Bridge drama in Cheltenham: armed man threatens to jump
Dramatic scenes were unfolding in Cheltenham this afternoon after an armed man was seen dangling from a railway bridge threatening to jump off.
Bosses at Network Rail issued a warning saying the man was standing on top of Cloddymore foot bridge, in Up Hatherley, beckoning trains towards him so he could throw himself onto the tracks.
Police said they had been called to the scene after the man was spotted by a train driver.
However, they are refusing to approach the man as they believe he may be carrying a weapon.
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A trained police negotiator is now at the scene, off Draycot Road.
A spokesman for the force said: "The incident was reported at around 3.15pm by a train driver who was concerned for the welfare of a man on a bridge in Cheltenham.
"Trains were called to a halt for the safety of the man and commuters and a negotiator was sent to the scene."
The incident remains ongoing. More details will follow.