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UPDATED: Man who fled onto Stamford roof to evade capture released

A man who was arrested earlier this week in Stamford following a six hour stand-off with police has been released.

The 38 year old was arrested after he fled onto the roof of a home in the Essex Road area of the town to evade capture after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Inspector Ian Martin of Stamford police said: “The man was released from custody in Peterborough with no further action taken against a pair of Cambridgeshire offences.

“The investigation is still ongoing with regards to Lincolnshire offences of failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision, going equipped for theft, and possession of an offensive weapon.”

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

“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 Lincolnshire Police had worked with Cambridgeshire Police regarding the incident.

“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.”

An eyewitness who asked not to be named said he believed the man was a resident in the area.

“I first noticed what was going on at around 9pm,” he said.

“The man had climbed onto the roof of a bungalow.

“It went on for quite sometime and when I checked around midnight it was all over.”

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