Drunk causes rooftop chaos

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A DRUNKEN football fan who played Spiderman on the rooftops has been accused of wasting the emergency services’ time and money.

Thomas Curley’s antics on the roofs of homes on Bloomfield Road, South Shore, forced the police helicopter into the air and saw six officers, a police negotiator, two fire engines and an ambulance called out to the incident.

The road – which Curley lives on – was cordoned off while the 21-year-old chef joked about jumping 50ft into the street below as the drama unfolded at around 11.15pm on December 9.

The helicopter found Curley swigging from a can of lager on a roof at the end of the road, and he repeatedly refused to come down before jumping the 4ft gap back to the terrace houses and allowing the firefighters’ cherry-picker to rescue him.

Curley admitted causing a public nuisance at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday and District Judge Jeff Brailsford said: “This was a serious offence, resulting in massive loss and disruption in time and effort of all the emergency services.”

His lawyer said Curley had started drinking during the Manchester derby and was genuinely remorseful.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports.