COUNTY NEWS: Arrest after '˜distressed' man threatens to hurt himself after climbing scaffolding

A '˜distressed' man was arrested after throwing objects and threatening to hurt himself after climbing onto scaffolding in Sussex today (Saturday, October 29).

Saturday, 29th October 2016, 9:08 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 3:23 am
'Distressed' man arrested after climbing scaffolding on Bartholomew Square, Brighton. Photo by Eddie Mitchell SUS-161029-231628001

Shortly after 4.15pm police were called to Bartholomew Square, Brighton, where a man had climbed onto scaffolding at the rear of the town hall.

Officers cordoned off the area to minimise danger to onlookers as the man, who was in a distressed state, hurled objects to the ground and made threats to harm himself.

After securing the area and with the assistance of firefighters, a trained police negotiator began talking with the man after he moved from the scaffolding and onto a balcony.

The incident concluded at around 6.30pm with no one having been injured.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and causing criminal damage.

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