Wigan rooftop protester awaits his sentence

A man has admitted staging a roof-top protest which wasted thousands of pounds of 999 services’ resources.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 1:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 1st April 2021, 1:42 pm

It had been alleged that 29-year-old Grant Wisbey, of Blenheim Road, Marsh Green, clambered onto the top of the Coops building on Dorning Street, Wigan, in the early hours of March 7 and began throwing items into the street 50ft below.

Fearing for his and other people’s safety, police, ambulance and fire service personnel were all in attendance for three hours and the street needed to be sealed off in the interests of public safety, a court was told. Eventually he gave himself up.

Wisbey had initially denied causing a public nuisance and also making contact with a named female on the same day in contravention of a sexual harm prevention order.

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Bolton Crown Court

But he has now changed his pleas and Wigan magistrates directed that he be remanded in custody until he is sentenced by a Bolton judge on April 23.

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