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Man charged over Newtown stand-off

Monday, 26 June 2017 05:52:20 AM

A man has been charged after an eight-hour stand-off with police at Newtown yesterday.

About 9.15am (Sunday 25 June 2017), police were called to a home on Church Street, following reports a man was inside the premises.

Officers from Newtown Local Area Command attended and located a man inside, who allegedly refused to come out.

The man climbed from a second-storey balcony onto the roof and allegedly started to throw roof tiles at police, as well as damaging a number of vehicles.

A significant number of police resources were called to the location including general duties, criminal investigation, proactive crime team, rescue unit, dog unit and negotiators.

Following an eight-hour operation, police negotiators persuaded the man to climb down from the roof and he was arrested.

The 38-year-old man was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for assessment, before being taken to Newtown Police Station.

He was charged with six counts of destroy or damage property, enter inclosed lands, and breach of bail.

The man was refused bail to appear before Newtown Local Court today (Monday 26 June 2017).

Police will be alleging several buildings and vehicles were damaged when the roof tiles were thrown from the roof