Rooftop Berwick fugitive is jailed after hurling tiles at police

A fugitive who hurled roof tiles at police during a rooftop siege has been jailed.

By Gavin Ledwith
Tuesday, 11 June, 2019, 14:55
Robert Guthrie.

Robert Guthrie, 36, was initially arrested and charged by police with breaching bail conditions.Yet he failed to turn up at Berwick Magistrates’ Court in July last year and so a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Guthrie was tracked down by officers to an address in Berwick more than three months later.

This led to a rooftop siege which lasted for several hours and saw Guthrie cause criminal damage and aim roof tiles at responding police.

Earlier this year Guthrie appeared at Newcastle Crown Court and pleaded guilty to criminal damage, breach of a restraining order, public order and criminal damage.

Now Guthrie, of Eastcliffe, in Berwick, has been jailed for two years at a sentencing hearing at Newcastle Crown Court last Friday.

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Neighbourhood Inspector John Swan, from Northumbria Police, said afterwards: “I want to thank the victims for their support during this investigation. They have shown great strength over a difficult few months and I hope this result comes as some comfort to them.

“This is a fantastic effort by officers to secure a conviction and I welcome Guthrie’s sentence for his crimes. We will always take positive action to protect the vulnerable and bring offenders before the courts.

“Hopefully, this will act as a message to others who think they can run from officers.

“Guthrie thought he could evade the police however, we were hot on his trail and now he faces jail time for his efforts.”