Teen found in Belfast alleyway may have fallen from balcony
A teenager is fighting for his life in hospital after being found with serious injuries in an alleyway in east Belfast.
The 17-year-old was discovered at around 1.30am yesterday morning between Castlereagh Parade and Glenvarlock Street.
It is believed he may have fallen from a balcony.
The emergency services attended the scene after receiving a report of a male with head injuries.
An A&E crew assessed the injured teenager and gave emergency treatment.
He was then taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where his condition is described as critical.
It is believed the youth fell from a second floor balcony in the Castlereagh Parade/Glenvarlock Street area.
Police launched an investigation into the incident and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
Forensic experts spent yesterday examining the scene and were also observed searching a second floor apartment for any evidence to help with their inquiries.
They were later seen leaving the apartment block with a number of evidence bags.
Shocked neighbours said they had no idea anything was wrong until told by authorities.
A woman who lives opposite the scene of the incident said: "I didn't have a clue that anything had happened until I went to leave the house this morning and saw the police tape cordoning off the alleyway. The CID knocked on my door first thing and took photos from my living room to see my views of the apartment.
"It just makes you think, things are happening right outside your own front door and you have no idea."
Another neighbour who lives on Castlereagh Parade said local people were at a loss as to what had transpired.
"Nobody seems to know what happened," the man added.
"It's awful something like this just happening right here on your doorstep."
UUP councillor Sonia Copeland offered her best wishes to the injured teenager and his family.
"This is shocking news and it is important that the facts around what happened can be established as soon as possible," she added.
"The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, so I would appeal to anyone who has any information that could help them to come forward immediately."
Detectives also appealed for information.
A spokesman said: "Police are investigating an incident in the Castlereagh Road area of east Belfast in the early hours of Wednesday.
"A 17-year-old male was found in an alleyway between Castlereagh Parade and Glenvarlock Street with a number of serious injuries at around 1.30am.
"He was taken to hospital, where his condition is described as critical."
Anyone with relevant information can contact police by calling the non-emergency 101 number, quoting reference number 56 29/03/17.