A man has been sentenced for climbing a telephone pole in a 12-hour police stand-off that saw the A30 blocked and the electricity supply to 147 homes disrupted.

Abraham Thomas, 35, of no fixed abode, was charged for causing a nuisance to the public by committing the offence between Sunday (January 13) and Monday (January 14).

He was sentenced at Truro Magistrates Court today to 15 weeks' imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

Thomas caused "huge disruption to the public" according to court records, which was considered in his sentencing.

Western Power Distribution shut down the electricity supply for safety reasons and police closed the A30 between the junction with the A3074 at St Erth and the junction of the A394 to Newtown.

Thomas indicated a plea of guilty. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £122 and court costs of £85.

He must pay the sum at the rate of £10 per week.