Life-sized Iron Man statue in window sparks major emergency services response

A man with a £14,000 Iron Man statue had a "really scary" experience when police surrounded his apartment in the middle of the night.

Police and paramedics were investigating reports of a man hanging which was actually the life-sized Marvel Comics character positioned in his window, Manchester Evening News reports.

The man and his children were sleeping in Manchester city's West Tower when he was woken by a call from the concierge at midnight on Tuesday (October 19) saying the emergency services were on their way up.

In a video from the scene, a police officer says: "You need to move it, we'll just keep getting calls."

He says the statue is simply too heavy to move and was a special commission he bought just before the first lockdown.

The man, who has asked not to be named, told MEN: "I was asleep in bed when I got a call from concierge to say the police were on their way up.

"I jumped out of bed in a scare I just totally panicked, I didn't know what was going on, my kids were in the other room I had to check they were okay."

He went on: "I had police, paramedics, officers all come in.

"I switched on the lights and within minutes they realised it was the Iron Man sculpture and they just said 'wow' and 'that's cool'.

"The next thing they were taking selfies with it. It seems surreal now, but at the time it was really scary."

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "At around 11pm last night (19 October), police were called to reports of a concern for welfare on Deansgate, Manchester.

"Emergency services attended and established that there was no cause for concern."

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