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Hero cops talk down balcony jumper at Folkestone's Grand Burstin Hotel

By Sean Axtell

Police officers rescued a man trying to jump from a hotel's 10th floor balcony.

The man, who is in his 20s, was rescued at Folkestone's Grand Burstin Hotel, based in the harbour, at 6.30pm yesterday.

Officers intervened after an emergency call from South East Coast Ambulance medics, who were concerned for his safety.

Grand Burstin in Folkestone - courtesy Paul McLaren (2927517)
Grand Burstin in Folkestone - courtesy Paul McLaren (2927517)

A spokesman said: "Police were called to reports of a man trying to jump from a balcony at a hotel near Folkestone Harbour.

"Officers managed to intervene and the man was detained for his own safety."

Ashford resident Paul McLaren, who was staying in a nearby room with family at the time, described how officers managed to bring the individual to safety.

"We were in our room and heard someone screaming a name outside the open window, I took a look and could see a man in mid to late 20s pacing up and down a balcony one floor down from us," he explained.

"He was the individual who was calling out, it seemed to be directed towards the town, people who seemed to know him were calling from below telling him not to do anything silly."

Mr McLaren said the man put a foot on the railings as if he was about to climb, but backed down.

He continued: "Then two officers appeared on the next balcony along and talked to him for a bit, within moments one of the officers was sharing the man's balcony and he seemed calmer.

"I came away from the window at that point.

"I thought then that the situation had been resolved, and maybe his intentions had been exaggerated, but within a minute a huge scuffle broke out.

"I went back to the window and the man was being restrained on the ground by police officers and hotel security staff."

It comes as a video emerged of an England supporter being run over after jumping on a car in Harbour Street opposite the hotel moments before.

Shocked onlookers watched as the pair swept past on the bonnet in high spirits before the car reaches a pedestrian crossing.

Narrowly missing people on the crossing one of the men fell off the car, before the wheel appeared to go over his leg.

Hundreds of England fans took to the streets in celebration of England's Quarter Final 2-0 win over Sweden.

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