A man who threatened to jump 25ft from a Birmingham city centre car park was protesting at his car being clamped.
Police sealed off the Albert Street NCP multi-storey in Dale End on Tuesday when the man, believed to be in his 30s, scaled a wall on the second floor and sat with his legs dangling precariously over the edge.
He was understood to have been enraged when his car was clamped earlier in a nearby street, prompting him to march into the car park to make his protest.
Police teams spent more than three hours trying to coax the man down before he was finally led to safety at around 2.30pm.
A spokesman for NCP said: “It was nothing to do with NCP, it was in relation to an outside parking company.
“It was an incident where the man’s car was clamped and he came into the NCP car park to get some height to make his point.
“It was not the NCP which clamped him, he came in to make his protest. That’s what police communicated to our staff.”
The car park and surrounding roads were sealed off during the drama, leaving hordes of workers and Christmas shoppers stranded without their vehicles.
Grandmother Rita Collis, from Lichfield, said: “I saw him sitting on the wall, with his legs dangling over, he looked like he was just passing the time and that’s what I thought was strange.”
Kam Dillan, 29, who was anxious to pick up her three-year-old daughter from nursery, said: “It’s ridiculous, all this caused by a man angry about a clamp.”
Around 700 vehicles were in the car park at the time of the incident. NCP staff were on hand to ensure customers did not incur extra charges.
West Midlands Police said a man was detained under the Mental Health Act.