Man still critical after jump from M&S roof
POLICE say a man who jumped from the roof of Marks & Spencer in Gloucester on Friday remains in a critical condition in hospital.
The man, believed to be in his 40s, suffered severe head injuries and multiple broken bones in the fall, just before 2pm.
Eastgate Street was busy with shoppers when he plunged from the rooftop, hitting the pavement below.
One shopper, who did not wish to be named, said: “The man was lying on the floor but the police and ambulance hadn’t arrived, so lots of people started to crowd around him.
“It is terrifying when you think about it.
“It also makes you wonder what could have happened if he had hit someone as they were walking by.”
Andrew Sanders, who called 999 after witnessing the man jump, said: “I ran over to him. He was still breathing but his eyes were shut.
“A lot of people started to crowd around him and I told them not to move him.
“This is the second I have seen on Eastgate Street. Two years ago I saw a woman jump from the car park.”
County councillor Pam Tracey (C, Westgate) said: “This must have come as a huge shock for so many people who were walking down Eastgate Street at the time.”
The man was rushed to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital but was later taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, which specialises in brain injuries.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire police said: “There has been no change in his condition.”
VIDEO: Ambulance rushes away from the scene:
VIDEO: Crowds gather as police cordon off the scene