’s Christmas time.

‘This isn’t the first time this has happened. I would say this is the fifth time in recent years.

‘Something should be done to stop people falling. The windows should only be allowed to open so far. It shakes me up a little knowing I live near. Situations like this bring the mood of the whole area down.’

Ralph Holmes, 86, who has lived in Pickwick House, on Wingfield Street, since 1981, said: ‘I was inside my flat when all of a sudden I heard a lot of sirens. I looked out the window and saw nine police cars, an ambulance and a fire engine near Nickleby House. This sort of thing has happened a few times in the area before.

‘But life goes on and you have to try and move on from these things.’

Jim Marsh, 76, of Eastern Road, Portsmouth, was walking by Nickleby House yesterday afternoon. He said: ‘It must be tragic for the family of this person and it’s so close to Christmas as well.

‘No one really knows why these sort of things happen. If I was a resident of Nickleby House I would be extremely shocked and uncomfortable at the thought of this happening in the same building as them. It’s extremely sad.’

A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: ‘Police were called to Nickleby House, All Saints, Road, Portsmouth at 9.55am (yesterday) following a report that a man had fallen from the building. It is not believed the man was a resident at Nickleby House.

‘The incident is not being treated as suspicious at this time.’

Nickleby House was cordoned off with blue and white police tape and officers stood guard at the scene yesterday.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called at 9.55am to a male that had fallen from a height.

‘We sent an ambulance officer, but the patient had passed away at the scene.’