Man survives five-storey jump from Ebor flats in Bridlington

Flat resident Christine Clark at the window where her partner jumped. Picture Richard Ponter 123521a

Flat resident Christine Clark at the window where her partner jumped. Picture Richard Ponter 123521a

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A GRANDMOTHER has spoken of her horror after her ex-partner jumped from a fifth floor window of a block of flats following an argument.

Tony Leigh, 48, of Clarence Road, jumped through the window of the flat where his ex-partner Christine Clark, 53, lives.

The Ebor House block of flats overlooking Brildington harbour, where a man jumped from after a dispute with his partner. Picture Richard Ponter 123521b

The Ebor House block of flats overlooking Brildington harbour, where a man jumped from after a dispute with his partner. Picture Richard Ponter 123521b

Christine said she was speaking to 
police officers on her doorstep after they were called following the row, when Mr Leigh jumped at about 6pm last Friday.

He landed on the balcony of a first floor flat at Ebor House, in Ferndale Terrace, and was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary in a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Leconfield.

On Saturday he was described as 
being in a serious but stable condition, and at the time of going to press he 
remained in hospital.

Christine said the incident was triggered when she got dressed up for a night out with friends.

“I just wanted to catch up with some friends. He caught me all dressed up and went ballistic,” she said.

“He called me a few names, I called the police. I was only in the doorway checking on my hair in the mirror because I had done it up, and all I put on was a bit of mascara and a bit of rouge. He just wasn’t happy,” she added.

Christine left the flat, locking the door with Mr Leigh inside, and was met by police officers. Moments later Tony jumped through the window.

“They were talking to me outside the door, on the doorstep. Then police cars and ambulances and fire engines arrived. I said ‘what’s going on? Why can’t I go into the flat?” said Christine, who had been in a relationship with Tony on and off for around 12 years.

“I didn’t know what to think. I was laughing, I was crying. I have had no sleep since,” she added.

Now after living at Ebor House for seven years, Christine – who has 11 grandchildren – fears she may have to find alternative accomodation, despite Mr Leigh never having lived there.

A housing group manager was due to visit Christine yesterday to discuss the incident.

The flats are run by the Chevin Housing Association. A spokesman said: “We take all incidents very seriously and will be undertaking a full internal investigation working with the police.”

The incident has shaken other residents in the block of flats, including Jean Gray, 71, whose window sill was hit by Mr Leigh as he fell.

“It was horrendous,” said Jean, who dialled 999 as soon as she realised what had happened.

“I’m sure he hit my window sill but I thought it was a bag of cement because of the weight. He seemed to be coming down holding his knees. He landed on the balcony and he was just lying there with his arms outstretched.

“It’s not everyday you see a body falling through the air. It was such a shock,” she added.

Humberside Police have confirmed that they were called to Ebor House at 6.05pm last Friday following reports of a “domestic incident”.

A police spokesperson said no arrests have been made and enquiries were ongoing.