STREETS near York Minster were cordoned off for several hours yesterday evening (September 12) amid concerns for the welfare of a man at the cathedral.

Police tweeted that the man was "intending to harm himself" but was eventually brought to safety and taken to hospital to receive the support he needed.

An officer tweeted: "Trained police negotiators spent several hours at the scene, alongside fire and ambulance service colleagues. Cordons in the area are now being lifted. Thanks to everyone for their patience tonight."

Roads including Duncombe Place and High Petergate were earlier cordoned off, with people urged to avoid the area.

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said it had sent firefighters to the scene to assist police but could give no further details.

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