Man held after pub rooftop siege drama

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Armed police captured a wanted man after an hour-long siege on a pub rooftop.

More than a hundred drinkers were locked in the Devonshire Arms pub, on the corner of Devonshire Road and Warley Road, as the drama unfolded.

Passers by, including children playing nearby, were also ushered inside for their own safety while the police - equipped with guns, dogs and a helicopter - tried to catch the man after receiving a call shortly before 9pm.

Eyewitness Louise Darnbrough, 40, from Ramsey Avenue, Layton, was standing outside the pub when police suddenly swarmed the area.

She told The Gazette: “A couple of people were scared and there were a few people in there with children.

“It’s just a little bit unnerving because you didn’t really know what was going on other than there was somebody dangerous outside and you needed to get inside.

“There were dogs running around and people with guns.”

The man, who is not thought to have been armed, was arrested in a smoking area behind the pub at around 10pm.

He was being sought in relation to an earlier incident in Bedford Road, North Shore, and was taken into custody for questioning.

Inspector Stephen Allum, from Blackpool Police, said: “Shortly before nine o’clock officers attended the Devonshire Arms hotel in connection with an earlier incident in Bedford Road.

“Following a short containment officers detained the man without further incident.

“It’s the early stages of the investigation and enquiries are ongoing.”