A 26-YEAR-OLD Scarborough man was arrested after staging a 10-hour sit-in on the fire station roof.
The man, who was wanted by police, climbed onto the roof in North Marine Road at around 10.30am on Saturday after being chased by officers. At around 11am a section of the road in front of the fire station up to Albert Street was closed off to traffic and pedestrians.
Speaking at the scene, Sergeant Chris Smalley said: “We have closed off the road as a precaution to the public and the man himself.”
Police negotiators were with the man throughout the incident and were backed up by a number of officers on the ground. The firearms unit and paramedics were on stand-by. However, the man is not believed to have been violent or threatened to jump. Passers-by watched as the man came to the edge of the roof at one point, and then moved back out of sight. He is also believed to have been texting people while he was up there. The road closure caused problems for motorists and businesses along the stretch of North Marine Road as police advised people to avoid the area. Hairdresser Joanne Vickerman, owner of Bangs and Bows salon, said: “The police came in to see us and explained what was happening.“They were walking customers up to the salon so they could keep their appointments. “But people can’t really get to the shops. They’ll have seen the road is closed and will have gone somewhere else.”
Speaking during the afternoon, Inspector Tony Landry said: “Staff on duty are being rotated around. “It’s a situation of containment. We’ve got negotiators talking to him and trying to reassure him. “The aim is to get him to come down peacefully.”
The man finally came down at 8.10pm and was arrested and taken into police custody.