BY TOBY PORTER
The son of a coach driver killed by a window pane which is thought to have fallen 250 feet from a tower block, has paid an emotional tribute to him.
Mick Ferris died when the glass allegedly fell to the pavement from the 27th floor of Corniche, a multimillion-pound apartment block on the Albert Embankment, between Lambeth Palace and Vauxhall.
The 53-year-old, previously a civilian driver for the Met, was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services were called at around 10.40am on Tuesday.
He worked for Sydenham-based Clarkes of London. A spokesman for the company said it was respecting the family’s right to privacy but added: “We are aware of reports in the news of a tragic incident in London on Tuesday involving the death of a man who is named as a Clarkes of London driver.
“The police are yet to officially confirm the victim’s identity and we wish to respect the family’s right to privacy in not releasing any details without their permission. Our thoughts and sympathy are with the family at this difficult time.”
A section of window from one of the penthouse properties in the Corniche could be seen to be missing from the structure as police erected a cordon after the incident. Scrap metal dealer Paddy Riley, 59, was driving past shortly after it happened.
“There was lots of blood everywhere – it was very, very distressing,” he said. “There was a lot of labourers standing looking and pointing up at the window and down at him.” Mick’s son Daniel on Facebook described his father as a “lifelong idol”.
He said: “Now that the news seems to be everywhere, I am joining in. “Yesterday my family were shocked by the news that my dad’s been killed suddenly in London. “Heartbroken isn’t the world to describe how myself and the family feel.
“I love you so much dad and I’ll think about you every day. My life long idol. Always in my heart and mind. “Now that you’re gone West Ham are gonna pull it out the bag and win every match of the season just you watch.”
Television host and fellow West Ham fan James Corden paid tribute to Mr Ferris on Twitter, saying: “He was a huge West Ham fan and has passed away in the most sudden of circumstances.”
A friend GJ Kingston, posted on Facebook: “Daniel, we can’t begin to imagine how you and your family are feeling right now.
The news got to us in Australia early yesterday morning and we spent the day shocked and thinking of you all. “Your Dad was one of life’s truely great men and we feel privileged to have known him. “We send you all our sincere condolences and know that we’re thinking of you all.”
A Met spokesman said: “The man was pronounced dead at the scene. “At this early stage in the investigation, it is believed he was hit by something falling from a building.”
The Health and Safety Executive has been informed. London Ambulance Service confirmed it was called to the incident, and dispatched two motorcycle responders, a car and an ambulance. “Sadly, a person was dead at the scene,” the spokesman said.
Property developer St James – whose HQ is 500 yards away at St George Wharf, Vauxhall – said it was investigating the incident at The Corniche.
A spokesman said: “It is with great sadness that we learnt of an incident at our Corniche development on Albert Embankment, in which a man suffered fatal injuries. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family at this incredibly difficult time.
“We are investigating this incident as a matter of urgency and working with the emergency services to establish what happened.”
The Corniche is advertised as an “exclusive address” of two, three and four bedroomed apartments and penthouses with views to the Houses of Parliament.
Designed by Battersea-based Foster + Partners, it is the same company responsible for the new Wembley, City Hall and the Gherkin, and properties cost from £2.7million-£6.25million.
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