Sheffield balcony fall inquiry ‘complex’

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AN INQUIRY into the death of a Sheffield toddler who fell from the fourth floor of a block of flats is set to continue for several months.

The joint inquiry between South Yorkshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive, which began after two-year-old Ryaheen Banimuslem plunged from a balcony at Wicker Riverside, North Bank, in June, is still expected to take some time.

A police spokesman said: “Enquiries are continuing.

“This is a complex case.

“The investigation is likely to take some time before it can be finalised.”

Ryaheen lived in the flats off Wicker with her family, who are originally from Iraq.

After the tragedy, a pane of glass appeared to be missing from the balcony above Willey Street car park, where Ryaheen fell – it was boarded up after her death.

Residents claimed vandals had smashed glass panels on the balcony and managing agent Arim confirmed that had happened in the past although it said no breakages were reported in the two days before Ryaheen’s death.