'Outstanding' Footballer, 14, Dies After Falling 19 Floors From Tower Block

14/08/2014 16:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

'Outstanding' footballer, 14, dies after falling 19 floors from tower block

An 'outstanding' 14-year-old schoolboy footballer died after falling 19 storeys from the top of a tower block.

Football-mad Charlie Paterson crashed through a ceiling of an enclosed chute next to a stairwell.

Paramedics were called to Winford House, where Charlie lived with his family, in Bow, east London, but were unable to save the teenager.

Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

A witness said: "I saw him on the ground. He crashed through the ceiling."

Devastated friends and relatives have left online tributes, flowers and candles, as well as a signed shirt from pals at Bishop Challoner Catholic School in Tower Hamlets, where he was a pupil, at the foot of the stairwell where his body was found.

There is also a red and black striped football shirt from local youth team Senrab FC where Charlie played as a striker, with the message: "Gone but not forgotten. RIP Coach Dave and your teammates."

Senrab has produced a clutch of top football stars in recent years including three England captains - John Terry, Ray Wilkins and Sol Campbell - as well as current England striker Jermain Defoe plus Ledley King and Lee Bowyer.

Paul Shea, the club's assistant secretary, said: "Our hearts go out to the family. We held a minute's silence in his honour at all our games on Sunday.

"He was an outstanding footballer and he was a really nice lad."

The footballer and promising drummer lived on the third floor with his mum, stepdad and younger brother Harvey.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "At this early stage it is believed the boy received his injuries after falling form a height at the block. The death is being treated as unexplained."


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