Man talked down from Wanstead Park tree by police

Police had to send a helicopter to Wanstead Park last night (December 7) to find a man in a tree who was refusing to come down.

Officers spent over eight hours trying to talk down the 36-year-old man who was drinking in the tree, 14 feet from the ground.

They were called to the scene, at the rear of Woodlands Avenue, at 4.33pm by a member of the public who was concerned for the man’s welfare having seen him enter a wooded area.

A helicopter which was airborne was then used to locate the man.

He was discovered at 4.45pm and was drinking alcohol whilst sat in the tree.


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Police negotiators were brought to the scene to try and talk him down and London Ambulance Service were called as a precaution.

It took until 12.40am before a Redbridge officer was able to convince the man to return to solid ground.

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A police spokesman said today that he was safe and well.

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