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Town centre horror as man falls to death

PUBLISHED: 11:50 27 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

A MAN tumbled to his death from an Ipswich tower block today, falling 14 storeys to the concrete below.

Police screened off the spot where the victim landed after plummeting three floors from the top of 16-storey St Francis Tower on Franciscan Way.

A MAN tumbled to his death from an Ipswich tower block today, falling 14 storeys to the concrete below.

Police screened off the spot where the victim landed after plummeting three floors from the top of 16-storey St Francis Tower on Franciscan Way.

Horrified onlookers watched in disbelief as the man, who is believed to have been aged around 30, hurtled to the paved area below the building, narrowly missing caretaker Bob Kerr.

He had been sweeping the ground near the entrance to the tower.

He said: "The body landed right next to me. It was the shock of my life."

Mr Kerr was then taken to an ambulance to be treated for shock.

Jason Cansdale, 33, of Pembroke Close, Maidenhall, was driving into town to shop with his wife Julie, also 33, when the glanced up to see the body falling.

He said: "He came down like a rag doll. He fell really awkwardly. He seemed to have fallen from the stairwell which goes up the middle of the building.

"He was wearing a dark blue jacket."

Police shrouded off the macabre scene near the entrance to the block of flats with green tarpaulin to screen the victim's landing place from passers-by. They are not treating the death as suspicious.

Emergency services were alerted to the horror fall at around 9.45am, a police spokeswoman confirmed.

The ambulance service later confirmed that the man had died.

Today's tragedy comes two years after a 34-year-old Paula Alder leapt to her death from the same tower block.

A verdict of suicide was recorded into the death of the woman who had taken an overdose of painkillers a fortnight before she was found at the bottom of the tower block on June 14, 1999.

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