Police bring McDonald’s to man on Cardiff rooftop accused of throwing tiles at car

Witnesses say police brought a McDonald’s meal to a man accused of climbing onto the roof of a house in Llanrumney and throwing tiles at a nearby car in an attempt to entice him down.

The suspect forced his way into a semi-detached house on Dickens Avenue in Llanrumney, Cardiff at around 9pm on Saturday 10th August before making his way through the roof from the attic below.

Witnesses said police officers brought the man a McDonald’s burger to entice him down from the rooftops.


Hayley O’Brien, who lives at the property, was out at the time but said she arrived home after a night out to find the man “hanging out of the attic”, having ripped the tiles and felting right down to the rafters.

Witnesses say armed police were on the street outside the two houses trying to talk down the man, who kept asking for a McDonald’s burger.

Police officers were called at 9.30pm but waited for back-up before they tried to enter the property.

Officers armed with Tasers also arrived to help, but in the end the man was talked down without their use at 3.30am.

Police attended at an address in Dickens Avenue, Llanrumney, at approximately 9.30pm on August 9, 2019, following reports that man had unlawfully entered the address and was making threats.

Following lengthy negotiations, to ensure the safety of themselves and the subject and to prevent further damage to property the officers entered the attic space to detain the man at approximately 3.30am.

A 39 year-old man was arrested in connection with affray and breaching a restraining order and was taken into custody where he remains.


We are aware of an incident in Llanrumney in the early hours that resulted in damage caused to two homes.

Emergency repairs operatives attended today to assess the damage and found only one of the roofs to be leaking.

Action was taken to make the roofs safe and permanent repairs will be carried out in due course.

Temporary accommodation at a family hostel was offered to the household affected by the leaking roof in the early hours but this was declined.

Both households affected by this incident have been provided with out of hours contact numbers for emergency accommodation if they are unable to remain at home.


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