Police and family talk man down from roof of Swansea dentist's
POLICE had to talk a man down from a dentist's roof in a busy Swansea street.
Staff at the Eastside Dental Centre in Port Tennant were shocked to discover the man – described as being in "crisis" – on their six-foot high flat roof.
Officers from South Wales Police spent more than four hours trying to persuade the man, who is believed to be from Mumbles and in his 40s, down.
Members of his family also helped.
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One of the management team at the dentists in Port Tennant Road, David Morgan, said: "When we came into work we noticed a window was broken in one of the surgeries.
"I looked out the window and saw the gentleman standing on the roof.
"We called the police straight away and they were very quick to respond.
"We had to close two of the surgeries for the morning but it was business as normal in the afternoon.
"We are just pleased to see that the man was OK and that he got down safely without any injuries."
It is understood the man did not gain access to the roof via the broken window.
Officers headed for the first floor of the dentist's surgery to speak to the man and try to coax him off the roof, which is at the back of the dentist's.
It was only after four hours of negotiation that he finally came down.
A police officer at the scene yesterday morning said: "He appeared to be in crisis and emotionally unwell.
"Officers and other members of the man's family spoke to him to make sure we got him down safely.
"Through talking with officers and his family he eventually came down. He appeared to be in a confused and distressed state."
A spokesman for South Wales Police added: "We were called to an incident on Port Tennant Road, following reports of a man standing on the roof of a building. The call was received at around 8.20am."
A spokeswoman for the fire service also confirmed a crew from Swansea Central initially attended the incident but was not needed.
A man was later detained under the Mental Health Act in connection with the incident.
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