Huge emergency response as man sets himself alight

A 46-year-old man has been taken to hospital after setting himself on fire in the Oreston area of Plymouth this evening.

Police have confirmed that the man suffered only minor injuries.

Nobody else was injured and there was no damage to the property in Plymstock Road.

Neighbours said there were a large number of emergency vehicles at the scene for more than two hours on Tuesday evening.

Plymstock road, Oreston (Image: Google)

A police spokesperson confirmed that they were called at 6.50pm (Police Log 699, 14th July) to reports that a man suffering with mental health issues had set himself on fire in Plymstock Road.

Police, fire and ambulance services attended.

The spokesperson said: “We were called along with fire and ambulance colleagues.

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“We escorted the man to hospital – he has suffered only minor injuries. Nobody else was injured and there was no damage to property.”

A neighbour said: “They were there for about two hours and it was a huge emergency service presence.”

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