Police seek witnesses to eight-year-old’s fatal fall

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Police are appealing for information after an eight-year-old girl fell 120 feet from a tower block window in Bow.

Leanne Minick plunged to her death from her 15th-floor bedroom window at Sandall House in Daling Way on Saturday afternoon. A passerby saw her lying injured on the pavement and called the ambulance service; she was treated at the scene and transported to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel by air ambulance, but died shortly afterwards.

Flowers, cuddly toys and flowers have been left at the scene of her fall, with notes in her memory. One reads “Leanne, darling, it’s so sad you have gone, but now you are at rest…I know you are an angel in the sky, we wish you were here but now you fly so high. You will be missed dearly, darling. Love you lots”.

Other  parents living at Sandall House told BBC London on Tuesday that they had repeatedly raised concerns over the windows’ lack of child safety features with housing association Old Ford. The housing association, which has expressed its deepest sympathy for Leanne’s family, insisted there were no prior concerns.

Police are treating Leanne’s death as unexplained at this time, but some reports suggest that Leanne may have leant too far out of her bedroom window to call to a friend on the pavement below. An inquest will be held today at Poplar Coroner’s Court.

Tower Hamlets CID is investigating the circumstances of the incident. Investigating officer Detective Inspector Stewart Garrick of Tower Hamlets CID said yesterday: “I appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information that can assist this investigation, no matter how small or insignificant you feel it may be, to contact us.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tower Hamlets CID on 020 7275 4546 or, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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