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Man suffers head injury after fall from Chester City Walls

Published date: 27 August 2014 |
Published by: Steve Creswell
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A MAN believed to have fallen from the City Walls is now conscious in hospital after suffering severe head injuries.
 
Police investigating the discovery of the badly injured young man in the early hours of Saturday morning, yesterday confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.
 
The 23-year-old, who has not been named by police, was found on the ground near the Eastgate Clock with serious head injuries at about 4.20am.
 
He was rushed to The Walton Centre in Liverpool, which specialises in treating brain injuries and illnesses, where he is now said to be “conscious and recovering”.
 
Mystery initially surrounded the fall – with some speculating he may have been
pushed or attacked – but detectives confirmed that foul play was not suspected.
 
It is not known if the man had been drinking in the city centre, and police have not released any further information.
 
However, a spokesman for Cheshire Police issued a warning for people to take care when negotiating the Walls.
 
She said: “Detectives have been investigating and have concluded there are no suspicious circumstances. The 23-year-old man remains in hospital and is recovering from his injuries.
 
“As with anyone on a night out with friends, we would always advise that people are aware of their surroundings, stay together and look after each other.”
 
News of the fall comes three years after a man and a woman died in separate incidents that saw them plunge about 60ft from the City Walls. A postman was also killed in 2002 when he fell from the landmark.
 
In 2012, the mother of one of the victims, Jane Corry, urged Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) to improve safety on the Northgate section of the Walls, where the stonework next to the walkway is just waist high.
 
However, the authority said safety provision was adequate at the time and chose not to introduce new measures, such as railings.
 
CWaC said it had no comment to make on Saturday’s incident.
young man in the early hours of Saturday morning, yesterday confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.
 
The 23-year-old, who has not been named by police, was found on the ground near the Eastgate Clock with serious head injuries at about 4.20am.
 
He was rushed to The Walton Centre in Liverpool, which specialises in treating brain injuries and illnesses, where he is now said to be “conscious and recovering”.
 
Mystery initially surrounded the fall – with some speculating he may have been pushed or attacked – but detectives confirmed that foul play was not suspected.
 
It is not known if the man had been drinking in the city centre, and police have not released any further information.
 
However, a spokesman for Cheshire Police issued a warning for people to take care when negotiating the Walls.
 
She said: “Detectives have been investigating and have concluded there are no suspicious circumstances. The 23-year-old man remains in hospital and is recovering from his injuries.
 
“As with anyone on a night out with friends, we would always advise that people are aware of their surroundings, stay together and look after each other.”
 
News of the fall comes three years after a man and a woman died in separate incidents that saw them plunge about 60ft from the City Walls. A postman was also killed in 2002 when he fell from the landmark.
 
In 2012, the mother of one of the victims, Jane Corry, urged Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) to improve safety on the Northgate section of the Walls, where the stonework next to the walkway is just waist high.
 
However, the authority said safety provision was adequate at the time and chose not to introduce new measures, such as railings.
 
CWaC said it had no comment to make on Saturday’s incident.

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