London Stock Exchange staff offered counselling after finance worker plunges to his death

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Staff at the London Stock Exchange were today being offered counselling after a finance worker plunged to his death.  

The City worker left his work station on the first floor and went to the seventh floor before falling to his death.

A London Stock Exchange spokesman said: “As with any large organisation counselling has been offered to staff.”

Police said today that the man’s family had been informed of his death. They did not release details of his identity but said he was in his 50s and came from Essex.

It is understood the man was not a trader and had worked for some years in a close knit team at the Stock Exchange.

Police were called to the LSE in Paternoster Square near St Paul’s Cathedral at 9.58am yesterday following reports that a man had fallen from an upper floor to the ground.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

One witness said the noise of the man’s body hitting the lobby floor “rang out like a shotgun.”

Another added: “A receptionist was crying. She was in a terrible state. It was in the middle of the morning — we are all in shock.”

The City of London Police said they were investigating the circumstances and treating it as non-suspicious. 

A London Stock Exchange Group spokesman said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of our dear colleague.”

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