Friday, June 15, 2007

Man Falls to Death in Cliftonville

The BBC reports that a man has died after apparently falling from his fourth floor flat in Godwin Road, Cliftonville, as police arrived to serve a court warrant.

The officers gave the man first aid and called for an ambulance but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident, on Thursday morning, has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

A post-mortem examination is being carried out on the man, who has not yet been identified.

Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with his death.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cliftonville West does seem to be a hotspot for sudden death by non natural causes. It would be interesting to know what the figures are. I reckon it must be about 1 per 2 months recently.
I am in the US at the moment and watching the News yesterday there was a lengthy item about how unhappy Brits are with uncontrolled immigration and what should be the town featured - you've guessed it, good old Margate.

My American friends seeing the news item could hardly believe my all too accurate description of life in Thanet and now realize why, even with all the problems there are here in the USA, I prefer to spend as much time as possible here.

Anonymous said...

Do we really need to waste time and money on an investigation? The police bang on his door because he is wanted. He attempts to abscond and falls to an untimely death. Game over. It probably saved a fortune in court fees as well.

Anonymous said...

Yes and did you notice that the person they interviewed wasn't a Thanetian either??? She definitely had a Northern England accent. Go on love, get back home!!!

Anonymous said...

This was a tragic event that I am sure the police were equally horrified about. Whilst in pursuit of the criminal, they still have regard for the criminal's safety; and for the victim to fall out of window to avoid arrest is very sad for all concerned. The inquiry is needed to ensure that we are all satisfied that this was an accident as in some societies the police have been known to have given a helping hand in similar circumstances.

Anonymous said...

I've got a Northern England accent, as I was brought up in North Yorkshire. But I've lived in Thanet for 32 years. Do I have to "get back home" as well?

Anonymous said...

anon 7.36
If you have been here for that long you should have lost the accent by now,yes,please leave NOW!!!

Anonymous said...

anon again!

It doesn't matter where you come from, the main problem is, that it will be be an £80,000 costing investigation that we don't really need to bother about.... if it ws one of the low - life ones... who cares?

Anonymous said...

I, for one, care. It would be nice to be reassured that Kent's finest didn't help him on his way to an untimely demise, as I am sure was the case!

Anonymous said...

As usual racism and bigitory are alive and well on this blog, as are usual double standards of the of the site owner in not removing them.
One can only assume he is in agreement with them otherwise they would be removed, as his his won't with any comment that upsets him personally.
As a councillor and more partiularly as a human being he should be ashamed of himself.
This man whatever his failings had a familly. The comments regarding people with non Thanet accents are too studid to be bothered with.

Steve Kilbee

DrMoores said...

The weblog has an acceptable use policy, which, in my opinion, has not been breached, regardless of the bad taste remarks present in several of the comments.

Racism is a criminal offense and you are suggesting, Mr Kilbee, that I am complicit in such an offense. I would recommend that you withdraw your comment or be prepared to publicly and expensively substantatiate it!

The irony is that by alleging a criminal offense on my part, you are the only person breaching the acceptable use policy!

Anonymous said...

While I accept that you do not condone racism, I believe to allow these remarks (anon 9.32/9.43/8.08/9.39) on your site which is promoted as” One Councillors guide to Thanet “ is at best naïve and at worst ignorant of the people who voted for you on a Conservative ticket, which still hopefully represents fairness and tolerance.

I would hope that our M.P and other local Councillors who have blogs would have a more robust “acceptable use policy “

I reiterate this man and his family and the lady interviewed should not be vilified in the manner allowed

Steve Kilbee

DrMoores said...

Sadly bad taste comments are not sufficient for me to restrict the exercise of free speech. Perhaps you should pick-up a copy of a local or national newspaper as you will find rather worse I'm sure.

You will notice the disclaimer:

"hanet Life is an open news forum with the aim of exploring local issues. Opinions and stories may be edited submissions and are not necessarily those of the publisher."

So I suggest you leave it at that rather than try and draw some specious connection between my political affiliation and the comments made against stories on this website.

I should add that when I'm five thousand feet over England, playing censor is not something I am able to do. I expect .readers, you included, to act courteously and responsibly!

Anonymous said...

Can this be the same Steve Kilbee who I know who is of the same political affiliation as the Editor?
How about some solidarity?
Anyway I cannot see that remarks about "immigrants" from the North of England are racist, although in poor taste in the circumstances.
We are English, those from the North are English, where's the racism?
Now if the poor chap was Kosovan or Somali it would be different.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, don't some people like Steve Kilbee, take themselves far too seriously. As far as I read it the 'banter' between southerners and northeners has been a regular feature of British life for many years and the banter on this site fits that mould.

As for the untimely and tragic death in Cliftonville, many share the view that if a criminal whilst trying to evade the constables should put himself in harms way,thats his problem and rates as an own goal. Heartless, unkind, lacking in Christian charity, yes, but never the less an attitude that many hold. I cannot stand the attempts by the Kilbee's of the world to stifle free expression simply because they disapprove of a view-point. It might not fit in with your nice view of the world, Steve but I should imagine that if a pair of muslim fanatics blew themselves up on their own IED on the way to bomb a target in London, there are many in this country who would cry into their beer with laughter over the matter, that night in the pub! I admit to hilarity when a rigged IED exploded as 2 members of an IRA ASU were moving it to place it outside an Army post in Belfast in the 70s! Most people reading Oliver Twist probably take the view that Bill Sykes got what he deserved which is what I suspect, Dickens intended.

So, Steve, jettison the pernicious attitudes you have about free speech; dump the nonsense of politically correct orthodoxy you peddle and refrain from libel; you'll be a much nicer guy for it.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

Well said 7:39 PM. I can only agree.

Anonymous said...

"The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission".

How easily the comment now passes without comment.

Well here is the relevant comment Thanet !

Well done Thanet residents Richard Card and the late John Allen for being instrumental in the creation of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.