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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.

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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.

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