Monday, May 04, 2009

SYDNEY 'BURGLAR' RESCUE FROM ROOF

New South Wales police rescue the man from the factory roof

A suspected burglar had to be rescued from the roof of the factory it is believed he was trying to break into.

Police were called to a joinery factory in Sydney, Australia, where the 53-year-old man had become stuck due to wet, slippery conditions on the roof.

Emergency crews eventually rescued him after a three-hour operation involving two fire engines and a helicopter.

Police have charged him with trespass, possession of housebreaking equipment and attempted breaking-and-entering.

New South Wales police said in a statement that a rescue unit first tried to reach the man on top of the three-storey building early on Sunday, but heavy rain had made the roof too dangerous to climb on to.

Police said that the man was found to have a helmet with a light, bolt cutters, a small ladder, backpack, tarpaulin, ropes and harnesses.

He was refused bail.

BBC NEWS REPORT.

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