Belfast Telegraph

Man arrested after rooftop incident in south Belfast street - homes evacuated, cars damaged

A number of homes had to be evacuated after a man occupied the roof of a house in south Belfast and began throwing debris into the street.

Police in south Belfast have arrested a 26-year-old man following the incident. Officers received a report of a man on the roof of a house at around 9.30pm on Sunday evening.

The man refused to come down and proceeded to cause damage to the roofs of a number of neighbouring properties. Several cars, parked in the street below, were also damaged by masonry and slates.

A number of homes were evacuated overnight as a result of the incident, with families only returning this morning following structural surveys being carried out at their homes.

The man came down from the roof at around 1.30am and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including criminal damage.

A local resident told The Belfast Telegraph that police chased the man over the roofs.

"I think it was around midnight I heard what sounded like somebody running across the roofs of houses and a lot of shouting," the resident said.

"After a while there was a helicopter and the police were walking around searching with torches.

"The guy ended up cornered on one of the roofs and spent over an hour there while police tried to talk him down."

The man remains in custody at this time assisting officers with their enquiries.

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