Police officers to be offered counselling after man’s death fall

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Two police officers who tried to save a man who fell to his death are to be offered ­counselling

Two police officers who tried to save a man who fell to his death are to be offered ­counselling.

The naked man plunged 50 feet from Glasgow’s Central Hotel moments after they arrived to interview him.

The 47-year-old is believed to have been reported as a ­missing person and the ­officers were carrying out inquiries to trace him.

He tried to jump through a window on the third floor but one of the officers grabbed him by the ankles in a bid to stop him.

The officer cut his hands in his desperate attempts to save the man, who wriggled free and plunged to his death.

Scottish Police Federation chairman Brian Docherty said: “It’s a horrific and ­tragic accident for all concerned. We’re content that the officers are being looked after.”

The two officers went to the hotel in Gordon Street around 11.30am on Friday.

When they entered the man’s bedroom, he was naked and initially indicated he wanted to get dressed. But he then dashed for the bedroom ­window.

Police say efforts are under way to trace his next of kin.

Paramedics battled to save the man after he fell on to the pavement but he died in hospital a short time later.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner has been drafted in to investigate the incident.