Emergency services called after boy falls though former Royal School for Deaf Children roof

Royal School for Deaf Children Photo Melissa Carr Photography

A boy was taken to hospital last night (February 17) after falling through the roof of the former Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate.

Kent Police, ambulance service and fire crews were called to the vacant site in Victoria Road at 5.40pm.

The boy is thought to have gone through an area of glass.

A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police was called at about 5.40pm to assist the South East Coast Ambulance Service with a report a boy had fallen from the roof of a disused building in Victoria Road. He sustained an injury and was taken to a local hospital.”

Two fire engines also attended and left the scene at 7:03pm.

A South East Coast Ambulance service spokesman said: ”

A spokesman for the ambulance service said: “At 5.20pm  we sent two response cars and two ambulances to a report of a youth falling through a window into a disused building.

“He sustained cuts as well as injuries to limbs and back and was taken to the William Harvey Hospital for treatment.”



  1. He’s extremely lucky because when I was a kiddo a school friend fell through the roof of a disused church and was killed instantly. Thoughts are with the family and a super speedy recovery to him.

  2. Another boy was killed fallin through the roof of the disused Hovis Bread Mill a few years ago after getting through the entrance. There needs to be warning signs specifically infoming of the dangers of climbing on these abandoned buildings, especailly glass and asbestos roofs.
    I wish him well soon.

  3. saw the three lads climbing up the roof from alleyway in byron ave one of them had spiderman outfit on that didn,t help his mate lads and lasses are up on the roofs on a regular basis hope lad recovers but boys will be boys

  4. No matter how many warning signs you put up, people will still ignore them, or think they know better.
    By far and away the best thing to do is encourage children, in a safe environment, to push their boundaries, and find out what they can and can’t do. The old fashioned “adventure playgrounds” were brilliant for this sort of thing. So are the youth organisations such as scouts, guides, Woodcraft Folk, Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades, cadet cores and so on. Here children get an opportunity to visit the wide, wild outdoors; to build swings in trees, to construct bridges across rivers; to fashion rafts from old oil drums and planks of wood. But they are are relatively safe. And they learn their capabilities and boundaries.
    Responsible parenting is quite an important factor, too. (My mum taught me how to make and use Molotov cocktails – her reasoning was that since I was determined to do it, she’d rather she enjoyed the fun, too!)

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