Stand-off at quarry as emergency services try to talk down man
DOZENS of emergency service personnel were called to a dramatic stand-off on a cliff edge at Nuneaton quarry.
Warwickshire Police and other emergency services spent four hours trying to coax a man down from the face of the quarry off Tuttle Hill on Saturday.
At the height of the rescue operation there were 19 emergency services vehicles at the scene, including the police helicopter which circled the skies for hours.
Police had to call for back-up from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service to help get him out of the quarry.
An engine from Nuneaton station and the rescue boat from Rugby responded to the call as did West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Passers-by noted that as it got dark abseilers with torches went down the quarry face. A police negotiator was also at the scene.
The Telegraph understands that police were first made aware of the incident after emergency 999 calls were made expressing concern for a man’s welfare at around 2.18pm.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that he got into the quarry after being chased by police officers.
The stand-off ended at 6.50pm when the man, aged in his 20s, was assisted out of the quarry by the fire service.
He was arrested on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm and taken to hospital to get medical assistance for injuries, believed to be minor.
It is understood that he will be questioned in connection with the alleged offence.