Police haul man to safety on bridge

A MAN was dramatically hauled to safety by police after being spotted in a distressed state on the Orwell Bridge.

A MAN was dramatically hauled to safety by police after being spotted in a distressed state on the Orwell Bridge.

Officers became concerned when a man walked past their parked patrol car near the landmark bridge and made his way along the footpath on the Felixstowe-bound carriageway of the road.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “After five minutes they could see the man looking over the edge and he was in a slightly distressed state.

“The officers put a rolling road block on the road and went up to speak to the man.


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“He was a bit uncooperative and was arrested for his own safety.”

“The man was taken to St Clements Hospital in Ipswich where he was admitted.”

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One onlooker, who was travelling in the opposite direction on the bridge's westbound carriageway said: “There seemed to be a car parked in the middle of the Felixstowe carriageway.

“I saw two policemen on the path near the bridge wrestling a man to the ground.”

The Orwell Bridge has been the setting for a number of suicides over the years.

Less than two weeks ago police talked a man down from the structure after he threatened to jump.

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