BREAKING Tate Modern: Teen charged with attempted murder after 'throwing boy, 6, from 10th floor'


A teenager has been charged with attempted murder after a six-year-old boy was allegedly thrown from a viewing platform at the Tate Modern on Sunday.

The child is currently in a stable but critical condition after the fall from the 10th floor onto a fifth floor roof.

Scotland Yard confirmed the suspect, aged 17, has now been charged.

He will appear before Bromley Youth Court on Tuesday.

The young boy is a French national who was visiting London with his family.

He is not thought to have known the teenager accused of pushing him.

A London Air Ambulance helicopter takes off from outside the attraction

Witnesses described harrowing scenes as a woman screamed “he’s my son” after the boy landed on a fifth floor roof at the London landmark on Sunday afternoon.

“They are French nationals visiting London,” said a police spokesman in an updated statement.

The boy fell at around 2.40pm on Sunday in an incident being treated as an “isolated event with no distinct or apparent motive”.

Visitors were prevented from entering or leaving the gallery while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Emergency services on the roof of the fifth floor of the Tate Modern

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Detective Constable Inspector John Massey, from Met Police, said earlier: “My team is also very keen to talk to you if you witnessed a male whose behaviour seemed out of place, suspicious or worrying in the hour or two before the incident in or near the gallery.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 0208 721 4868 or @MetCC quoting CAD 4660/4August.

You can also contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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