Stand-off at quarry as emer­gency ser­vices try to talk down man

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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