Neighbours tell of balcony plunge horror

A MAN is still in hospital battling serious injuries today after falling 45 feet from a top floor balcony at a block of flats.The 30-year-old man is lucky to be alive following the accident in Peterhouse Close, Ipswich which left him in intensive care with a broken pelvis and leg as well as head injuries.

A MAN is still in hospital battling serious injuries today after falling 45 feet from a top floor balcony at a block of flats.

The 30-year-old man is lucky to be alive following the accident in Peterhouse Close, Ipswich which left him in intensive care with a broken pelvis and leg as well as head injuries.

Today teenager Stephen Hardwick who lives nearby told of his horror when he heard a bang and came out to find the man lying on the concrete below at around 11pm on Friday night.

The Stoke High School pupil said: “I live next door and was playing on the computer with my friend Scott.

“Music was playing next door from about 9pm, there were two people next door, and then it stopped and I heard a big thud. I wondered what was going on and heard shouting.

“I came out on to the balcony and saw someone lying on the concrete. His friend came running out and said to phone for an ambulance. I did, and another chap did from a nearby house.

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“I went down there and found another couple of blokes trying to keep him talking. Blood started coming out of his mouth and a little pool formed. He was really pale at first, then the colour started coming back.

“He was conscious and the ambulance arrived and they started talking to him. I was shocked. One minute he is listening to music and the next he's down there on the floor.”

His friend Scott Fidgett, who also lives in the close and attends Chantry High School, said: “It looked really nasty, it's not every day you see someone who has fallen from a three storey flat. It's very shocking.”

Kenneth Smith, who has lived on the estate for about four years, said he was relieved to hear the man was recovering.

His partner Pat Morley added: “He is lucky to have got away with it, falling on to concrete like that, I can't believe it. It's very high at the top of the flats, you can see the A14 from there.”

As revealed in yesterday's Evening Star, a police spokesman said the incident was not thought to have been suspicious. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital where he is now said to be off the critical list.

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