Probe into police after man’s seven storey jump

The man survived after falling onto this car. Pic: Joey Kelly
The man survived after falling onto this car. Pic: Joey Kelly
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A MAN who leapt from a seventh-floor flat but survived after landing on a paramedic’s car has sparked a second damning report into police handling of suicide risks.

The force has been slammed by a police watchdog after officers took the man – who suffered from a “psychiatric illness” – back to his Leith home just hours before he jumped.

Professor John McNeill, the independent police investigations and review commissioner (PIRC), also criticised police for failing to log a missing person report when a concerned friend of the 39-year-old contacted them earlier that day.

His report comes two weeks after Police Scotland was the subject of a scathing review by Prof McNeill into its handling of the case of Barbara Robertson, who took her own life.

The body of the 36-year-old care worker was found in

Clermiston Woods in June – 24 hours after police officers dismissed claims she was suicidal.

Prof McNeill has now called on the force to investigate its handling of the Leith incident, which took place on June 12, and police chiefs immediately promised a “rigorous review”.

Friends of the man noticed his mental health was deteriorating and reported him missing that day.

Prof McNeill’s review stated that a friend was asked by police “if he wanted to report him as a missing person and stated he did”.

The report added: “No missing person report was raised, the call was recorded as a concern for person and given a grading that did not require an operational police response.

“Full details of the friends’ concerns, including the man’s mental health issues, were not recorded by the member of staff handling the call.”

When the man was found on the other side of Edinburgh, behaving “strangely”, officers took him home and left him outside the block of flats.

Just before midnight, he plummeted from the seventh floor of Persevere Court.

Neighbours told how he landed on a silver Renault Laguna owned by an ambulance worker and neighbour. The man was taken to hospital, where he remains.

In his report, Prof McNeill called for a review into how control room staff handled missing person inquiries and said police should “examine the actions of some of its officers and staff”.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We will study all the evidence provided by the PIRC and note that a number of recommendations, which includes examining the actions of officers and staff are specified.”