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Road closed as police negotiate with man throwing debris from roof in Birmingham city centre

By Harriet Evans | Birmingham | News | Published:

A man has been arrested after a street in Birmingham was sealed off by police over debris being thrown from a rooftop.

Emergency services at the scene where a man, inset, is on the roof. Photos: SnapperSK

Police, paramedics and fire crews spent much of the afternoon at the scene next to Digbeth Police Station, not far from the Bullring, after being called shortly before midday.

A man was first spotted on a roof in Alisson Street at around 11.30am and roads in the area had to be cordoned off.

Officers have now confirmed the incident is over – with the 41-year-old being arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

Emergency services were called to Allison Street in Birmingham after a man refused to come down from a roof (Image:SnapperSK)

Emergency crews were equipped with specialist climbing gear along with a hydraulic platform and a police drone, with the nearby road cordoned off with police tape.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "We are currently on Allison Street in Birmingham city centre where a man on a roof was throwing objects just after 11.30am this morning.

"Fortunately, there have been no reported injuries.

Emergency services were called to Allison Street in Birmingham after a man refused to come down from a roof (Image:SnapperSK)

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"Negotiators are now on the scene to get the man safely down from the roof and pedestrians and motorists are asked to avoid the area behind the Bullring shopping centre and near to Moor Street train station."

A spokeswoman from West Midlands Ambulance Service added: "We were called by police at 12:05pm to concern for a patient’s welfare on Allison Street in Birmingham.

"We currently have the Hazardous Area Response Team and two paramedic officers at the scene.”

Emergency services were called to Allison Street in Birmingham after a man refused to come down from a roof (Image:SnapperSK)
Emergency services were called to Allison Street in Birmingham after a man refused to come down from a roof (Image:SnapperSK)
Emergency services were called to Allison Street in Birmingham after a man refused to come down from a roof (Image:SnapperSK)
Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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