“My son! My son!”
A mother screamed in horror after her six year-old was thrown from the tenth floor of the Tate Modern gallery on Sunday afternoon in London.
According to witnesses, the boy was found on a fifth floor roof and was removed “under a sheet”. He was treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital by London Air Ambulance.
Monday morning, he was said to in a stable but critical condition.
A Metropolitan Police statement said:
“Police were called at around 14:40 hrs on Sunday, 4 August, to reports of a young boy thrown from the tenth floor viewing platform of the Tate Modern in Bankside SE1.
The six year-old victim was found on a fifth floor roof. He was treated at the scene and taken to hospital by London’s Air Ambulance. The boy’s condition is critical; his family are being supported by police.
A 17-year-old male had remained with members of the public on the tenth floor viewing platform. There is nothing to suggest that he is known to the victim.
The teenager was arrested by police officers on suspicion of attempted murder and taken into police custody.”
Nancy Barnfield was visiting the Tate with her two young sons,
“There was a stretcher and I could see fireman taking a small [person], a boy or a young woman.”
Corinne Brookes was at the Tate as well and said,
“I was going up to the 10th floor to the viewing platform and I saw a lot of commotion on the balcony. People were screaming and shouting and these two guys looked like they were fighting, they were grabbing each other. The two guys were holding another guy, kind of like they were fighting.”
The art gallery was on lockdown following the incident. The Tate is the most vistited museum in the UK with nearly 6 million people viewing their galleries last year.
People have been posting about the horrific incident on social media.
Nightmare. The last thing you’d expect in a museum.
We can confirm a 6-year-old child was taken to hospital today following an incident at Tate Modern & is in critical condition. A 17-year-old male was arrested on site. Tate is working closely with the police. All our thoughts are with the child and his family.— Tate (@Tate) August 4, 2019
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Momenti di paura a Londra. Un bambino di sei anni è stato lanciato dal tetto della Tate Modern Gallery, museo fra i più importanti della capitale britannica. Il fatto è avvenuto ieri pomeriggio. Stando alle verifiche scattate subito dopo, il responsabile sarebbe un 17enne, il quale peraltro non conosceva il minore. Questi peraltro è stato fortunato: la sua caduta si è attestata su un tetto del quinto piano, dopo un volo di altri cinque. Allo stato attuale è ancora ricoverato in condizioni critiche. Per l'attentatore è stato disposto l'arresto con l'accusa di tentato omicidio. . . . . . . #primepagine #tatemodern #tatemodernmuseum #tatemoderngallery #londra #regnounito #cronaca #news #infonews