Carlisle chimney body recovery operation completed

Police have confirmed a man trapped at the top of a 270-ft chimney has died after recovering his body.

Paramedics pronounced the man, in his 50s and from Carlisle, dead at the scene at around 4.45pm on Monday after a specialist working-at-height team used ropes and a cherry picker to winch him down, around 14 hours after police were first called to Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria.

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Police said they were dealing with an incident at Dixon’s Chimney in Carlisle after reports on Monday, October 28, that a man had got trapped on the large structure.

Cumbria Constabulary said officers “became aware of a man trapped at height in the area” and were working with the other emergency services to free the man.

“Officers are supporting Cumbria Fire and Rescue service and other partner agencies to attempt to free the man safely,” police said in a statement.

“The road is currently closed at Stanhope Road, Charlotte Street and Shaddongate where it meets Bridge Street (A595). The public are asked to avoid the area.” Credit: Naim Asghar via Storyful

A hydraulic platform is raised at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Police vehicles block the road near to Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Police community support officers man a cordon near to Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2019. Local reports said shouts and wailing could be heard coming from the chimney in the early hours of this morning before police arrived on the scene. See PA story POLICE Chimney. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The man is seen here, in an image from social media, dangling from the top of the former mill chimney (Twitter EMURRIE91)
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, prepare to use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2019. Local reports said shouts and wailing could be heard coming from the chimney in the early hours of this morning before police arrived on the scene. See PA story POLICE Chimney. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, prepare to use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2019. Local reports said shouts and wailing could be heard coming from the chimney in the early hours of this morning before police arrived on the scene. See PA story POLICE Chimney. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, prepare to use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Police community support officers man a cordon near to Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2019. Local reports said shouts and wailing could be heard coming from the chimney in the early hours of this morning before police arrived on the scene. See PA story POLICE Chimney. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, prepare to use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, prepare to use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Operators use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Urban Search and Rescue team members from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, prepare to use a hydraulic platform at Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Police vehicles block the road near to Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
Police vehicles block the road near to Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria, where a man, whose condition is currently unknown, continues to hang upside down from the top of the chimney 270ft up.
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Police say they believe they know his identity and welfare officers are currently with his family.

A police spokesman said: "The thoughts of all the emergency services and partners are with the family and friends of the man. Specialist welfare police officers are supporting his family at this difficult time.

"An investigation will commence into the circumstances into how and why the man was on the chimney and the Constabulary will be informing Her Majesty's Coroner."

Police were first called at 2.22am to reports of a man trapped on the top of Dixon's Chimney, with fire and ambulances also scrambled to the scene.

A Coastguard helicopter had attempted a rescue earlier but the operation was aborted due to the precarious position of the trapped individual.

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A helicopter had been used to try to rescue the man trapped at the top of the chimney but the mission was aborted (Tim Graham/Twitter)

Fire chiefs at Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service had made a public appeal for a cherry-picker, or aerial work platform.

The platform arrived and a specialist working-at-height team from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service completed the operation.

The giant cherry picker arrived at the scene earlier on Monday and the operation to take the man down finished shortly before 5pm.

Roads around the structure, a prominent local landmark which was built in 1836, have been closed.

The chimney is around 270 feet tall, is a Grade II listed building and when built was the largest chimney in the country, according to a citation on the Historic England website.

Local reports said shouts and wailing could be heard coming from the chimney in the early hours of Monday morning before police arrived on the scene.

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