Police swarm city centre park after man dies near cathedral


A man has died after being found unconscious by a city centre cathedral this morning.

Emergency services descended on Cathedral Square in Birmingham city centre, near the affluent Colmore Row business district, at around 7.50am.

The man was discovered lifeless and, though paramedics attempted to resuscitate him, he died at the scene near St Philip’s Cathedral.

The park, known colloquially as Pigeon Park, is a busy thoroughfare for commuters and shoppers, Birmingham Live reports. All entrances to the square have been sealed off this morning and it’s expected they’ll remain closed for several hours.

Four ambulances were seen parked opposite Grand Hotel which is adjacent to St Philip’s Cathedral, which was consecrated in 1715. 

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Sadly, despite the best efforts from ourselves and ambulance colleagues who attempted to resuscitate the man, he sadly died.

“An investigation is underway to determine what happened.”

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and MERIT trauma doctors attended the scene to provide treatment to a man in a critical condition.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of police and ambulance staff, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased a short time later.”

A mum told BirminghamLive she is wary as her children needed to go near Pigeon Park on their way to school today.

Another local tweeted: “What’s happening in Brum? Four ambulances and lots of police at Pigeon Park. Bit of a worry.”

One man said: “Several ambulances at the scene, as well as police officers.

“Traffic and buses passing through Colmore Row as normal though.”

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