Emergency services responding to fears about the welfare of a man had to give him medical treatment after he sustained injuries in a fall.

The London Air Ambulance was dispatched landing in a school playground after the five hour drama unfolded at nearby address in Thornton Heath.

It appears there was a stand off as London Ambulance staff who were first on scene followed by the Fire Brigade and police tried to engage with the man.

He was taken to a major trauma unit “after he fell from height” but his injuries are “not thought to be life threatening,” said a police spokesman.

The incident began at at 8.20am when LAS were called to reports of an incident at a residential address in Kitchener Road.

Police arrived at  8.42am following “concerns for the welfare of a man inside a residential address” said a spokesman and officers had “engaged with the man.”

The incident is not being treated as suspicious but  a police spokesman added: “as is routine, the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards have been informed.”

The helicopter circled over houses at 1.30pm as it dramatically descended landing at Beulah Infant and Nursery School.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We treated a person and took them to a major trauma centre.

“We sent a number of resources to the scene including two ambulance crews, an incident response officer, a medic in a car and London’s Air Ambulance.”

The Air Ambulance departed around 20 minutes later watched by school children and captured in this video.


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