08:00 Tuesday 04 December 2012

Man detained after threat to jump from Ferry Bridge

Written byHELEN KREFT

A DRUNKEN man has been detained for mental health assessments after he threatened to jump from Burton’s Ferry Bridge.

Ferry Bridge
Ferry Bridge

Burton police had to cordon off the bridge after the man refused to walk to safety during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police were called to the scene after receiving a report from a member of the public saying a man was on the footbridge ‘screaming and shouting’ for everyone to leave him alone. He was also threatening to jump off the bridge.

The bridge which crosses the Washlands and leads from Stapenhill to Burton and South Derbyshire College, was cordoned off for 30 minutes while a trained negotiator spoke to the man and managed to get him to safety.

It transpired that he was intoxicated and was detained at Burton Police Station for assessments into his sobriety and his mental health.

Inspector Tyrone Kerr, of Burton Police Station, said the incident could have gone on much longer if it were not for specially trained negotiators who were in the area at the time.

He said: “It was Saturday at around 1am that we received a call from a member of the public saying a man was shouting and screaming for people to leave him alone.

“Fortunately there was one of our trained negotiators in the area at the time who responded quickly to the incident.

“Police cordons were put in place on the bridge and the man was persuaded to come back over to the other side of the bridge.

“He was much the worse for drink and was detained at the police station for assessments for drink and his mental health.

“This could have resulted in a much longer incident but was resolved within 30 minutes after negotiators were on scene.”

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