Teenager arrested for attempted murder of child at Tate Modern
LONDON. KAZINFORM - A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a six-year-old boy was thrown from the 10th-floor viewing platform at the Tate Modern, the Metropolitan police have said, The Guardian reports.
The child was taken to hospital by the air ambulance after being found on a fifth-floor roof and is in a critical condition, the Met said.
A 17-year-old boy remained with members of the public on the viewing platform and was arrested by police officers on suspicion of attempted murder and taken into custody.
«There is nothing to suggest that he is known to the victim,» the Met said. The mental health of the suspect is one line of inquiry, although he was at least initially detained in a police cell.
The six-year-old boy was with family members at the world-famous art gallery with witnesses reportedly hearing his mother shout «my son, that’s my son» as he fell five floors. The family are being supported by police.
Visitors to the gallery said they were kept inside as officers dealt with the incident, while others posted images of firefighters and the air ambulance outside the gallery on the South Bank in central London.
The Met said: «A teenager has been arrested after a child was thrown from height in Southwark.
«Police were called at around 2:40pm on Sunday, 4 August, to reports of a young boy thrown from the 10th-floor viewing platform of the Tate Modern in Bankside SE1.
«Officers attended along with colleagues from London ambulance service and London’s air ambulance.
«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 number of members of the public are assisting police with witness statements. Visitors to the gallery have been allowed to leave.»
The Tate Modern was the UK’s most popular tourist attraction in 2018 after being visited 5.9m times, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, and would likely have had thousands of visitors on Sunday.