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Teen falls to his death at St Paul's Cathedral

Wed 03 Apr 2019
By Alex Williams

A teenager died after falling 30 metres from the Whispering Gallery at St Paul's Cathedral earlier this week, it has emerged.

Members of the emergency services called to the central London landmark on Monday afternoon were unable to save the unidentified male.

The death, which prompted the closure of St Paul's for the rest of the day, is not being treated as suspicious. It is the second fatal fall at the attraction within 18 months.

 

A City of London police spokesman said: "We were called to St Paul's Cathedral on Monday 1st April 2019 at 3.57pm to a report of a male in his late teens who had fallen from the gallery within the building."

 

A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service said an air ambulance was sent to the scene. They added: "Sadly, despite the efforts of medics, a person died at the scene."

Lidia Dragescu, a 23 year old figure skater died after falling from a gallery at St Paul's Cathedral in October 2017.

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At the time, cathedral bosses said: "Although robust procedures for emergency situations are in place at St Paul's, and today's response bore that out, it does not lessen the shock we feel as a close community, especially for those of us who witnessed and responded to this incident."

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