Man trapped 270ft up Carlisle’s Dixon’s Chimney sparks major rescue operation

Man trapped 270ft up Carlisle's Dixon's Chimney sparks major rescue operation

A rescue operation is under way after a man became trapped 270 feet up a chimney.

Police, fire and ambulance have been scrambled to the scene, with a helicopter hovering near the top of Dixon’s Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria.

Footage from the scene appears to show a figure, upside down with his legs in the air, at the top of the chimney.

Roads around the structure, built in 1836 and a prominent local landmark, have been closed.

Local reports said shouts and wailing could be heard coming from the chimney in the early hours of this morning before police arrived on the scene.

A helicopter is being used in the rescue operation

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In a statement Cumbria Police said: “Police are continuing to deal with an incident at Dixon’s Chimney, Carlisle.

“Officers became aware of a man trapped at height in the area following a call to police.

“Officers are supporting Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and other partner agencies to attempt to free the man safely.

“The road is currently closed at Stanhope Road, Charlotte Street and Shaddongate where it meets Bridge Street (A595).

There are road closures while the rescue operation takes place

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“The public are asked to avoid the area.”

The chimney is a Grade II listed landmark which was built by Peter Dixon in 1936 as part of an adjoining cotton factory called Shaddon Mill.

It was built to be tall enough to stop the large amounts of smoke generated by the factory polluting the rest of the city.

At the time the factory was the largest cotton mill factory in the country.

The chimney was restored by Carlisle City Council in 1999.

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