Tilbury siege: Man’s father speaks out

YESTERDAY and not for the first time, Chris Little, 38, kept the authorities at bay for fifteen hours in Civic Square, Tilbury. He has now been detained at Basildon hospital.

Chris’s father, Keith Little has written to YT and expressed how he feels about yesterdays incident as part of a general discussion of the state of mental health services.

Keith said: “Chris has had problems with mental health as a result of drug abuse for many years. The incident on Tuesday was yet another futile cry for help which was in vain because the legal system prevents good people like him from returning to normality.

“In this nation unless a mentally ill person volunteers for rehabilitation there is little hope for him.  Chris’s argument for not coming down from the roof was that there was no point as red tape prevents his road to recovery.

“He would rather be dead than continue as he is but he still cries for help that may not come in time. All that happens is that he will be held for 72 hours in a mental health unit and then released to struggle with his problem again until the next incident which may be his last.

“The problem is a national problem and the solution is tougher legislation that our government cannot provide now that it has been greatly weakened by European Human Rights Laws.

“It is time that the overall cost of incidence like this one were weighed up against the cost of a cure not just for the sake of the person that is ill but to improve society as a whole.

“The emergency services carried out their jobs in a well co-ordinated manner and this provided the desired outcome, I thank them all.

“However even they realise that after the successful rescue the system then fails and there hands are tied.  It’s time to concentrate on the reasons that the system fails these people because without change and improvements the situation can only get worse.

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