Knutton rooftop protester Andrew Eagles lands jail spell
ROOFTOP protester Andrew Eagles has been jailed for nine months – less than 24 hours after being caught throwing broken roof tiles at police officers.
The 23-year-old threw the tiles and shouted at passers-by after climbing onto the roof of a disused building on Wednesday morning.
Staffordshire Police were forced to close part of Knutton High Street for people's safety during the incident.
They brought in trained negotiators during the three-hour stand-off as Eagles pelted officers with bricks.
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Eagles, of Grove Street, Knutton, was eventually arrested at 2.10pm on Wednesday.
He was later questioned before being charged with affray and two counts of criminal damage.
And Eagles then appeared at North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court yesterday morning to admit the offences.
Eagles was jailed for 12 weeks for the affray and for four weeks for damaging two cars during the incident.
A suspended prison sentence imposed on September 21 was also activated to give Eagles a total prison term of 36 weeks.
Police today welcomed the swift justice handed down to Eagles.
Following yesterday's sentence, Inspector Mark Barlow, from Newcastle Local Policing Team, said: "We welcome the sentence and hope it acts as a deterrent to others.
"Eagles's actions were obviously dangerous and put himself, members of the public and police officers at risk.
"The fact that he was sentenced 24 hours after the crime happened is a great example of the joined-up work between police, the crown prosecution service and the courts that take place across Staffordshire on a daily basis."
Neighbours have also praised the court for jailing Eagles.
One resident said: "He is always causing trouble around here and is well known for it.
"I am not surprised that it was him on the roof, you would expect something like that from him.
"I think he knew he was heading for prison this time."