A man who climbed onto the roof of a house in Newcastle has been arrested after a 28-hour-long stand-off with police.
Police were initially called to reports a suspect was causing damage inside a property on Wilbury Place, Blakelaw, at around 5.40pm on Saturday.
When officers arrived at the scene, a man climbed onto the roof of the house and was locked in a rooftop stand-off with police.
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Dozens of tiles were reportedly stripped off the roof of a house, while the figure of a man was seen on top of the building.
Riot officers and the police dog unit were dispatched to the scene as well as firefighters from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and paramedics as part of a large-scale response.
A number of streets were taped off, including Wilbury Place, Blakelaw Road and Firfield Road, while specialist officers were engaged in talks with the man.
Despite police warnings not to gather in the area, throughout Sunday crowds built up around the vicinity.
At one point eggs were seen being thrown at police officers on Firfield Road. Northumbria Police issued a dispersal order, and officers were seen warning crowds that those staying in the area could be arrested.
It’s understood that a number of residents of Wilbury Place were trapped out of their homes while the stand-off took place.
One person told ChronicleLive their relative had been unable to return home to get clothes for more than 24 hours.
Concerned residents spoke of their shock at witnessing what was unfolding in front of them.
One neighbour said: "I came outside on Saturday night and it was mayhem.
"Police had blocked the roads and I was just in shock.
"It has been a massive response for a man on the roof and I can't believe how long it has been going on for."
One woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "I saw all the police get here and went outside to see the man on the roof.
"It's not something you see every day."
A nearby resident added: "I heard a loud noise last night but it wasn't until the morning that I went to the shop for a paper and I was diverted.
"I saw 24 police cars and vans and I couldn't believe what was happening.
"It must have cost a fortune to have all the emergency services here for this long."
The stand-off finally came to an end at around 9.40pm on Sunday with the man being brought down to safety.
Police have now confirmed a 31-year-old man was arrested and is now in custody.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "At around 5.40pm on Saturday (September 18), we received a report of a disturbance at an address in Newcastle.
"It was reported that a man was causing damage inside a property on Wilbury Place, Blakelaw.
"Emergency services attended the scene and the man, 31, climbed onto the roof of the address.
"A cordon was put in place while specialist officers spoke with the male in question and worked to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.
"At around 9.40pm yesterday (Sunday) the man was successfully brought down from the roof and subsequently arrested by officers. He remains in police custody at this time.
"We would like to thank residents and all affected for their patience and cooperation as this incident was brought to a safe conclusion, as well as our partners for their assistance."
There is still a police presence at the scene on Monday morning but the cordon has now been removed.
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