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Burglar jailed after rooftop stand-off

Wanted man burglar who threw ‘missiles’ at police in a four-hour rooftop stand-off has been jailed for 26 weeks.

Wesley Walmsley was jailed for 26 weeks

A wanted burglar who threw ‘missiles’ at police in a four-hour rooftop stand-off has been jailed for 26 weeks.

Wesley Walmsley, 26, took refuge on the roof of a house on Norfolk Close in Clayton-le-Moors after officers came round with a warrant to arrest him.

Hyndburn Magistrates Court heard how Walmsley pulled up ridge tiles and slates and started ‘raining them down’ at officers below.

On several occasions he was overheard by officers to shout ‘it would be a bonus if I hit a police officer’, the court was told by prosecutor John Wood.

Walmsley, of no fixed abode, was jailed for six months after he pleaded guilty to affray and criminal damage.

Mr Wood said officers arrived at the house at around 7pm on Wednesday, February 26 and trained police negotiators were called to try and talk him down.

He told the court: “He was shouting obscenities to various officers who had attended. A police officer took cover while trying to knock on the house door and as he did several tiles smashed down onto an extension roof above his head.

“In the officer’s view he was clearly aiming at the police officers. The missiles were described as being of some size and some weight and there was clearly the risk of serious injury but thankfully none actually hit.”

Mr Wood said the incident went on for ‘some considerable time’ before Walmsley eventually came down.

The court was told how Walmsley had failed to appear at court for sentence last year after pleading guilty to burglary with intent.

Mr Wood said Walmsley entered a former takeaway building in Colne in the early hours of May 28 after smelling cannabis inside.

Police were also called to the building and found a dismantled cannabis factory and saw Walmsley holding cannabis leaves, the court heard.

He tried to run off and climb out through a window but was arrested at the scene.

Mr Wood told the hearing the drugs were not Walmsley’s and he did not cause any damage or take any items.

Gareth Price, defending, said Walmsley had gone into the building with a friend hoping to find some cannabis.

He said Walmsley failed to surrender at court last year because he feared he would be arrested over allegations of a ‘more serious offence’ which he did not commit.

Mr Price said he ‘should have come down sooner’ from the roof.

He told the court: “He was not aiming at the police officers and not trying to cause injury but he appreciates there was clearly a risk that officers could have sustained injury. He apologises for the inconvenience he caused.”

Peter Jump, chairman of the bench, said they were ‘serious offences’.

Sentencing, he said: “There is no suitable measure of disposal other than custody.”

 

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