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.