Man, 52, arrested after 10-year-old boy plunged from 100 foot cliff in Brighton

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A man has been arrested after a 10-year-old boy fell from a cliff near Brighton. The 52-year-old man from Oxfordshire was arrested on suspicion of allowing a child to come to serious physical harm, according to Sussex Police.

Police said the boy “fell from height” at Ovingdean, a village in the east of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, at around 5pm on Saturday.

He was airlifted to St George’s hospital in south London where he remains in a stable condition.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said today: “Police are appealing for information after a 10-year-old boy fell from height in Ovingdean.

“The boy was visiting Brighton and Hove and suffered serious injuries at about 5pm on Saturday September 24.

“He was taken to St George’s Hospital in London by the air ambulance service, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

“A 52-year-old man from Oxfordshire was arrested on suspicion of allowing a child to come to serious physical harm and has been bailed until October whilst enquiries continue.”

Police said the boy and his family were receiving support while the investigation is underway.

A passerby told The Argus: “I saw all the emergency services at the cliff and it looked really worrying.

“I had heard it was a child so I really hope they are ok. It’s absolutely awful.”

Anyone with information relevant to Saturday’s incident is urged to report online or call 101, quoting Operation Chaucer.



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