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Hammers fan killed in tragic accident

Filed: Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
By: Staff Writer

A West Ham fan has been killed in a tragic accident in Central London.

Mick Ferris, 53, was walking underneath a new block of flats close to the Tate Britain art museum when a glass pane is thought to have fallen some 250ft directly onto the area in which he was passing at the time, killing him instantly.

He is understood to have stopped at the Riverbank Plaza Hotel next door in order to use the toilet and was returning to his vehicle when the incident occurred.

A police spokesman said: "Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 10.42am to reports of a man injured in Albert Embankment. The man was pronounced dead at the scene."

"At this stage in the investigation, it is believed he was hit by something falling from a building. Officers remain at the scene. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed. Enquiries continue."

An eye-witness who was passing the luxury block of flats - known locally as The Corniche - described the scene as "very distressing to see."

Paddy Riley told The Sun: "My first thought was the man had fallen from the top of the building because a window was missing. He was covered in blood. He had a blunt trauma and there was shattered glass on the ground.

"A group of workers sprinted over and I saw them pointing up at the top floor window. They were saying it obviously wasn’t there anymore and I saw a white sheet flapping out of the window."

And fellow witness Jermaine Dawes told The Mail: "I came back from lunch and I saw glass everywhere. Police were all over the road, he wasn't moving."

The Corniche, a luxury development which was completed last year, contains 252 apartments costing up to £6.25million and overlooks such famous landmarks as the Houses of Parliament.

Mr Ferris' employers said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the victim's family. It is not appropriate for us to comment any further while the police investigate this tragedy and speak to the next of kin."

Since news of the tragedy was first announced, tributes to the coach driver from Hammers fans around the world have been posted on social media and the KUMB Forum.

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