A dramatic stand-off with police saw a road in Blackpool cordoned off for hours yesterday.

Police, fire crews and the ambulance service were called to Caunce Street on Sunday (July 12) at around 2.20pm to an incident between the junctions for Church Street and Cookson Street.

Lancashire Constabulary officers set out to arrest a wanted man, 23, following a suspected incident of sexual assault of a female aged 13 and over.

Police had seen him make off on to Caunce Street, where it is believed that he accessed and caused damage to a number of buildings on the same street, before climbing on to the roof of a building and threatening officers with roof tiles.

Officers then closed a number of roads in the vicinity as they continued to deal with the incident.

Negotiators were called to the scene and were seen entering a flat where they became involved in conversation with a man inside.

He was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a female aged 13 and over, public nuisance and criminal damage. He is currently in police custody, confirms Lancashire Constabulary.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police told LancsLive: "At around 2:20pm yesterday (Sunday, July 13th), officers in Blackpool making enquiries to arrest a wanted man, 23, have seen him make off on to Caunce Street.

"It is believed that he accessed and caused damage to a number of buildings on the same street, before climbing on to the roof of a building, making threats to officers with roof tiles.

"Road closures were put in place whilst police dealt with the incident.

"Negotiators attended and the man came down at around 8:15pm. He was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a female aged 13 and over (this was the offence he was wanted for), public nuisance and criminal damage. He is currently in police custody."

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