Boy, 17, dies after fall from car park
5:30am Saturday 15th February 2014 in By Mike Benke, @Michael_Benke
FLOWERS have been laid at the scene where a 17-year-old boy died on Thursday night after falling from the top of the Wyvern Car Park.
Police officers and ambulance crews were called to the scene at 9.30pm after reports of the incident.
Attempts were made to treat the teenager but he died at the scene after which his body was taken to the Great Western Hospital.
Several roads were cordoned off for a short period following the death, which police are not treating as suspicious.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Air Ambulance said: “We received a call to the Wyvern car park at 9.36pm on Thursday after reports of a male falling from 30 metres.
“The Wiltshire Air Ambulance Rapid Support Team attended the scene but unfortunately there was nothing we could do.”
Throughout the day yesterday tributes were left at the scene, above, carrying messages of condolence.
One read: “I love you with all my heart. My first and last love.” Another said: “The son we never had! Always in our heart.”
It is the latest in a series of deaths from the roof of the multi-storey car park, which is due for demolition later this year as part of the town centre regeneration.
This has led to calls in the past for safety measures to be introduced.
A council spokesman said: “We take the safety of vulnerable people extremely seriously and our patrolling car park staff are trained to be vigilant of any distressed people in our multi-storey car parks.
“We have also put up posters in our car parks aimed at such people urging them to contact the Samaritans.”
The Samaritans can help anybody in distress on 08457 90 90 90.
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