A 5-year-old boy who died falling from a Sheffield hotel window was an ‘Afghan refugee who had escaped from the Taliban’ Yorkshire News

Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel, where a child is reported to have fallen and died

South Yorkshire police requested information following the boy’s death in what was reported as a fall from the ninth floor of the Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel on Blonk Street around 2.30pm yesterday.

The force said officers were called to the scene in the afternoon after receiving reports that the boy had fallen. His family is now supported by specially trained officers with a formal identification that has yet to be carried out.

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A member of the city’s Afghan Community Association, whose name is Zabi, said: “It is very sad.

“We hope to go see the family to help them.”

The boy’s family is being supported by specially trained officers and a formal identification has not yet been made.

The hotel has reportedly been used to house Afghan refugees who had assisted the British authorities in their home country.

A fellow refugee who was staying at the hotel told him YorkshireLive the boy had arrived in Sheffield four days ago, adding: “They came here to save their lives and now this has happened. It is very sad.”

Alison Teal, a Green Party councilor and executive council member, was recently quoted as saying that Sheffield was a sanctuary city for Taliban refugees.

She said: “There is an ongoing police investigation and we are informed that we cannot comment.

“It is a really tragic story.”

South Yorkshire Police continue to appeal to witnesses following Wednesday’s tragic incident. Any witness, or anyone with information, should call the police at 101.

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