Man had to be rescued from school’s roof

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man had to be rescued from the roof of his old school after he climbed up and got stuck, a court was told.

Shaun Taylor phoned 999 and had to be brought down from Stanley Junior School in Marton by firefighters.

Taylor, who had done work with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services through the Prince’s Trust organisation, caused £500 of damage to the tiles during his rooftop escapade.

Taylor, 24, of Catforth Avenue, Marton, pleaded guilty to causing damage and possessing cannabis.

He was ordered to pay £200 compensation and £50 costs by District Judge Duncan Birrell, who was sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the incident unfolded on June 6 at around 5.50pm.

She told the court four fire engines and a high-rise appliance arrived at Stanley Junior School after Taylor phoned 999 and said he was stuck on the roof after drinking.

Firefighters had to cut the padlock to the school gate to get to him.

Police found a small amount of cannabis inside a lunchbox Taylor had when he was brought down.

When interviewed, Taylor said he had been walking home when he heard voices telling him to get on the roof of his old school to get away from everyone.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client had mental health problems and had been diagnosed as suffering from psychosis.

He had not intentionally damaged the school roof tiles.