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Police negotiators talk man down from bridge over A13
9:20am Monday 4th March 2013 in News
A MAN who was threatening to jump from a bridge over the A13 was talked down by police after almost four hours of negotiation.
Emergency services raced to the Five Bells interchange at about 8.45pm on Wednesday night, February 27 after they received reports that a man was the wrong side of the bridge over the A13.
Police and ambulance crews were sent to the scene and the A176 over the bridge and the A13 were closed in both directions.
An Essex Police spokesman said traffic on the A13 was diverted around the sliproads so drivers could travel around the incident.
He said: “Specialist police negotiators also attended at the scene and spoke to the man who returned over the barrier shortly after 12.35am.
“He was taken to hospital and the roads were then reopened.
“Thanks to the skills and experience of these officers they were able to bring the situation to a successful conclusion.”
The spokesman would not say why he was taken to hospital, but said the man was not arrested or cautioned for any offence.
An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said the man in his thirties was taken to Basildon Hospital, but could not confirm if he had suffered any injuries.