Police officers from the Vulnerable Persons Unit took a woman into custody for her own safety on Thursday, after she was seen partially clothed and in distress in the City of Hamilton, wearing only a white T-shirt at one point.

A police spokesman said the incident occurred around 12.30pm, when members of the public reported seeing “a dark complexioned woman” who appeared to be in “a state of distress” on Reid Street near the junction with Queen Street.

“The woman — who is believed to be 45 years old — was eventually located about 45 minutes later on Bermudiana Road near the junction with Front Street,” he added.

“Police officers from the Vulnerable Persons Unit attended Bermudiana Road and transported the woman to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital as a place of safety, but she ran off — now apparently fully clothed — towards the north roundabout.

“Two female VPU officers caught up with the woman at the north roundabout and took her into custody for her own safety — which was captured on mobile phone video and circulated on social media.”

The woman was then transported back to KEMH for assessment and appropriate care.