A man, who climbed on to the roof of Ipswich train station, has been coaxed down after seven hours of severe delays and full closure of the station.

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The man, who was wearing shorts and no shoes and was armed with a retractable knife, was standing on the roof above the main platforms.

Police officers, firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene after initial calls reporting the incident were received at around 8.20am.

It is believed around 10,000 rail passengers were caught up in the chaos, as all services through Ipswich were affected until the early evening after the power on all lines was switched off.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of obstructing trains with intent and is currently being assessed in hospital.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “BTP officers were called to Ipswich station following a report of a man on the roof of a station.

“BTP and Suffolk Police officers attended the incident which was reported to BTP at 8.26am.

“Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service also attended the incident, and placed a ladder to allow the man to get down, which he refused.

“Officers also retrieved a retractable knife, which the man dropped.

“Police negotiators were called and spoke to the man for an extended period of time to encourage him to leave the roof safely, which would have allowed the station and lines to reopen more promptly.

“Specialist policing at heights officers were also deployed and, at 3.10pm, the 25-year-old man came down of his own accord via a ladder.”

Superintendent Matt Allingham, of BTP, said: “This was a difficult and deeply frustrating situation for officers, rail staff and all passengers and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience today.

“We were faced with a man in a precarious situation, some 30 feet from the ground, who did not want to come down. During the incident the safety of the man, and members of the public nearby, was of paramount concern for us.

“The man was walking around areas that could not have taken the weight of more than one person; if anyone had taken the wrong step, the consequences could have been far worse.

“Power in and around the station was also turned off to preserve the safety of the man and officers dealing with the incident.”

One commuter, Chris Horrex, 21, was trying to get a train to Saxmundham but was told in order to get there, he needed to get a bus to Stowmarket, then a train to Norwich, one to Lowestoft and then on to Saxmundham.

He said: “I’m really annoyed – you can’t put it into words.

“It is rare, you wouldn’t expect this to happen in a million years, especially in Ipswich.”

15 comments

  • Thousands of people have had their day and possibly their weekend messed up. Softly, softly is not the way. Just get him down, if he jumps so be it. The roof is not that high anyway.

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    R2 D2

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • He should either have been tasered or shoved off the damn roof instead of sodding about with him - end of story.

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    Sarky Sage

    Saturday, July 20, 2013

  • A lot of people I know think a well directed fire hose would have "cooled" him down quicker but oh no, his health and safety comes first.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Spiderman-Spiderman....

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    Colin James Watling

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • While he's up there, could he please fix the guttering, especially on the brand-new footbridge? Every time it rains, the passengers on Platform 2 get a shower.

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    Roy Everett

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • It beggars belief at the police response to this incident. This fool was about 15 - 20 foot off the ground. 30 years ago the job would have been done and dusted in 20 minutes with 4 officers approaching from all sides and restraining him. The misery to travellers was caused by a politically correct and risk adverse culture that is now endemic within the police.

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    dinosaur detective

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Clearly he is a very disturbed man. I think this is beyondthe kind of behaviour your average attention-seeking chav would exhibit. For those moaning about disruption, even worse, suggesting he should jump - shame on you! It's unfortunately one of those things and I'd.much rather be in your shoes than his (so to speak.)

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    Don Perignon

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • @redhotitfc - you are not going to die junping off a roof that is only 15 feet high. He was an attention seeking idiot and the authorities pandered to him. I guess you did not have your day screwed or lose several hundreds of pounds. Why should thousands of people suffer because of him. Unfortunately the culture that is health and safety, human rights, politically correct, etc has gone way too far and needs to be reined in.

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    R2 D2

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

  • There is more than just Latitude in Suffolk......Madness are playing at the Newmarket Races today.........and this twit has delayed my son getting home from London.......Cheers mate!

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    Charlotte Hare

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • It's not clear from the photo how he managed to get up there.

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    Mr Grumpy

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • This is shameful. Negotiators? Why do they need negotiators? At least 5 going on for 6 hours. Unbelievable.

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    jim.mcmillan

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • I went through the station at 6.30 this morning and he was making an idiot of himself then. Why was this allowed to go on for so long he should he subdued and pulled down after 30 minutes.

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    Angry Commuter

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • He's going to get a rare sunburn

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    Winston Barrington Jr.

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • For the chap trying to get to Saxmundham and told he has to go via Norwich and Lowestoft-wouldn't he be better getting a bus there from Ipswich Bus Station-I don't think anyone is crawling about on their rooftops-lol....

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    Colin James Watling

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • R2 D2 - A nice slice of humanity from you. People having their day messed up is more important then someone dying? Lovely.

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    redhotitfc

    Friday, July 19, 2013

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