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Tate Modern: Boy, 6, 'thrown' from 10th floor in critical but stable condition

Emergency services on the roof of the fifth floor of the Tate Modern (Image: PA)

A six-year-old boy allegedly thrown off the 10th floor viewing platform at the Tate Modern is now in a critical but stable condition, say police.

Witnesses described harrowing scenes as a woman screamed "he's my son" after the boy landed on a fifth floor roof at the London landmark on Sunday afternoon.

The child was rushed to hospital and had been fighting for his life, but police said his injuries are no longer considered life-threatening.

A 17-year-old boy remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The teen is not thought to be known to the boy, according to Scotland Yard.

A Met Police spokesperson said on Monday: "The six-year-old boy injured at the Tate Modern is now in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

"A 17-year-old male remains in police custody. Enquiries are ongoing."

The Tate Modern planned to reopen on Monday, but the viewing platform would remain closed.

An air ambulance landed near the art gallery on the south bank of the River Thames in London after the incident which happened at roughly 2.40pm on Sunday.

A witness, who had been on the fifth floor in the member's lounge, told Mirror Online: "I heard the impact and then screaming from above as a woman screamed 'He’s my son! He’s my son!'

"I went inside because the screaming was horrific, the boy didn’t make any noise but the people from the viewing platform were screaming.

"Inside, after around 10 minutes we were told to leave. They tried to shut down the Tate but one door was left unguarded so we left through that door."

Administration worker Nancy Barnfield, 47, of Rochdale, was at the 10th-floor viewing gallery with a friend and their children when her friend heard a "loud bang".

Ms Barnfield turned around and saw a woman screaming "where's my son, where's my son?"

The child was rushed to hospital and is fighting for his life

Members of the public quickly gathered around a man who was nearby, she said.

Ms Barnfield said: "We did not notice the mum before, we noticed her after because she was hysterical by then."

She said the person who was restrained by members of the public before the police arrived "just stood there and was quite calm".

But most visitors only discovered that someone had been injured as they tried to leave.

Visitors told how they were prevented from leaving as police and paramedics attended the scene.

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My view: This is cruel, why are humans so terrible to each other.?

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