A 26-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested after climbing on a roof in Darwen in a two-hour stand-off with police.

Officers were called to reports of a man causing a disturbance on Entwistle Street in the town at 11.53am on Wednesday morning.

Sgt Shaun Pearson, who is the neighbourhood sergeant for Darwen said: "We received reports of a man on the street with a knife.

"He was also seen to smash a glass bottle on the street.

"Officers arrived shortly after and we could see a man with a knife down his shorts.

"At this point he decided to climb on the roof.

"We had to close a few roads including Church Street and South Street and the council helped with the closure.

"There was a crowd of about 40 or 50 people who were watching the incident but they dispersed when the officers told them to move.

"A police drone was used to see the man and at this point he threw the knife down to the ground and also a phone.

"An ambulance was on standby in case the man got injured.

"There were reports that the man was under the influence of alcohol and he picked up some slates on the roof.

"He walked from chimney stack to chimney stack along the roofs.

"Police negotiators spoke to the man and tried to get him down.

"He came down at 1.48pm and was arrested with causing criminal damage, affray and possession of a knife."