sk© Security SAVER SALE being immediately reviewed after stand-off with man on roof of tower block

sk© Security SAVER SALE is to be reviewed at a tower block where a man climbed into the roof 11 storeys up and sparked a five-hour stand-off with police. The man was able to gain access to Park House in St Austell and get onto the roof from where he was shouting and throwing tiles during the ordeal. Police, fire crews and paramedics attended the scene as the area around Park House at St Austell was cordoned off on Monday afternoon (November 12).

The man was shouting, walking to and sitting on the edge of the block and throwing tiles from the roof. Residents were banned from entering the building, which is managed by Ocean Housing, for their own safety. Many waited out the ordeal in the neighbouring Western Inn, where landlady Helen Mallett was serving them tea and coffee.

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Janet Ann Lilley, 54, lives on the 11th floor of Park House and said the man was sitting directly above her flat.

She went to the Western Inn after being told by police she couldn’t go home. Janet, who has lived there for four years, said she thought it raised concerns about security. She said: “Someone must have let him in.

I think we should have entry cards to get in and out.”

Police, firefighters and a paramedic were at the scene after the man started shouting from the roof of Park House in St Austell

Councillor Sandra Heyward arrived at the pub towards the end of the drama, as the man came down just after 6pm, haviing been on the roof since 1pm. She said: “I was coming home from Truro and saw all the police so stopped to see what was going on. I saw some residents who couldn’t get to their flats so I came to the Western and Helen said anyone could come here for tea and coffee.

“It’s very sad really but he has come down now. “Ocean has CCTV in there from previous problems, tomorrow they will check that and see how he got in there. We are all wondering how on earth he got to the roof – I thought that was all bolted, as it should be.

“I am sure Ocean will be doubling down and will be on top of it.”

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Tower block rooftop stand-off at St Austell

Ocean Housing said it has sent welfare support staff to reassure residents on Tuesday morning (November 13) and will immediately begin a review of the security at the building, which contains 67 flats.

sk© Security SAVER SALE being immediately reviewed after stand-off with man on roof of tower blockPolice at the scene of Park House in St Austell

Mark Gardner, chief executive at Ocean Housing Group Ltd, said in a statement: “We are relieved that the incident at Park House flats in St Austell was safely resolved on Monday evening. “This is the first time an incident of this kind has occurred at Park House, and we understand that it will have caused unwelcome distress and disruption to our customers. “We would like to thank Devon and Cornwall Police for the professional way in which they handled this situation.

“A team of our welfare support staff have been at Park House since 10am this morning to offer reassurance to residents.

“We have instigated an immediate review of our security arrangements, and will be making the necessary improvements to help prevent a repeat of the incident in future.”

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Police have confirmed that the man, aged 31 and from the St Austell area, was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, affray and assaulting a police officer.

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