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Man held over Kensington party death 'in bridge fall'

Isobel Reilly
Image caption Isobel Reilly died after falling ill at a house party

A lecturer arrested after the death of a 15-year-old girl is believed to be in a serious condition in hospital after apparently falling from a bridge.

Brian Dodgeon, 60, is thought to have broken both legs after falling from a flyover on the North Circular Road in Walthamstow, east London, on Tuesday.

Isobel Reilly fell ill during a party at his home and died later in hospital.

Mr Dodgeon was arrested on suspicion of child abandonment and possessing drugs and released on police bail until June.

The party took place at Mr Dodgeon's home in Barlby Road, north Kensington, west London, on 23 April.

Drugs were found in a cupboard and under a bed by police who searched the building afterwards, Westminster Coroner's Court heard at the start of the inquest into Isobel's death.

An officer from the coroner's office said it could be "four to six weeks" before the precise cause of the teenager's death was known, while toxicology tests were analysed.

As a result the inquest was adjourned until July.

Lecturer suspended

Mr Dodgeon's 14-year-old daughter and two 14-year-old boys were also taken to hospital for observation after the party but have since been released.

The University of London lecturer was suspended from his job on full pay last week.

Scotland Yard confirmed it had attended an incident on Tuesday in which a 60-year-old man had fallen from a bridge but would not confirm his identity.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Shortly after 1010 BST on Tuesday, police were called to the North Circular Road (A406) at Walthamstow to reports of a man who had fallen from a bridge.

"A 60-year-old man suffering from serious leg injuries was taken to hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition."

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