Ipswich: Man survives town centre plunge

A man fell from a window in St Stephens Chruch Lane, Ipswich.

A man fell from a window in St Stephens Chruch Lane, Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

A man was taken to hospital with facial and leg injuries after plunging around 25 feet from a window in Ipswich town centre.

One eyewitness said he feared the man had died after he appeared to let go of the ledge and fall to the ground in St Stephen’s Church Lane.

The witness estimated the male fell a distance of 25-30ft.

The injured man, who is said to be in his 20s, was seen hanging from a window of a flat in the alleyway between Wilkinson’s and the rear of the tourist information centre at around 6.15pm on Monday.

The eyewitness said: “I heard shouting as I was coming around from the church and saw a man on a bike shouting up to a man hanging out the window.

“The man on the bike was trying to get him to go back in. Somebody else in the flat was trying to grab hold of him and a woman in the flat was screaming.

“The man then just seemed to let go, landing on to his feet before falling over and smacking his face on the concrete.

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“I thought he was dead at first. He started coming round and there was blood coming from his face where he had smashed his nose and teeth.”

Police and paramedics were summoned to the alley after concerns that he had broken bones in both legs.

Natalie Doughty, a spokeswoman for Ipswich police, said officers were called to the Upper Brook Street entrance of St Stephen’s Church Lane just after 6.15pm to reports of distressed man aged in his 20s.

When police arrived the man was on the ground with facial and leg injuries.

Richard Dunne, of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said a community first responder, a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were in attendance.

When they arrived the casualty was conscious and breathing.

Mr Dunne said it appeared the worst injury he had sustained was to one of his ankles.

The man was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment.