A man has died in hospital after falling from the top floor of a multi-storey car park in Birmingham city centre.
West Midlands Police was called to the car park in Moat Lane, Digbeth, shortly after 11.30am on Monday, after a worried member of the public called 999 when they spotted the man sitting on the ledge at the top floor of the nine-storey building.
Specialist police negotiators were called to the scene and spoke to the man for several hours but at 3.36pm onlookers watched as he fell from the building.
The man, described as being Asian and in his early 20s, has not been identified.
A force spokesman said: "We can confirm that a man died of his injuries in hospital following his fall earlier today.
"The deceased has not been identified and enquires are ongoing to identify him.
“Specialist police officers were deployed to the scene to attempt to bring the matter to a safe conclusion, however, the man fell from the building, sustaining serious injuries.
“He was given emergency medical assistance at the scene and was taken to hospital by ambulance.”
‘‘The deceased has not been identified and inquires are ongoing to identify him.’’
Witnesses told how the tragic incident unfolded. Student Eva Sibanda, 20, of Birmingham city centre, said: “I saw him sat at the top of the car park and walked away and looked back a few seconds later and there was no one there.
“I assumed that he had been persuaded not to jump, but he must have fallen in the time I looked away.
“I feel so sad and sorry for him. There can never be a good enough reason to do something like this.”
Asda worker Imran Ali, 29, of Highgate, said: “I was only there 15 minutes before he jumped.
“Everyone in the street fell quiet.
“I never want to witness anything like that again.”
Many other onlookers were too distressed to talk.
The area was cordoned off for several hours, with Moat Lane closed at its junctions with Bradford Street.
Digbeth High Street heading towards the Bullring Shopping centre was sealed off at the junction with the coach station, opposite the HMV Institute.