Hecklers urged suicidal man to 'jump'

Last updated at 16:06 01 March 2007

Police have condemned hecklers who urged a young man to "get on with it" as he threatened to jump off a multi-storey car park.

A crowd gathered as the 21-year-old man was perched on the eight storey building in Mexborough, South Yorkshire.

Two local police officers arrived to try to calm the man down before trained negotiators were brought in.

They were shocked to find some of the onlookers urging him to jump.

Pc Mark Dyson said: "We were there trying to keep him calm but a group of about 50 people had gathered.

"About half a dozen of these started shouting for him to 'jump' and to 'get on with it'.

"These people should be ashamed with themselves to be shouting things like that at this man's obvious time of need."

The negotiators eventually arrived at the incident, which happened last Thursday, and persuaded the man to come down safely.

He was later reunited with his family and given counselling.

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