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Man hurling bricks from roof comes down after seven-hour police stand-off

Published 19/11/2016

Police have advised people to avoid the Heath Road area in Twickenham
Police have advised people to avoid the Heath Road area in Twickenham

A seven-hour stand-off between police and a man hurling bricks from a roof has ended.

The man, who had been shouting and throwing objects from a property in Twickenham, south-west London, since around 5am on Saturday, "came down of his own accord", a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Neighbours described hearing loud noises and screaming and said the man made a number of requests including a blanket, water and chocolate bars while standing on the roof.

Officers had been called to reports of a disturbance and found a man, thought to be in his 30s, outside the property in Heath Road with a head injury.

He was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

After they arrived, another man climbed on to the roof and remained there until shortly after 1pm, while the road was cordoned off and emergency services tried to get him down.

Local resident Olivier Fusil said he was woken at 5.30am to the sound of someone "shouting for help at the top of their lungs".

The 43-year-old banker said : "I thought somebody was in trouble. I was later told by police that it was somebody on the roof and it became clear he was not asking for help."

Speaking while the incident was ongoing, he said: " I can hear lots of expletives. He was screaming for a blanket, He said he was 'f****** freezing'.

"He is literally ripping bricks from the building and throwing them. I don't think he is aiming them at the police. He just wants to cause disruption and make a lot of noise."

Thousands of rugby fans were expected in Twickenham on Saturday for the England v Fiji match.

Another resident, who did not wish to be named, criticised those dealing with the incident for not putting an end to it sooner.

He said: "It is just a waste of police resources, fire brigade, police helicopter. It has caused chaos for the rugby fans. They should have just dealt with it there and then on the spot."

He added: "The fire brigade should have been up there this morning, someone who has got some sort of body armour on there, gone on the roof and stopped him throwing stuff down - done and dusted in a couple of hours."

He estimated the fallout could have cost "hundreds of thousands of pounds" in lost earnings to nearby businesses, traffic diversions and resources including the police helicopter .

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the man was "being checked over by medical professionals" and added that no-one had been arrested.

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