- Police went to flat to recall 18-year-old girl to prison
- Neighbours say she was screaming 'let me go' before she fell
A teenager plunged to her death from the bedroom window of a 17th-floor tower block yesterday, moments after police arrived to arrest her.
Neighbours told of being woken by the 18-year-old screaming 'Get off me, let me go' shortly before she fell.
Last night, Scotland Yard said officers were not in the room when the girl, a convicted robber, fell from the window of the high-rise in Woolwich, South East London.
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Death: The woman plunged to the ground from a window on the 17th floor of this tower block in south-east London as police raided her flat
Her lifeless body was found on a bank of grass behind the block of flats.
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said the area was full of police cars and ambulances this morning.
She said: 'They were always together and his mum was often with them. We saw hundreds of officers running in and out of the block.
'They put him in a police car and drove him up the road a little bit, then one of the neighbours' sons who knows him came and got him and they walked away.
Death: The 17th-storey window from which a teenage woman plunged to her death today
Meticulous: Forensic officers scour the grounds for evidence today
Another neighbour said that the woman who died and her boyfriend were a 'friendly' couple but had been known to row occasionally.
She said: 'I didn’t know what happened, whether she fell or she was pushed.
'At the back of the tower block there are one-bedroom flats and the windows at the back, where she must have fallen, are a bit dodgy.
'They come up to about chest height so she must have climbed, but they open right out so it would be easy to fall or to jump.'
Investigation: Police and forensic officers cordon off the area behind the block of flats in Woolwich as they continued their search for clues
Tragic: A police officer lifts the cordon tape as a body appears to be carried from the scene
'The next thing I saw was someone being taken away by the police. I recognised him. I've seen him a lot skating in the road.
'He was protesting his innocence to the police.'
'Then I saw three police officers, one of whom used a pole, bring out a Staffordshire terrier-type dog.
The dog was behaving ok, it wasn't causing any problems.'
Probe: Police were visiting the flat to make an arrest as part of a recall to prison inquiry
'A lot of people round here know each other, they see the same face more or less every day. They were very friendly people.'
The woman said police are often called to incidents in the flats in the tower block. She said: 'It's certainly not a quiet, crime-free place to live.'
It is not yet known if she leapt to ground in an attempt to get away from officers, but the police have said she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said they were visiting the high-rise tower block as part of a recall to prison inquiry.
Scotland Yard said they were still waiting for her to be formally identified with a post-mortem examination to be scheduled in due course.
A spokesman said a man was arrested by officers on suspicion of assisting an offender and he is currently in custody at a south London police station.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) has been informed and is investigating.
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