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Man falls two storeys from city centre hostel

Man falls two storeys from city centre hostel

Linen Court Hostel in Armagh city centre

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A  MAN who fell from a two-storey building in Armagh City was rushed to hospital with back injuries, following an incident at the weekend.

Police and NI Ambulance Service (NIAS) were called to the scene at Linen Court Hostel in Linenhall Street following reports that a male had fallen from a building on Sunday, February 25 around 5.30pm.

Air Ambulance NI also responded to the incident, however, a spokesperson for NIAS confirmed the individual was subsequently taken to Craigavon Area Hospital via ambulance. “The Northern Ireland ambulance Service responded to a 999 call in the Dobbin Street/Linenhall Street area of Armagh City this evening, following reports of a male having fallen from the second storey of a building,” they explained.

"NIAS received the call at 17.24 and dispatched an A&E crew. The charity Air Ambulance was also tasked to the scene. The male patient was taken by ambulance to Craigavon Area Hospital for treatment to back injuries sustained during the fall.”
The Simon Community, which operates the city hostel, said it would “not comment on individual cases”, but did issue a statement praising the swift response by emergency services. “We appreciate the quick response of the emergency services and the efforts of our staff. We hope for a speedy recovery for the individual concerned and will continue to work with all relevant agencies involved as required,” it read.

The PSNI also confirmed that it was treating the incident as “non-suspicious”. “The man was subsequently taken to hospital by the NIAS for injuries not thought to be life threatening at this time,” revealed Sergeant Moffett.
“The incident is not being treated as suspicious at this time.”

Meanwhile, Newry and Armagh MLA, William Irwin described the incident as “concerning”. “I really hope that the individual who suffered a fall in Armagh at the weekend recovers from their injuries,” he said. “Details surrounding the circumstances remain unclear and hopefully investigations can establish exactly how the person fell. In the meantime I wish the individual well as they recover in hospital.”

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