Portsmouth rooftop standoff man named as he appears in court accused of burgling three homes

A MAN involved in a five-hour rooftop standoff with police has been accused of burgling three homes.

Liam Warrener, 23, appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court after the incident in Murefield Road near Asda on Monday.

Liam Warrener, 23, appeared in court after a five-hour standoff with police at a building in Murefield Road, Landport. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Liam Warrener, 23, appeared in court after a five-hour standoff with police at a building in Murefield Road, Landport. Picture: Habibur Rahman

In court it was revealed he is charged with three burglaries on June 27, July 10 and July 20 this year.

They are at Esplanade Gardens in Eastney, where military identity papers were allegedly taken, Friars Pond Road in Fareham and Kirby Road in Copnor.

Warrener was arrested at the end of the standoff with police and quizzed before he was charged and appeared in court yesterday morning.

Warrener, of St James's Road, Southsea, admitted attempted theft of an iPod on September 13, possession of a knife during the standoff, criminal damage by breaking and throwing roof tiles on the Portsmouth City Council-owned block, and criminal damage to a windscreen on February 17.

He is also admitted handling stolen goods on June 25.

District judge Anne Arnold remanded him in custody to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on November 9.

Warrener at first wept as the judge remanded him in custody before several dock officers joined the three in the dock with him as he appeared to refuse to go down to the cells.

Onlookers had watched from the Asda car park as Warrener paced the flat roof of the building he was on between 8.40am and 1.30pm on Monday before he sprinted along the pitched roof.

Prosecutor Andrew Newman said in court how Warrener initially tried to hide his face and mouth when police arrived to the incident.

Negotiators coaxed him down after five hours, with firefighters and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s aerial ladder platform at the scene.

A cordon stopped shoppers from using a large section of the supermarket car park, near to the petrol station.

The value of damage to the roof was not yet known, it was said in court.