HEROIC emergency workers talked a man down from a church roof amid concerns for his wellbeing.

Police officers, firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene at St Peter’s Church, Coggeshall, after fears were raised for the man’s safety.

A specialist crew from the East of England Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team was also in attendance on Monday evening.

It is understood the incident continued until about 12.30am on Tuesday when the patient was then taken to Colchester Hospital for treatment.

Essex Police were called to the unfolding incident in Church Green at 10.40pm “following concerns for the welfare of a man”.

A spokesman said: “A man was brought to safety and left in the care of medical professionals”.

An eyewitness said fire crews used a specialist aerial ladder platform to carefully bring the man from height down to safety on the ground.

They said it appeared to be a “tricky operation” due to the distance between the church roof and the road, as well as cables and trees in the way.

The eyewitness said police talked to the man while he was leaning over the roof before firefighters got a ladder in place for a crew member to go up alongside a police officer.

The man was then brought to safety and handed over to paramedics on the ground.

An East of England Ambulance spokesman said: “We were called to Church Green in Coggeshall at around 10.55pm on Monday night following concerns for the welfare of a man.

“An ambulance, ambulance officer and our hazardous area response team attended.

“Crews treated a male patient at the scene before transporting him to Colchester Hospital for further assessment and care.”

Essex Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it was in attendance, stating the operation was police-led.