Restaurant stand off on Ropergate

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A MAN had to be talked down from the roof of a Pontefract restaurant in a two-hour stand-off with police.

Officers from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) were called to premises on Ropergate last Thursday after reports that a male was throwing shards of glass at members of the public.

Sgt Allan Studd of the NPT said police arrived at around 5.20pm to find a 31-year-old man pretending to hold a gun and threatening to hurt himself after breaking into a flat above an eatery.

He added: “One of the restaurateurs came to work and saw the man on the flat roof and confronted him. It became apparent the man was shaking and shouting and rambling.

“We went down immediately and blocked off the road. The man was threatening self-harm, pretending to shoot himself and falling down and pretending he was dead. We couldn’t get up to him, so we tried to talk him down and see sense but after a couple of hours stand-off our negotiator ended up speaking to him.

“Because he was threatening self-harm we felt in the circumstances it was in everyone’s interests to get a negotiator there to prevent him causing harm to himself.”

Sgt Studd confirmed the man was arrested for burglary and taken to hospital for mental health issues and was later sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

He added the NPT had updated its Facebook page with details of the incident to quell residents’ fears. Visit www.facebook.com/pontefractandknottingleynpt for information.