Woman Dies During Police Operation

The woman, who is believed to be 18, fell to her death from a bedroom window on the 17th floor.

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Tower block death

A post mortem examination will be carried out today on an 18 year-old woman who fell to her death from a block of flats in Woolwich.

She fell from her home after officers arrived at her flat to make an arrest.

Glen Goodman is at the scene and has just sent this report.

Post mortem due on flat fall woman

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out today on an 18-year-old woman who fell to her death from the 17th floor of a block of flats in Woolwich.

Scotland Yard says she fell after officers arrived at her flat to make an arrest.

The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, is investigating.


Fall death woman police were attempting to recall convicted thief

Police officers who arrived at the block of flats where a woman fell to her death from the17th floor were attempting to recall a convicted thief to prison.

Scotland Yard faces an inquiry from the police watchdog after the incident.

It's understood that the thief had been convicted in connection with three street robberies in London in 2009, and was out on licence after serving part of their sentence, Scotland Yard said.

Neighbour heard row before incident

Carpenter Michael Mulkerrins, 28, who lives two floors directly below the woman, said his partner heard a row from inside the flat a few minutes before the incident.

He heard an argument, he heard shouting and bawling. About 10 minutes later she was out of the window. He didn't see the girl but he did see her on the floor. I've seen him quite a lot by himself. It could be his flat and she was staying over.

– Carpenter Michael Mulkerrins

He said he spoke to the man when they passed in the corridor, and described him as "an alright chap". The man often had a skateboard, he said, and had lived in the block for around four months.

IPCC have arrived at the scene

A representative from the IPCC also arrived at the scene in Woolwich.

On the 17th floor, two officers were standing guard outside flat 66, where forensic teams were examining the home.

A neighbour said the man was in his late teens or early twenties and had been living at the flat for about six months. He said the woman was his girlfriend and regularly stayed there.

A forensic officer at the scene in Woolwich Credit: PA


Witness critical of police response

Police and forensics officers attend the scene Credit: PA

Caretaker Prince Langlais who witnesses theincident has criticised the police for the time it took to cover thevictim's body.

He said:

"There werekids running around watching the body."

"The police could have done their job a bit quicker and better thanthat. There were young kids out there running up and saying 'look at thebody and all the blood."

He described the incident as a "tragedy".

Police later covered the body with a white and yellow tent on an area ofgrass next to the tower block.

Forensic officers were examining the scene, and police were patrollingthe entrance to the building.

Victim was friendly

42-year-old council caretaker Prince Langlais said he knew the victim and the man who was arrested.

"I knew them to say hello to because I live just around the corner."

"A lot of people round here know each other, they see the same face more or less every day."

He added: "They were very friendly people."

– Prince Langlais
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