Five people are in custody following yesterday’s (Saturdays 6th May) standoff with Police that lasted five hours. Police responded to reports that there were two men on the roof of a property on Lytham Road, Blackpool.
Following reports that two men on the roof of a property on Lytham Road, Blackpool, Police arrived at 4.24 p.m. and set up a cordon for the safety of the public.
The first man, 23, was taken off the roof at around 5.15 p.m.
A further five hours were spent by Police negotiating with the second man to come down from the roof. The 41-year-old was brought down off the roof by the Lancashire Fire and Rescue service at approximately 10.21pm.
A crowd gathered as Police placed a cordon around the scene. A 36-year-old woman and two juveniles were arrested on suspicion of assaulting police officers at the cordon.
A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: ‘We were called at 4.24 p.m. yesterday (May 6) to Lytham Road, Blackpool, to a report of two men being on the roof of a property. The men were throwing tiles off the roof to the ground, and a cordon was put in place for the safety of the public. One of the offenders was taken off the roof at approximately 5.15 p.m. A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray and is currently in custody.
The incident continued with the second man, with negotiations taking place over several hours. He was brought down off the roof by the Lancashire Fire and Rescue service at approximately 10.21 p.m.
A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to a property, affray and assaulting a police officer. During the incident, a 36-year-old woman and two juveniles were arrested on suspicion of assaulting police officers at the cordon placed around the scene. They are currently in custody.”
Chief Inspector Dave Hannan of Blackpool Police, added, ‘This was a challenging situation and our priority throughout was the safety of the public in the area and the safety of the two men on the roof. Significant damage was caused to the building. A number of police officers were involved in managing the scene and bringing the incident to a safe conclusion through skilled negotiations. We thank the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service for their assistance.’