Specialist police negotiators called to stand-off in Blackpool after shop is 'robbed by knifemen'

There was a rooftop standoff in Blackpool after a shop was allegedly robbed by knifemen this afternoon.

Friday, 30th August 2019, 5:08 pm
McColls in Central Drive, Blackpool (Picture: Google Maps)
McColls in Central Drive, Blackpool (Picture: Google Maps)

Police were called to McColls in Central Drive, central Blackpool, at 1.22pm to a report two men - one of whom had a blade - demanded cash.

A "small amount of money was handed over and property was stolen", the force said.

It said "officers attended and subsequent enquiries" led them to a house in nearby Grasmere Road "where one man was seen on the roof, refusing to leave", it added.

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One witness said the man was "throwing plates".

Specialist police negotiators were called out and the "incident was brought to a safe conclusion at around 2.40pm," police added.

Two men were arrested.

A 31-year-old from Blackpool was held on suspicion of robbery, while a 26-year-old man, also from Blackpool, was held on suspicion of robbery and criminal damage.