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PHOTOS: Scene of man on rooftop in St Austell

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:59pm 12th November 2018. (Updated at 8:52pm 12th November 2018)

This is the scene in St Austell where a man was on the roof of a block of flats for over five hours.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were all at the scene of the only tower block in Cornwall.

The area around the Park House flats was cordoned off at around 1pm on Monday.

Officers have since confirmed the incident was resolved safely and a man has been detained.

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A man is on the rooftop of a block of flats in St Austell

Officers said they were concerned for the welfare of a man in his 30s, who was on top of the building.

Eyewitness have told Pirate FM that the roads in the area were all sealed off.

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Emergency services are at the Park House flats - the only tower block in Cornwall

"There is a man on the roof of the flats, he is cursing a swearing and seems to be irate.

"He is throwing tiles and whatever he can find off the roof and down below.

"They have cordoned off the area so no one can walk or drive round the roads.

" I went out for lunch to the Co-op here and got told by the police I wasn't allowed to go down the road.

"And he has been up there ever since."

Simon, eyewitness

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Police say they are concerned for the welfare of the man in his thirties

Negotiators spent the afternoon at the scene, trying to speak to the man.

Officers asked people to respect their space - so they could try to reach a resolution safely.

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Eyewitness say he has been throwing tiles and glass onto the street below

"Police are currently at Park House flats in St Austell following concerns for the welfare of a man in his 30s who is on the roof of the tower block.

"A cordon is in place and negotiators are attempting to contact the man in question.

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A cordon is in place and negotiators are trying to resolve the situation safely

"The man is in a distressed state, and we ask that the public and media respect the cordon and allow police the space to work with the individual, and to bring about a safe resolution".

They later added: "A man has been detained, pending a mental health assessment".

Devon and Cornwall Police

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