Teenager arrested after child falls from height at Tate Modern
The fall took place at the art gallery in central London on Sunday afternoon.
A teenager has been arrested after a child fell from height at the Tate Modern art gallery, the Metropolitan Police said.
After the fall on Sunday afternoon the boy was flown to hospital from the gallery in central London by air ambulance.
A Metropolitan Police statement said: “We await an update on his condition.”
Officers are in the vicinity of the Tate Modern following an incident this afternoon.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 4, 2019
A child fell from height and is being taken to hospital by London’s Air Ambulance.
We await an update on his condition.
A teenager has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Police officers remain in the area following the incident, the force added.
Visitors reported on social media not being allowed in or out of the gallery while emergency services dealt with the incident.
BBC journalist Jonny Dymond, who was in the gallery at the time, said visitors were funnelled into a main hall while all exits were closed.
He added: “There were quite a lot of families with children, and security guards told us we couldn’t leave.
“There was at least two fire engines, 10 police cars and an incident control unit.
“Parts of the exterior of the building were taped off.”
Greg Ritchie posted a picture of the helicopter on Twitter, saying: “Nobody being allowed in or out of the Tate Modern for the last 20 minutes. Plenty of police and ambulances arriving, and a helicopter just landed. Not clear what’s happened.”
Nobody being allowed in or out of the Tate Modern for the last 20 minutes. Plenty of police and ambulances arriving, and a helicopter just landed. Not clear what’s happened pic.twitter.com/tRINVIbL7F— Greg Ritchie (@greg_ritchie) August 4, 2019
He later said on Twitter that after the air ambulance took off, the doors were being opened to allow visitors who had been kept inside the building to leave.
A London Ambulance service spokesman said that after they were called at 2:40pm two ambulance crews were sent to the scene, along with the Hazardous Area Response Team and the air ambulance.
“We treated a person at the scene and took them to hospital as a priority,” the spokesman added.
Police are investigating an incident at Tate Modern this afternoon. The gallery will remain closed for the rest of the day.— Tate (@Tate) August 4, 2019
A sign placed outside the gallery confirmed that it would be closed for the rest of Sunday.
The Tate Modern was the UK’s most popular tourist attraction in 2018 after being visited 5.9 million times, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.
With the schools having broken up and holiday season begun, there are likely to have been thousands of visitors to the gallery on Sunday.