Woman falls to death from Primark roof as pal begs people to stop sharing video

A family have revealed their devastation after a young woman fell to her death from the roof of a Primark.

Zaheeda Chopdat, 26, was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital in a critical condition, following the incident at 7.50am on Friday.

The area outside Blackburn Market, in Lancashire, was cordoned off following the incident and she was later pronounced dead.

Salim Sidat, a family friend, has pleaded with people to stop sharing a video – allegedly showing Ms Chopdat actually falling from the roof.

Mr Sidat, a local councillor, fumed: "It is really pathetic and really bad that people are sharing this video.

"I want everyone to stop sharing it immediately. It’s so inconsiderate for the family and everyone affected."

There were four police cars and one police van at the scene and one ambulance rapid response car.

Police officers had asked people to remove their cars from the parking spaces opposite the market to allow access for emergency vehicles.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "Emergency services were called to reports that a woman had fallen from the roof of the Primark store in Blackburn.

"The 26-year-old woman Blackburn had suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

"Sadly she has since been pronounced dead. Her next of kin had been informed.

"Her death was not being treated as suspicious."

A taxi driver, who was waiting at a nearby rank, said: "I saw the police cars turn up at around 8am and was concerned about what was going on."

Loraine Jones, general manager of The Mall Blackburn, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of a woman who sadly died in an incident this morning.

"We are continuing to work with the emergency services to understand exactly what happened."

An ambulance service spokesman said: "We were called to near Primark at 7.40am.

"We sent an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle and we took the patient to Royal Blackburn Hospital."

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