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Man dies after falling backwards down chimney

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A man has died after falling backwards down a chimney of a seven-storey property.

The 20-year-old is believed to have been sitting on the roof of the house in Great Cumberland Place, central London when the tragedy happened.

Police were called to the address shortly before 1am this morning and found the man's body in the basement of the building.

The man is yet to be formally identified but next of kin have been informed.

The death will now be referred to the Coroner.

Inspector Ian Bond of Westminster Police said: "Our thoughts are with the young man’s family at this sad time."

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