UPATED: Police investigation sparked as man in 20s suffers serious injuries in roof fall


Police are investigating reports of criminal damage in connection with an incident in which a man fell from a height of 40ft in Berkhamsted.

An ambulance, rapid response car and paramedic officer were sent to the scene in the High Street, where a man in his 20s was thought to have fallen from the top of the Royal British Legion building, Farriers Hall.

The man fell 40ft at around 5.30am, and shortly afterwards firefighters were called to assist the ambulance service with a somewhat difficult rescue operation.

According to the fire service log, access to the casualty was tricky, as it was suggested he had fallen onto or near a car.

But it was later revealed police are investigating the incident, in which criminal damage has allegedly been caused to a sign on the building, as well as a silver Ford car.

Officers have not yet interviewed the man, as he was taken to St Mary’s Hospital’s major trauma unit in Paddington, London, with serious pelvic injuries as well as damage to his legs.

A police spokesman said other avenues of enquiry are being looked into, including checking CCTV and speaking to witnesses.

If you saw the incident or anything unusual taking place around that time, call PC Scott Lewsey from Hemel Hempstead police station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting the reference D2/14/577.