A MAN has plunged to his death in front of horrified Christmas shoppers from a shopping centre car park.

The man landed in the road alongside the entrance to the multi-storey car park at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading, Berkshire.

Several roads were closed as paramedics and police rushed to the scene.

Police cordoned off the scene while security staff ushered horrified shoppers away from the scenes.

Motorists were prevented from entering the car park and were diverted from the town centre.

The man’s body was later taken to the mortuary at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.

“We are investigating an unexplained but non-suspicious death of a man”

Thames Valley Police

A spokesman for The Oracle said: “We can confirm that an incident occurred this morning at the centre’s Riverside car park and sadly the individual has passed away.

“Emergency services were called immediately and we will continue to provide our full support to the authorities throughout their investigations.

“Our thoughts are with their friends and family at this very difficult time.”

Pathologists are expected to carry out a post mortem examination to establish the exact cause of his death. 

An inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned later – with the victim not yet named by the police.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “We are investigating an unexplained but non-suspicious death of a man in Bridge Street, Reading.

“We were called to the scene at 10.09am today.

“Police are currently at the scene and a cordon is in place.”

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 10.04am and sent two ambulance crews.

“Sadly, one patient was confirmed deceased at the scene.”

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