Of­fi­cer ‘saved’ woman from bridge plunge

Eye wit­ness sees woman ‘res­cued’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AN eye wit­ness has de­scribed see­ing an of­fi­cer grab a woman to stop her fall­ing from a bridge over the A40 near Uxbridge in a suc­cess­ful res­cue at­tempt.

Metropoli­tan Police of­fi­cers were called to re­ports of a woman threat­en­ing to self harm at a bridge over the mo­tor­way at Swake­leys Bridge, near Uxbridge, at 6.27pm on Wed­nes­day March 30.

A spokesman said: “Of­fi­cers at­tended and spoke with the woman, who came 7.46pm.”

A mo­torist pass­ing the scene at 6.50pm spotted a police of­fi­cer deal­ing with the in­ci­dent on the west­bound side of the bridge.

He said: “I was driv­ing home and saw her on the wrong side of the rail­ings with a police of­fi­cer grab­bing her around the waist.”

Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice con­firmed they were also called to the in­ci­dent at 6.33pm, but an am­bu­lance was not re­quired.

Traf­fic came to a stand­still while emer­gency ser­vices at­tended the in­ci­dent, which led to


at long de­lays and tem­po­rary road clo­sures in both di­rec­tions be­tween Hilling­don Cir­cus and Swake­leys Round­about.

Con­ges­tion was also re­ported at Den­ham Round­about and the Pol­ish War Me­mo­rial Round­about.

This in­ci­dent fol­lows two deaths in Hilling­don bor­ough within a twoweek pe­riod, which saw a man die af­ter fall­ing from a bridge over the A40 at Long Lane and a sec­ond death of a man fall­ing from a multi-storey car park in Uxbridge.

If you need help, Sa­mar­i­tans can be con­tacted 24 hours a day on 116 123, free of charge.

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