Grantham court: Wanted man chased on roof, along river and shot with Taser

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A wanted man who last Thursday threatened to stab police before being pursued on to the roof of his Grantham home and hiding in the Mowbeck river, appeared before magistrates from prison on Monday.

Mark Pallatt, aged 39, had been released on licence following a 20 month conviction for burglary, and was living at Alexandra Road.

Prosecutor Tracey Ross explained that police wanted to speak to Pallatt in relation to a burglary at the Old Barracks on Sandon Road between January 4 and 5, and initally went to Alexandra Road at 2.20pm on Thursday.

On receiving no answer, they returned at 3.40pm and heard movement from inside, while the landlady of the flat arrived with the master key. When this wouldn’t turn, they knew Pallatt must be holding it on the other side, and after informing him they would force it open he shouted back: “The first one of you that goes through that door will get stabbed in the f***ing face.”

Pallatt then ran away and jumped out of a window on to the roof, where he was followed by an officer and shot from about 17ft away with a Taser. Pallatt leapt from the roof and ran along the Mowbeck river. He tried hiding, but was found and arrested.

Pallatt pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour to police, and remains on bail in relation to the burglary. Following the chase he has been recalled to Lincoln prison, due for release in May. Steven Meres, defending, said Pallatt has 11 sentences on his record, and on January 8 was ‘in a low place’ due to his mother’s ill-health.

Mr Meres added the threat was made to gain time, and there was no intention or weapon to stab officers. Magistrates ordered Pallatt to serve 12 weeks in prison, concurrent with the recall.