Man jumps from tower block where students were filming about suicide

Man jumps to his death from eighth floor of tower block where students were filming programme about suicide

  • Man died after falling from a tower block, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, at 10.30am
  • Students from Leeds Beckett University had been using tower for a short film 
  • Witness said man ‘smiled’ at actress before ‘throwing himself over’ the balcony

A man has died after jumping from the eighth-floor of a tower block where students were making a short film about suicide.

The middle aged man is said to have smiled at one of the actresses before climbing over a balcony and plunging 100ft to the ground.

Students from Leeds Beckett University had been using a flat on the eighth floor of the block in the Lincoln Green area of the city to make the programme.

A man has died after jumping from the eighth-floor of a tower block in Leeds, west Yorkshire

They had leafleted residents explaining why they were there and had been due to wrap up tomorrow.

Shortly before 10.30am today a male, who did not live in the block, was buzzed in through the ground floor security door and made his way to the eighth floor.

Some of the students were sat in a hire van containing the equipment in the car park while others, including an actress, were on the eighth floor.

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A student, who did not wish to be identified, said: ‘The female actor was on the balcony when this bloke appeared on the balcony across from her.

‘She smiled at him and he smiled back and then he just threw himself over.’

Melissa Johnson, 28, who lives on the seventh floor, said: ‘The poor guy does not live in this block.

A student who was recording at the tower block, pictured, said the man smiled at an actress before he ‘threw himself over’ the balcony this morning

‘He has made a point of coming here and getting buzzed in before going to the floor where the students have been filming for the last three days.

‘The students put leaflets through our doors informing us that they were filming in the block and we knew it was about suicide.

‘They have been coming and going with their cameras and equipment.’ 

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: ‘At 10.30am today police were called to a report of a man having fallen from height in Lincoln Green, Leeds.

‘Emergency services attended and the man was pronounced dead at scene. There are no suspicious circumstances and the Coroner’s Office has been informed.’ 

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