Investigation continues into death of teenage thief in Woolwich

Officers at the scene yesterday. Picture by Press Association

Hastings House

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

ENQUIRIES continue after a convicted thief plunged to her death from the 17th floor of a block of flats in Woolwich yesterday (April 10).

Two plain clothes officers were at the flat in Hastings House, Mulgrave Road at around 9.30am to carry out an arrest inquiry as the woman had breached the terms of her licence.

She had been convicted in connection with three street robberies in London in 2009, and was out on licence after serving part of her sentence, said Scotland Yard.

Shortly after the officers entered the home the woman, believed to be 18 years old, fell from a bedroom window.

Officers said the woman was alone in a bedroom, with the door half open, when she fell.

A man was arrested at the time on suspicion of assisting an offender.

He has been bailed to return to a south London police station in early June pending further enquiries.

Speaking at the scene yesterday evening area commander David Zinzan of the Met Police said: "Firstly, I would like to express on behalf of the Met our condolences to the family and friends of the young lady who tragically died here this morning.

"Formal identification has not taken place but the facts as we know them are shortly before 9.30am this morning two plain-clothed officers from Bromley police station came to Hastings House for routine arrest inquiries in connection with a young lady who was wanted by the Met for recall to prison for robbery offences.

"They were allowed into the premises and our initial investigations show that she was in a room on her own when tragically she fell to her death from the 17th floor."

The incident has been referred to both the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and the force's Directorate of Professional Standards.

Did you know the woman? Call the newsroom on 01689 885732.

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