London boy falls from tower block on Aylesbury Estate

A teenager has died after falling from the sixth floor of a tower block in south-east London.

Jovanni Peddie, 14, opened his bedroom window to look out but plunged on to a second-floor balcony on the Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, his family said.

Police said he fell from a sixth-floor balcony at 1240 BST on Wednesday and have started an investigation.

His eight-year-old brother had spotted Jovanni's body lying on the balcony when he looked out of the window.

Jovanni's aunt, Cherry Peddie, said it was "an accident waiting to happen" as the windows were inadequately secured.

"Children are curious, they just want to look out of the window," she said.

"A number of people have fallen before. Lessons need to be learned."

'Very tearful'

Southwark Council, which has responsibility for the estate, said it was "a tragic case and our thoughts are with the family".

"The police are investigating the cause of death and we will do all we can to help the family at this difficult time."

Image caption Jovanni Peddie, who died on Wednesday, was "happy, bubbly and religious", his aunt said

The teenager was described by his aunt as "a lovely boy" who was bright and intelligent and wanted to be an architect.

"He was happy, bubbly and religious," added Ms Peddie.

"The family knows he has gone to the Lord."

Jovanni attended Westminster City School in central London and was studying for his GCSEs.

His parents are now moving out of the flat and into temporary accommodation with their three other sons and their daughter.

His mother and father were "very tearful", Ms Peddie said.

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