EMERGENCY services spent hours negotiating to help successfully bring a man down to safety from a roof in Weymouth.

Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to a report raising concern for the welfare of a man on the roof of a three-storey building on Abbotsbury Road at 3.16pm on Monday, October 18.

The road was closed and traffic was diverted as the area was cordoned off between Newstead Road and Cromwell Road as the emergency services tried to engage with the man.

A hydraulic platform from Weymouth Fire Station was used so that crew members and police negotiators could get nearer to the man to talk to him and was eventually used to bring him back down to safety at around 8.15pm.

A police negotiator was said to have spent around four hours talking to the man before he was able to convince him to come down.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "The man was taken to safety and the road closures were lifted at around 8.30pm. He was checked over by the ambulance service as a precaution."