Flowers and tributes left at scene of Norwich Castle Mall tragedy

Emergency vehicles outside Castle Mall after an incident. Photo by Simon Finlay. Emergency vehicles outside Castle Mall after an incident. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Monday, March 10, 2014
4:36 PM

Flowers and tributes have been left in a Norwich shopping centre where a man fell to his death.

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Emergency services were called to Castle Mall on Thursday, but could not save the man, who was in his 30s.

Flowers and a number of cards have been left close to the lifts near Argos on the ground floor of the Mall with one reading “To my beautiful little brother Benny Boy. At last your at peace” while another said: “My little brother Ben, you are gone but never forgotten”

Another card left at the scene said: “To our Uncle Ben, may you be at peace now. We will miss you so much”

Police are not treating the death as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

The man had not been publicly identified at the time of going to print, but it is understood he was known to Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

He fell from a height to the ground floor of the shopping centre and was pronounced dead at the scene early on Thursday evening.

Emergency services were called at around 5.40pm to reports a man had been found with serious injuries close to the lifts outside the Argos store on the ground floor.

The death comes less than a year after Matthew Dunham, 25, died at Castle Mall after he jumped from the fifth floor of the shopping centre at about 7.20pm on May 9 last year.

At the inquest into Mr Dunham’s death, held in September last year, then coroner William Armstrong criticised the Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust for the “fundamental deficiencies” in the way the Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust had treated Mr Dunham.

Mr Armstrong said support had been “fragmented and unco-ordinated” with mental health staff not aware they were treating Mr Dunham at the same time.

The coroner also expressed concern that an emergency GP referral which should have been followed up within four hours took two days.

He said: “There was no lack of help being given to Mr Dunham, but the care and support was clearly fragmented and unco-ordinated. The evidence reveals problems accessing information and about sharing information. It’s alarming that information about a patient’s care was not being shared.”

He concluded that Mr Dunham intended to kill himself, but added that it was while suffering from a mental disorder and while in receipt of mental health services.

If you have feelings of anxiety and need help, contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.

Would you like to pay tribute to the man? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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