Neighbours in Wanstead street react with sadness to death of 16-year-old following scaffolding fall

16:28 19 November 2012

16-year-old Alfie Perrin died after falling from scaffolding in Camden Road, Wanstead

16-year-old Alfie Perrin died after falling from scaffolding in Camden Road, Wanstead

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Neighbours in a Wanstead street where a 16-year-old died after falling from scaffolding last Wednesday have spoken of their sadness at the news.

Alfie Perrin, of Enfield, was treated at the scene in Camden Road at around 3pm but died of a head injury that afternoon after being taken to an east London hospital.

He was working on a loft conversion.

The death is being treated as unexplained and is being investigated by the police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Sarah Hipperson, 85, of Sydney Road, whose home faces onto Camden Road, said: “It leaves you with a feeling of sadness for his family.”

Mrs Hipperson believed she saw the young man on the scaffolding before his fall from her window.

She said: “I saw what I thought was a younger than usual man.

“I thought he was swinging stuff down onto the ground. I came downstairs.

“The next thing my son said ‘there’s ambulances around.’”

She added that she believed the teenager was throwing material down in bags into a skip in the road.

Another neighbour, who didn’t wish to be named, said the family living at the home had moved out while the work was done and he hadn’t seen any work going on since Alfie’s death.

He added: “You don’t expect something like that to happen.”

Another neighbour said: “It’s weird now to look at that place.”

Rooftop Rooms, the company which was doing the conversion, was unwilling to comment this morning.

A spokesman for C & F Scaffolding, which erected the scaffolding around eight weeks ago, said: “We had a meeting with HSE today.

“They’ve approved the scaffolding, it’s nothing to do with it.

“As the investigation is ongoing, they’ve not given us too much information.”

Tributes to the teenager have been left on Twitter.

Paula Smyth said: “RIP Alfie Perrin, you are loved and missed by so many. Sleep tight sweetheart. You will always be in our thoughts xxx”

And Kat Cooper wrote: “Alfie Perrin - you’ll forever be missed.”

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

Call Ilford police CID on 020 8345 2727.

No arrests have been made.

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