A SUSPECTED would-be burglar who climbed on top of a roof to evade police had to be rescued by firefighters.
A man was being chased by officers when he hurt his foot on top of a house in Hart Lane, Hartlepool.
A crew from the town’s fire brigade were called in to bring him back down to earth.
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arrested along with a suspected accomplice.
The force’s helicopter and dog section were also called to the incident that took place at around 10.30am on Monday.
The drama started when residents reported two men acting suspiciously in the back alley of the street.
As police reached the scene, the man climbed onto the roof but suffered an injury while up there.
He spent half an hour on top of the house, refusing to come down and threatening to climb to a higher level.
Firefighters from Stranton Fire Station spent 20 minutes at the scene and used a ladder to get him down.
The road was closed while the incident took place.
The 38-year-old and a 29-year-old were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary and were being questioned by police.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We were called to a house in Hopps Street just after 10.30pm on Monday after residents reported two men in the back alley acting suspiciously.
“The force helicopter was called out to monitor the situation and the dog section was sent.
“The fire brigade and ambulance were called after one of the men climbed onto the roof of a house in Hart Lane.
“He came down from the roof with the help of the fire brigade.”
A Stranton Fire Station spokesman said: “We assisted the police to get a man down off a roof in Hart Lane.
“He had hurt his leg and got stuck.”