Toddler in critical condition in hospital after falling from block of flats in east London

Ross McGuinness
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Police cordon at the junction of Chrisp Street and East India Dock Road (A13), Poplar in London, after a toddler was taken to hospital after falling from a block of flats in east London. The Metropolitan police have not confirmed the block of flats, but said they were called to East India Dock Road in Poplar shortly after 6.50pm on Monday to reports that a child had "fallen from height."
A toddler has been injured after a fall from a block of flats in Poplar, east London. (PA)

A toddler is in a critical condition in hospital after falling from a block of flats in east London.

Police said they received reports on Monday night that a child had “fallen from height”.

Officers were called to East India Dock Road in Poplar shortly after 6.50pm.

The Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service (LAS) and an air ambulance attended the scene, and the child was taken to hospital.

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police said: “The injured child, a boy, has been transferred to a specialist hospital.

Police cordon at the junction of Chrisp Street and East India Dock Road (A13), Poplar in London, after a toddler was taken to hospital after falling from a block of flats in east London. The Metropolitan police have not confirmed the block of flats, but said they were called to East India Dock Road in Poplar shortly after 6.50pm on Monday to reports that a child had "fallen from height."
A police cordon at the junction of Chrisp Street and East India Dock Road in Poplar, east London, after a toddler fell from a block of flats. (PA)

“His condition at this time is believed to be critical but stable.”

Police said no arrests have been made.

Residents from the block of flats believe the child may have fallen from the eighth floor.

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A road closure was in place as of 8.30pm at East India Dock Road’s junction with Chrisp Street and Newby Place.

London Ambulance said the child was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to a major trauma centre.

A resident, who would not give her name and had only been living there for a month, said she saw a group of people with the child after the fall.

“They were trying to help but they did not know what to do,” she said.

Lydia Best, 50, who lives on the eighth floor of the building, said: “I am very scared about the windows. They can open wide.

“I only ever open my windows a little bit, even when it is hot. You have to pull it to open them wide.”

Father-of-two Ranjit Naik, 43, said the windows in the flats are “quite large” and “something I worry about”.

He said he keeps the window keys in the locks so his children, aged four and nine, cannot get at them.

A security guard at the building, who did not give his name, said he was “very upset” by what had happened.

He said the family, whom he did not know well, “are very nice people and it is just horrible”.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has footage is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police, quoting reference CAD 6419/27 July.