Man talked down safely after railway bridge standoff
Dramatic scenes unfolded in Cheltenham this afternoon after a man was seen dangling from a railway bridge threatening to jump off.
Bosses at Network Rail issued a warning at 3.15pm 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 were called to the scene after the man was spotted by a train driver.
Initially they refused to approach the man as they believed he may be carrying a weapon. However, this information later proved to be incorrect.
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A trained police negotiator arrived at the scene, off Draycot Road, and a tense standoff ensued.
After over an hour of talks, he persuaded the man to come down safely.
The man, a 47-year-old who lives in the town, was detained under the mental health act. He was taken to hospital for assessments after the incident.
Trains were up and running again shortly after 4.30pm. Some 22 services were delayed or cancelled as a result of the scare.