Two die, six hurt, in Knightsbridge balcony collapse


Two men have died after a balcony collapsed on Cadogan Square in Knightsbridge.

The two men, who have not yet been named, are thought to be removal men who were working at the address. The first-floor balcony is thought to have been connected to property number 37, a five-storey terraced building.

An employee of the London Ambulance Service (LAS) earlier confirmed that they had sent three ambulances, an advanced paramedic, medical team and duty officer to the scene. A spokesperson for the LAS said, “We treated eight patients at the scene. Every effort was made to resuscitate one patient but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene. Another man was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, as a priority.” The man later died in hospital. Six other people were treated at the scene, but did not have to go to hospital.

Greg Hands, the Conservative MP for Chelsea & Fulham, tweeted that he was very concerned to hear reports of the two deaths in Chelsea. In his tweets, Hands said that he had spoken to Cadogan Estates, who, although it is not their property, believe that the balcony broke when the removal men were moving a sofa. He added, “My thoughts are with their families.”

The street has been closed to the public and a police tent has been set up on the pavement.

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