Man dangling in 3am rescue call

The roof at Orchard Square and broken window where the youth was found on the roof
The roof at Orchard Square and broken window where the youth was found on the roof
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A young man who was found hanging from a top window of a Sheffield shopping square at 3am claimed he had ‘forgotten’ how he got there.

Several fire crews from Sheffield Central station were called to reports of the man needing help, at least six storeys high, near the top of Orchard Square shopping centre off Fargate in the early hours of Saturday.

Firefighters had to break into the building and use an aerial ladder platform to rescue the man, who was then left in the care of paramedics.

Police also attended.

Philip Smith, crew manager at Central fire station, said: “There was a man hanging from the roof of Orchard Square so we had to break into the building as there was no entry upstairs.

“He was literally hanging from the guttering, but how he got there nobody knows.

“He said he couldn’t remember how he got there when he was asked.

“He was left in the care of paramedics and the police were also in attendance.

“He was a young lad, about 18 years old.”

By Saturday morning a smashed window could still be seen high in the shopping square building.

It is believed the youth had climbed up a fire escape. A night guard was said to have heard someone screaming ‘help’ at the time.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service said paramedics attended the scene after being called at 2.35am.

They checked the man over but he did not need to attend hospital for treatment.

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