Man jailed after three-day rooftop standoff costing £100,000

A man who attempted to “avoid facing justice by taking to the roof of a house for more than 48 hours has been sent to prison for five years.

Sep 29, 2017

A man who attempted to “avoid facing justice” by taking to the roof of a house for more than 48 hours has been sent to prison for five years. Kyle Ferguson, 23, was charged on August 16 with a string of offences following his stand-off with Humberside Police in Scunthorpe. He was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment at Grimsby Crown Court on Friday (September 29) after pleading guilty to three counts of affray, racially or religiously aggravated harassment and possessing a bladed article. The operation cost Humberside Police £100,000, and the force asked the judge to take the costs into account during sentencing. Ferguson’s actions forced buses to be diverted away from Salisbury Close, and the incident affected repairs and support to tenants in the area. The force said it was not the first time he had gone to such extreme lengths to avoid arrest. Following Ferguson’s arrest, Superintendent Dave Hall said: “These incidents are not without consequences – the wider impact such as cost to emergency services can factor in considerations by the courts.”

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