Wanted East Lancashire man fled to roof for 3-hour siege

Blackburn Citizen: Residents look on as firefighters clear up some of the debris on Empress Street Residents look on as firefighters clear up some of the debris on Empress Street

A MAN ripped tiles from roofs during a late-night siege and used them to smash car windscreens below.

The suspect spent around three hours on the roofs of terraced properties in Empress Street, Albert Place and Fore Street, all in Lower Darwen.

Police said six cars and caravans were damaged between 11.30pm on Friday and 2.30am on Saturday.

Residents told of their anger and ‘devastation’ after having their vehicles damaged.

Lee Riley, of Empress Street, said his silver Renault Mégane was likely to be written off after the front windscreen was shattered.

Dad-of-two Mr Riley, 45, said: “At first we could hear all the noise of people and dogs running down the back alley.

“We didn’t go outside at first. When we went out to look at the damage, the police said to get back inside because it wasn’t safe.

“I’m devastated. I’ve been quoted £440 to fix the roof slates. With the car, I’m waiting for the insurance company to get back to me, but it’s more than likely they’ll write it off.

“I’m not best pleased. I had about two hours sleep. It used to be a quiet street but it’s getting a bit more like Beirut.”

Shelley Thomas, 36, also of Empress Street, saw the back windscreen of her red Peugeot damaged.

She said: “It’s going to cost me a lot, more than I can afford.”

The man was wanted by police in connection with an incident earlier in the evening, before taking to the roof, officers said.

Duty Inspector Simon Lynch, of Lancashire police, said: “The man was wanted for an assault earlier that evening and was talked down by specially trained officers from our support unit.

“They cordoned off what they could and got into a conversation with him which eventually led to him coming down.”

A fire crew attended the scene on Saturday morning to remove loose roof tiles and bricks that posed a danger to passers-by.

The street was cordoned off again from around 10.30am on Saturday as they used a cherry-picker to remove the debris.

Police said a 21-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. He remained in police custody for questioning.

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10:58am Mon 10 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

What is it with clampits and climbing on the roof?


I know we can't because we're soft as sh1t in this country but wouldn't it be good to use or threaten to use a firefighters hose to remove the waste of skin off the roof thereby saving lots of money in police/fire/ambulanc
e costs plus minimising disruption to the poor sods who live nearby.
What is it with clampits and climbing on the roof? I know we can't because we're soft as sh1t in this country but wouldn't it be good to use or threaten to use a firefighters hose to remove the waste of skin off the roof thereby saving lots of money in police/fire/ambulanc e costs plus minimising disruption to the poor sods who live nearby. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 23

11:11am Mon 10 Mar 14

mmickk says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
What is it with clampits and climbing on the roof?


I know we can't because we're soft as sh1t in this country but wouldn't it be good to use or threaten to use a firefighters hose to remove the waste of skin off the roof thereby saving lots of money in police/fire/ambulanc

e costs plus minimising disruption to the poor sods who live nearby.
Rubber bullets springs to mind but the best way to solve this is a mandatory 2 year jail term for resisting arrest on top of any other offences. This is getting out of hand these people have to claim off their own insurance or pay out their own pockets. And if they fall off your roof they will claim compensation because you do not have safety rails!!!
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: What is it with clampits and climbing on the roof? I know we can't because we're soft as sh1t in this country but wouldn't it be good to use or threaten to use a firefighters hose to remove the waste of skin off the roof thereby saving lots of money in police/fire/ambulanc e costs plus minimising disruption to the poor sods who live nearby.[/p][/quote]Rubber bullets springs to mind but the best way to solve this is a mandatory 2 year jail term for resisting arrest on top of any other offences. This is getting out of hand these people have to claim off their own insurance or pay out their own pockets. And if they fall off your roof they will claim compensation because you do not have safety rails!!! mmickk
  • Score: 17

1:07pm Mon 10 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

If anyone got on my roof. , I wouldn't ring the police I'd get hose pipe out make roof slippy and shoot the numb nuts with a air rifle till he slid off ,,, :)
If anyone got on my roof. , I wouldn't ring the police I'd get hose pipe out make roof slippy and shoot the numb nuts with a air rifle till he slid off ,,, :) phil kernot
  • Score: 9

1:37pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

phil kernot wrote:
If anyone got on my roof. , I wouldn't ring the police I'd get hose pipe out make roof slippy and shoot the numb nuts with a air rifle till he slid off ,,, :)
Then you'd probably end up in a cell and then before a magistrate.

It's a sad fact but that's how soft our society is.
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: If anyone got on my roof. , I wouldn't ring the police I'd get hose pipe out make roof slippy and shoot the numb nuts with a air rifle till he slid off ,,, :)[/p][/quote]Then you'd probably end up in a cell and then before a magistrate. It's a sad fact but that's how soft our society is. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 5

2:38pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Bluelizzy says...

One clear warning then the fire hose. Plus the clampit pays for any damage done and for the fire crew call out.
One clear warning then the fire hose. Plus the clampit pays for any damage done and for the fire crew call out. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 6

4:05pm Mon 10 Mar 14

mys says...

Ha ha yeh the scumbags need hosing down and whatever damage they cause taking out of there benefits,it really p----s me off when hard working respectable peoples property/cars etc gets damaged and have to foot the bill themselves,it's just not fare.
Ha ha yeh the scumbags need hosing down and whatever damage they cause taking out of there benefits,it really p----s me off when hard working respectable peoples property/cars etc gets damaged and have to foot the bill themselves,it's just not fare. mys
  • Score: 2

5:15pm Mon 10 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
phil kernot wrote:
If anyone got on my roof. , I wouldn't ring the police I'd get hose pipe out make roof slippy and shoot the numb nuts with a air rifle till he slid off ,,, :)
Then you'd probably end up in a cell and then before a magistrate.

It's a sad fact but that's how soft our society is.
Your probably lol.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: If anyone got on my roof. , I wouldn't ring the police I'd get hose pipe out make roof slippy and shoot the numb nuts with a air rifle till he slid off ,,, :)[/p][/quote]Then you'd probably end up in a cell and then before a magistrate. It's a sad fact but that's how soft our society is.[/p][/quote]Your probably lol. phil kernot
  • Score: 2

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