A PROTESTER who spent more than 29 hours on the roof of a council building has been ‘assisted down’ and arrested.

The 59-year-old man climbed onto the roof of Cheshire East’s Westfields HQ in Sandbach after using a ladder to scale the building at around 7am yesterday morning.

Police have confirmed he was ‘assisted down to the ground’ by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service shortly after midday today, Thursday.

The man, believed to be from Congleton, has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

Northwich Guardian: The motive behind the man's demonstration is not yet clearThe motive behind the man's demonstration is not yet clear (Image: Newsquest)

The reason for his demonstration is not yet known, but posters near his camp suggest he believes himself a victim of modern-day slavery.

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Shortly after 7am on Wednesday, October 25, police were made aware of a man on the roof of a building in Middlewich Road, Sandbach.

“Police and fire attended the scene and a cordon was put in place as a precaution.

“At 12.12pm on Thursday, October 26, the 59-year-old man was assisted down to the ground by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“He was subsequently arrested by police on suspicion of aggravated trespass.”