Chester police are currently out in force in Stratford Road in Blacon dealing with an incident in which a man is up on a house roof throwing objects on to the pavement.

The police helicopter is hovering over the area and armed officers have been deployed to the scene.

The Chronicle will provide live updates as the story unfolds.

We have been running our live blog on the incident on the roof of a house in Stratford Road in Blacon for almost six hours but there does not seem to be an end in sight to the police stand-off. The crowds of onlookers have dispersed and we believe most of the residents have been allowed back in their homes. So we have decided to bring our live coverage to an end for the night. We will resume our reports of the incident first thing in the morning to find out whether the stand-off is still to be resolved or it has come to an end. Thank you for following our live coverage this evening.

Crowds dispersing

Dwindling spectator numbers behind police tape - banter mixed with sshhh when something happens!!

Under the floodlights

Small mercies

People in Blacon are saying that while the stand-off may have been going on for almost six hours, at least they don’t have the police helicopter keeping them awake!

Settling down

Into the night

Helping residents

Police trying to help ‘stranded’ residents get back to their homes if it’s safe

Long night ahead?

Cry 'Freedom'

Man on roof in shouting ‘Freedom!’ In Stratford Rd, Blacon

Accommodation for residents

Residents within inner cordon at Stratford Rd will be accommodated if necessary, say police

Tweet of the night?

Amid all the various comments made on social media since the rooftop drama began, this might be the best: “Who needs Eastenders when it’s all happening here in Blacon!”

Video posted by Sulayman Sissoho

Just to recap

Reports of a man on a rooftop in Blacon started coming through almost five hours ago, around the 5pm mark. Emergency services were sent to Stratford Road where the man on the roof was hurling slates to the ground, some of them hitting vehicles below. The police cordoned off the area in the interests of safety. Armed police have been at the scene together with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and at least one vehicle from North Wales Police. The police helicopter has been hovering over the area for much of the evening. Residents were initially prevented from returning to their homes for safety reasons but some of them have recently been escorted to their houses. However, as we go past the five hour mark, there is no obvious sign of the stand-off coming to an end just yet.

Humour amid the drama

Damaged car picture by Collette Smith

Car parked in Stratford Road in Blacon which was damaged by one of the tiles being thrown from the roof. Picture by Collette Smith
Car parked in Stratford Road in Blacon which was damaged by one of the tiles being thrown from the roof. Picture by Collette Smith

Cushion rumour

Residents escorted home

Hosepipe solution

Tiv Evans on Facebook has an idea: “Put a bloody hosepipe on him he soon come down when he’s soaked”

Ignore him and he'll come down

Steph Salusbury has said on our Facebook page: “Whilst there is an audience he will continue, just leave him to it, he’ll soon get bored and cold.”

Direct from the scene

Fast food

Great pictures from Andy McLannahan

Picture from the scene

Angry observer

An angry observer on social media has pointed out children need to get to bed and people need to be up for work in the morning, branding the man on the roof ‘a selfish git’ and saying something drastic needs to be done.

Riot police at scene

Rumours flying around the scene in Stratford Road that riot police have arrived just as the ladders are being readied for use? Could the stand-off be reaching its climax?

Ladders at the ready

Helicopter controversy

People continue to ask on social media about the need to use the police helicopter and how expensive it must be although once again the skies have gone quiet for the moment.

Darkness falls

Keeping people safe

Buzz in the air