PART of Burton was brought to a standstill when a man jumped from the roof of a house – right opposite a primary school.
Little ones at Anglesey Primary Academy had to be shielded from the unfolding scene for more than an hour as the man dislodged roof tiles and aerials and threw them onto the pavement below before he leapt onto a car.
At the time, a mother and her two-year-old son were in the house in Clarence Street.
The injured man was taken to hospital, but police said they were unable to say how seriously he had been hurt in the fall.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey said: “We received a call at around 10.20am yesterday informing us that a man in a distressed state was on the roof of a building on Clarence Street, Burton.
“As tiles and chimney pots were falling off the roof of the building, for the safety of pedestrians and motorists, the road was closed at both ends.
“Specially trained officers, and colleagues from the ambulance service, attended the scene and attempted to engage with him.
“Unfortunately, the man jumped. He was taken to hospital. It is not known if his injuries were life threatening or changing at this stage.”
Onlookers said they were shocked by the incident.
Wendy Woodings, of Sheffield Street, told the Mail: “I have grandchildren at the school and I’m not happy about this happening right opposite.
“You hear about these things, but never think of them happening here”.
Another onlooker said: “I shouted up to him to sit down, but he wouldn’t listen. We were moved away as police said we were encouraging him to jump.”
Several people said it was ‘horrible’ to see the man jump.
“I’m quite shocked. You don’t see this happening every day.
“I don’t know why he didn’t come down,” one woman said.
Police cordoned off the whole of Clarence Street until well into the afternoon.
Many people were unable to reachheir homes.
Children heading home for lunch had to be collected from a separate entrance at the school.
Charlotte Hopkins, head teacher at Anglesey Primary Academy, said: “We have always got our children’s best interests at heart, and we would not have wanted to expose them to this.”