A police negotiator has told a Derby inquest how he tried to talk a teenager down from a car park while onlookers goaded him to jump.
Shaun Dykes, 17, from Kilburn, Derbyshire, died in a fall from the sixth-floor roof of the Westfield shopping centre in September 2008.
Det Insp Barry Thacker said shouts from the crowd below distracted them on a number of occasions.
Bystanders were yelling “jump” and “get on with it”, the inquest heard.
At one point the negotiator stretched his arms out to Shaun to try to persuade him to come away from the ledge to talk things over.
But as Shaun bent down to take his hand, a voice from the crowd shouted: “You’re wasting taxpayers’ money,” the inquest was told. The teenager then pulled back from the officer, saying: “No, it’s gone too far.” A short time later he jumped, Mr Thacker said.
This pretty much confirms my view of most of humanity. I would seriously not be surprised if they took videos of it on their phones and posted it on Youtube. Sounds good for a laugh.
I will make sure no-one sees me if I go that way.