Burglary charge roof climber in court

POLICE PRESENCE: The incident scene
POLICE PRESENCE: The incident scene

A BURGLARY suspect who climbed onto house roofs as dozens of residents looked on has been locked up by magistrates.

Nathan Douglas, 22, appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court yesterday where town justices remanded him in custody.

He is accused of burgling an empty house in Cameron Road before climbing onto roofs to get away from police, damaging tiles belonging to William Sutherland, Henry Williamson and Richard Hill.

Douglas, of Earl Street, Hartlepool, denied the charge of burglary during a short hearing but did not enter pleas to three counts of criminal damage and a public order offence.

He will next appear in court via video link from HM Holme House prison, in Stockton, next Friday morning.

The Mail reported a man was arrested after a rooftop incident in Belk Street, Hartlepool at around 7.20pm on Wednesday.

Fire and ambulance services were also called to the scene after police received reports of a suspected burglary.