Man arrested as bridge incident ends

By Harriet Ernstsons Monday 03 March 2014 Updated: 06/03 15:20

A MAN threatening to jump off a Woodrow bridge has been talked down after nearly ten hours.

Police say the incident ended 'peacefully' about 8.30pm on Monday (March 3). A man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of theft, affray and assualting police. Following a check up at hospital he was taken to Kidderminster Police Station where he remains in custody.

The incident brought widespread disruption to the area after it begun about 11am on the bridge near to Kingsley College, resulting in the closure of Woodrow Drive to the junction of Studley Road, although the Alexandra Hospital was still accessible from further up the road.

School buses and parents collecting children from Kingsley College were forced to park in nearby Studley Road where they were helped by police and staff.

Ch Insp Richard Langton of West Mercia Police said: "This was a challenging and protracted incident which had a significant impact on the emergency services, road users and local residents.

"I fully appreciate the frustration and disruption that incidents such as this can cause, but our priority will always be to avoid injury or loss of life, and to prevent people being put in harm’s way.

"I would like to sincerely thank all those affected by yesterday’s incident for their patience, understanding and co-operation."

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