Police stand-off with man who climbed 40ft tower at children’s camp

EMERGENCY services swooped on a children’s activity camp after a man got onto the site and caused damage, later climbing up onto a 40ft tower.

Police were locked in a stand-off with the man whose presence at PGL Osmington Bay prompted a major emergency response yesterday.

Emergency services called to PGL Shortlake Lane, Osmington

PGL Osmington Bay

Concerns were raised for his welfare and attempts were made to negotiate with him.

The man was eventually brought to safety after six hours and taken to hospital.

Police, paramedics and firefighters were all called to the scene in Shortlake Lane, Osmington, near Weymouth.

It is understood the site was evacuated while the incident was dealt with. Police stressed the incident was not related to any activities at the park, while the operator said the man ‘had not compromised the safety of others on site’.

Police stand-off with man who climbed 40ft tower at children's campEmergency services descended on Shortlake Lane, PGL Osmington Bay

PGL runs adventure holidays and summer camps at the site, which is set in 45 acres of grounds with access to the beach.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: “Dorset Police received a report at 7.08am on Monday that a man smashed the windows of a property at PGL holiday park in Osmington. A further report was received at around 7.20am raising concern for the welfare of the man on top of the abseiling tower.

“Officers, along with the ambulance and fire services, attended to engage with the man and bring him to safety.

“The matter concluded just before 1.30pm. He was taken to hospital to receive the appropriate care.

“The incident was not related to any activities at the holiday park and officers from the local neighbourhood policing team have been liaising with the park.”

Police stand-off with man who climbed 40ft tower at children's campEmergency services leaving the children’s activity camp. Picture: Marie-Claire Alfonso

PGL said at the time the incident was unfolding: “An incident has occurred on site.

“Emergency services are in attendance and are handling the matter.

“This incident concerns an individual and has not compromised the safety of others on site.

“We hope that you will understand that this is a sensitive issue and we’re unable to comment any further at this time.

“However, we will endeavour to keep you informed as and when we can.

“Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience that this has caused.”

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews from Weymouth and Poole had attended and were supporting the police.

A spokeswoman for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: “We were called at 7.48am to an incident in Osmington.

“We sent two double-crewed ambulances, a hazardous area response team, and an operations officer, and conveyed one patient to Dorset County Hospital.”