Woman plunges 60ft from balcony on to display bed in John Lewis store


A woman has had a lucky escape after plunging over the side of a balcony in a John Lewis store and landing on a display bed.

The incident happened at the department store in Cheadle on Monday, with police and ambulances called to the scene at around 4pm.

Greater Manchester Police said they responded after receiving reports that a 60-year-old woman had fallen from the upper floor of the shop on Wilmslow Road.

The woman suffered hip and spine injuries in the fall, which saw her plummet about 60ft, a spokesman told the Press Association.

He added: "Her injuries are not thought to be serious and it appears that she fell on to a bed."

The woman was taken to hospital following the incident, which is reported to have happened by the glass balconies of the store's escalators.

A John Lewis spokesman confirmed there had been a "serious incident" at its Cheadle branch on Monday.

He added: "We closed the shop immediately and are offering partners who witnessed the incident our full support.

"We are continuing to work closely with the emergency services and have passed on CCTV footage to the police.

"We are glad that the customer's injuries are not thought to be serious, and our thoughts are with the customer and her family."