Update: Man facing court after protesting on police station roof

Halifax Police Station
Halifax Police Station

Police have named the man who took to the roof of Halifax Police Station in protest at his friend being arrested.

Mohammed Zaher, 38, of Hanson Lane, Halifax, is due to appear at court in the near future charged with being a public nuisance.

He spent over four hours of the roof in the early hours of yesterday.(Tue)

District Commander for Calderdale Police, Chief Supt Angela Williams, said officers were made aware of a man on the roof at 11.26 pm Monday.

She said he was protesting at a friend of his being arrested.

“We negotiated with the man to come down from the roof and he did so of his own accord at 4.05 am,” she said.

“No one was injured during the incident.

“Officers were in regular communication with him throughout and maintained a highly visible presence around the station.”

Chief Supt Williams said it was difficult to access the roof of the police station and, as far as she is aware, it has not happened before.

“Building work is currently taking place at the police station and we believe he got onto the roof by using the scaffolding there,” she said.

“We have already implemented steps to ensure that the scaffolding is more secure.”