IPCC investigates Woolwich tower block fall death

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation after a teenager died falling from a tower block while apparently trying to escape officers.

The IPCC is looking into why the Met allowed the 18 year old Shanice-Paris Goff to be unsupervised in a bedroom prior to her death following a fall from the 17th floor flat in Woolwich.

The investigation will also include a review of any accounts provided to the police by the male tenant and a female witness who were at the address on the morning of 10th April 2012 when the incident occurred.

The IPCC was informed of the incident just before midday on 10th April and investigators were deployed to the address to begin an assessment later that afternoon.

“At this time our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Ms Goff. This is a tragic and shocking incident in which a young woman has lost her life,” IPCC Commissioner Sarah Green said. “At this early stage IPCC investigators have reviewed the account provided by the female witness who was at the address at the time, the statements provided by the two police officers at the address and they have examined the property where the incident occurred.”

Commissioner Green said she “determined that the IPCC should investigate the circumstances surrounding the decisions taken by the two officers who attended the address on the day Ms. Goff tragically died and also to review any accounts given by the young man and woman who were in the flat with Ms Goff.”

The female witness who was at the scene has said that “Ms. Goff was alone in a bedroom within the flat, on the 17th floor of a tower block, prior to her fall,” Commissioner Green said.

She reassured the public that IPCC will carry out a “thorough and robust investigation.”

Ms. Goff was being recalled to prison when she fell from a window. A 19-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has now been bailed to return in early June pending further inquiries.