Man hurling bricks from roof comes down after seven-hour police stand-off

A seven-hour stand-off between police and a man hurling bricks from a roof has ended.

The man, who had been shouting and throwing objects from a property in Twickenham, south-west London since around 5am on Saturday, "came down of his own accord", a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Neighbours described hearing loud noises and screaming, and said the man made a number of requests including a blanket, water and chocolate bars while standing on the roof.

Police cordoned off Heath Road in Twickenham, London, after a stand-off with a man who was throwing objects from a roof - (Michael Cox/PA)
(Michael Cox/PA)

Officers had been called to reports of a disturbance and found a man, thought to be in his 30s, outside the property in Heath Road with a head injury. He was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

After they arrived, another man climbed on to the roof and remained there until shortly after 1pm, while the road was cordoned off and emergency services tried to get him down.

Local resident Olivier Fusil said he was woken at 5.30am to the sound of someone "shouting for help at the top of their lungs".

The 43-year-old banker said: "I thought somebody was in trouble. I was later told by police that it was somebody on the roof and it became clear he was not asking for help."

Emergency services in Heath Road, Twickenham, London, where police were in a stand-off with a man who was throwing objects from a roof - (Michael Cox/PA)
(Michael Cox/PA)

Speaking while the incident was ongoing, he said: "I can hear lots of expletives. He was screaming for a blanket, He said he was 'f****** freezing'.

"He is literally ripping bricks from the building and throwing them. I don't think he is aiming them at the police. He just wants to cause disruption and make a lot of noise."

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the man was "being checked over by medical professionals" and added that no-one had been arrested.

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