Girl talked off shopping centre roof amid Hamilton CBD cordon
The second of two young women seen on a four-storey rooftop in central Hamilton has climbed to safety.
Hamilton police earlier closed off part the city's CBD around Centre Place.
Two young women were spotted on the roof of Centre Place above the Lido Cinema about noon.
One was taken into police custody not long after and, by 1:50pm, the female police negotiator had moved next to the girl, who moved off the roof safely with her shortly after 2pm.
Bryce Street in the Barton Street block has been closed since around midday. At 1.35pm, a part of Victoria Street was also blocked off.
At least three police cars, ambulances and two fire engines were in attendance at the height of the drama.
Earlier, Northern Fire Communications shift manager Colin Underdown said someone phoned to report two young women on the roof of the shopping mall.
Fire services liaised with police to coax the second of the pair off the roof from the Bryce Street side of the building.
Centre Place manager Maureen Pearce said the shopping centre and car park remained open to shoppers, but the Bryce Street entrance was cordoned off.
She would not comment on any potential ways of gaining entry to the roof space.
"That will be the subject of an investigation by the police and our security."
More information would be available later, she said.
Hamilton City Council put a message out on Facebook to state there was restricted access to Bryce Street.
"Please avoid the area if you can. Drive carefully and follow any marked detours. We will update when traffic flow can resume."
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