Roads closed in car park roof drama

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

RUSH-HOUR com­muters faced de­lays on their way home as po­lice worked to stop a woman fall­ing from the top of the Queens­gate Cen­tre car park.

Po­lice were forced to close West­gate, be­tween its junc­tion with Bourges Boule­vard and the en­trance to the Peter­bor­ough city bus sta­tion, for more than half an hour as the drama un­folded last night.

The woman, who has not been named, was first spot­ted crouched on the hand rail­ings at the top of the 100ft car park on the West­gate side of the bus sta­tion at 5pm.

Two po­lice of­fi­cers spent more than half an hour talk­ing to her be­fore they pulled her in as she teetered dan­ger­ously over the edge of the roof.

She was then ar­rested and taken to Thorpe Wood Po­lice Sta­tion for ques­tion­ing.

Hack­ney taxi-driver Nasa Khan, who wit­nessed the drama, said he spot­ted the woman up on the roof from his po­si­tion at the taxi rank in West­gate and di­alled for the emer­gency ser­vices.

He said: “I saw her up on the ledge and there was a moment when I thought she had gone as it was slip­pery.

“She kept ring­ing some­one then putting the phone down and then smok­ing.

“It’s the same spot where peo­ple have fallen be­fore so it is scary to see some­one up there and it was wor­ry­ing.”

Other by­standers said they thought the woman was ar­gu­ing with some­body on the phone while she peered down at the floor be­low. Po­lice al­lowed the buses that were al­ready in the sta­tion to leave from West­gate with their pas­sen­gers but a num­ber of buses were di­verted along Bourges Boule­vard and had to en­ter the sta­tion from the Queens­gate en­trance caus­ing de­lays.

Many com­muters filed out of the sta­tion and con­tin­ued home by foot.

A po­lice spokes­woman said: “We were called at 5.02pm and of­fi­cers ar­rived shortly af­ter­wards. We had to close off part of Bourges Boule­vard to traf­fic.”

drama: (Above) Po­lice help a woman sit­ting on a ledge at the top of the Queens­gate Cen­tre car park and (be­low) com­muters faced travel dis­rup­tion.

standby: Paramedics on standby as a woman is helped from the top of the Queens­gate car park.

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