George Verrier death: Investigation launched after ambulance failed to arrive at scene of Bromley fight
PUBLISHED: 13:20 04 September 2013 | UPDATED: 08:04 05 September 2013
An investigation has been launched after an ambulance failed to arrive at the scene where teenager George Verrier was fatally injured on Sunday.
The London Ambulance Service (LAS) were called at around 1am to reports of an assault in Southborough Road, at the junction with Blenheim Road, in Bromley. The ambulance was then cancelled at around 2.20am after it had failed to respond.
George, injured during a fight thought to have involved around 20 people, then made his way to an address in Ferndale - where he was found unconscious at around 9.30am the same morning.
The apprentice electrician was air lifted to an east London hospital, but died shortly after 6pm.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, George’s cousin Paul Houston claims the 17-year-old was told to take a bus to hospital by police at the scene.
He said: “Surely that should not be the case if someone has a knock on the head? We want answers. It is such a loss.
“George was such a lovely gentle boy. He went to sleep and never woke up.”
The LAS have opened an internal inquiry, and a spokesman said: “The patient was reported to have been fully conscious, but we were unable to respond at that time and were subsequently cancelled at around 2.20am and before we had been able to attend the scene.
“We are now looking into the circumstances of what happened.”
Tributes have been left for George, an avid Crystal Palace fan, in Shortlands park - with football shirts, flowers and messages laid.
The Metropolitan Police have made a voluntary referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate the actions of the officers who first dealt with George.