Woman falls to death

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A WOMAN has died after she plunged around 60ft from the third floor of a retirement village building.

The 58-year-old woman was found dead on the ground outside of a multi-storey block of apartments at Hartfields Extra Care Village, at Bishop Cuthbert, in Hartlepool.

It is believed she may have fallen from a window or balcony, but this has yet to be confirmed. A woman found the fall victim on the ground on Monday morning and contacted the emergency services.

A rapid response ambulance crew and police officers rushed to the scene although the Hartfields resident had already died.

Today police said they are investigating the incident but added that there are no suspicious circumstances.

The matter has been handed to town coroner Malcolm Donnelly, who will open an inquest into the death over the next few days.

The woman was a resident at the Hartfields Extra Care Village and was also receiving care and support from Hartlepool Borough Council’s adult social care department.

A spokesman for the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, which runs Hartfields, said the woman was a resident of its “extra care scheme” which offers “minor care” to tenants both mentally or physically, or both.

He said: “On Monday, September 3, we were informed of an incident involving one of our residents at our extra care scheme, Hartfields, in Hartlepool. Tragically, she passed away on the same day.

“Our thoughts are with her family at this very distressing time and we extend our deepest sympathies to them.

“We have informed all the relevant authorities, although we are unable to comment further at this time.”

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police added: “Just before 9.50am on Monday, officers were called by ambulance service colleagues to a report of a sudden death at an address in the Hartfields Extra Care Village, Hartlepool.

“The body of a 58-year-old woman was found outside the address. Inquiries are ongoing, however, police are not currently treating her death as suspicious.”

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the victim’s family. We can confirm that she was receiving care and support from the council’s adult social care department in partnership with other agencies.

“Cleveland Police are currently leading an investigation into the incident, and we are offering them whatever assistance we can.”

The 58-year-old woman’s family have declined to comment.