Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Briton dies after balcony fall

A holidaymaker has become the latest Briton to die after a hotel fall on Spain's Balearic Islands

A holidaymaker has become the latest Briton to die after a hotel fall on Spain's Balearic Islands.

Paul Clough, 41, died in hospital last Sunday after falling from the balcony of his accommodation in Menorca.

According to the Mail on Sunday Mr Clough fell through a gap in the balcony and into a garden below. He was taken to hospital with multiple fractures and chest injuries but later died.

He was staying in a third-floor room in the resort of Ciutadella, the newspaper reported.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the hospitalisation and subsequent death of a British national following a balcony fall in Menorca."

His death follows those of several young Britons on the Balearics this summer.

In April, 20-year-old British tourist Adam Atkinson, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, died in Magaluf, Majorca, after reportedly falling down stairs.

Later that month Benjamin Harper, 28, from Twickenham, south-west London, fell to his death at the four-star Sol Antillas hotel in the same resort.

It is believed that the roofer had gone out on to the balcony for a cigarette before leaning over and falling to his death while on a stag do.

A month later British tourist Charlotte Faris, 23, also plunged to her death during the early hours of the morning in Magaluf. The holidaymaker from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, had checked into the Teix Hotel just hours earlier, according to reports.

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