Ilford Lane incident: Police and paramedics in 18-hour operation to remove man from roof in east London

Stephanie Cockroft

Police and paramedics have entered the 18th hour of a night-long operation to remove a man from a roof in east London.

Officers were called around 8pm last night to reports of a man on the roof of a row of shops on Ilford Lane, amid concerns for his welfare.

They have been working all night and today to safely remove him with the operation still going on this morning.

The road is closed and a cordon has been put up around the area. A diversion is in place for public transport.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police were called at 20:06hrs on Saturday, 17 August to reports of a man on the roof of a property on Ilford Lane, Ilford.

"Officers are in attendance alongside the London Ambulance Service and are attempting to engage with the man.

"The road remains closed to traffic and pedestrians at this time."

Transport for London tweeted: "INCIDENT: The A123 Ilford Lane in Ilford is closed in both directions between Windsor Road and Grange Road due to an emergency services incident."