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Suspected shoplifter plunges from shop window onto pavement in front of horrified workers

A suspected shoplifter plunged from a shop window head-first onto a pavement in front of horrified workers.

Molton Brown in the City of London Credit: Google Street View

The suspect hurled himself through a smashed second floor window at a branch of Molton Brown in Threadneedle Street in the City of London. He appeared to be trying to escape police at the time.

Some eyewitnesses say he seemed to catch his leg on the window was he fell approximately 20ft.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, a City worker, speaking anonymously, said:

Security or police were chasing him and he managed to get inside the shop and upstairs where he used the chair to smash the window of the shop.

He started to climb out, but fell and somersaulted through the air where he landed on his back. He looked in a bad way to me.

– City worker, speaking anonymously

London Ambulance Service says he was treated for head and foot injuries. Police say the man fell from a second floor window.

City of London Police called at approximately 10.30 on Monday 27 April by a member of the public to reports of a suspected shoplifter at a shop in Gracechurch Street.

The man left the store and then entered a shop in Threadneedle Street.

Officers attended the scene.

The 60 year old man was then seen to fall from a second floor window onto the pavement.

London Ambulance Service attended and the man has been taken to hospital suffering from life threatening injuries.

The Professional Standards Department have been informed.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission are now independently investigating the incident.

– City Of London Police