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Boy of 6 thrown off 10th floor at the Tate

Long drop: The
viewing platform and
the roof boy fell on to (below)

A BOY of six thrown off the tenth-floor viewing platform at Tate Modern was fighting for his life last night.

The youngster was taken by air ambulance to hospital — where he was in a critical condition — after landing on a roof adjoining the fifth floor of the London gallery’s Blavatnik extension.

A 17-year-old boy, not thought to be known to the child or his family, was held on suspicion of attempted murder.

Visitor Nancy Barnfield said she heard a ‘loud bang’ before a woman screamed: ‘Where’s my son?’ The boy was thrown at about 2.30pm yesterday from the open-air terrace, where Tate visitors can admire the capital’s skyline from behind railings and buy drinks and snacks from a bar.

Rapid response: Emergency vehicles arrive as helicopter touches down and visitors look on PICTURE: KACPER KULA

The platform is on the top level of the Blavatnik extension and he fell on to the roof of the older part of the gallery, which can be accessed via a smaller glass extension. The attraction was locked after the incident, with visitors not allowed in or out.

The 17-year-old — arrested by police on the viewing platform — is said to have been restrained by members of the public.

Admin worker Ms Barnfield, of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, said she was on the platform when she heard the bang and turned to see the woman screaming.

The 47-year-old added: ‘We did not notice the mum before, we noticed her after because she was hysterical.’ She said the person restrained by members of the public ‘just stood there and was quite calm’.

A witness who was in the members’ room lower down the Blavatnik extension told the Daily Mirror he also heard the impact of the boy hitting the roof. He said the woman screamed: ‘He’s my son.’

Several visitors are providing witness statements to police. The Tate Modern was Britain’s most popular tourist attraction last year with 5.9million visits.