Offbeat Video

By Luke Kenton


This shirtless inmate, who climbed onto the roof of the prison he’s detained in, has been involved in a stand-off with the police, lasting nearly 30 hours and counting. 

Police scrambled to Her Majesty’s Prison in Chelmsford, Essex, on June 11, after a shirtless inmate miraculously managed to climb his way onto the roof of the detention center, where he was seen shouting and throwing objects. 

Walking down Sanford Road adjacent to the prison at approximately 1:30pm, Jon Gilbert, 29, of Grays, Essex, captured the unidentified inmate waving a large pole just over an hour into his bizarre protest. 

Shouting and chanting from the rooftop, the prisoner’s stalemate has now been in motion for over 24-hours, and the prisoner was provided with a blanket through the night to keep him warm. 

Jon, who works for a housing company, said: “I was walking alongside the prison with one of my friends when I noticed the police cars and wondered what was going on.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the prisoner standing up there.

“I stayed and watched him for about 15 minutes – I thought it was quite funny really.

“I can’t believe he’s managed to stay up there through the night.”

As a precaution police have cordoned off several stretches of road surrounding the prison. 

A spokesperson for Essex Police said: “We were contacted at around 11am, Monday, June 11, to assist staff at Chelmsford Prison in relation to an ongoing incident.

“The incident is currently being managed by the prison service, however, we have closed nearby roads as a precaution.”