Boy aged 15 who fell from a bridge at the Trafford Centre was an accident

Officers investigating how a teenager fell from bridge are now treating it as an accident.

At about 8.15pm yesterday (Saturday 28 October 2017) police were called to reports that a 15-year-old boy had fallen from a covered walkway which runs from the Debenhams end of the centre to the carpark.

He suffered serious injuries and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Initial enquiries suggested he may have been involved in an altercation with a group of youths.

At the time, five 15-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of assault. All have now been released with no further action.

Detectives investigating now no longer believe any crimes occurred and are treating it as an accident.

We expect health and safety from Trafford Council will be working with Trafford Centre to establish how this male ended up falling in the first place, and made safe so no other accidents can occur on all its bridges.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Warriner, from GMP’s Trafford borough, said: “We have trawled through all the CCTV that showed this tragic incident take place and after speaking to a group of boys who were there at the time, as well as other witnesses, we no longer believe anything untoward happened.

“Sadly this seems to be a heart-breaking accident where someone’s son is now fighting for their life in hospital.

“I want to thank the public for their help during this investigation and we will continue to focus our efforts on the family, providing them with support through this ordeal.”

Categories: Accident, Trafford Centre

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