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Police called to Exeter airport after man threatens to jump off roof

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

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A man threatening to jump off the roof of a building at Exeter Airport has caused delays in the area.

It is not thought that any flights were affected as the incident was away from the main terminal building.

Emergency service were called to the airport at 2:25pm today following concerns for the man’s welfare.He was still there at 4.15pm

Police confirmed they were on the scene and were working to bring the man down safely and minimise any disruption.

He was on a roof about ten feet from the ground.

Initial indications were that there was no political motive to the man's presence on the roof.

Some onlookers suggested it might be the result of too much alcohol or mental health issues, but police stressed they would only know more once they had spoken to the man himself.

A police spokesman said there were no security risks due to the incident.

"There may be some inconvenience caused to people using the car parks but it is not a major incident and it is just a question of trying to negotiate the man to come down. We wait and see . It is not that high up - but high enough. It is on-going."

A representative of Exeter Airport said:

"Exeter Airport confirms that an incident occurred at the airport at approximately 14:30 today, Saturday 14 December 2013.

"The incident involved an individual climbing onto the flat roof of an unoccupied, single story, land-side building.

"Police attended the incident and negotiating with the individual, who came down at 5:15pm.

"There has been no disruption to any outbound or inbound passenger flights this afternoon and no further departures are scheduled for the rest of the day.

"Those due to collect passengers from the Thomson Lapland flight, due at 9:30pm are advised to attend the airport for the arrival."

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