9 December 2018
Police investigate the scene of the man's death. Photo: BBC News
Police investigate the scene of the man's death. Photo: BBC News

Man plunges to death in England after crowd urges him to jump

British police condemned onlookers who shouted “jump” and filmed a distressed man whom officers were trying to talk down from a tall building.

One witness said she was “sickened” by the scene in Telford, Shropshire, BBC News reported.

Police said it was “pretty appalling”, as the man was “clearly in need of support and assistance”.

The man fell and was pronounced dead at about 3:40 p.m. Saturday.

Police warned they could take action against anyone sharing the footage.

Detective Sergeant Mark O’Connor said: “We do not condone such behaviour, and would hope that the local community would work with our officers to provide information regarding those who committed the cruel taunts.”


Witness Chloe Jones said about 20 people, mainly teenagers, but “some grown men”, were filming the incident.

“As we walked past, there were some youths shouting, ‘Go on, do it — jump!’,” she said.

“It was almost like a form of entertainment for them … kids were screaming, running to the other side to see if they could get a better view,” she said.

“It was so sad.”

The man has yet to be formally identified, and the coroner will investigate.

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