Man coaxed down from Trowbridge walkway
5:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
PC Gemma Rutter and PC William Warren who intervened to save a man who was threatening to jump from the County Way bridge in Trowbridge
POLICE officers PC Gemma Rutter and PC William Warren have been praised after they stopped a 33-year-old man from jumping off the footbridge over County Way, Trowbridge.
PC Rutter and PC Warren, both based at Trowbridge Police Station, answered a call from a passer-by at 8.30pm last Wednesday, reporting that a man was on the outside of the railings, near Tesco Extra, threatening to jump into the road.
The two officers went up to the bridge, while their colleagues closed the road below, and attempted to talk the man back on to the main section of the bridge.
PC Rutter said: “The man was extremely upset and distressed. He had a suicide note in his hand and said he wanted to end it all.
“He was facing us, so we grabbed him to stop him from jumping backwards and started to talk to him.
“Due to his size, we couldn’t get him back over the railings, but we calmly talked him to the steps on the Tesco side of the bridge and walked him down the outside part of the steps.”
Members of the public watched on as the officers got the man down and he was then detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to Green Lane Hospital, in Devizes, for medical assessment.
PC Rutter said: “It was a good end to an incredibly sad situation as this chap didn’t think he had any other way out.
“This was the first time me or Will had ever answered a call like this and we made sure to communicate calmy between ourselves as we didn’t want to spook the man.”
At around 8.45pm, the road was reopened and Sergeant Jim Suter has praised the efforts of his officers.
He said: “I’d like to thank the public for their quick-thinking in alerting us and I’m very pleased that our officers managed to resolve this difficult situation.”
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