Kettering town centre came to a standstill for two hours after a distressed woman was talked down from the top of the Newlands Shopping Centre yesterday afternoon.
Police quickly closed off Lower Street and Northall Street when the woman was seen standing at the top of the multi-storey car park at about 4pm.
Officers created a large cordon area around the shopping centre stretching from Blockbuster Entertainment to Sainsbury’s and Eskdaill Street.
Pedestrians and motorists were stopped from entering and told to take diversions which clogged up the town centre’s roads during the rush-hour.
The woman could be seen at the top of the car park from Sainsbury’s.
However, after two hours of negotiations with police she was successfully brought down to safety at about 5.15pm.
Police then took the cordon down and moved off the site with ambulance crews by about 6pm.
A police spokesman said: “Officers were called to the Newlands Shopping Centre car park in Kettering at about 4pm following reports of a distressed woman on the roof of the building.
“As a result, areas of the car park and some roads were cordoned off as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the public.
“After two hours of negotiations, we are pleased to report that officers successfully brought the woman down to safety.”
During the drama Sainsbury’s was evacuated and closed after a fire alarms went off inside the building at about 5.15pm.
Repair crews were called to fix a reported leak in the roof above the deli counters.
Passers-by who were held up in the incident said they felt sorry for the woman.
Jon Daly, 34, of Blandford Avenue, said: “It’s hard to be angry in situations like this, I hope she is OK.”