Croxteth rooftop protest youth questioned over gun chargesJan 30 2008
by Ben Rossington, Liverpool Echo
A YOUTH was today being questioned over gun charges after sitting on a Liverpool rooftop for hours to avoid arrest.
The 17-year-old, well known in the local area as a member of teenage gang the Croxteth Crew, climbed up to the roof of his home in Ampulla Road, Croxteth, when police arrived just before 1.30pm yesterday.
Police sealed off the street to traffic while officers kept watch.
Schoolchildren returning home and residents gathered in pouring rain on the pavement to see what was going on.
The youth, dressed in black and wearing a hoodie, clung to the chimney breast of the two-storey house.
One witness said: “As soon as the police arrived, he was up on the roof like a shot.”
When he first climbed on to the roof, the youth took off his top and was seen walking from rooftop to rooftop.
He was seen flinging missiles at those gathered below and shouted obscen-ities.
But after five hours, during which time a police negotiator was brought in to talk to him, the teen in his sodden clothes climbed down and gave himself up.
He was one of seven youths convicted on gun conspiracy charges in December, 2006. He was given an 18-month detention and training order, which it is alleged he has now breached.
A Merseyside police spokeswoman said: “We have arrested a 17-year-old youth on suspicion of affray and criminal damage following an incident in Croxteth.
“At approximately 1.30pm, the 17-year-old climbed up on to a roof in Ampulla Road to avoid arrest following the execution of warrant.
“He voluntarily came down from the roof following negotiations with trained officers at around 6.30pm.
“He has also been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences, burglary and for being in breach of a supervision order.”
He was still in custody today.