London police arrest teenager after boy, 6, thrown off Tate balcony



LONDON, Coman Hamilton (dpa)- London's Metropolitan Police have arrested a 17-year-old male on suspicion of attempted murder after a 6-year-old boy was thrown from the viewing platform of the Tate Modern in London.
The victim was found on a fifth floor roof of the central London art gallery, and was taken to hospital by ambulance, where he remains in critical condition, police said.




Officials said there was no evidence that the teenager and the boy knew each other.
Witness Nancy Barnfield, 47, was at the viewing gallery with a friend who heard a "loud bang," Britain's Press Association (PA) reported.
She told PA she then saw a woman screaming: "Where's my son, where's
my son?"
She said the teenaged suspect was being held by others in the platform area and he "just stood there and was quite calm," PA reported.
The 10th-floor viewing platform is a highlight for visitors of the popular museum, housed in a former power station overlooking the Thames river and typically visited by many hundreds of tourists and families at weekends.
Officials at the museum, one of the world's largest museums of contemporary art, said it would remain closed for the rest of the day as police investigated the incident.
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Monday, August 5th 2019
Coman Hamilton (dpa)
           


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