‘Exceptional’ police praised for talking down man from Boston Stump

A man is talked down from the viewing platform at Boston Stump this afternoon
A man is talked down from the viewing platform at Boston Stump this afternoon

Police have been praised for their ‘exceptional’ work in talking down a man from the top of Boston Stump last week.

Trained police negotiators had to attend St Botolph’s Church on Wednesday after a man was seen behaving erratically on the viewing platform.

Emergency services were called to The Stump at about 2.45pm in response to a report of concern for a man at the top of the tower.
Negotiators attended the scene and the area surrounding The Stump was cordoned off and the man was eventually talked down.

Team rector, the Rev Alyson Buxton said the first staff knew was when the man threw something down.
She said: “The staff at the Stump and the police reacted so well. It was a matter of making sure people wouldn’t go outside the south door and the as the incident progressed helping to clear the Stump.

“I thought the police were exceptional, they were professional and they were calm.”

She said the church was there for everybody whether they were happy or sad, and said it would try to help those with troubles.

Director of operations Mike Bartlett said he would be running a risk assessment and looking again at health and safety procedures.

He said: “Thousands of people climb the tower every year and they enjoy the incredible views of Boston. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to assess people and their stability, however we do ask questions before anybody climbs the tower.”

Chief Inspector Paul Timmins, himself a trained negotiator, tweeted that evening: “Today, two Lincs Police negotiators talked a man down from Boston stump.

“My thanks to my colleagues for saving a life. True professionals.”

The 32-year-old man talked down from the Stump was handed over to health agencies for treatment.