A masked woman thought to be carrying an imitation pistol caused a major disturbance in a busy shopping street after climbing up scaffolding, apparently to sunbathe.
Police officers spent three hours trying to coax the woman down from the four-storey Garnet House in St George's Road, Brighton yesterday.
Eye witnesses told how the woman was acting strangely while on the scaffolding and removed her clothes and put a dead seagull on her head.Is that really strange in Brighton?
Those in St George's Road at the time described how up to seven police cars, a police van and two fire engines attended the scene. There was a subsequent road closure causing major disruptions for a number of local businesses in the street.Well, of course! The poor bloody public's inconvenience is as nothing, compared to the need to safeguard the health & safety of some mental case, right?
I mean, it's not as though the emergency services will face any consequences...
Steven Ashwood, owner of St James Furnishing carpet shop in St George's Road, said: “The woman climbed up the scaffolding and started sunbathing on the top.
“They put up a police cordon so unfortunately all the businesses were shut off.
“We had a delivery at the time so they had to drive all round the houses and then we had to walk to pick it up.”Isn't it time the police had to answer - financially - for these decisions? It might make them a little but less quick to put an attention-seeking loon's 'rights' before those of the poor sods who have to pay for all this...