Woman plunges 60ft from John Lewis balcony and lands on display bed

The store was closed immediately after the 'serious incident'

A woman who fell over the side of a balcony in a John Lewis store is thought to have avoided serious injury because she landed on a display bed.

The 60-year-old plummeted around 60ft from the upper floor of the shop on Wilmslow Road in Cheadle on Monday.

Greater Manchester Police and the ambulance service were called to the scene at around 4pm. The woman was taken to hospital for treatment after she sustained some injuries to her hip and spine as a result of the fall, which reportedly took place by the glass balconies near the escalator.

A spokesman from the police said: “Her injuries are not thought to be serious and it appears that she fell on to a bed.”

The John Lewis branch was immediately closed following the “serious incident,” said a spokesman, who added that CCTV footage had been given to the police.

The spokesman said: “We are glad that the customer’s injuries are not thought to be serious, and our thoughts are with the customer and her family,” he said.

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“Our customers’ safety is of the utmost importance to us and all of our shops conform to the highest safety standards.”

Additional reporting by PA