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Removal men who died in Chelsea balcony collapse were Polish from Greenford and Wembley

Tomasz Procko, 22, and Karol Szymanski, 29, died on Friday as they tried to get a sofa into a first floor flat in Cadogan Square

The scene of the fatal balcony collapse in Cadogan Square, Chelsea

Two removal men who died as they moved furniture into a multi-million pound Chelsea home were both Polish.

Police revealed over the weekend Tomasz Procko, 22, of Greenford, and Karol Szymanski, 29, of Wembley, died after an ornate balcony railing gave way as they pulled a sofa into the newly bought first floor flat in Cadogan Square on Friday (November 21) at about 10am.

Mr Procko died at the scene while Mr Szymanski died later after being taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. Six others were treated for minor injuries by paramedics at the scene.

A blue police tent below the balcony was in place for most of Friday as police, forensics specialists and the district surveyor inspected the scene where ropes were hanging down from.

Estate agent Clem Byron Evans was nearby after the incident. He said: “They were hoisting a sofa up through the window when the railing gave way and they fell.

“You’re not allowed to move furniture through the ground floor so people normally use a lifting truck to lift furniture up through the window of the first floor but it looks like these guys were doing it with ropes.

“This flat was recently bought for around £4 to five million. I can’t believe this has happened around here.”

Neighbour Lockie Cunningham, 19, lives a few doors down. He said: “I heard the ambulance this morning but didn’t think anything of it. Then I was told two removal men had died. I can’t believe this has happened around here, it’s just not something you would expect.”

A police spokesman, said: "Post-mortem examinations will be held in due course. Next of kin have been informed but formal identification awaits.

"At this early stage it is believed that a number of sofas were being delivered to the address - which was under renovation - prior to the railings on the balcony giving way.

"An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances of the incident in close partnership with the Health and Safety Executive and the Local Authority."

The buildings in the residential square were built at the end of the 19th Century and there are currently a few buildings covered in scaffolding but number 37, where the incident happened, did not have any on at the time.

Police are asking for anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8244 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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