Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Man and woman die in flats fall

The Clyde Court flats, where two people plunged to their deaths
A police officer works at the scene at Clyde Court flats in Wortley, Leeds
A police officer works at the scene outside Clyde Court flats in Wortley, Leeds

Two people have died after falling from a tower block.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed a man and a woman, in their 20s, died at Clyde Court flats in the Wortley area of Leeds. The incident happened at about 4am on Wednesday.

A police spokesman confirmed the 20-year-old woman and 23-year-old man fell shortly after officers entered the flat where they were. He said the Independent Police Complaints Commission had been informed because of the involvement of the officers immediately before the deaths.

The spokesman said: "At 4.08am today, police received a call from a flat in Clyde Court, Leeds, that made them concerned for the welfare of the two occupants.

"A short time later, officers entered the property and a 20-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man fell from two windows to the ground below. Attempts were made to resuscitate them but they were both pronounced dead at the scene.

"The circumstances surrounding their deaths are being investigated. However, the deaths are not being treated as suspicious.

"Due to there having been police involvement immediately prior to the deaths, the force's professional standards department has been informed, as has the Independent Police Complaints Commission."

Witnesses said they fell from the 12th floor of the 16-storey block. Second-floor resident Jason Small said he saw the man and woman hit the ground under his window.

Mr Small described how he had been woken up by a disturbance.

"I just heard some screaming and carrying on," he said. "It woke me up and I've gone to the window. It all went quiet then I heard some more carrying on. As I looked over towards my mates I've heard a scream and then two bodies landing on the floor. It was horrible."

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