Hoardings installed at Norwich shopping mall following recent tragedies

Emergency vehicles outside Castle Mall after the incident last month. Photo by Simon Finlay. Emergency vehicles outside Castle Mall after the incident last month. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Peter Walsh
peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
Monday, April 7, 2014
10:03 AM

Temporary hoardings have been installed on the upper levels of a city shopping centre as part of a “precautionary measure” following recent tragedies where two people have died.

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Luther Benjamin Hughes. Pic: Submitted.Luther Benjamin Hughes. Pic: Submitted.

Shoppers at the Castle Mall will have noticed the white hoardings have been put in place around the balconies of the mall on levels four and five - where Vue cinema is located.

A statement issued by the shopping centre describes the move as a “precautionary measure” following “recent unfortunate events at the site”.

A spokesman said: “Vue Entertainment is working closely with the Castle Mall management team following recent unfortunate events at the site.

“As a precautionary measure, a temporary hoarding has been constructed and will be used to highlight forthcoming movie releases, special offers and promotions.”

The hoardings have been installed following the death of Luther Benjamin Hughes last month. Mr Hughes, 39, from Music House Lane, Norwich, died from multiple injuries following a fall from an upper balcony at the shopping centre.

He fell from a height to the ground floor of the shopping centre and was pronounced dead at the scene early on the evening of Thursday, March 6.

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. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Hughes, who has lived in Norwich since the 1990s after studying the History of Art at the University of Essex, was described by members of his family as a “kind, thoughtful, caring, bubbly” man who “loved his family”, had a “big personality”, and was “very generous and would give you his last pound”.

An inquest into Mr Hughes’ death was opened last month by Assistant Coroner David Osborne adjourned until Wednesday<9> when a review will be held.

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.

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

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

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