Man arrested after rooftop siege in Tamworth

Monday, 12th March 2018

The ROOFTOP siege in a street close to Tamworth Town Centre came to a peaceful conclusion this afternoon after around two hours when a local man was arrested.

Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Serice all descended on Alfred Street in The Leys, on the edge of the town centre shortly after 3:30 pm today, Monday 12 March.

The man could be seen ripping up roof tiles and throwing them down into the street, leading to a number of homes being evacuated and the street being cordoned off by Police.

The man on the roof was also threatening to harm himself.

At the time of the incident, a spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “Working at heights negotiators are currently at an incident in Alfred Street, Tamworth where a man is throwing roof tiles down to the street and threatening to harm himself. We have created a cordon for safety reasons so please avoid the area if possible.”

Following the conclusion of the incident, a local man was arrested for causing the extensive damage to the roofs and residents were allowed to return to their homes at around 5:45 pm.

Police response officers from Tamworth were supported by officers from the Armed Response Unit and a ‘working at heights’ team, as well as specialist negotiators.

Chief Inspector Ashley Farrington, Local Policing Commander for Tamworth, said: “The rooftop siege in Tamworth came to a peaceful conclusion after around 2 hours when a local man was arrested.

“Big thanks to FARS, WMAS and the local boxing club for their fantastic support and to the local community for their patience, from LPT commander Ashley Farrington.”


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