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Sidcup man, 21, falls 30ft from Brighton seafront

PUBLISHED: 14:39 30 January 2012

The man is still in hospital after Saturday's fall

The man is still in hospital after Saturday's fall

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A 21-year-old man from Sidcup is fighting for his life after falling 30ft from railings on a seafront during a night out with friends.

The man climbed over the railings on Brighton seafront but was urged to pull back to safety by a friend.

Two police officers patrolling on the Lower Esplanade just before 11pm on Saturday (28) spotted the man, a Sussex Police spokesman said.

One officer called on him to climb back over the railings while his colleague went up stairs to the upper level to join the man’s friend.

As the officer arrived there, the man fell 30ft on to the Lower Esplanade, causing him multiple fractures. He was given medical aid by police and paramedics at the scene.

The unnamed man was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in the city where his condition was described as critical.

Relatives are at the hospital and Sussex Police said the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been informed as standard practice because officers were present when he fell.

A police spokesman said the incident was not being treated as suspicious and appealed for witnesses to contact them.

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