THE MP and emergency services have met to discuss a major incident in Basingstoke which left residents stuck in their homes and a road closed for almost six hours.

As previously reported, emergency services were called to Alencon Link in Basingstoke town centre to reports of a man throwing objects from a balcony at Skyline Plaza around midday on Friday, October 13.

The road from Eastrop Roundabout to Basingstoke railway station was closed for six hours while police were at the scene. The man was subsequently detained and taken to hospital. 

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Following the incident, Basingstoke's MP Maria Miller met with police and ambulance staff, along with county councillor Arun Mummalaneni, to discuss the length of time that the road was closed. Residents were unable to enter and leave their homes during that time.

Dame Maria asked emergency service staff whether processes used could be adapted in the future to make sure the situation isn't repeated. 

The MP had previously called for a review of emergency procedures for high-rise buildings in Basingstoke following this incident, asking whether anything could for learned for the future to reduce the impacts on public transport, residents and businesses.

Dame Maria said: “The police and ambulance service provided a comprehensive briefing to me and Cllr Mummalaneni following concerns raised by local residents.

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"From that briefing meeting it was clear that to resolve the situation safely, time was needed for the police to safely enter the premises concerned.

"At all times the safety of residents and the general public were of paramount concern. This meant, unfortunately, that Alencon Link had to be closed for an extended period.

“Thankfully these types of incidences are very rare and the police and ambulance service briefing demonstrated that they had followed the correct procedures and protocols to ensure a safe conclusion to a very troubling incident."