Standoff on Blackpool rooftop

Six police cars attended a siege in Cumberland Avenue, Blackpool, where a man climbed onto a roof to avoid capture
Six police cars attended a siege in Cumberland Avenue, Blackpool, where a man climbed onto a roof to avoid capture
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NEIGHBOURS today described their “shock” after a man evaded arrest by police for an hour after running over the rooftops in a Blackpool street.

Officers arrived at a property on Cumberland Avenue at around 10.30am yesterday, in an attempt to arrest the man in connection with an ongoing investigation.

Instead, he clambered up on to a garage roof, then on to a brick outhouse, where he remained for around an hour before being talked down.

John Cheeseman, 72, of Cumberland Avenue, said the incident was a “bit of a shock” for Boxing Day morning.

He added: “I had gone upstairs for a shower, when next thing I saw out of the window some police outside a home on the street.

“There were 12 officers outside from what I could see, as well as six police cars.

“There was even a fire engine, probably in case ladders were needed to get on the roof. It was clear something serious was going on and it was a bit of a shock to be honest.

“I went downstairs and spoke to a policeman outside. He told me the man had tried to evade arrest and was on a rooftop somewhere.

“I couldn’t see him, but I could certainly hear him, he was shouting and screaming a lot.”

Insp Bill Broughton, of Blackpool Police said: “Officers went to the address to arrest the man.

“He then proceeded to climb on to a garage roof, then on to a brick building near the property.”

A Blackpool Police spokesman added that the man came down after around an hour of his own accord and is now speaking with officers.