Fire crew rescues 'burglar' teenager from roof

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A teenager had to be rescued by a fire crew with an aerial ladder after getting stuck on the roof of a home he is accused of burgling, police said today.

Damiano Rea, 31, thought he had chased away intruders when he came home to find three figures in his flat in Heaton, Newcastle, on Sunday morning.



They fled through a skylight and escaped across the terrace roof, but unknown to the property developer, one was left behind.



An hour later, after a visit by police and Mr Rea had reassured his wife and checked on their one-year-old daughter, he heard noises from the roof.



Police were called back to the property, along with the fire service and paramedics, and the lone teenager wearing a hoodie was spotted as dawn broke.



Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Kev Benson said: "At 3.35am on Sunday May 23 we received a report that two youths had run off from inside a house at Heaton Road, Heaton, after a suspected burglary.



"Officers attended and a thorough search of the area was carried out by officers, including the dog section, however no-one was detained.



"At around 5.30am we got a further call from the householder to say he thought someone was on his roof.



"We attended along with the force helicopter and saw that a youth was on the roof.



"With the help of the fire service the youth was safely brought down from the roof at 6.15am and arrested on suspicion of burglary."



The 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with burglary and will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court next month.