A man threatening to jump from the roof of a day centre brought chaos to the Countess of Chester Health Park tonight (Wednesday, March 4).
Staff, visitors and motorists were delayed while the emergency services, including the police helicopter, were called to the Jubilee Day Centre in the grounds of the Countess of Chester Hospital at about 8pm, following reports that a man was on the roof.
Police cordoned off the area as they talked the man down and he was safely detained shortly afterwards.
Despite extensive social media speculation, a Cheshire police spokesperson confirmed the man was not armed.
"The male was on the roof threatening to jump. At some point there was some suspicion referring to a firearm but this was not the case," the spokesperson said.
"The man was talked down from the roof, detained and is currently being treated."
Following the incident, the Chester Outer Police tweeted: "Regarding COCH incident thanks to all staff, patients and visitors for patience during disruption. Safety the priority.
"All blue light services have now left incident at COCH, all road closures re-opened, business as usual at the hospital."