The Dominion Post

Boy, 6, fights for life after being thrown off Tate


A six-year-old boy was critically ill yesterday after being thrown from a tenth-floor viewing platform at Tate Modern. A 17-year-old youth was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the child dropped almost 30m from a balcony at the UK’s most popular tourist attraction on to a roof five floors below. Witnesses described hearing the boy’s mother screaming ‘‘He’s my son! He’s my son!’’ as the child lay motionless. They said that a teenager was restrained by members of the public. He remained on the tenth floor of the London art gallery and was said to have been standing ‘‘calmly and quietly’’, with no attempt to resist. The child was treated at the scene and taken to hospital by air ambulance. Scotland Yard said that his family were being supported by officers. The teenager suspected of attempted murder was not known to the boy, police said. He was arrested shortly after the boy went over the railings and was in custody yesterday.

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