Updated: York Minster incident brought to a safe end

The incident which saw the streets around York Minster sealed off by the emergency services has ended safely.

A man had climbed up on to one of the pinnacles of the cathedral. But at 9.53pm, North Yorkshire Police tweeted:

  • The incident at York Minster has now been resolved. A man who was intending to harm himself has been brought to safety, and taken to hospital to receive the support he needs.

    Trained police negotiators spent several hours at the scene, alongside fire and ambulance service colleagues.

And the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team tweeted:

Duncombe Place and High Petergate had been closed for about two hours while the incident was ongoing.

At least six fire engines were also in place close to the cathedral.

Witnesses described a man sitting on one of the pinnacles of the Minster.

A man can be seen on the Minster in this picture sent by a reader

Earlier at 7.44pm North Yorkshire Police reported:

  • We are dealing with an incident involving concern for the welfare of a man at York Minster.

    Nearby roads including Duncombe Place & High Petergate are cordoned off.

    Please avoid the area. It’s extremely important that emergency services are able to work at the scene.

There was huge relief that the incident had ended well.

Several fire crews were also on scene
Police set up a roadblock at Bootham Bar
Sealed off: High Petergate
Another view at Bootham Bar
No through road