Mother of five-year-old who fell to death ‘repeatedly complained’ about window latch

A woman lays flowers in tribute near the building where the boy died
The child, described as a 'lovely boy', had woken up early for school before falling to his death - Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire

A five-year-old boy died after falling from the 15th floor of a block of flats in east London, as his family claim his mother repeatedly complained to the council over a window safety latch.

The child, who has been named locally as Alam Makial, is said to have fallen more than 150ft from a window at Jacobs House, in New City Road, Plaistow, shortly before 6am on Thursday.

His family said his mother had repeatedly complained to the local Labour council over the safety latch on the window.

Maryan Hadafow, Alam’s aunt, said that her nephew died after getting up early for school. His family was asleep when he fell out of the window.

Ms Hadafow, who was accompanied by the boy’s grandmother, told The Sun: “He went into the kitchen and opened the window. He got up early to go to school. He was a lovely boy.

“His mother has complained to Newham council about that window. She sent five emails about how they open, and said they were not safe for her kids – but no one did anything.”

London Ambulance Service said it was called to New City Road at 6am following reports that a child had “fallen from height”.

A spokesman said: “We sent resources to the scene, including ambulance crews, a paramedic in a fast response car and an incident response officer. We also dispatched a trauma team in a car from London’s Air Ambulance.

“Our first paramedics arrived on scene in approximately four minutes. Very sadly, a child was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Police car outside building
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said his death was 'being treated as unexpected' and that inquiries were under way 'to establish the full circumstances' - Evening Standard / eyevine

Residents of the 16-storey building are demanding answers about how the tragedy could have happened.

One, a 28-year-old mother of two who knows the family, said: “We are in utter shock. It was an accident, but no one knows how it happened. People are looking for answers.”

Alam attended the nearby New City Primary School, and three teachers laid a bouquet of flowers on a bench near the tower block.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 5.58am on Thursday to reports of a child having fallen from height at New City Road, E13.

“Officers, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended. At the scene, a five-year-old boy had fallen from an upper floor of an apartment block.

“Despite the efforts of emergency services, he sadly died at the scene. His family are aware and are being supported.

“The death is being treated as unexpected and inquiries are under way to establish the full circumstances.

“Our thoughts are with the child’s family at this time. There were no arrests. A scene remains in place.”

A Newham council spokesman said: “The council is continuing to establish the facts regarding this tragic incident. Until we have further information, we’re unable to make any further comment. Our priority is to support the family at this devastating time.”