A MAN who was stuck, upside down, at the top of a 270ft chimney, has been confirmed dead.

Police have confirmed that a man, who was found in the early hours of this morning stuck 270ft up a chimney, has died.

Police were called to the man at the top of Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle, Cumbria at around 2.22am this morning.

A massive rescue effort started to save the man, with emergency services, steeplejacks and a helicopter scrambled.

Two difficult rescue attempts were made but both failed due to concerns over how securely the man was attached to the ladder at the top of the chimney and because of the risk of backdraft from the helicopter involved.

But at 4.45pm, paramedics reached the man, who was in his 50s and from Carlisle, and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police and fire teams have sent their wishes to the family of the man. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, which helped with the attempted rescues, said on Twitter: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends."

There is no information on how, or why, the man came to be trapped up the chimney available at the moment and an investigation has been launched.

Chorley Citizen:

A statement from Cumbria Police said: "Police can confirm that a man who was trapped at height on Dixon's Chimney in Carlisle and later recovered during a multi-agency operation has been confirmed as deceased.

"Paramedics pronounced the man, in his 50s and from Carlisle, deceased at the scene at around 4.45pm."

A statement added: "The thoughts of all the emergency services and partners are with the family and friends of the man. Specialist welfare police officers are supporting his family at this difficult time.

"An investigation will commence into the circumstances into how and why the man was on the chimney and the constabulary will be informing Her Majesty's Coroner."

The panic began among residents this morning, with local reports saying shouts and wailing could be heard coming from the chimney in the early hours of this morning, before police arrived on the scene.

As early morning mist cleared, the figure could be seen at the top.

The chimney is around 270ft tall, is a Grade II listed building and when built was the largest chimney in the country, according to a citation on the Historic England website.