A WOMAN was brought to safety from the top of a car park after concerns were raised for her welfare.

Essex Police were called to St John's multi-storey car park, in Southway, Colchester, at around 9.35pm yesterday.

One witness, who works as a taxi driver, reported seeing around seven police cars outside the car park until around 2am.

"Southway was closed both ways from around 10pm or 11pm until very late, at least 2am," he said.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "We were called to concerns for the welfare of a woman on the top of a car park.

"Officers attended.

"A woman was brought to safety in the early hours of this morning and has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act."

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A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service added: "We were called to Osborne Street in Colchester at around 9.50pm last night to reports of concerns for a woman’s welfare.

"We sent an ambulance, ambulance officer vehicle and our hazardous area response team.

"A female patient was transported to Colchester Hospital for further assessment and care."