Earlier this afternoon police in Stoke-on-Trent attended a mid terraced property in Hazlehurst Street, Stoke-on-Trent to investigate concerns raised by a local resident about the property. Officers forced entry to the property on discovered the house was being used for the production of cannabis.
A man in the property climbed into the loft space and then broke through the roof and climbed on to a number of neighbours properties. Police contained the location until specialist officers trained to work at heights supported by colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue managed to safely detain the male on the roof.
The fire service using a hydraulic platform brought the man to the ground where he was immediately arrested on suspicion of the cultivation on cannabis. He has been taken into custody and will be questioned by officers.
A forensic search of the address will now take place as officers progress the investigation.
Inspector Jason Allport from Staffordshire Police coordinated the response to the incident said “We worked to resolve the incident as quickly and safely as possible. We kept the road closed to allow the fire and rescue and police working at heights team to work safely and to prevent any risk of injury to the local residents.”