Police Stand-off with Man Who Climbed 40ft tower

Emergency services descended on a children’s activity camp after a man got onto the site and caused damage, later climbing up onto a 40ft tower.

Police were locked in a stand-off with the man whose presence at PGL Osmington Bay prompted a major emergency response yesterday.

Concerns were raised for his welfare and attempts were made to negotiate with him. The man was eventually brought to safety after six hours and taken to hospital.

Police, paramedics, and firefighters were all called to the scene in Shortlake Lane, Osmington, near Weymouth.

It is understood the site was evacuated while the incident was dealt with. Police stressed the incident was not related to any activities at the park, while the operator said the man ‘had not compromised the safety of others on site’.

A Dorset Police spokesman said:

“Dorset Police received a report at 7.08am on Monday that a man smashed the windows of a property at PGL holiday park in Osmington. A further report was received at around 7.20am raising concern for the welfare of the man on top of the abseiling tower.

“Officers, along with the ambulance and fire services, attended to engage with the man and bring him to safety.

“The matter concluded just before 1.30pm. He was taken to hospital to receive the appropriate care.

“The incident was not related to any activities at the holiday park and officers from the local neighbourhood policing team have been liaising with the park.”

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews from Weymouth and Poole had attended and were supporting the police.

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