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Police involved in six hour stand-off with man on Stamford roof

Police were involved in a six hour stand-off with a man who fled onto a roof to evade capture after being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

The incident took place on Monday at around 6pm in the Essex Road area of Stamford and involved a 38 year old male.

Several police vehicles were at the scene while members of the fire and rescue service also attended.

Police said the man was suspected of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and was involved in a collision in the area.

Inspector Ian Martin of Stamford police said: "The male made off on foot from the collision, and took to the roof of a building in Orchard Close to evade capture.

"There was a six hour stand-off between the driver and the police, and through the use of negotiators the incident was resolved safely, with no injuries to any person."

Inspector Martin said the driver had been taken into custody "where he remains".

"Lincolnshire Police are currently working closely with Cambridgeshire Police to progress the case and enquiries are ongoing," he said.

"I would like to thank the public for their patience in supporting us to deal with the incident, and the officers who were involved in what was a lengthy incident."

A Lincolnshire police spokesman said: "We were called at 6.28pm to Essex Road, Stamford, following a report of a single-vehicle RTC involving a grey Audi.

"A man then climbed onto the roof of a property on Orchard Close.

"He later came down and was arrested."

- Did you witness the incident? If so, contact the reporter at andrew.stone@iliffepublishing.co.uk

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