Man held knife to his throat in rooftop stand­off

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS GEE chris.gee@reach­ @Ac­cring­tonNews

AWANTED man who led po­lice on a 45 minute chase through Great Har­wood be­fore climb­ing on to a wine bar rooftop where he re­mained for eight hours has been jailed.

David Os­balde­ston, 25, of Spring Street, Rish­ton, held a knife to his own throat and hurled roof tiles at po­lice and emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel be­low from the roof of the for­mer Snuffy’s Bar in the town.

Burn­ley Crown Court heard that ‘a huge amount of re­sources’ were used in the op­er­a­tion on June 23 this year in­clud­ing the po­lice he­li­copter, two trained ne­go­tia­tors, po­lice, fire of­fi­cers and paramedics.

Prose­cut­ing, Ni­cola Car­roll, said Os­balde­ston who was wanted on war­rant at the time, had been spot­ted in the vicin­ity of Baggy’s Wine Bar by of­fi­cers at around 4.30am.

She said: “He ran off and evaded po­lice for around 45 min­utes.

“He locked him­self in toi­lets at a nearby taxi rank where he threat­ened to stab a fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer.

“She de­ployed her PAVA spray to sub­due him but he man­aged to evade her and then hopped through sev­eral gar­dens of nearby prop­er­ties.”

Dur­ing the foot chase Os­balde­ston dam­aged a metal gate which cost £500 to re­pair.

Miss Car­roll said that shortly af­ter he made his way on to the roof of the for­mer Snuffy’s Bar, which was un­oc­cu­pied and semi-derelict and re­mained there un­til 12.30pm that day.

While on the roof he was seen to bran­dish a knife and threaten those be­low and him­self.

The siege only ended when a ne­go­tia­tor got on to the roof and lunged at Os­balde­ston, al­low­ing po­lice of­fi­cers to ar­rest him.

The dam­age to the build­ing was es­ti­mated to be around £5,000.

Mit­i­gat­ing for Os­balde­ston, who had 29 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for 83 of­fences, James Hey­worth said his client had suf­fered be­reave­ments and ill­ness in his fam­ily.

He said his client had taken co­caine and had his drink spiked with MDMA.

Os­balde­ston was also sen­tenced, along with two other men, Adam Neal, 32, and Jor­dan Fowler, 22, both of HMP Pre­ston, af­ter they all ad­mit­ted their in­volve­ment in an af­fray in a cell at the prison on De­cem­ber 8 last year af­ter a row with an­other in­mate about to­bacco.

All three were sen­tenced to three months im­pris­on­ment for the prison af­fray.

In ad­di­tion Judge An­drew Jef­fries QC sen­tenced Os­balde­ston to a fur­ther 18 months jail af­ter he pleaded guilty to the rooftop af­fray, crim­i­nal dam­age and pos­ses­sion of a bladed ar­ti­cle.

David Os­balde­ston

Adam Neal

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