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    Tate Modern, which opened in 2000 and is housed in a disused power station on the River Thames, was the UK's most popular tourist attraction in 2018 with 5.9 million visitors, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

    A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly throwing a six-year-old from the 10th floor viewing platform in London’s world-renowned Tate Modern art gallery.

    The young boy landed on the fifth floor roof, and was taken to hospital via air ambulance at around 14:45 BST – one witness has described how they heard a "loud bang", before a woman began screaming "where's my son?!”. He is said to now be in a stable but critical condition.

    A police spokesperson said there was "nothing to suggest” the suspect is known to the victim –the gallery was promptly locked following the incident to prevent visitors coming and going, while the teenager was restrained by a member of the public. When police officers arrived, the accused was said to have "just stood there” was been “quite calm".

    The incident has sparked outcry on social media.

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