A MAN who caused major disruption when he was involved in 13-hour stand-off with police after he climbed onto a roof has been sent to prison.

The man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and affray at 2.30am on Friday, March 6 after he climbed onto the roof of a building in Blackburn Road, Darwen, at around 1pm on Thursday.

A police spokesman said the man was released on bail for those alleged offences, before being recalled to prison as he was on licence for other offences.

Police have not named the man.

A huge emergency response was called to the road after the man was seen launching the tiles from the roof near Hollins Grove Street, shouting 'legalise cannabis'.

The stand-off continued until the early hours of Friday morning when the fire service were tasked with using their aerial ladder platform to bring the man down.

At the time, a police spokesman said: "The Siege of Darwen is now over after 13 hours."

On Thursday afternoon, traffic diversions were set up on the main route between Blackburn and Darwen and long tailbacks ensued.

Frustrated householders also complained that the police cordon made it hard or even impossible to get to their homes as the stand-off continued.

Some of the street closures were eventually scaled back.