Police confirm death of 18-year-old student at car park in Shrewsbury town centre
Police have confirmed that a teenager has died in a major incident in Shrewsbury town centre.
Officers were called to Smithfield Road in Shrewsbury shortly after 11.30am today following a report of a "concern for safety".
Police say that an 18-year-old man has died and that his next of kin have been informed.
A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: "We were called to Smithfield Road in Shrewsbury shortly after 11.30am this morning following a report of a concern for safety.
"An 18-year-old man has sadly died.
"Police remain on scene."
Shrewsbury Colleges Group has since confirmed that the man was a student with the organisation.
In a statement it offered its "thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of the person at this dreadful time".
It added that support was being provided to both students and staff in the wake of the tragedy.
The giant Raven Meadows multi-storey car park has been closed and will be so until further notice.
A spokesperson for Shropshire Council said: "Following a police incident Raven Meadows multi-storey is closed until further notice for vehicles entering the car park, though vehicles can exit the car park.
"The bus station and Raven Meadows are open."
An air ambulance had also been seen landing in Frankwell.
A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "We were called to a medical emergency on Smithfield Road in Shrewsbury at 11.26am.
"An ambulance arrived on scene in six minutes and was followed by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Welsh Air Ambulance.
"On arrival, crews found a male patient and immediately began administering advanced trauma care and advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, he could not be saved and was confirmed dead at the scene."
Shropshire Council's Cecilia Motley, Cabinet Member for adult social care, public health and communities, said: "We understand this is an extremely distressing time for family and friends and all those involved, our thoughts are with the young person’s family at this time.
"Help and support is available to anyone who has been affected by a sudden bereavement at shropshire.gov.uk/bereavement-services/support-and-resources-for-those-recently-bereaved."