Police called after woman seen on roof

EMERGENCY services were called today after reports that a woman was standing on the edge of a roof in Ipswich.Police and ambulance attended the scene to find the woman on top of a building in St Matthew's Street near the roundabout at around 3.40pm.

EMERGENCY services were called after reports that a teenage girl was sitting on the edge of a roof in central Ipswich.

Just before 3pm yesterday the 17-year-old is understood to have left a meeting she had been attending nearby and went toward the Blockbuster video store on the corner of Berners Street and St Matthews Street.

Police were called following concerns for her safety and when they arrived, the girl was seen sitting on the roof of the Cancer Research shop near the St Matthew's Street roundabout.

An ambulance crew and the fire service were called and were instructed not to put their sirens on as they approached the building. A police helicopter was also called.

When the fire crew and ambulance arrived they reported the woman was on top of the building.

Suffolk Police said a negotiator was on hand to help coax her down but was not needed in the end as she came off the road at 3.45pm and was checked over by the ambulance officers.

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A Suffolk police spokeswoman said: “We received a call about concerns for a young woman.

“We attended the location and with assistance from other agencies it came to a successful conclusion.

“The girl was brought down unharmed.”

A spokeswoman for East of England Ambulance Trust said: “We were called to be on standby in case anything happened but she was off the roof by 3.45pm.

“She was not taken to hospital.”

Did you see the woman on the roof? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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