Two teenagers die in sixth-floor balcony fall in London

The man and woman were at a party in a block of flats in Deptford 

Two teenagers have died after falling from a sixth floor balcony in Deptford, south London where they were attending a party, the Metropolitan Police said.

The 18-year-old man and 19-year-old woman were both pronounced dead at the scene, after what police believe was a "tragic accident".

Emergency services were called to the scene in Knights Tower in Wharf Street by the London Ambulance Service shortly after midnight.

One resident who lives in the opposite block to Knights Tower, who did not want to be identified, said he saw a couple "frolicking" on the balcony last night.

He said he saw the pair kissing and the girl telling the boy “to get off her”. Less than ten minutes later, the neighbour reported hearing a loud “bang”, with his partner saying: “We thought someone had been shot."

Another neighbour said he saw the couple fall. He said: "She saw him lift her up and put her on the edge of the balcony, she said she had her arms around his neck and then he was stood against her kissing her. Then she saw his legs stumble backwards - he stumbled backwards and she stumbled the other way. Then they both fell off."

A police spokesman said they are not treating the deaths as suspicious, but will continue to investigate.

Inspector Shaun Carre-Brown said: "This appears to be a tragic accident and our thoughts go out to the families and those that knew them.

"The couple were at a party in the block when this tragedy occurred.

"I would urge any witnesses to make contact with detectives."

Witness are being asked to call 101 and ask for the CID at Plumstead police station. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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