A five-year-old ‘Afghan refugee’ falls 70 feet and dies from a hotel window in Sheffield ‘where he was staying with his mother a few weeks after arriving in the UK’
- Child fell out of window at Sheffield OYO Metropolitan Hotel at 2.30pm yesterday
- A resident, an Afghan interpreter for the British Army, said the boy was a refugee.
- Interpreter Qahar Hagio, 32, said the boy had stayed at a hotel with his mother.
A five-year-old boy believed to be an Afghan refugee has fallen 70 feet and died from a hotel window in Sheffield.
South Yorkshire Police are requesting information following the boy’s death at the Sheffield OYO Metropolitan Hotel on Blonk Street around 2.30pm yesterday.
The boy is believed to have stayed at the hotel with his mother since arriving in the UK from Afghanistan.
Inspectors could be seen opening hotel windows and revealing that some left a 1 foot 6 inch gap, which a child could easily climb.
The OYO Hotel is the temporary home of several Afghan families.
One resident, Qahar Haqjo, 32, served as an interpreter with the British Army in Afghanistan for two years and arrived in the UK with his family on July 27.
The boy fell out of a window and suffered fatal injuries (OYO Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel file photo)
Emergency services were called to the OYO Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel on Blonk Street in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, around 2.30pm yesterday (scene pictured above)
He said: ‘The boy is from Afghanistan. His father was not inside but he lived with his mother.
It happened around 2pm and he fell from the ninth floor at the back of the hotel. He cannot have been in England for many weeks.
“We were quarantined for two weeks in Manchester and moved into this hotel five days ago.”
The boy is believed to have fallen about 70 feet from an upstairs window in an NCP parking lot.
South Yorkshire Police at the scene of a young man’s death outside the OYO Metropolitan Hotel in Sheffield
Police vehicles were still on-site and security guards in high-visibility jackets were turning people away at the main entrance and patrolling the stairs today.
Sheffield City Council health and safety officers were seen last night inspecting several more hotel windows that were able to open leaving a 1 foot 6 inch gap at the bottom when opened.
Police vehicles were still on site and security guards in high-visibility jackets were turning people away at the main entrance and patrolling the stairs today.
The child’s family is being supported by specially trained officers.
No formal identification has yet been made.
Officials are asking anyone with information to come forward. Any witness, or anyone with information, should call 101.