Sleeping burglar rescued from pub roof

The Continental pub
The Continental pub

A bungling burglar had to be rescued from the roof of a Preston pub after falling asleep while trying to steel lead flashing.

The snoozing 34-year-old man was spotted lying on the slates of the Continental near Avenham Park early today.

Fire crews from Preston, Penwortham and Bamber Bridge were called out to bring him down safely using an aerial ladder platform.

He was later arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

The incident happened at around 8.45am when a member of the pub staff arrived for work and saw the man lying down on the roof fast asleep.

“It appears he had been having a go at removing lead from the roof and had fallen asleep,” said a police spokesperson.

“There was a significant degree of damage to the roof and after the fire brigade had got him down using an aerial ladder platform he was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

“It is not clear how he got up on the roof, or how long he had been there.

“He had a few cuts and grazes to his hands, but he did not require hospital treatment.”

A member of staff at the Continental said a roofing specialist had been called in to assess the damage.