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Trafalgar Square lion fall woman taken to hospital

The air ambulance at Trafalgar Square Image copyright Isabella Librando
Image caption There have been calls to ban people from climbing on the lion sculptures

A woman was hurt when she fell from one of the bronze lion sculptures in Trafalgar Square, police said.

The woman, in her 20s, suffered head injuries following the fall from the 11ft (3.3m) sculpture.

The London Air Ambulance was called on Saturday evening and she was treated for 30 minutes before being taken to hospital.

Her injuries are no longer life-threatening and police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

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Image caption Police are not treating the incident as suspicious

In past years, the Greater London Authority has called for people to be banned from climbing on the lion statues, to protect them from being damaged.

It said tourists had damaged the 148-year-old lions and this damage would worsen without intervention.

But English Heritage is against a ban and said it would prove "deeply unpopular".

Trafalgar Square lion facts

  • The four lions were installed in 1867
  • They were created by Sir Edwin Landseer and cast by Baron Marochetti
  • The lions are included in the Grade I listed designation of Nelson's Column

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