Man fell 39 stories to his death from terrace of London’s Sushi Samba restaurant after ‘climbing over a six-foot-high barrier’
- The man is said to have fallen from the restaurant’s outside terrace on Thursday
- Reports suggest he climbed over a six-foot barrier before ‘calmly’ stepping off
- Eyewitnesses at the restaurant were left shocked and distressed by the incident
A man fell to his death from the 39th floor of a fashionable City restaurant after clambering over a six-foot-high barrier, it is believed.
The person who died is understood to have been on the open terrace of the Sushi Samba restaurant that boasts panoramic views across London.
An eye witness has told how she saw a man on the edge of the building – the second tallest in London – before stepping off.
The restaurant and offices in the Heron Tower were placed in lockdown while emergency services rushed to the scene.
Heron Tower in the City of London stands 750ft tall and has 46 stories, with Sushi Samba on the 39th
The building was put into a temporary lockdown after the incident while emergency services rushed to the scene
The Sushi restaurant and another on the 40th floor of the building, Duck and Waffle, in Bishopsgate are popular with office workers and tourists.
Eye witness Keisha Des Vignes was sitting by one of the floor to ceiling glass windows of the restaurant when she saw the man step off the edge of the building around 2pm on Thursday.
Writing on Twitter the make-up artist said:’ I can’t believe what I witnessed.
‘Today…a man calmly walked over the edge of the building at Sushi Samba…I couldn’t even comprehend nor eat after seeing that.
‘He calmly climb over the railing and just walked off. I am shaken and keep seeing it.’
In an earlier tweet she said:’ I was right there by the window at Duck and Waffle and saw someone walking on the glass roof at Sushi Samba.
‘He was calmly walking and I actually thought he was doing work or something..before I knew it he just walked off the edge..I felt sick. Just one split second!’
Photos on the website for the Sushi Samba show the outside terrace is on the 39th floor of the skyscraper.
A five-foot-high glass barrier is topped by a fence-like structure that takes it to over six feet high.
A member of staff at the other restaurant in the building, Duck and Waffle, said: ‘We were just told to close soon after the incident. No one knows what happened or who the person was.’
The staff member said the person who fell from the building would have had to climb over a series of the metal wires on top of a glass barrier.
‘There has never been anything like this before,’ said the staff member who asked not to be named.
The man fell from the terrace of the high-end Sushi Samba restaurant, located on the 39th floor
Emergency services arrived on scene at just after 2pm on Thursday at the 46-storey building in central London
‘The barriers are there and obvious so there is no chance of someone just falling. They would have had to clamber over the wire.’
The outside terrace at the 230m high Heron Tower boasts of being the highest outdoor terrace in Europe.
The restaurant website says:’ Located on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower at 110 Bishopsgate, SUSHISAMBA London features the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe, offering unparalleled, 360 degree views of the City.
‘Two panoramic glass elevators whisk patrons from the ground to the 39th floor, opening up London from inside-out as the lifts climb further and further upwards.
Workers in Heron Tower, which was built in 2011 at a cost of £89m, took to Twitter to describe how they were placed in lockdown.
Police sealed off Bishopsgate to traffic while emergency services were rushed to the scene and members of the public were told to avoid the area.
Staff working in nearby shops described the pandemonium after the incident.
‘There were blue lights everywhere and we heard someone had fallen from the building opposite us. It is lucky that no one else was hurt,’ said the shop worker.
One office worker who tweeted a photo of the body was condemned by other Twitter users for being insensitive.
Chief Superintendent Rob Atkin said: ‘Officers from the City of London Police are currently dealing with at an incident on Houndsditch.
‘Police arrived on scene at around 2pm.
‘Cordons are currently in place and the public are urged to avoid the area if possible while emergency services remain in attendance.’
A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called at 2.02pm today to reports of an incident on Bishopsgate, City of London.
A City of London police spokesman said an update on the incident would be issued later.
A spokesman for City of London Coroner said they had been informed about the death of a male person at Heron Tower.
No date has been set for an inquest opening.
Staff at the Sushi restaurant refused to comment.
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