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Man Arrested After Climbing on East Yorkshire Council Building

Wednesday, 3 April 2024 18:14

By Joe Gerrard, Local Democracy Reporter

A 55-year-old man has been arrested after climbing up East Riding Council’s headquarters in a protest over the care of disabled children.

Humberside Police officers were called to County Hall in Beverley after receiving reports that the man had climbed onto a roof at around 8.05am today (Wednesday, April 3).

The man unfurled a banner from the roof which said: “East Riding Yorkshire Council where disabled kids don’t matter.”

Council Children Portfolio Holder Cllr Victoria Aitken said supporting the most vulnerable children and young people and helping them achieve was a key priority for the authority.

A Humberside Police spokesperson said the man was being held in custody as of this afternoon after being detained on suspicion of public order offences.

A picture from a passer-by showed that the police had to cordon off Cross Street, the road outside County Hall, while the man was on the roof.

The passer-by said there were around five police vehicles and multiple officers at the scene, the picture showed.

The protest came ahead of East Riding Council’s full meeting this afternoon but it is unclear whether that played into the timing of the incident.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Phil Redshaw, of Cottingham North ward, said on social media it is believed the man was protesting about special education needs and disabilities (SEND) provision for children.

Cllr Aitken said the council’s work with vulnerable children included supporting their emotional and wellbeing needs.

The portfolio holder said:

“Helping children and young people achieve is a key priority for the council and supporting our most vulnerable including children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) is at the heart of our ambition.

“As a Local Area Partnership, we are focused on ensuring children and young people have access to the education, health and care they need.”

 

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