A MAN has died after falling inside a busy Hounslow shopping centre yesterday.
Police and ambulance services were called to The Treaty Centre at around 3.20pm on Tuesday to reports of a man who had fallen from a height.
The Chronicle believe the man, who died later at the Royal London Hospital, fell from an upper balcony inside the building near the library.
Shoppers were evacuated from the scene and part of the High Street was closed while an air ambulance attended, as well as road crews.
The man was treated for chest injuries at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital where he later died.
Hounslow resident Aaron Galway was coming down an escalator when the incident happened. He described the it as a "nightmare".
He said: "I was just minding my own business, coming down the escalator with my headphones on when I saw this flash and saw this guy on the floor near the cafe below the library.
"The security staff rushed over straight away and there were announcements for everyone to leave. They but a barricade around him. It was packed at the time, being the time of day it was there were lots of people with children too. People were upset, shocked and confused. I was really quite shaken by it. It was like a nightmare, and there were so many police cars that arrived afterwards"
A member of staff at Republic, a shop just a few metres from the scene, said: "I was working at the time but I didn't see it until a bit later when
everyone was crowding around. It was a real shock. Everyone was evacuated from the centre and we didn't come back for the rest of the day."
A member of staff at BB's Coffee and Muffins, the cafe next to the spot where the man landed, said the incident was "very upsetting."
She added: "All our customers were eating and not paying attention to the balcony above so it all happened very suddenly. It was just like boom, and then there was a man lying there on the floor. I was very upsetting."
A post mortem is due to take place and police are not looking for anyone in relation to the incident.