FOUR suspects have appeared in court in connection with a rooftop drama that involved young men throwing tiles at emergency service workers.

Police charged the suspects after a daylight siege on terraced housing in Railway Street, Bishop Auckland, on Thursday.

They appeared before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

They are Jacob Johnson, 20, of Edward Street, Bishop Auckland; Jordan Reece Nicholson, 19, of Bell Street, Bishop Auckland; and Kieran Edward Manning, 20, of No Fixed Abode; along with a young man who was 17 last week at the time of the alleged offences.

Jacob Johnson stands charged with affray and two counts of criminal damage.

Jordan Nicholson is accused of criminal damage, affray and possession of cannabis.

Kieran Manning is charged with two counts of criminal damage, affray and possession of cannabis.

The 17-year-old is charged with affray, criminal damage and theft from shop.

Magistrates made an order banning the reporting of his identity due to his age.

He is due back before magistrates sitting at the same court on Friday, but the other three suspects are due to appear at Durham Crown Court later this month.

All have been remanded into custody until their next court appearances.

Police arrested five young men after the incident last week.

It is understood a second 17-year-old is also facing charges of affray, criminal damage and theft. 

No further action was taken against a teenage girl who was also arrested at the scene.