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Roads closed after man climbs on roof

In the early hours of yesterday morning a man in Cliftonville climbed onto a roof forcing roads to be closed and people evacuated because he was throwing roof tiles.

Firefighters attempted to reach the man on the roof of the Riz Restaurant building on the corner of Ethelbert Road.

Police attempted to negotiate with the man but it is still unclear at this stage why he was on the roof.

According to the BBC Insp Julien Lawton said the safety of the public and the man was the force's primary concern.

@Kent_Online tweated these pictures of the drama unfolding.

According to the Kent Online Website: Housing officers from Thanet council have arranged to work a shift pattern at the centre, where they are offering refreshments and advice. By which I can only guess they mean that Thanet council have been manning a centre to support local residents displaced by the drama.

Kent Online Website also report that a Thanet council spokesman has said: Anyone unable to find a place to stay due to the evacuation will be put up in a local hotel.

I imagine that this has been a trying time for people who have been kept out of their homes by the man's actions.

By all accounts the man clearly intended to stay up there as long as possible. He is said to have a duvet and tablet PC.

Whatever his motivation for causing the disruption he clearly had time to think about what he was doing. Which leaves me wondering what on earth could have driven the fellow to such an extreme?

Local reactions have mostly been curiosity and interest.

Have you been displaced by the drama? What are your thoughts on what has been going on? Comment on site or tweet us @ThanetStar.

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This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

update: the standoff lasted around 23 hours and the man has been charged with a list of offenses.
10/03/2016 12:23:16
 


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