Shock at St Georges Shopping Centre horror fall

The scene close to St George's shopping centre after the incident

The scene close to St George's shopping centre after the incident

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A trader has described his shock after a man fell to his death close to his business on a busy shopping day.

Emergency services were called to Kymberley Road outside St George's Shopping Centre on Saturday at 9.55am to reports that a person had fallen from the car park.

The man was treated London Ambulance crews and a doctor from the London Air Ambulance, but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fahad Kahn, who was working at the B&S news stand in the St George's Centre on the day, said: “I was just watching the shop when I heard what happened. I was shocked.

“For something like that to happen on busy shopping day near Christmas is just horrible. I saw all the police arrive and they closed down the whole road for a long time.

“I have only been working here a couple of months and I can’t believe something like this would happen.

“The whole shopping centre seemed quiet for the rest of the day and everyone was stunned by what had happened.”

Commenting on the Harrow Times website, Laura2339 said: “I was one of the witnesses of this incident and it was horrific to see.

“The man landed just metres away from me. I was only on my way to work around the corner.

“I’m just glad there were no children around at the time as it would have traumatised them for life.”

Roads were closed for several hours as emergency services recovered the body.

The incident on Saturday is not the first time there has been a fall from the top of the shopping centre.

In February this year a man in his 40s was taken to hospital after falling from the roof and in October 2011 a man died after falling from the fourth floor inside the centre.

A spokesman for the shopping centre told the Harrow Times on the day of the incident members of the St George’s Shopping Centre security team were in attendance.

They added that management and staff work to ensure the safety, security and comfort of visitors to the centre.

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1:11pm Wed 11 Dec 13

jackdaw says...

Quote by Town Centre Shopping spokesman:

"A spokesman for the shopping centre told the Harrow Times on the day of the incident members of the St George’s Shopping Centre security team were in attendance.

They added that management and staff work to ensure the safety, security and comfort of visitors to the centre."

There have been reports of previous jumpers from the St George's Centre. What measures have been taken by the Town Centre Manager and the Health and Safety Department of the Council to ensure this does not happen again?
The distress to this person's family can only be imagined. Also the disruption to Harrow town centre involving the emergency services and closing the shopping centre must have a huge impact on the reputation of a centre.

Laura 2339 has described how she was affected by the incident and points out that children witnessing this incident could be traumatised for life. We are enterng the busy Christmas period where many parents will be shopping in St George's Centre with their children. In future shoppers will start to vote with their feet in case there are further recurrences of these incidents.
There must be a meeting called between those responsible for safety at St Georges to find a solution to this problem once and for all. St Georges must be seen as a safe place to shop.

Whatever measures are in place they are clearly not working!
Quote by Town Centre Shopping spokesman: "A spokesman for the shopping centre told the Harrow Times on the day of the incident members of the St George’s Shopping Centre security team were in attendance. They added that management and staff work to ensure the safety, security and comfort of visitors to the centre." There have been reports of previous jumpers from the St George's Centre. What measures have been taken by the Town Centre Manager and the Health and Safety Department of the Council to ensure this does not happen again? The distress to this person's family can only be imagined. Also the disruption to Harrow town centre involving the emergency services and closing the shopping centre must have a huge impact on the reputation of a centre. Laura 2339 has described how she was affected by the incident and points out that children witnessing this incident could be traumatised for life. We are enterng the busy Christmas period where many parents will be shopping in St George's Centre with their children. In future shoppers will start to vote with their feet in case there are further recurrences of these incidents. There must be a meeting called between those responsible for safety at St Georges to find a solution to this problem once and for all. St Georges must be seen as a safe place to shop. Whatever measures are in place they are clearly not working! jackdaw
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2:58pm Wed 11 Dec 13

laura2339 says...

he fell just metres away from me jackdaw. if i had gone left towards the bus stops he would have landed on me and more than likely killed me aswell.
he fell just metres away from me jackdaw. if i had gone left towards the bus stops he would have landed on me and more than likely killed me aswell. laura2339
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10:49pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

It's obvious that the security measures in place have proved, hopelessly inadequate time and time again ,and we have a death right when we are hoping to draw more shoppers to our Town Centre to boost trade.This is hardly going to boost people's spirits.

Laura 2339 seems traumatised by what she saw .She night need counselling.Lucky she has not been injured.

Please would the Town Centre Manager and all partners,including our Local Authority ,look into this URGENTLY with a view to boosting the security eg more CCTVs or even some kind of high grill around open areas on these floors.

Now people are aware they can jump off and commit suicide how many more might try it.Doesn't bear thinking about!

Who can predict whether anyone suffering from depression or mental health problems thinks this is a possible option.Please let us apply our minds to this pressing problem and find a feasible solution soon.
It's obvious that the security measures in place have proved, hopelessly inadequate time and time again ,and we have a death right when we are hoping to draw more shoppers to our Town Centre to boost trade.This is hardly going to boost people's spirits. Laura 2339 seems traumatised by what she saw .She night need counselling.Lucky she has not been injured. Please would the Town Centre Manager and all partners,including our Local Authority ,look into this URGENTLY with a view to boosting the security eg more CCTVs or even some kind of high grill around open areas on these floors. Now people are aware they can jump off and commit suicide how many more might try it.Doesn't bear thinking about! Who can predict whether anyone suffering from depression or mental health problems thinks this is a possible option.Please let us apply our minds to this pressing problem and find a feasible solution soon. Sonoo Malkani
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11:05am Fri 13 Dec 13

jackdaw says...

Harry S. Truman had a sign on his desk that read as follows:"The buck stops here""

St George's Centre Management Team and the Health and Safety Department at the Civic Centre should have this sign on their desks. Many people and their children will be shopping in St George's Centre over Christmas. Surely a sum of money can be set aside from the profits to make shopping safe for customers. St George;s stop being so Scrooge like over Christmas and spend the money to make the Centre safe for everyone in the New Year.

Laura 2339 I suggest that if you need counselling to recover from the shock of seeing a suicide happen in front of you and just about missing you go ahead and book the sessions for however long it takes you to reoover. I would then send the bill in tho St George's Centre Management.
You could also sue them for failing to take preventative action as this type of incident has happened many times before.

It is unreasonable for the management team to scapegoat the security guards as they cannot be expected to patrol the car park 24/7.

As ttje previos poster Sonoo Malkani mentioned why can't some form of barrier be built to stop this happening again. it is not rocket science!
Harry S. Truman had a sign on his desk that read as follows:"The buck stops here"" St George's Centre Management Team and the Health and Safety Department at the Civic Centre should have this sign on their desks. Many people and their children will be shopping in St George's Centre over Christmas. Surely a sum of money can be set aside from the profits to make shopping safe for customers. St George;s stop being so Scrooge like over Christmas and spend the money to make the Centre safe for everyone in the New Year. Laura 2339 I suggest that if you need counselling to recover from the shock of seeing a suicide happen in front of you and just about missing you go ahead and book the sessions for however long it takes you to reoover. I would then send the bill in tho St George's Centre Management. You could also sue them for failing to take preventative action as this type of incident has happened many times before. It is unreasonable for the management team to scapegoat the security guards as they cannot be expected to patrol the car park 24/7. As ttje previos poster Sonoo Malkani mentioned why can't some form of barrier be built to stop this happening again. it is not rocket science! jackdaw
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8:13am Sat 14 Dec 13

Sue Anderson says...

Sonoo Malkani wrote:
It's obvious that the security measures in place have proved, hopelessly inadequate time and time again ,and we have a death right when we are hoping to draw more shoppers to our Town Centre to boost trade.This is hardly going to boost people's spirits.

Laura 2339 seems traumatised by what she saw .She night need counselling.Lucky she has not been injured.

Please would the Town Centre Manager and all partners,including our Local Authority ,look into this URGENTLY with a view to boosting the security eg more CCTVs or even some kind of high grill around open areas on these floors.

Now people are aware they can jump off and commit suicide how many more might try it.Doesn't bear thinking about!

Who can predict whether anyone suffering from depression or mental health problems thinks this is a possible option.Please let us apply our minds to this pressing problem and find a feasible solution soon.
I am really saddened that there has been yet another tragic death in the town centre. At one point NHS Harrow was working with St George's Centre to reduce the likelihood of this happening, and this is something I will be pursuing with public health as this is now a council responsibility. I will also be trying to find out what additional measures could be put in place to reduce the risk of this happening.
[quote][p][bold]Sonoo Malkani[/bold] wrote: It's obvious that the security measures in place have proved, hopelessly inadequate time and time again ,and we have a death right when we are hoping to draw more shoppers to our Town Centre to boost trade.This is hardly going to boost people's spirits. Laura 2339 seems traumatised by what she saw .She night need counselling.Lucky she has not been injured. Please would the Town Centre Manager and all partners,including our Local Authority ,look into this URGENTLY with a view to boosting the security eg more CCTVs or even some kind of high grill around open areas on these floors. Now people are aware they can jump off and commit suicide how many more might try it.Doesn't bear thinking about! Who can predict whether anyone suffering from depression or mental health problems thinks this is a possible option.Please let us apply our minds to this pressing problem and find a feasible solution soon.[/p][/quote]I am really saddened that there has been yet another tragic death in the town centre. At one point NHS Harrow was working with St George's Centre to reduce the likelihood of this happening, and this is something I will be pursuing with public health as this is now a council responsibility. I will also be trying to find out what additional measures could be put in place to reduce the risk of this happening. Sue Anderson
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9:32am Sat 14 Dec 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

What a relief to read this welcome comment from Sue Anderson.Our Council is perfectly capable e of finding a solution to this tragic problem.

It would be so good to see cross-party support to solve what is a tragic human situation along with support from NHS Harrow since public health can certainly help.The sooner the better!
What a relief to read this welcome comment from Sue Anderson.Our Council is perfectly capable e of finding a solution to this tragic problem. It would be so good to see cross-party support to solve what is a tragic human situation along with support from NHS Harrow since public health can certainly help.The sooner the better! Sonoo Malkani
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9:33am Sat 14 Dec 13

jackdaw says...

Sue Anderson you have restored my faith in Local Councillors. How refreshing that you have responded to shoppers' concerns and said you will discuss with the parties concerned how this problem could be resolved. Well done that councillor.
Sue Anderson you have restored my faith in Local Councillors. How refreshing that you have responded to shoppers' concerns and said you will discuss with the parties concerned how this problem could be resolved. Well done that councillor. jackdaw
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7:01am Mon 16 Dec 13

rabbitz says...

Desperate people will always find away to kill themselves sure you can stop them throwing themselves off st georges but then they will go to Harrow and Wealdstone station and step in front of a train what is needed is more preventative help from the NHS and From the council ahh but this costs money and its cheaper to keep burying people than helping them
Desperate people will always find away to kill themselves sure you can stop them throwing themselves off st georges but then they will go to Harrow and Wealdstone station and step in front of a train what is needed is more preventative help from the NHS and From the council ahh but this costs money and its cheaper to keep burying people than helping them rabbitz
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11:16am Mon 16 Dec 13

jackdaw says...

At leasr councillor Sue Anderson is prepared to do something to help the situation. The silence from the other councillors is deafenening and we can only draw the conclusion that they are not worried that people woll no longer bother to shop in st Georges but go to Watford or Brent Cross instead.

Yes, of course people will always find a way to commit sucide but we do not have to passively assist them by refusing to make areas safe.

If the sucides at Harrow and Wealdstone station increase I suggest you take the initiative to contact the Marlborough ward councillors and ask them what preventative measures they will be taking to make Harrow and Wealdstone station safe.
At leasr councillor Sue Anderson is prepared to do something to help the situation. The silence from the other councillors is deafenening and we can only draw the conclusion that they are not worried that people woll no longer bother to shop in st Georges but go to Watford or Brent Cross instead. Yes, of course people will always find a way to commit sucide but we do not have to passively assist them by refusing to make areas safe. If the sucides at Harrow and Wealdstone station increase I suggest you take the initiative to contact the Marlborough ward councillors and ask them what preventative measures they will be taking to make Harrow and Wealdstone station safe. jackdaw
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