A naked couple who clambered to the top of a building triggered a full-scale rescue by the emergency services after the woman plunged through the roof of the city centre building in Aberdeen.
Eyewitnesses reported the plucky pair were ‘rolling about on the roof’, completely naked, moments before the woman plummeted through the slates of the four-storey building.
Two fire engines, three ambulances and several police cars were called to the scene at around 11am, as crowds of shoppers looked on in amazement.
The busy road was closed for over an hour as firefighters broke into the Bridge Street building, a mixture of flats, shops and restaurants, and searched for the duo.
The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was led out by paramedics with mud and cuts on her face, and taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in an ambulance.
A man, thought to be in his mid-20s, was led out by police officers 30 minutes later and driven off in the back of a police car. Both were fully dressed by the time they were taken from the scene.
Two shocked joiners, who were working in the building, raised the alarm after they clocked the nude man and woman attempting to break in to an adjoining premises.
One of the workmen, who didn’t want to be named, said: “We just happened to look round and see them – we couldn’t believe our eyes. We were both working to secure one of the empty premises when we see these two folk naked at the window.”
“They were attempting to come into the building we were in by breaking through the glass. I’ve got no idea what they were doing up there. I don’t know how they accessed that part of the building, but they were rolling about the roof naked. They had mud all over them.”
“Then saw the lassie falling through the roof. It’s full of asbestos.” The other joiner added: “They looked crazy. It was one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen.”
Publican Eric MacMillan, who owns trendy Korova Bar on the ground floor of the building, said revellers had broken into an abandoned shop space on the first floor last weekend and threw a party in it.
He said: “It’s been lying empty for years. But someone had kicked a panel in through the door and there was a load of people going into last weekend having a party.”
The two joiners who had witnessed the whole incident unfold said they had been called in to make sure no-one else could break into the empty tailors shop.
A Grampian Police spokesman said: ‘There were two people on the roof of the building at number 16 Bridge Street. They were not thought to be wearing any clothes. ‘The road was closed for the fire service to get access to the roof. The female fell through the roof at one point but she appeared to be okay.”