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Kieren Russell from Gainsborough charged over incident which saw man scale King’s Lynn’s Betfred shop and stream standoff with police on Facebook





A man has been charged with criminal damage and a public order offence after climbing onto the roof of a bookies on Sunday evening.

Emergency services, including police, firefighters, paramedics and a police negotiator, were called to Lynn Road, King’s Lynn at 9.50pm after reports that a Lincolnshire man had scaled the building.

There were also reports that the roof had been damaged and items were being thrown off of it - with police on the scene for about five hours.

The Betfred shop in King's Lynn. Picture: Google Maps
The Betfred shop in King's Lynn. Picture: Google Maps
Police and a police negotiator were called to the scene. Picture: Facebook
Police and a police negotiator were called to the scene. Picture: Facebook

Video footage live-streamed to Facebook by the man showed emergency services, including police, a police negotiator and firefighters, at the scene.

In the video - which lasts for one hour and 45 minutes - the man can be heard shouting and swearing at police, who are stood on the road below. He also appears to briefly set fire to his clothing using a lighter.

At the time of writing, the footage has been viewed 29,000 times and has gathered more than 1,200 comments.

The road was closed while police dealt with the incident. Picture: Facebook
The road was closed while police dealt with the incident. Picture: Facebook
Footage live-streamed to Facebook showed a man on top of a shop roof on Gaywood's Lynn Road. Picture: Facebook
Footage live-streamed to Facebook showed a man on top of a shop roof on Gaywood's Lynn Road. Picture: Facebook
The man could be seen setting fire to his clothing in the video. Picture: Facebook
The man could be seen setting fire to his clothing in the video. Picture: Facebook

Officers said the incident was safely resolved at 3.25am yesterday - with the road, which had been closed during the incident, then reopening.

A man in his 30s was arrested following the incident and taken to Lynn’s Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Kieren Russell, 33, of Heapham Crescent, Gainsborough, has since been charged with criminal damage and a public order offence in connection with the incident.

He has been bailed to appear at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court on June 13.



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