Westfield incident – shopper ‘falls from top floor of Stratford shopping centre onto woman below’

A MAN plunged from an upper floor and landed on a woman at a busy shopping centre in East London this afternoon.

Emergency crews rushed to the packed Westfield complex in Stratford after reports of a shopper falling “from a height”.

Staff and shocked shoppers gather around an injured person at Westfield shopping centre

He is thought to have landed on a woman on the ground floor in front of horrified customers — and families eating in the food court.

Both have been rushed to hospital and their condition is not yet known.

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Harrowing images posted online show security staff rushing to tend to two people in front of shocked shoppers.

A privacy screen was later put up as medics tended to the patients.

Twitter: Farid Qureshi

Two injured people are tended do by security staff at Westfield in East London[/caption]

A cordon at the scene where a woman was crushed by a man falling from an upper floor at Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, East London

Disney Store worker Tatiano Baio told the Mail Online: “I just saw a load of people running towards the place where it happened.

“Where he fell was right by the escalator but people were looking down and looking at what happened.”

Another witness told Essex Live: “I was walking through the shopping centre to get to the station when I saw the barriers.

“They landed right outside the food court, which is the busiest place.

“It didn’t look good at the scene, the ambulance crew weren’t in a rush, which is never a good sign.”

The three-storey mall – which remains open tonight – is thought to be around 120ft tall at its highest point and holds around 350 shops and restaurants.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called at approximately 16:00hrs on Wednesday, 17 October to reports of a man fallen from a height and a woman injured at Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford.

“Officers and the London Ambulance Service are in attendance.

“We await an update on both the man and woman’s condition.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 3:59pm today to Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford to reports of an incident.

“We sent two ambulance crews, an incident response officer, an advanced paramedic and two single responders in cars to the scene.

“We treated two people at the scene and took them both to hospital as a priority.”

A Westfield spokesman said: “The safety and security of our customers is our highest priority, and our security team were immediately at the scene to help.

“We are working with the emergency services as they investigate the incident.”

It comes after a similar harrowing incident in 2013 in which a teen fell from the second floor.

The 18-year-old fell from the second floor of the Westfield centre after desperately trying to cling on.

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