Rooftop standoff after Caernarfon minibus theft

Two people have been arrested after a minibus was stolen in Caernarfon.

But another man tried to evade custody by climbing onto the rooftop of a bakery on Bangor Road.

The white Ford Transit bus was reportedly stolen in the Castle Hill area on Monday evening. Detectives tracked down the vehicle, which was left parked unattended at the rear of the Weatherspoons pub in the town centre.

A 29 year-old man from Treborth and a 20 year-old woman from Llangefni were arrested at the scene – but a second man – a 24 year-old from Talysarn – fled onto the rooftop above Carlton Bakery and started throwing slates towards officers.

The road was cordoned off and the standoff continued until around 8.30pm when the man gave himself up and came down from the roof. He was detained for his own safety but not arrested – and the cordon was lifted within the hour.

Inspector Daf Curry from Caernarfon police station said no one was injured in the standoff: ”Fortunately, officers were quickly on the scene to effect arrests and were alive to the potential risk to the public and so immediately established a cordon…despite individuals being arrested, our investigation has only just started and so I’m appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour to contact police.”

Anyone with information should call Caernarfon Police Station on 101, quoting reference no. W070555 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, contact the police control room directly via the live web chat.


Eich Gorsaf, Eich Llais / Your Station, Your Voice