Warning after man spotted sitting on Cannock multi-storey car park ledge

By Liam Keen | Cannock | News | Published:

A youngster was spotted sitting on the edge of a multi-storey car park – prompting a warning from police.

Youths sitting on the roof on car park. Picture: Staffordshire Police

Officers in Staffordshire have been calling on people not to sit on the ledges after a number of incidents at the four-storey car park in Cannock recently.

Cannock Police tweeted a photo on Wednesday of a man sitting on the edge of the main multi-storey in Cannock with the caption: “Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Sat on the ledge of the multi-storey in Cannock....again.”

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Cannock Police have had a few instances recently of young people hanging out on the top of the multi-storey and not appreciating how dangerous it is to be so close to the edge.

“In this case, as in any others, our PCSO advised the young man to move away from the edge. We would, of course, advise anyone in any such location to be careful and not to sit so close to the edge if you choose to be there.”

This latest warning comes after Cannock Police tweeted on August 4 that people could be seen sitting on the ledge of the same car park and pleaded with the public to not ‘put yourselves and others at risk’.

The Market Hall car park was closed on August 3 by the leaseholder of the building due to concerns over the structure and repair of the car park. St. Modwen is investigating the state of the building and have closed it to ‘ensure the health and safety of its users’.

Ward councillor for Cannock Chase District Council, Paul Snape, said: “The car park needs to be made secure so that people can’t access it and get onto the roof.

“It’s frightening to think that people would go up there. As a council we don’t want anyone to be hurt. I have no idea why they’re going up there, perhaps they’re looking for a high or some excitement, but it’s not acceptable.

“They could fall, and so firstly they are a danger to themselves but also other people.”

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.


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