A man has been detained after he climbed on top of a roof in Ipswich town centre.

Officers were alerted to a burglary at Carats Jewellers in Buttermarket at 4.35am on Thursday, before a further call reported a male suspect had climbed onto the roof. 

Cordons were in place along a number of streets in the town centre as emergency services attempted to get the man down. 

Ipswich Star: Tower Street was also cordoned offTower Street was also cordoned off (Image: Charlotte Bond)


Ipswich Star: The fire service provided an aerial ladder platformThe fire service provided an aerial ladder platform (Image: Charlotte Bond)

Negotiators could be seen on an aerial ladder platform talking to him, before he was brought down shortly before 2pm. 

A 50-year-old man has been detained by police and taken to hospital as a precaution.

Businesses were forced to close, with access to the Buttermarket shopping centre restricted. 

Ipswich Star: Police were first called at 4.35amPolice were first called at 4.35am (Image: Charlotte Bond)

Ipswich Star: The fire service were in attendanceThe fire service were in attendance (Image: Charlotte Bond)



Ipswich Star:

Ann Jones, 52, work at a newsagents in the town centre and was unable to get to work because of the incident.

She said: "It's really worried me. Police have been here but no-one knows if my shop or any of the other shops were broken into yet."

Ipswich Star: Police removed the cordon at around 1.40pmPolice removed the cordon at around 1.40pm (Image: Charlotte Bond)

Ipswich Star: Several streets were cordoned offSeveral streets were cordoned off (Image: Charlotte Bond)

"It is really scary to think someone has been able to gain access to the roof of this building, especially seeing what he has access to."

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary added: "Police would like to thank local businesses and the public for their patience and understanding."