Town in lock­down af­ter woman’s fall from roof

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE - By Guy Bell gbell@thek­m­group.co.uk @gbel­lKM

Part of Maid­stone Town Cen­tre street was sealed off af­ter a woman fell from a multi-storey car park – less than 24 hours af­ter a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent.

Buses were di­verted and shops were placed in lock­down af­ter wor­ried work­ers alerted po­lice to a woman climb­ing onto the roof of The Mall in King Street.

Six po­lice cars, two fire en­gines and an am­bu­lance ar­rived from around 2pm on Fri­day.

A trained ne­go­tia­tor helped of­fi­cers on the shop­ping cen­tre roof as schoolchil­dren and pedes­tri­ans on the ground were moved to the op­po­site side of the street.

The en­trance to Boots was locked and es­tate agents at Page and Wells were asked to re­main in­side un­til po­lice asked them to leave.

Es­tate agent Leanne High­sted saw the woman chain smok­ing on the car park roof. She later fell and was taken to King’s Col­lege Hospi­tal in Lon­don. De­tails

‘We got sent home early be­cause po­lice said peo­ple be­ing around was mak­ing her ner­vous’

of her in­juries have not been re­vealed.

Ms High­sted, 21, said: “The alarm bells started ring­ing when some­one in the of­fice saw the woman on the roof at around 3pm.

“Some­one ran into the shop next door and they told the se­cu­rity who called the po­lice. Be­fore we knew it po­lice cars were out­side and they taped off the front of the of­fice. We got sent home at around 5pm be­cause po­lice said we and peo­ple be­ing around her were mak­ing her ner­vous.”

Ar­riva an­nounced bus ser­vices were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ma­jor dis­rup­tions be­fore the po­lice cor­don was lifted at around 6.15pm.

Pedes­tri­ans were stopped from walk­ing up Church Street as a pre­cau­tion while traf­fic was di­verted.

Of­fi­cers went to an al­most iden­ti­cal call to the same car park on Thurs­day even­ing fol­low­ing re­ports of con­cern for wel­fare of a woman.

Emer­gency ser­vices were scram­bled to the same spot at around 7pm be­fore the woman was lured away from the roof.

It is be­lieved the same woman was in­volved in both in­ci­dents.

A spokesman for the am­bu­lance ser­vice said: “On Thurs­day we were not re­quired for any in­juries and we were stood down. On Fri­day we were called at 3.40pm and am­bu­lance crews at­tended the scene.

“We took a pa­tient suf­fer­ing from in­juries to King’s Col­lege Hospi­tal as a pri­or­ity.”

Part of Maid­stone Town Cen­tre was sealed off by po­lice af­ter a woman fell from the multi-storey car park at The Mall

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