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Police stop woman from jumping off A50 bridge

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POLICE officers had to talk down a ‘woman in distress’ who looked as though she may jump from the A50 bypass bridge.

Traffic on the carriageway was stopped while cops talked to the woman at around 8.45pm on Tuesday.

But the woman, who was near the McDonald’s end of the bridge, was negotiated down by 9pm.

It is the second time in recent months a feared suicide attempt has taken place in Uttoxeter.

A man suffering mental health problems threatened to jump off the roof of the Maltings shopping centre earlier this year.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We received a call at 8.45pm alerting us to a female who was in distress on a bridge over the A50 in Uttoxeter.

“She was near the town’s McDonald’s restaurant.

“Traffic was stopped for around 10 minutes but the female was talked down within a few minutes and the road re-opened just after 8.55pm.

“The woman was taken to a place of safety while she recovered.”

James Payton, general manager of the Dapple Grey pub, which neighbours the bypass bridge, said he had seen the woman and feared for her safety.

He said: “I could see the woman on the edge of the bridge.

“She was obviously in some turmoil and two people were with her, holding on to her and hugging her.

“The police were out there, talking to her to try and get her down.

“I was pretty worried and had wondered if the woman was ok.

“It was sad to see her in that state of mind.”

Uttoxeter’s Art and Soul Friendship group helps those suffering mental health problems.

Information is online at artandsoulfriendshipgroup.com.

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