Neighbours were terrified after an escaped prisoner took refuge on a roof and engaged in a 15-hour stand-off with police.
The man was found by police on top of a house on Dunnyshop Avenue in Accrington.
Homes nearby were locked down by police and the incident attracted crowds of hundreds of residents and passing motorists.
Susan Battrick, 54, said she was unable to leave her house and was ‘absolutely terrified’ by the incident.
She said: “I was in the middle of a siege. The whole street was swarming with police.
“They came knocking on my door and said somebody was on top of my roof.
“I couldn’t get out, not even to have a smoke or take my dog for a walk.
“It really frightened me and it wasn’t until about 4.30am that I finally got to sleep.
“I stayed downstairs to keep my dog quiet because of all the noise and in case he came in through the roof. I was frightened to death and I’m only just recovering now.”
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said the man was calling out that he did not want to go back to prison.
She said: “He just kept saying he was going to make their job a misery. It was complete madness around here.
“People were driving up just to have a look, which probably made it a bit worse, as some were goading him.
“I’m just glad it’s over with now.”
Lancashire Police said the man climbed onto the roof at around 5pm on Sunday, August 18 and was eventually talked down by negotiators at 8am on Monday, August 19.
Police named the man as 20-year-old David Osbaldeston, who was jailed in September 2011 and is currently serving two years and six months for motoring and assault offences.
A police spokesman said: “Wanted prisoner David Osbaldeston has been arrested, having absconded over the weekend.
“The 20-year-old was detained on Dunnyshop Avenue in Accrington around 8am this morning Monday, August 19 having spent the previous 15 hours on the roof of a house.
“He eventually came down without incident, having been involved in negotiations since 5pm on Sunday.”