Trio arrested after Connah's Quay rooftop stand-off sent to custody

Published date: 18 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THREE young men arrested following a five hour roof-top stand-off at the weekend have been remanded in custody over Christmas.

Ben Peter Randles, 20, of Rock Cottages; Aaron Evans, 22, of Railway Terrace and Lee James Bromilow, 21, of St Mark’s Avenue, all Connah’s Quay, are charged with a joint affray.

It follows an incident on Sunday when it is alleged that three men, one wearing a Santa hat, clambered up scaffolding outside council-owned maisonettes in Burton Court, Connah’s Quay, remained up on the roof and were abusive to police officers below.

It is alleged a slate was thrown at a police negotiator and that a five-pence coin was hurled at another officer.

Evans and Randles are also accused of earlier thefts on Sunday morning from McColls newsagent’s on the town’s Red Hall Estate.

They did not indicate pleas when they appeared from custody at Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold yesterday afternoon.

Details of the incident, which occupied police for five hours from 9am on Sunday, were given to the court by prosecutor Peter Humphrey-Jones.

Defence solicitor Brian Cross applied for bail and said the nature of the case meant it could be dealt with in the magistrates court.

But District Judge Andrew Shaw ruled the case should be handled at the crown court and refused bail.

He remanded all three in custody to appear at a preliminary hearing at Mold Crown Court in the New Year.

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