Pulled back to safety by passers-by and po­lice

Man res­cued from bridge over Grand Union Canal

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A MAN was pulled to safety by po­lice of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the pub­lic from a bridge in Hayes on Wed­nes­day last week.

Hilling­don Po­lice was called to the canal bridge in Print­ing House Lane at around 8.35am.

When they ar­rived mem­bers of the pub­lic were hold­ing on to the man who was stand­ing on the wrong side of the bar­rier on the bridge.

At first of­fi­cers tried to con­vince the man to re­turn to safety, but even­tu­ally with help from the pub­lic they pulled him to safety and pre­vented him com­ing to harm, the po­lice said.

A state­ment on the in­ci­dent from Hilling­don Po­lice said: “To­day Hilling­don Po­lice were called by mul­ti­ple mem­bers of the pub­lic re­gard­ing a man try­ing to jump off a canal bridge in Print­ing House Lane in Hayes.

“Mem­bers of the pub­lic were hold­ing on to the man who was on the wrong side of the bar­rier when of­fi­cers ar­rived on scene.

“Of­fi­cers ini­tially at­tempted to speak to the man to get him to come back to safety.

“With the help of mem­bers of the pub­lic of­fi­cers pulled him to safety, pre­vent­ing any­one com­ing to harm.”

PCC Bonny and PC Jayas­inghe were the first to ar­rive on the scene, fol­lowed by PC Mur­phy and PC Luck.

The of­fi­cers were praised for their ef­forts in the state­ment, which added: “Well done those of­fi­cers and thank you to ev­ery per­son who stopped to help.”

Ac­cord­ing to Hilling­don Po­lice, the man has been taken “to a place of safety”.

A Metropoli­tan Po­lice spokesman said of­fi­cers were called at around 8.35am and the in­ci­dent was dealt with around 10 min­utes later.

BRIDGE CALL: A man was spot­ted on the wrong side of the bar­rier on the bridge over the Grand Union Canal in Hayes

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