A ‘vulnerable’ man’s 15-hour stand-off with police at Victoria Station on Monday (September 12) ended when he leapt from the top of an escalator.
Police used an air cushion to break his fall but he still suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
He had initially clambered up to what British Transport Police (BTP) described as a “precarious position” at the top of the escalator at around 4am and remained there until he jumped shortly after 7.30pm.
The entrance to the station in Buckingham Palace Road that leads to platforms 15 to 19 from the bus station had been cordoned off by BTP while they attempted to deal with the incident.
Trained specialists had talked to the individual, wearing a red jumper, throughout the day in the hope of bringing him to a place of safety .
During his time photos on Twitter were posted showing the man perched on escalator handle with his feet dangling over the concourse.
Superintendent Chris Horton from BTP said: “Negotiators were concerned about the man’s on going wellbeing so an air cushion was used to stop the man from falling from a height, but despite efforts shortly after 7.30pm the man jumped from a lower height and sustained injuries to his head.
“Officers and paramedics attended to the man immediately and administered first aid. The man has been taken to hospital in a stable condition.”
The incident will be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.