Emergency services have been criticised after a busy street was put on lock-down by dozens of police officers and fire fighters to rescue a rook from rooftop. Two police cars, a rapid response vehicle and two fire engines, complete with a cherry picker, were involved in the dramatic rescue of the rook which was trapped on a roof on Monday. Emergency crews were called to the rescue after a passing church worker spotted the stricken corvid had trapped its foot in netting on a roof in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Ironically, the netting is put on roofs to stop birds roosting or nesting.
The busy route was closed during the hour-long rescue while firefighters retrieved the bird before taking it to a rescue centre.
Claire Sandys, PA to the vicar at Trinity Church, said: "It wasn't nice watching this poor bird suffer on the rooftop over the road from our window.
"It seemed so sad to leave him there - so I just let the RSPCA know. After all, it is one of God's creatures."
Tom Wheatly said: "So it takes two fire engines and two police cars to rescue one bird from the roof of a three story building in the middle of Cheltenham. Two fire engines and two police cars when human beings die from ambulances not getting there in time."
A spokesman from Gloucestershire Police said he did not know how many officers attended or how much the call out would have cost.
He said: "They [the fire service] only asked us to close the road.
The fire engine they were using, it would have blocked it [the road]."
When asked for the average cost of a call out of this nature, he said: "There are so many variables, it is impossible to say."
Dave Hornibrook, of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Whenever undertaking a rescue of this nature we can redirect crews to a more serious incident."
Staff at Vale Wildlife Rescue centre, in Beckford, Gloucestershire, said the bird was recovering and "in good spirits".
A spokesman said: "He isn't eating as much as we would like, but that is not unusual because being in captivity is quite stressful.
But he is looking quite bright."