A SUSPECTED burglar was forced to make the call that got himself arrested after falling 40ft off one of the city’s most historic buildings.
The 30-year-old from Gloucester was arrested after being whisked to hospital with a list of injuries including a broken pelvis, leg and nose.
He had made a call to the ambulance service after falling off the roof of the Fleece Hotel in Westgate Street at 5.45am on Saturday.
The suspected thief was then arrested after lead piping and music equipment was discovered nearby.
The man, who is still recovering in hospital, has now been bailed until June 16.
Gloucestershire police said officers were called to Westgate Street by the ambulance service at about 6.20am.
A force spokesman said: “Officers had to force entry to a secure area to get to the man, who is believed to have fallen around 12 metres. He was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with a broken leg, suspected broken pelvis and possible broken nose.
“Suspected stolen lead piping and music equipment were discovered nearby.”
A spokesman from the South West Ambulance Service said paramedics were called to the incident at 5.45am.
During their investigation police found lead piping which is believed to have been taken from the hotel.
They also sent out a helicopter to search the area for anyone else linked to the crime.
The former hotel and bar has been put on the market this month by Gloucester City Council in the hope of giving it a new lease of life after a decade of dereliction.
County councillor Pam Tracey (C, Westgate), said: “He shouldn’t have been on the roof in the first place. At least he had the sense to call an ambulance.”
City councillor Paul Toleman (C, Westgate) said he was sorry to hear the man has been injured.
“I will be glad when the Fleece Hotel has been purchased by new owners so they can regenerate it,” he added.
Anyone with any information about the case should call 101, quoting incident 84 of April 12.