Police were last night unable to say whether the man was arrested, and whether the chase and stand-off were linked.But the police were, as usual, able to inconvenience everyone while they went ‘softly softly’ with the idiot!
Police and community support officers blocked off neighbouring streets with their vehicles and kept their distance as the man talked to members of his family on the ground.
He remained on the roof until around 6.30pm, when he came down and was driven off in a waiting car.A waiting police car..?
… local resident Stephanie Dewhurst said: “He was shouting something about seeing his kids or calling his girlfriend but I don’t know for sure what he was saying.
“All the neighbours were out and his family members were there too.
“The police had four streets sealed off. ”
Ms Dewhurst said a black Fiat Punto belonging to a neighbour, plus a police car, were among the three badly damaged in the police chase.So surely he’s been arrested..?
Former councillor Nick Collingridge, who lives in Sparth Road, said he had spotted the police helicopter circling overhead, and said he was surprised at the events that had unfolded.
“This is certainly out of the ordinary because you don’t get police chases everyday. You would not expect something like this, especially on a Sunday,” he said.
“One thing that is positive about Clayton is over the last five years crime has been down.
“We have seen good policing efforts recently from our local bobby [PC Paul Pountain] and we have a new inspector and she seems to be putting a lot of effort it.
“But my gripe is, because of the cuts, we have lost quite a number of officers.”Got plenty when they want to seal off four streets, though…