Teen jailed over rooftop rampage

Jody Langford jailed for criminal damage in Fleetwood
Jody Langford jailed for criminal damage in Fleetwood
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A teenage thug racked up thousands of pounds of emergency services’ time when he went on a rooftop rampage.

Police, trained negotiators, the fire and ambulance services were all in attendance as Jody Langford ran amok on the roofs of two semi-detached houses in Fleetwood.

Langford, who was high on drugs, threatened to throw police officers off the roof if they tried to apprehend him and hurled tiles down on them, a court was told.

He demanded a cigarette, a drink, a jumper and his girlfriend, and eventually gave himself up after a seige lasting four hours.

Langford, 19, of Gordon Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to public disorder and causing damage at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

He was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison by Blackpool magistrates.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said police got a report a man was on the rooftops of two semi-detached houses in the port’s Wolsley Road on April 14 at 1.30am .

Langford told officers he did not want to be locked up and threatened to throw police and himself off the roof.

He ripped off at least 30 roof tiles before throwing them at officers, and threatening to tear his way through into the homes of the frightened occupants below.

Trained police negotiators were brought in and Langford demanded a cigarette, drink, jumper and time with his girlfriend.

He eventually agreed to give himself up and come down, and was arrested at 5.15am.

At the time of the offence, Langford was on a suspended prison sentence for assault.

Steven Townley, defending, said Langford had taken amphetamine, which had made him act irrationally and have hallucinations.

Langford asked not to be sent to prison as his girlfriend was due to give birth to their child in one month’s time.