Council 'told about danger of families in tower blocks'

Birmingham City Council had been warned that a tragedy could happen before the death of an 18-month-old girl who fell from a tower block.

The little girl, named locally as Elean, fell to her death from a window on the seventh floor of Ryland House, in Newtown, on Monday.

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Safety mechanisms 'were working' at flat where toddler died

Ryland House Credit: BPM Media

Safety mechanisms in place on the windows at a flat where a toddler fell to her death in Birmingham were working.

That's according to Birmingham City Council who have released a new statement.

They said an initial review has been carried out following the death of the 18-month-old on Monday.

"An initial review following the tragic incident at Ryland House has concluded the safety mechanisms on the windows at the flat were in full working order.”

– Rob James, Service Director for Housing Transformation at Birmingham City Council

Appeal for information after little girl falls from tower block in Birmingham

Police are continuing to appeal for information after an 18 month old child fell from a block of flats in Birmingham on Monday.

The little girl, named locally as Elean had fallen from a window on the seventh floor in Great Hampton Row Credit: ITV News Central

The little girl, named locally as Elean, fell to her death from a window on the seventh floor in Great Hampton Row, Hockley.

She died at the scene, and a post mortem examination has concluded that she died as a result of a head injury consistent with a fall.

Detective Sergeant Neil Hunt, from West Midlands Police, said:

This is a tragic incident and officers are trying to establish exactly what happened. We are appealing for anyone who saw anything leading up to the tragic death of the child to get in touch.

Our thoughts go out to the family who are being supported by specially trained officers at this difficult time.

– Detective Sergeant Neil Hunt, West Midlands Police

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Council flat safety fears after girl dies in tower block fall

Residents have demanded action from Birmingham City Council after an 18-month-old toddler fell to her death from a seventh-floor flat.

Speaking to ITV News Central, people who live near Ryland Court in Hockley said the windows were “tricky” and could “flip round” suddenly - while others said families with young children should be housed on lower floors.

Video report by Charlotte Cross:

Neighbours today laid flowers near the spot where the young girl died, shortly before midday yesterday.

Police have launched an investigation, and said they are treating the death as “unexplained”.

Birmingham City Council said it would not be appropriate to comment while the investigation was ongoing.

Ladywood MP: "This is just completely awful"

Shabana Mahmood MP for Birmingham Ladywood has reacted to the news a toddler fell to her death from a tower block in Newtown.

The MP says it's crucial police investigations get to the bottom of the incident Credit: BPM Media

The MP says it's crucial police investigations reveal the cause of the incident so that a tragedy like this won't happen again.

In a statement the MP said:

"This is just completely awful and I can only imagine what the family must be feeling right now. It is vital that the police and the coroner get to the bottom of how this happened so that we can help ensure that such a terrible tragedy does not happen again. I have asked them to keep me updated about their investigations."

– Shabana Mahmood MP

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'It was the worst thing I have ever seen...Her mother was standing over her crying and screaming'

Local people have speaking about the horrific moment a toddler fell to her death from a tower block in Great Hampton Row in Newtown, Birmingham.

The girl, aged 18-months-old, died after the incident at Ryland House in Great Hampton Row in Newtown yesterday morning Credit: BPM Media

Costcutter supermarket worker Marcus Tyers witnessed the aftermath of the tragedy from his store opposite the tower block labelling it “the worst thing he had ever seen.”

He said:

I was serving in the shop when I heard shouting and screaming from outside. I went out to have a look.

I saw people gathered around the grass at the bottom of Ryland House. I went over and a baby girl was lying on the grass. She was obviously dead.

It was the worst thing I have ever seen.

I’m still in shock today. I can’t get that image out of my head.

Her mother was standing over her crying and screaming. Her dad was there as well.

People came over but there was nothing they could do.

– Eyewitess Marcus Tyers
'I saw people gathered around the grass at the bottom of Ryland House.' Credit: BPM Media

West Midlands Police: toddler death 'currently being treated as unexplained'

Flowers left at the scene of the incident Credit: BPM Media

West Midlands Police has released this statement after a toddler fell from a tower block in Birmingham:

"Police are investigating after a child fell from the seventh floor of a block of flats in Great Hampton Row, Hockley, at around 11.55am yesterday (Monday).

The child, aged 18 months, tragically died at the scene.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained and a post mortem will take place in due course. The coroner has been informed."

Local man speaks of moment he heard a baby had fallen from a tower block

The toddler fell from the seventh floor of Ryland House Credit: Google Maps

An 18-month-year-old baby girl has died after falling from the seventh floor of a block of flats in Birmingham.

The death of the child is being treated as unexplained by West Midlands Police.

A local shop owner, who did not want to be named, said: "I was inside my shop when I heard people shouting and screaming and heard the bad news.

"People are very, very sad - they are feeling it very bad. I don't know the family, they might have been new to the area.

"It is quite a close community, there are two big communities here - the Jamaican community and Somalian community, they have a good relationship with each other.

"From what I saw people are very sad from this incident."

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