A male is under police guard in hospital after holding police at bay during a tense stand-off in Sydney’s west. Picture: Bill iHearne
A male is under police guard in hospital after holding police at bay during a tense stand-off in Sydney’s west. Picture: Bill iHearne

Rooftop siege after man sets fire to house

A man allegedly set fire to a Sydney home and held police at bay in a stand-off on a roof before being arrested.

Police were called to a home in Oakhurst near Blacktown just before midnight after reports a man had barricaded himself in a room.

A short while later, smoke was seen coming from the room and the family fled the premises.

Police responded to initial calls that the man had barricaded himself in a room. Picture: Bill Hearne
Police responded to initial calls that the man had barricaded himself in a room. Picture: Bill Hearne

 

The 26-year-old man was then seen on the roof of a neighbouring property, armed with a knife, where he allegedly made threats and threw tiles.

The man allegedly set fire to a room before climbing onto the roof with a knife, Picture: Bill Hearne
The man allegedly set fire to a room before climbing onto the roof with a knife, Picture: Bill Hearne

About 1am, the man was arrested when he jumped off the roof.

He was taken to hospital under guard, where he will undergo an assessment. The fire caused moderate damage to a bedroom and no one was injured.

The fire caused moderate damage. Picture: Bill iHearne
The fire caused moderate damage. Picture: Bill iHearne
The man will undergo an assessment in hospital. Picture: Bill iHearne
The man will undergo an assessment in hospital. Picture: Bill iHearne
The man jumped off the roof just before 1am this morning. Picture: Bill iHearne
The man jumped off the roof just before 1am this morning. Picture: Bill iHearne


Woman injured at Boyne Island boat ramp

Premium Content Woman injured at Boyne Island boat ramp

Paramedics were called to the ramp on Friday morning after the woman slipped.

How your smartphone can keep you crocodile-safe

Premium Content How your smartphone can keep you crocodile-safe

Crocodile numbers have exploded since they were protected and the app is designed...

‘Stole her childhood’: Man forced stepdaughter into sex acts

Premium Content ‘Stole her childhood’: Man forced stepdaughter into sex acts

WARNING, GRAPHIC. The man aged 51-52 committed a number of sexual offences against...