Girl talked off shopping centre roof amid Hamilton CBD cordon

The young woman came down about 2pm.
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The young woman came down about 2pm.

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. 

The aftermath of the drama in Hamilton's CBD.
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The aftermath of the drama in Hamilton's CBD.

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.

The young woman joins police on the roof after talking with a police negotiator.
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The young woman joins police on the roof after talking with a police negotiator.

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. 

Police were moving closer and talking to the remaining girl at 1.50pm. The drama began about midday.
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Police were moving closer and talking to the remaining girl at 1.50pm. The drama began about midday.

She would not comment on any potential ways of gaining entry to the roof space. 

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"That will be the subject of an investigation by the police and our security."

More information would be available later, she said.

This picture was taken of the remaining girl on the Centre Place roof looking towards Bryce St.
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This picture was taken of the remaining girl on the Centre Place roof looking towards Bryce St.

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."

One girl has been talked down, but emergency services were still trying to coax the other off the roof at 1pm.
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One girl has been talked down, but emergency services were still trying to coax the other off the roof at 1pm.

 

WHERE TO GET HELP

Lifeline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 354

Centre Place management had no comment on how the two girls got on to the roof.
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Centre Place management had no comment on how the two girls got on to the roof.

Depression Helpline (open 24/7) - 0800 111 757

Healthline (open 24/7) - 0800 611 116

Samaritans (open 24/7) - 0800 726 666

Two girls hang off the side of the roof at Lido Cinema. One has since come down.
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Two girls hang off the side of the roof at Lido Cinema. One has since come down.

Suicide Crisis Helpline (open 24/7) - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.

Youthline (open 24/7) - 0800 376 633. You can also text 234 for free between 8am and midnight, or email talk@youthline.co.nz

0800 WHATSUP children's helpline - phone 0800 9428 787 between 1pm and 10pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 10pm on weekends. Online chat is available from 7pm to 10pm every day at www.whatsup.co.nz.

Kidsline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 754. This service is for children aged 5 to 18. Those who ring between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays will speak to a Kidsline buddy. These are specially trained teenage telephone counsellors.

Your local Rural Support Trust - 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)

Alcohol Drug Helpline (open 24/7) - 0800 787 797. You can also text 8691 for free.

For further information, contact the Mental Health Foundation's free Resource and Information Service (09 623 4812)

 - Stuff

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