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Teen charged with attempted murder after boy thrown from 10th floor of art gallery


The view from a new viewing platform during the unveiling of the New Tate Modern in London in 2016. - Stefan Wermuth / Reuters / File
The view from a new viewing platform during the unveiling of the New Tate Modern in London in 2016. - Stefan Wermuth / Reuters / File

LONDON — A teenager will appear in court on Tuesday charged with attempted murder after a six-year-old French boy was reportedly thrown from a 10th floor viewing platform at the Tate Modern art gallery in central London.

The 17-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons,was arrested on Sunday shortly after the boy, who was visiting London, was found on a fifth-floor roof.

His mother was heard by witnesses screaming “Where’s my son,where’s my son?”

“The injured boy remains in a stable, but critical condition in hospital with his family, who continue to be supported by officers,” police said.

The accused teenager is due to appear at Bromley Youth Court later Tuesday.

The Tate Modern, situated in a former power station next to the River Thames, was the most popular attraction in Britain in 2018 with almost six million visitors, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Michael Holden; editing by Kate Holton)

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