Residents living in a Sunderland community have spoken of their shock after a woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she fell from a second floor window.
Emergency services were called to reports that a woman had fallen from a second floor window at an address on Claremont Terrace, off Belvedere Road, in Sunderland, at 6.45am today.
A cordon was put in place around the building this morning and police officers remain at the scene as inquiries continue.
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North East Ambulance Service sent two double crewed ambulances, a hazardous area response team vehicle and an air ambulance doctor, who arrived via a car.
Those living close by to where the woman fell spoke of their shock.
One man, who did not want to be named, said: "A lot of rumours are going around about what happened and you hope the woman is OK because it's a big height to fall from."
The man also voiced wider concerns about the area, saying: "To be honest it's becoming a bad area and getting worse.
"There are problems with drug dealers fighting in the street. Things don't seem to be getting better at all."
A 60-year-old man who lives in a flat close to where the woman fell said: "I heard the sirens this morning but I was in bed at the time.
"Then when I got up I saw the police tape around the door.
"I don't know the people who live there. There are loads of flats inside the building anyway so there's a lot of people.
"I think it's a nice place around here, it's a great place to live and it's pretty peaceful.
"But I wouldn't say it's close-knit, people tend to keep themselves to themselves."
A woman who did not want to be named said: "I live a few hundred yards away and I'd say there aren't many problems.
"There are a lot of rented properties so people move in and out a lot.
"It's not what you expect to hear happening."
Following the incident a spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "At about 6.45am this morning police received a report from the ambulance service that a woman had fallen from the second floor window of an address on Claremont Terrace in Sunderland.
"The woman has been taken to hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries and police remain in the area to carry out inquiries into the circumstances around the incident."