Police lead man away from edge of bridge

POLICE led a man away from the edge of the Orwell Bridge after officers were called by a concerned family member.

The man, in his 60s and from Ipswich, was taken to a community service unit for elderly people, where he was met by his family, after being spotted on the eastbound side of the bridge.

Police were called shortly before 10am yesterday by a member of the man’s family who was concerned for his safety and told officers he had left home destined for the bridge.

Police set up road blocks after arriving at the scene and called in assistance from Thames Coastguard.

Coastguard units from Felixstowe and Holbrook were launched along with the Harwich inshore lifeboat but were stood down at around 1030am as the police led the man away from the bridge.

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The rescue came less than 24 hours after a similar incident in which a man apparently threatened to jump from the Orwell Bridge.

Suffolk Police received numerous calls about a man who appeared as though he was going to jump from the bridge on Sunday at 1.45pm.

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Harwich RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, Felixstowe and Holbrook Coastguard teams along with Suffolk Police all attended the scene.

Suffolk Police managed to stop the man and the lifeboat and coastguard teams were stood down.

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