Sunday 25 September 2016

Soft landing: Woman plunges 60ft from John Lewis balcony and lands on display bed

The store was closed immediately after the 'serious incident'

Serina Sandhu

Published 10/02/2016 | 10:55

A woman who fell over the side of a balcony in a John Lewis store is thought to have avoided serious injury because she landed on a display bed.

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The 60-year-old plummeted around 60ft from the upper floor of the shop on Wilmslow Road in Cheadle on Monday.

Greater Manchester Police said they responded after receiving reports that a 60-year-old woman had fallen from the upper floor of the shop on Wilmslow Road.

The woman suffered hip and spine injuries in the fall, which saw her plummet about 60ft, a spokesman told the Press Association.

He added: "Her injuries are not thought to be serious and it appears that she fell on to a bed."

The woman was taken to hospital following the incident, which is reported to have happened by the glass balconies of the store's escalators.

A John Lewis spokesman confirmed there had been a "serious incident" at its Cheadle branch on Monday.

He added: "We closed the shop immediately and are offering partners who witnessed the incident our full support.

"We are continuing to work closely with the emergency services and have passed on CCTV footage to the police.

"We are glad that the customer's injuries are not thought to be serious, and our thoughts are with the customer and her family."

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