Traf­fic chaos af­ter man climbs py­lon

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH: - KAREN BRIT­TON

MAC­CLES­FIELD town cen­tre came to a stand­still af­ter a man climbed to the top of a py­lon caus­ing traf­fic chaos and long tail­backs for driv­ers.

Around 20 emer­gency ve­hi­cles at­tended the scene when the man climbed to the top of the py­lon near to As­traZeneca at Hurds­field, next to Mid­dle­wood Way and Silk Road on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 20.

Po­lice called in a ne­go­tia­tor to talk to the man and urge him to climb back down.

They were first alerted at 7.35am and it wasn’t un­til 11am that the man agreed to climb down from the py­lon.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics be­fore be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice cor­doned off the area and shut lanes of Mid­dle­wood Way from the round­about at Bolling­ton Road to the junc­tion of Hul­ley Road while they dealt with the sit­u­a­tion.

Of­fi­cers also shut off the Silk Road, redi­rect­ing ve­hi­cles and caus­ing long tail­backs for driv­ers in the morn­ing rush hour.

Ex­press read­ers com­plained about be­ing held up by the queues.

Alex En­twistle, 35, who was one of those caught in traf­fic on his way to work, told the Ex­press: “I’ve never seen so many re­sponse ve­hi­cles in one place.”

Gra­ham Lewis, 30, who works at As­traZeneca as a scaf­folder, said: “I’m a scaf­folder so I’m used to climb­ing like that, but I can’t be­lieve he got up to the top of the py­lon.”

A cy­clist who did not want to be named, said: “I couldn’t be­lieve he’d climbed right up to the top.

“I don’t know how he got round the barbed wire. I’ve never seen any­one climb a py­lon like that be­fore.

“If he’d fallen would have been it.”

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The py­lon’s elec­tric­ity sup­ply was turned off for safety.

A spokesman for Na­tional Grid, which is re­spon­si­ble for the py­lon, said en­gi­neers at­tended to check the barbed wire net­ting at the base of the py­lon.

She said: “We strongly dis­cour­age peo­ple to climb py­lons of all types. It’s ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.

“He would have passed close to high volt­age elec­tric­ity cables which pose a threat to life.” ●● A Po­LICE spokesman said a 36-year-old man from Bolling­ton has been sum­monsed to ap­pear at court to be charged with a pub­lic nui­sance of­fence.

El­liot James Good­win

●● The man pic­tured at the top of the elec­tric­ity py­lon in Mac­cles­field

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