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Couple married after town hall rooftop stand-off ends

A couple whose wedding was in danger of being postponed after a protester scaled the roof of St Helens Town Hall in Merseyside were married in the end, the local council has confirmed.

A spokesman for the council told ITV News: "It [the wedding] did go ahead, so it was a happy ending in that respect."

The protester reportedly climbed down from the roof after an appeal by the couple. He was arrested by police.

Man in town hall rooftop stand-off arrested

A man who took to a town hall roof in a three hour stand-off with police has been arrested.

It is believed he came down from St Helens Town Hall roof after an appeal from a couple due to get married there this afternoon.

A council spokesman said they will now inspect the roof and hoped the wedding would be able to go ahead.

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Town Hall rooftop protester comes down after appeal from wedding couple

Fire crews at the scene of the incident. Credit: Viewer picture.

The rooftop protester at St Helens Town Hall has come back to ground level.

It's understood a couple who were due to marry there appealed to him to let them have their ceremony.

The man, who had been throwing roof tiles to the ground causing police to have to cordon off the building, shouted: "Shall we let them have their wedding?" before coming down.

It's thought he was protesting about a housing issue - he had unfurled a blanket as a banner which made allegations about being evicted from his home.

The man was arrested by Merseyside Police.

St Helens Town Hall was cordoned off meaning today's wedding ceremonies were under threat. Credit: ITV News.

Stand-off as man scales roof of St Helens Town Hall

Police officers are in attendance at St Helens Town Hall in Merseyside after a man scaled the roof and began throwing slates to the ground.

Merseyside Police confirmed to ITV News that emergency services responded to reports of a man on the roof at 7am.

No-one has been injured in the incident and the man has been in conversation with negotiators, police said.

The public and motorists have been advised to avoid Corporation Street in St Helens.


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Man on roof of St Helens Town Hall appears to be throwing slates to the ground

The man is pictured on the roof of St Helens Town Hall.

A man has scaled the roof of St Helens Town Hall and is throwing slates to the ground.

It is understood nobody has been hurt in the incident.

Murder suspect detained under the Mental Health Act

A man arrested in connection with the murders of his mother and sister has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Peter Fox,26, from Liverpool, was arrested at London's Euston Station yesterday on suspicion of murdering Bernadette Fox, 57, and his sister Sarah, 27.

In a statement issued through police, the family of the murdered women said:

We are absolutely devastated following the loss of Bernadette and Sarah and are still trying to come to terms with what has happened to them both.

Bernadette, who was a mother of three and grandmother of three, was a very outgoing and lovely person who wouldn't harm anyone. In fact, she only ever had nice things to say about people. She was so caring and would help anyone.

And Sarah was loved by her family and well liked by her friends and neighbours. She was a fantastic aunty and was a cheeky, bubbly and outgoing person who loved her dog. They will both be greatly missed

– Statement from the family of the murdered women.

National manhunt as mother and daughter killed

A national manhunt is underway tonight for a man wanted in connection with the murder of his mother and sister.

Police have warned the public not to approach Peter Fox, who they believe travelled from Merseyside to London this evening.

The bodies of the women were found at separate homes in Bootle. Sejal Karia reports.

Murdered family member 'may have travelled to London'

A man wanted in connection with the murders of his mother and sister may have travelled to London from Merseyside, police believe.

Detectives say Peter Fox, 26, should not be approached by members of the public.

I would appeal to Peter to come forward so that we can speak to him following the murders of his mother and sister. We believe that Peter could possibly be in the London area and are working with the Metropolitan Police to try and find him."

– Dave Rooney, Detective Chief Inspector, Merseyside Police

Fox is described as white, between 5ft 2in and 5ft 5in and of slight build with short, dark hair - no longer shaved - and brown eyes. He speaks with a Liverpool accent.

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