A TEENAGER stranded 30ft up on a church roof had to be rescued by firefighters last night.
The 14-year-old claimed to have gone up on St Cuthbert’s Church roof to retrieve a ball but froze with fear and could not get down.
The terrified teen’s friends called 999 and fire crews arrived on the scene at the Barbon Street church at around 9 p.m.
One firefighter had to climb up a 10m ladder to reach the stricken youth, reassure him and talk him down.
A spokesman for Burnley Fire Brigade said: “We do not recommend that people go climbing up on any roofs unless they are properly training and have the correct equipment – especially not children.
“If the boy had slipped it would have been a very serious incident. From that height you have had it.”
Read more on the dramatic story in Tuesday’s Burnley Express.