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Boy fighting for life after 80ft fall fleeing gang fight

PUBLISHED: 19:42 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

A TEENAGE boy is fighting for his life this week after plunging 80ft from a tower block—trying to escape a gang fight in London’s East End. The 16-year-old fell from the eighth floor balcony at Bethnal Green’s Stockton House

By Victoria Huntley

A TEENAGE boy is fighting for his life this week after plunging 80ft from a tower block—trying to escape a gang fight in London’s East End.

The 16-year-old, reported locally to be Jack Quain, fell from the eighth floor balcony at Bethnal Green’s Stockton House.

Jack is thought to have climbed over the balcony railing to get away from a fight in the stairwell of the block in Ellsworth Street, but slipped and plummeted to the ground.

A women living in Stockton House recalls hearing youths running along the corridors around the time of the accident.

She told the East London Advertiser: “It sounded like four or five boys and they were saying, come on, come on quickly’. The police arrived not long after.”

Police confirmed today (Wednesday) that several youths were involved in a clash in the stairwell at around 7.25pm on December 27 when the 16-year-old climbed a balcony in an apparent attempt to escape, but fell eight floors to the ground.

Jack, thought to be living in Teesdale Street nearby with his sister after his parents moved from East London to Essex, is in hospital with head and back injuries and broken leg, pelvis and arm. He remains in a critical, but stable, condition.

Three youths aged 15 to 17 have been arrested and released on police bail until January 19.

Police, meanwhile, are appealing for witnesses who saw what happened at Stockton House the day after Boxing Day, or anyone with information, to contact Det Con Justin Bell at the Tower Hamlets Violent Crime unit on 020-7275 4772, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.


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