A man has been rushed to hospital this evening after a bitter standoff with police.
Throughout the afternoon the man was seen trying to damage himself with a razor blaze and aerial, despite trained negotiators trying to talk the man down from the block of flat owned by Wessex Property at 307 Bursledon Road, Southampton
A large crowd gathered around the area as an aerial ladder platform turned up at the scene. Despite the great efforts of the police, many of the crowd criticized them and said that they convinced the man to jump by putting him under so much pressure. Shortly before 10pm the man jumped from the four-storey block of flats. A loud clapping noise could be heard as the shocked crowd stood in silence and a number of officers ran across the main road to give first aid to the man.
Wessex Property managers and workers stopped the traffic and a number of other Police cars turned up at the scene. People were told to keep back whilst a HART paramedic, still in a safety harness, treated the man along with paramedics and other ambulance staff who had been on stand by since the stand-off began last night (Wednesday). The man was placed in an orange vacuum split, he was sitting up but clearly had difficulty breathing and was being given oxygen.
Police officers held torches over the man as paramedics treated him. He was rushed to Southampton General Hospital with head and leg injuries, under Police escort. It is believed that an aerial ladder platform was used to try to convince the man to come down a HART paramedic in safety gear was moments from getting into the machine to go a check on the man.
Throughout the afternoon, Police closed the road to traffic as the man threw tiles from the building and broke a community aerial from its fixing. The man just after 7pm refused to talk to Police or specialist mental healthcare doctors who had been called in. They could be seen talking out of a hole created by the man. Many concerned neighbours rang 999 to report that the man was attempting to strangle himself using the gutter cleaning brush by pulling them part and putting them around his neck. A small group of concerned locals gathered near the cordoned off lamp-post and Police moved on anyone trying to talk to the man.
One person was arrested for obstructing Police after he refused to move on.
Police have been under the spotlight as council chiefs monitored the effect it had on the city. Efforts to try to bring the incident to a peaceful ending was hindered by group of people and some drivers shouting ‘jump’ to the distressed man. Police treated those stood watching very fairly and had to put up extra cordons after many refused to move from the cordon area. Many foolish drivers rubber necked and some even brought their children to the scene.
A Hampshire Constabulary statement said: “A man has suffered serious injuries after falling from a roof in Southampton.
“Officers were called at 9.30pm last night (Aug 10) to a concern for welfare after a man had climbed onto the roof of an address in Bursledon Road.
“Efforts were made throughout today by officers, supported by colleagues from other emergency services, to safely resolve the incident.
“However, shortly before 10pm tonight, the man fell from the roof.
“The man was treated at the scene by paramedics and has been taken to Southampton General Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
“Officers have now left the scene and the road and footpaths have been fully reopened.
“We would like to thank residents for their patience while we dealt with this incident over the past 24 hours.”