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Video: Assault suspect evades arrest by sitting on Blackburn roof
A MAN wanted on suspicion of assault tried to evade arrest by sitting on the roof of a friend’s house for eight hours.
Police were originally called to Infirmary Street in Blackburn at 9am yesterday to reports of an alleged attack.
But when they arrived, officers said the 22-year-old refused to come out of the terraced property and instead broke his way through the loft space and onto the roof.
The man was seen lighting cigarettes and it is understood crisps and water were passed up to him.
He walked over the rooftops, climbing around chimneys, and laid on the slates.
According to neighbours, the man decided to sit on the roof as he did not want to be arrested.
One said: “I am his mate and he does not want to get caught.”
Specialist police negotiators were called and the back of Infirmary Street and parts of Abraham Road and Rockcliffe Street were closed to pedestrians and traffic.
An ambulance was also on standby in case he fell. Another passer-by said: “It is a joke. How much was all of that costing?”
Crowds gathered to watch and police warned them that if anybody tried to speak to him, they would be arrested.
A 22-year-old man from Blackburn was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and a 37-year-old man, also from Blackburn, was questioned on suspicion of using threatening words of behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress. They were both in custody last night. At around 5.15pm the man climbed back down through a hole in the roof and was arrested.
Shortly after, Chief Supt Bob Eastwood wrote on Twitter: “The rain has done the trick. Wanted man has come down from the roof where he has been since this morning. Now under arrest!”
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Police attended an address in Infirmary Street at 9am yesterday in order to arrest a 22-year-old man who was wanted in connection with an assault.
“He refused to come out of the address, broke through the loft and went onto the roof.
“Police negotiators were with him to bring about a peaceful resolution to the incident.”
A 22-year-old man from Blackburn was arrested on suspicion of affray and criminal damage and was being questioned by police last night.