A man plunged to his death from the top floor of a city centre car park despite attempts by police to talk him down.
The tragedy happened earlier today shortly after the man was spotted standing on a ledge of the multi-storey Market Hall Car Park in Preston.
A passer-by alerted the emergency services, but they were unable to prevent him from plunging to his death.
It is believed the man was killed instantly and police were trying to identify him and inform his family yesterday.
The incident caused traffic problems in the build-up to rush hour, with the car park adjacent to busy Ringway.
In a statement, a spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “At shortly after 6am police received a call from a member of the public.
“The caller was reporting that there was a man on the wrong side of the railings on the top floor of the Preston Market Hall Car Park, close to Tenterfield Street.
“Officers attended the scene and attempted to persuade him to climb back over the railings.
“A short time later the man jumped to his death and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
“An investigation is on-going to try and establish the identity of the deceased man.”
Anyone who can help officers with their inquiries is being asked to call Lancashire police on 101.